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Star Wars Filming Locations You Can Actually Visit

Star Wars Filming Locations You Can Actually Visit

There are some beautiful locations that were a part of the Star Wars franchise that you can actually visit. Take a look!

Hotel Sidi Driss, Matmata, Tunisia

This hotel in Tunisia was used as the house in which Luke Skywalker grew up on Tatooine, as featured in The New Hope. It has underground pits that you can live in. It also has a dining room along with the decorations that were used on the set.

Skellig Michael, Ireland

Skellig Michael is a highly popular and picturesque location that you can visit. In the franchise, this island featured Rey traveling to the plant Ahch-To to find Luke Skywalker in order to get him to teach her the ways of the Jedi. This appeared in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

Death Valley National Park, United States

This location was once again used to portray Tatooine. There are several canyons and dunes here that you can check out. This was also where the beloved C3PO and R2D2 arrived as well as where Obi-Wan Kenobi first comes into contact with Luke Skywalker.

  • Artists Palette
  • Dantes View
  • Desolation Canyon
  • Golden Canyon
  • Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
  • Twenty-mule Team Canyon

Villa del Balbianello, Lake Como, Italy

This beautiful villa or monastery is surrounded by the clear Lake Como in Italy. It also marks the spot in Attack of the Clones where Anakin and Padme hide in to protect Padme from getting killed. They also get married here towards the end of this film.

Finse and Hardangejøkulen Glacier, Norway

This glacier was used in the film Empire Strikes Back to portray the planet of Hoth where a battle also takes place three years after the Battle of Yavin. Near this glacier is the town of Finse where there is a base in the movie that also marks Luke’s escape.

Puzzlewood, Gloucestershire

Puzzlewood in the UK is a lush forest that marks the first time that Rey and Kylo Ren meet each other in The Force Awakens when Rey is trying to leave behind an attack on the planet of Takodana. This is also a common filming location for several other productions.

Wadi Rum, Jordan

Wadi Rum in Jordan is a desert region that was used to portray Jedha in both Rogue One and Rise of Skywalker. Jedha was once believed to be a site where followers of the Force went as pilgrims. It is a vast expanse that can make for some great sightseeing.

Reynisfjara, Iceland

Reynisfjara in Iceland is a popular spot that is already known well for its black sand beach. It also has several stacks that appear in the franchise in Rogue One where this spot acts as the planet Eadu. This is where we see Jyn Erso’s father dying. It was also used as a location in Game of Thrones.

Phang Nga Bay, Thailand

This is where we got to see the birthplace of Chewbacca and the Wookies in the form of the planet Kashyyyk. This place appeared in Revenge of the Sith as an important backdrop. This is also where the Battle of Kashyyk takes place with the help of Yoda.

Tikal National Park, Guatemala

This national park in Guatemala contains several Mayan ruins that were used in A New Hope to portray an outpost of the Rebel Alliance. This is also a lush forested region that you can take a look at along with the historical ruins of the region.

Royal Palace of Caserta, Italy

This palace in Caserta, Italy was used in the films Attack of the Clones and The Phantom Menace to act as the Theed Royal Palace on the planet of Naboo. You can see several interiors and walls in the movies that are quite lavish and go way back to the 1750s. A good place to see some history and architecture!

Whippendell Woods, Watford, UK

The Whippendell Woods was seen in The Phantom Menace where Jar Jar Binks (no matter how you feel about him) was seen in Naboo, meeting Obi-Wan Kenobi for the first time. The species that Jar Jar Binks belongs to also come into an alliance with Padme in these forests.

Grindelwald, Switzerland

This is a beautiful village that appears briefly in Revenge of the Sith on the planet of Alderaan where Princess Leia lives. You can visit this place not only for seeing the sights and the mountains but also for some outdoor adventures such as skiing.

Mount Etna, Italy

On the planet of Mustafar where Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi fight, you can see some flowing lava that might appear to be an added effect. However, this lava was captured by the crew when Mount Etna erupted in the year 2002.

You can visit this place during the day, but ensure that you get the correct bookings and timings.

Ajim, Tunisia

You must have guessed it; Ajim in Tunisia was once again used for the planet of Tatooine in A New Hope as Obi-Wan’s house along with several structures that were used to portray the spaceport in the film. You can travel across Tunisia to see multiple Star Wars filming locations in a single trip.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

This place forms the world’s largest salt flat, making it a wonderful place to visit. Once a lake, this place became dry in the Ice Age and led to these salt plains. It marked the iconic battle in The Last Jedi between the Resistance and the First Order, making it a popular tourism spot.

Canary Islands, Spain

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

The Canary Islands in Spain, particularly Fuerteventura, were used as the planet Savareen in Solo. This is where Han Solo and other members of the crew are taken. You can also see other parts of the island such as the beach and the dunes towards the end of the movie.

These are already quite popular for visitors, even more so now due to the franchise.

Time to Travel

Those were some great filming locations for you to check out. Make sure you look into the travel requirements and conditions before booking your trip. May the Force (of the travel bug) be with you!

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