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10 Star Wars filming locations you can see in real life (and we show you how to get there)

If you're a huge fan of Star Wars and have a serious travel bug, what better way to combine the two than with a Star Wars themed itinerary! Skyscanner Australia takes a look at the locations this franchise has gone to over the years.

From Tatooine, to Hoth, to Endor, get caught up in the magic of this universe, and check out these awesome Star Wars filming locations, and how you can get there.

1. Moon of Endor (Redwood National Park, California, USA)

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Roam around the forest moon of Endor by visiting the Redwood National Park, right at the northern tip of California. George Lucas needed very little movie magic to make this destination enchanting, especially given the size of the arboreal giants that dominate this area – the trees are wide enough to drive a car through! And there are plenty of hiding places for cheeky Ewoks, so keep your eyes sharp.

Book flights to San Francisco

The closest international airport is San Francisco, which gives you a chance to explore the city’s charms as well. Visit atmospheric Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge – you won’t be disappointed.

Best Star Wars filming location to visit for: forests and Ewoks

2. Luke Refuge, Anch-To (Skellig Michael, County Kerry, Ireland)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

If you, like Luke, need to get away to think about how your nephew has turned to the dark side (doesn’t everyone?!), there’s no better place than the stark mountainous reaches of this tiny Irish island. Set off the country’s southwestern coast, this UNESCO-listed site is known for its natural beauty, but also for the incredible monastic remains that still perch on its cliffs.

Book flights to Dublin

Dublin is the primary international airport for the country, but Shannon Airport is the closest to Skellig Michael. So you can either hire a car and wend your way across to Galway, south to the Cliffs of Moher, and the Ring of Kerry, or fly out to Shannon and then to Portmagee. Either way, you’re in for a treat.

Best Star Wars filming location to visit for: road trips

3. Hoth (Finse, Hordaland County, Norway)

Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back

The icy atmosphere of Hoth was actually set in amongst the spellbinding fjords of Norway, across the incredible Hardangerjøkulen Glacier, and into the delightful town of Finse. Luckily, there are no Wampa monsters in the ice caves of Norway’s glaciers, but there are plenty of things to do otherwise. If you visit in winter you can see the wintry landscape for yourself, and then some natural special effects when the Northern Lights dance across the sky.

Book flights to Oslo

Oslo is the main international hub for Norway (and offers direct flights to Sogndal Airport Haukåsen), and this city is a great place to kick off a tour of the country, as you can see Viking Ship Museum, the Royal Palace, and the Akerhus Fortress.

Best Star Wars filming location to visit for: a winter adventure

4. Alderaan (Grindelwald, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland)

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

Remember those glorious mountain landscapes and flowering meadows of Alderaan before the Death Star decided to make the planet an exploding tester sight? Well those gorgeous scenes were shot in Grindelwald, Switzerland.

Book flights to Zurich

This picturesque village looks upon the Eiger, and is a fantastic destination in the summer (when you can hike, boat, and swim) and the winter (when you can ski, snowboard and sauna). Zurich is the closest international airport, and you can tour its Old Town, its museums, and its famed shopping street Bahnhofstrasse before you head into the mountains.

Best Star Wars filming location to visit for: mountains and lakes

5. Crait (Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

It’s no wonder that the legendary salt flats of Bolivia were used as a backdrop in a science fiction flick, this landscape feels otherworldly even without the AT-AT Walkers firing at you. The filming of this region was completed in the dry period (May-November), which gives that snowy look to the salt, but you can visit during the wet season (January-April) if you’re keen to see that marvellous mirror shine.

Book flights to La Paz

La Paz is the main airport you will fly into, and an ideal place to start your tour of Bolivia, since it is filled with excellent attractions, like the Basilica de San Francisco, Calle Jaen, Plaza Murillo, and the celebrated Witches Market.

