Steven from RocketNews24.com traveled to some godforsaken desert in Tunisia to visit the remnants of the set of Mos Espa. Eery ghost town pictures, but also someone ‘occupied’ the space (perhaps with a start-up falconry?). Even though I don’t approve the new movies, this still looks pretty far-out.
From Steven’s article:
Four of the Star Wars movies were partially filmed in southern Tunisia and many of the sets and landscapes are still preserved today.
We recently visited Tunisia where we booked a landspeeder (rented a car), Jedi mind-tricked our way out of security (paid the locals to show us around) and made our way to (the set of) Tatooine, the iconic homeplanet of Luke and Anakin Skywalker.
If you do want to try making it on your own, the easiest way to get in is by renting a quad or 4WD car in Tozeur, which is about 40km away, and driving out early in the morning to escape the heat and crowds.
In addition to Mos Espa, there are many other Star Wars set pieces scattered around Tunisia. In Tatouine, the town where George Lucas got the inspiration for his fictional planet’s name, you can find some of the background for the slave quarters shots in Episode 1. Travel to Medenine and you can find Anakin Skywalker’s home and in Matmata you can actually walk around and sleep in Luke Skywalker’s home.