Are you the type of person to really enjoy a good movie? Like, enjoy it so much that you would do anything to be inside one and be able to see the beautiful scenery?
Well, while that’s not quite possible – unless you plan on becoming a professional actor – there is something else you can do to get inside your favorite fictional world. You can always visit the places where some of the most famous movies were filmed.
If traveling the world and seeing new places is not your thing and you would rather live again some epic movie scenes by going on the actual set of the movies, then stick with us as we present you some of the iconic movie places every movie maniac should visit.
Lord of the Rings – New Zealand
Lord of the Rings is one of the most successful movie franchises out there – and all thanks to Tolkien. Therefore, we must be grateful that we were able to find a place on Earth that would fit the things he described in his book.
If you want to see the homes of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, then you should head towards the Matamata Hills of New Zealand. But this is not everything you can see here – Mordor itself and Mount Doom can be seen just by traveling to the Tongariro National Park, where you will find Mount Ruapehu.
South Island and the Southern Alps can be easily identified as the Misty Mountains, the place where Gollum hid the ring – yes, that ring!
Star Wars – Skellig Michael, Country Kerry, Ireland
This location was used as a refuge by the one and only Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The island is located off the coast of Ireland, and it is also one of the most beautiful views in the world. Here you can also find a Gaelic Christian monastery, build between the 6th and 8th century.
One thing is sure: the view there is amazing!
Jurassic Park – Kauai, Hawaii
No, you won’t be able to find any dinosaurs here – fortunately!
Kauai is one of the purest islands in Hawaii because 80% of the land is not being habited by humans. However, you can get here via a helicopter ride. Once you land, you will be greeted by the Manawaiopuna Falls – a landmark that is mostly known as Jurassic Falls.
The island is filled with lush rainforests and has a humid climate – perfect if you want to feel like tracking down dinosaurs!
Harry Potter – Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, England
If you haven’t received your Hogwarts letter of admission – yet! -, you can bend the rules a bit and enter the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry right now.
Due to the movies’ success, the Christ Church Cathedral in England has more than 300,000 visitors every year – as a visitor, you can take a tour and see some of the locations that you have dreamed about as a child after every Harry Potter movie you saw, such as the Great Hall and the moving staircase.
Jaws – Martha’s Vineyard
Jaws – a horror movie classic – was filmed in Martha’s Vineyard, a location that’s considered peaceful and of high class.
It features a pier that’s lined with boats waiting to set sail and maybe hunt for some sharks. Even though it’s a peaceful location, most visitors wouldn’t dare have a dive in these waters, as the movie keeps on haunting and terrifying us up to this day.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – Al Khazneh, Jordan
As you probably know, this installment of Indiana Jones featured the Holy Grail and a certain temple in which it was hidden. This temple can be found in Al Khazneh, in Jordan, and it is believed to have been carved out of a sandstone rock face, way back in the first century AD.
The temple was already popular even before Indiana Jones made his appearance here – more exactly, since 1812, when the Swiss explorer Johann L. Burckhardt has rediscovered it.
The Godfather – Savoca, Italy
Savoca is just a tiny village in Italy – it’s just 8 km long and has a population of fewer than 2000 people. Of course, what makes it special is the fact that the Godfather was filmed here. It, however, has its own beauty, specific to Italian cities and villages.
It features old buildings, mostly built on hillsides, with the deep blue sky above watching them. Judging the way Savoca looks like, we think it’s worth a visit and a drive on its roads.
Castaway – Monuriki, Fiji
If you’ve ever wanted to feel like you are alone, on a deserted island, standing near a formation of coconuts that spells help me and waiting to be rescued – well, you have the chance to do just that.
However, you won’t be alone, and rescue will come in the form of a photo with the mentioned formation of coconuts.
The Monuriki Island is – to our surprise – in fact uninhabited! It can only be visited for day trips – you can spend the night in the Likuliku Lagoon Resort, which is located on a nearby island; however, if you wish to do so, you should start saving, as the prices are far from average.
Are you movie maniacs satisfied out there?
Well, we are movie maniacs and we are satisfied – it’s just amazing that we can visit the places where our favorite and some of the most famous movies were filmed, from the not so real dinosaurs of Hawaii an up to the hobbits of New Zealand!