Star Wars & the Tunisian Sahara

The Star Wars set of Mos Espa, near Ong Jemal, Tunisia
The Star Wars set of Mos Espa, near Ong Jemal, Tunisia

I spent part of spring 2018 in Tunisia for Lonely Planet. This was the first time that LP had been in the country for an update since the Arab Spring. I’d worked on that last edition of the Tunisia guidebook, which was published in 2010.

This was something of an experiment for Lonely Planet, as the update is 100% digital – available for free on the website, with the coverage of Tunis also available as part of the Lonely Planets guide app. The newly researched material has also been complemented by a series of articles, of which I have written two.

The first is a primer to the many film locations associated with the Star Wars movies.

The second article is about exploring the Sahara desert – smaller in Tunisia than in neighbouring countries, but no less worthwhile.

You can find the Star Wars article here, and the Tunisian Sahara article here. Lonely Planet’s full coverage of Tunisia is available here.



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