10 Star Wars Filming Locations That You Can Actually Tour

10 Gorgeous Star Wars Filming Locations That You Can Actually Tour

The force has really crafted some dazzling places to shoot in — and travel to.

Everyone who has watched (and liked) Star Wars must have always been in awe of the gorgeous planets featured in the films. If you think all of these sets are animated from scratch, you are so wrong! Some, in fact, most of these locations exist on Earth. Here are 10 jaw-dropping Star Wars filming locations around the world!

1. Ksar Ouled Soltane, Tunisia — Tatooine

The place that started this epic saga. Ksar Ouled Soltane in Tunisia is one of the most used (and most recognisable!) shooting locations for Star Wars. Scenes in very nostalgic Tatooine were shot here, highlighting some of the most iconic characters of the franchise such as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke and Anakin Skywalker, and Qui-Gon Jinn. Stepping foot on this very place is sure to make you shed a tear a tear or two.

2. Skellig Michael, Ireland — Ahch-To

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This was the scene where the entire theatre dropped to their knees and screamed their hearts out upon seeing the comeback of the legendary Luke Skywalker in The Force Awakens. However, Skellig Michael in Ireland was more frequently used during the training scenes between Luke and Rey during the events in The Last Jedi.

The breathtaking contrast of rock formations set against lush greenery really brought out the tranquil feel of a Jedi training session. Moreover, this stunning mountain is not just visited by Star Wars fanatics; it is also frequently hiked by tourists all year round.

3. Villa del Balbianello, Italy — Naboo

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The rollercoaster romance between Anakin and Padme made audiences’ hearts skip a beat and break at various points in the series. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that the shooting location for Naboo is also one of the more famous destinations on this list. It’s definitely one of the most romantic and beautiful backdrops in the franchise, too.

Displaying an elegant building surrounded by thick foliage, Villa del Balbianello in Italy looks every bit the set for any fantasy film. Also, it has to be up on the list as one of the most loveable honeymoon destinations!

4. Mount Etna, Italy — Mustafar

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How can one ever forget one of THE most memorable fight scenes in film history? Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Anakin Skywalker — featuring bright, red lava in the background while two titans go head to head against each other. It’s pretty obvious that director George Lucas didn’t actually make Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen duel in the middle of a destructive volcano, but the scenes remain epic nonetheless. Lucas did get his crew to film shots of an erupting Mount Etna to later use as a backdrop for the scene. Pure genius!

P.S. You can still visit this volcano during the low-risk periods.

5. Rub’ al Khali, Abu Dhabi — Jakku

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The introductory scenes of heroine Rey in The Force Awakens on the desert planet of Jakku were filmed in the Rub’ al Khali desert in Abu Dhabi. From Rey’s scavenger marketplace to Poe Dameron and Finn’s crash landing, the warm colour scheme and the dispersing sand definitely pushed these action scenes’ visual potential. Well, if it looked amazing on IMAX 3D, just imagine how amazing it would be in real life!

6. Hardangerjøkulen, Norway — Hoth

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Hardangerjøkulen in Norway is the sixth largest glacier in the country and was used to film the frosty fight scene between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire’s Imperial Walkers. It would have been a painstaking task if Lucas had these gigantic machines built for the shoot in THAT size so miniatures were used on the set instead.

7. Guilin, China — Kashyyyk

Guilin in China is a hotspot for countless film shoots because of its unique and exhilarating visuals. The hilly spectacle was used to depict the planet Kashyyyk, which was the home of the Wookies (Chewbacca’s race) in Revenge of the Sith. This was the part where Yoda was overseeing the fight between the Wookies and the droid army. BetChewie didn’t know that! Sorry, we just had to.

8. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia — Crait

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The climax of The Last Jedi is one to be savoured for a long time. The grand battle scene that takes place on a white plain with blood-red dust on the planet of Crait was shot in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, the world’s largest salt flat! Although there isn’t really any blood-red dust beneath the ground, you can find a blood-red saltwater lake in the area.

9. Dubrovnik, Croatia — Canto Bight

Another shooting landmark from The Last Jedi (boy, did that location scout do his/her job well!) was the casino scene in Canto Bight. The well-lit scene was filmed in Dubrovnik, Croatia, showcasing streets filled with amazing architecture. Of course, loads of CGI helped to achieve the set’s glitzy look. Nevertheless, even without the help of visual effects, Dubrovnik drips of a special charm and allure.

10. Gloucestershire, England — Takodana

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In The Force Awakens, Rey first encounters Kylo Ren and Luke’s lightsaber on Planet Takodana. And where exactly do we find Planet Takodana? In Gloucestershire, England! Thus, it automatically makes this spot pretty iconic. A large portion of this forest scene was shot in Gloucestershire. Much like the name of the place, the actual sight of this blissful landmark is also hard to articulate in words.

There you have it! Ten marvelous Star Wars filming locations that you can visit. Don’t forget to keep your lightsaber at home when you travel, padawan. In the meantime, why not binge-watch the saga while you’re planning your trip?

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