Best Star Wars filming location to visit for: alien landscapes

6. Imperial Base, Scarif (Gan and Berasdhoo, Laamu Atoll, Maldives)

Star Wars: Rogue One

The Dark Side doesn’t just use the force to lure people to its wicked ways, we’re pretty sure it uses the stellar real estate of its Imperial bases to do most of the work. Whilst Jyn Erso may have forced an end to the paradisiacal planet Scarif, luckily, the real islands (and our planet!) are still here.

Book flights to Male

You’ll likely fly to the Velana International Airport on Hulhulé Island in the North Malé Atoll, which serves all of the Maldives. From here you can organise trips out to this glorious stretch of sand, or discover your own piece of paradise – sans Dark Side bases.

Best Star Wars filming location to visit for: paradise!

7. Sarlacc Pitt, Tatooine (Buttercup Valley, Yuma Desert, Arizona, USA)

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Who can forget the gaping maw of the Sarlacc Pit? It’s probably burned into your memory, and not least because of the incredible terrain that served as its backdrop. It’s well known that much of Tattooine was filmed in Tunisia (see below!) but for this scene the producers chose the undulating sand dunes of Arizona’s desert.

Book flights to Phoenix

The Yuma Desert isn’t Arizona’s only magnificent natural attraction either, if you hire a car, you can drive to the Grand Canyon, see the rock monoliths in Monument Valley, or explore the scenic stretches of Sedona. Yuma has its own tiny airport, and there is the nearby leisure resort of Palm Springs, but we recommend starting in Phoenix to really get to grips with the state.

Best Star Wars filming location to visit for: natural wonders

8. Massassi Outpost, Yavin 4 (Tikal National Park, Guatemala)

Star Wars: A New Hope

Okay, so the Imperial forces might have had a sweet spot on the beach for their base, but the Rebel Alliance set up shop in the lush jungle moon of Yavin 4. The Mayan ruins of Tikal National Park doubled as the hidden operations base for the rebels, and in real life this region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Book flights to Guatemala City

Home of one of the most powerful Mayan kingdoms of its day, there are 3000 buildings that make up the heart of this ancient city. A biosphere reserve surrounds the ruins, and is the hiding place for more than rebels. That is to say, keep an eye out for Howler monkeys, toucans, and of course, jaguars. The main hub for this part of the world is Flores, but the international airport is in Guatemala City, where you can tour the colonial architecture and the cultural museums before you see the ruins.

Best Star Wars filming location to visit for: history

9. Naboo (Villa del Balbainello, Lenno, Italy)

Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

It doesn’t seem to matter if you’re getting married in a galaxy far, far away, or here on planet earth, human beings love a lakeside wedding. Anakin and Padme Amidala may have been hiding (read: honeymooning) in Naboo, but you can enjoy those same panoramic views by heading to Lenno.

Book flights to Milan

Overlooking the glorious Lake Como, the villa is even more beautiful in person, and sits in one of the most beautiful parts of Italy. Milan is the closest major city to the lakes, and offers you a chance to tour the Duomo, and see Da Vinci’s The Last Supper before making your way to Anakin and Padme’s retreat.

Best Star Wars filming location to visit for: romance

10. Tatooine (Ajim and Matmatat-Al-Qadimal, Tunisia)

Star Wars: A New Hope

Who can forget the image of the two suns sinking over the horizon as Luke tries to understand who he is? The desert world of Tattooine was actually the sandswept landscapes of Tunisia. What’s more, you’ll find that Luke’s Skywalker’s childhood home still stands, as the Hôtel Sidi Driss, colloquially known as the ‘Star Wars Pit’.

Book flights to Tunis

As an added bonus, since Attack of the Clones was filmed, the decorations of the Skywalker home have been left up, so you can really get into the Star Wars mood! Tunis is the main port of entry, and this city is home to a magnificent Medina, the renowned Bardo Museum, and of course, the ancient ruins of Carthage.

Best Star Wars filming location to visit for: hanging out at the Skywalker digs!


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