April 26, 2014 by Amanda
Star Wars. One of the most successful and best-loved film series of all time.
So how do film fans chase down their Star Wars fantasies?
A large portion of filming for all the Star Wars movies took place inside studios (mostly in the UK). But did you know that some of those memorable Star Wars landscapes are actually real places and not just computer-generated images?
Here are 5 REAL Star Wars landscapes that you can visit:
Real location: Tunisia
Did you know that there’s a real city in Tunisia called Tataouine? Because there totally is! You can also visit sites that doubled as Mos Espa (like Ksar Ouled Soltane), as well as places where desert, canyon, and Lars homestead scenes were filmed.
Real location: Death Valley, California
They didn’t film ALL the Tatooine scenes in Africa, though. Some were shot in Death Valley, at places like the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes (where R2D2 and C3PO crash their escape pod), Artists Palette & Golden Canyon (where R2D2 is captured by Jawas), and Dante’s View (for an establishing shot of Mos Eisley).
Real location: Caserta, Italy
The Palace of Caserta in southern Italy is a UNESCO-recognized 18th-century palace. In the Star Wars films, it doubled as the Naboo Royal Palace.
Real location: Seville, Spain
The famous Plaza de España in Seville was used as the Naboo city of Theed. Nobody who would visit Seville would skip this Plaza, and you especially should see it if you’re a Star Wars fan.
Yavin IV Rebel Base
Real location: Tikal, Guatemala
In Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Yavin IV (a moon of Yavin) is the main military base for Rebel Alliance’s. In real life, all the Yarvin scenes (which include a pretty cool battle) were actually filmed at the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal in Guatemala.
Real location: Hardangerjøkulen Glacier in Norway
The exterior scenes of icy Hoth (including the snowy battle scenes) were filmed atop the sixth-largest glacier in Norway. The glacier is only accessible in the winter, but that could be half the fun of visiting.
Real location: Redwood National and State Parks, California
In Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, we see Endor, home of the Ewoks. Endor is a forested moon, and these scenes were filmed in redwood groves in northern California.
Which of these sites would YOU most like to visit?