A new hope: 5 gorgeous Star Wars locations that really exist

2015-12-07 18:30 - Sam Smith
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Cape Town - Have you ever become so enchanted by a Star Wars movie, that you wished you could just move to the places shown in the film?

Well, you should know you can now re-enact your favourite and most beautiful Star Wars scenes in one of these real-life locations around the world. 

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This is the right time to trust your eyes, despite Obi-Wan Kenobi's famous line... “Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them."

Go and trace the footsteps of their favourite characters without a spaceship - you might just need to book your next flight out with our booking tool. Regardless of where you are in the world, you can't NOT have a good time.

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According to CNN, these destinations are some of the most beautiful and untouched places on the earth and will transport you right back to your favourite scenes. And we couldn't agree more.


1. Tatooine - Hotel Sidi Driss, Matmata, Tunisia

This is one of the most famous "Star Wars" sites in the world - where Luke Skywalker's childhood home on planet Tatooine was filmed. The film portrayed this planet as a harsh desert orbiting twin suns in the galaxy's Outer Rim - riddled by Hutt gangsters.  

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The building was turned into a hotel which George Lucas used to film the very first "Star Wars" film. The set decorations of Attack of the Clones remains and guests can eat at the same table where young Luke did. 

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2. Luke Skywalker's igloo - La Grande Dune, outside Nefta, Tunisia

The exterior of this igloo was shot from 300 kilometres away on the salt lake of Chott El Jerid. 

It is still there and can be found with a sturdy 4x4 with the following coordinates - 33°50'34.42″N, 7°46'44.48″E. The igloo shot in the 1977 movie was taken down and re-built for Attack of the Clones. It has since been restored by a fan.  

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3. Kashyyyk - Phang Nga Bay, Thailand/Guilin, China

This is an ultimate favourite - where Wookiee was born, planet Kashyyyk from Revenge of the Sith.

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You can visit the visit both Thailand and China - images were really taken as plate photography near Phuket and some digitally combined with images shot in Guilin China. 

Phang Nga Bay

Guilin, China


4. Where Anakin and Padme kissed - Villa del Balbianello, Lenno, Italy

This popular seaside wedding location was used in Attack of the Clones for Anakin and Padme to hide at the lake. Built in 1787, the only way to get to the sultry Italian wooded peninsula is by boat. 

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The outsides of the Villa were digitally changed for the movie - but it is very easy to match the famous balcony where Anakin and Padme kissed. 

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5. Yavin - Mayan ruins, Tikal National Park, Guatemala

The age-old ruins of Guatemala became the landscape to Rebel Alliance Massassi outpost on the fourth moon of Yavin. The second and third temples reach over the treetops of the jungle, in the same way we see in the first shot of Yavin in A New Hope.

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