10 Star Wars Movie Locations You Can Visit in Real Life

10 Star Wars Movie Locations You Can Visit in Real Life

The Force is strong with these galactic Star Wars movie locations!

Star Wars became a cultural phenomenon upon its debut in 1977. The masterpiece by George Lucas is well-loved by people from all walks of life so much so that it has united enthusiasts to bond together over their fandom, where all things Star Wars like memorabilia and Star Wars movie locations are savoured.

While the sci-fi blockbusters transport viewers to ‘a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away’, fans will be thrilled to know that real-life locations on this planet have been scoured to distinguish one scene from another, reflect the themes and moods and to convey a tone or idea in the American epic space-opera media franchise. 

You can walk in the footsteps of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Princess Leia or the most iconic heroes or villains from the movies at these real-life Star Wars locations. May the Force be with you. Always.

1. Redwood National and State Parks, California

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Real life: The Redwood National and State Parks is home to the tallest tree on earth. You will be in awe of the deep history rooted in the towering trees – dating many centuries ago.

Reel life: Forest Moon of Endor, the Ewoks’ home world, in Return of the Jedi.

2. Wadi Rum, Jordan

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Real life: Wadi Rum, with its red sands shimmering in the sunlight, dramatic mounds of stones and majestic dunes make for the quintessential desert retreat.

Reel life: Planet Jedha in Rise of the Skywalker. 

3. Grindelwald, Switzerland

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Real life: Grindelwald, a picturesque village in Switzerland, is environed by lush green valleys and crisp snow-covered mountains. The archaic charm of this quaint location will make you swoon with delight.

Reel life: Backdrop of Planet Alderaan, Princess Leia’s home, in Revenge of the Sith.

4. Skellig Michael, Ireland

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Real life: Skellig Michael is a rugged island springing up splendidly from the depth of the Atlantic Ocean. The crags over the sea was an organised monastic settlement and a significant wild bird sanctuary. 

Reel life: The site of the first Jedi Temple, and where Luke Skywalker went into exile and called home in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. 

5. Lake Como, Italy

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Real life: Lake Como is a charming resort reminiscent of an inverted Y. The dreamy and mysterious lake draws travellers from all over to bask in the warmth (from March to November) and to take in the sights of the spectacular coast. 

Reel life: Our most romantic Star Wars movie location! Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker’s secret wedding in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. 

6. Plaza de España, Seville

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Real life: The prominent Plaza de España monument was erected in 1928, a year before Seville hosted the Ibero-American Exposition World’s Fair. The imposing plaza amalgamates Renaissance and Moorish-inspired architectural styles and is a sight for sore eyes.

Reel life: Exterior of City of Theed on the planet Naboo in the Star Wars location in Attack of the Clones.

7. Ajim, Tunisia

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Real life: Ajim, on the Tunisian island of Djerba, has slightly over 20,000 inhabitants. The berber language, one of the oldest languages of humanity is still spoken in this sprawling port town.

Reel life: Lars Homestead on planet Tatooine, where Luke Skywalker was raised, and Mos Espa, the spaceport where Anakin Skywalker lived before being discovered by Qui-Gon Jinn. An iconic Star Wars movie location!

8. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

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Real life: At nearly 12,000 feet above sea level, Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat. During the rainy season, a thin layer of water accumulates on the surface of the bright-white salt pan creating a colossal reflective canvas of the sky. 

Reel life: Planet Crait from Star Wars:The Last Jedi.

9. Phang Nga Bay, Phuket         (star wars location)

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Real life: The glistening turquoise waters, sheer limestone karst, and primrose sand render Phang Nga Bay a slice of paradise. There are ample of resplendent views that are sure to take your breath away on this stunning island.

Reel life: Planet Kashyyyk, Chewbacca’s birthplace, in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

10. Finse, Norway

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Real life: Finse, which lies at 1222m near the Hardangerjøkulen icecap, is the highest situated railway station in Norway. It is an ideal place to disconnect from the humdrum of daily life and seek respite in the beauty of nature. The cool climate and snow-capped treasures will reinvigorate your spirit. 

Reel life: Planet Hoth in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

While the film series may be over, you can consider adding these real-world Star Wars locations to your travel bucket list. After all, “I’m just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe.”

Also read: 15 Most Majestic Filming Locations to Visit Around the World

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