WATCH: 3 Locations from The Last Jedi where you can feel at one with the Force

2017-12-19 20:00 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - You don't have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to feel like you're in the new Star Wars movie.

After its first opening weekend, the second installment of the new Star Wars trilogy - The Last Jedi - has cemented itself with a worldwide debut of $450 million, with rave reviews for director-writer Rian Johnson's vision for the galactic franchise.

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The worlds showcased in the movie may seem like exotic alien planets created through nifty computer graphics, but die-hard Star Wars fans can easily go visit Canto Bight, Ahch-To and Crait in the real world.

Although predominantly filmed in a studio in England, its locations were spread out across Europe, and even included a hyperspace jump to Bolivia in South America.

Check out the 3 top destinations strong with the Force.

Skellig Michael, Ireland

Set to be the most iconic set location for The Last Jedi, the island of Skellig Michael stood in for Luke Skywalker's self-imposed island of banishment, Ahch-To. Its lush green cliffs and bird nests look almost surreal, and the island used to be the home of a monastery around 600 AD. Its beehive ruins are used in the movie to represent the long-gone monastic Order of the Jedi.

It has been a World Heritage Site since 1996, and can only be visited in the summer months between May and October. You can get there by boat and its advised to book well in advance, especially seeing as its popularity will surge with the latest Star Wars installment. Most tours only go around the island, but some are allowed to go on land, but booking for these tours are only available from mid to end of February.

Unfortunately there are no real-life porgs on the island, only gannets and puffins.

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

The famous Game of Thrones destination will soon host Sci-Fi nerds alongside the fantasy ones. The old city was transformed into a galactic casino - Canto Bight - where bets on space horses are made by the richest of space dwellers.

Walking through the cobbled alleyways of Dubrovnik hiding underneath the shadows of its spatial buildings, you might get a little confused about which pop culture franchise you find yourself in. 

There are already tours set up specifically for Star Wars fans, taking them around the filming locations. For the complete Canto Bight experience, check out the hot spots at night, as that's when all the filming took place. At least you won't have to dodge any space horses rampaging through the street, only drunk tourists.

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Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia 

The only location not in Europe, the salt plains of Salar de Uyuni helped create the planet of Crait, the Rebel Aliance's last refuge against the onslaught of the First Order. It's the largest salt flat in the world, caused by ancient lakes that have evaporated long ago.

There's also a hotel made completely out of salt, even the furniture!

Not only does the salt plains make a stunning battle scene, it also makes for beautiful photographs, its vistas causing Insta-envy everywhere. A thin layer of water appear over the plains from December to March making for one giant reflection.

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Watch how the worlds of Star Wars came to life in these amazing locations:

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