Although there are five months to go before Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi hits the cinemas, it is worth visiting the filming locations, found in various countries around the world. From Bolivia and Croatia to the USA and Ireland, all of these countries are charming, magnificent and make worthy holiday destinations for any Star Wars buff. It is time for you to sit back and relax and imagine yourself in the Star Wars world by watching the official teaser trailer below. Do any of the locations sound familiar to you?
You might notice from the trailer that the world’s largest salt flat is one of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Salar de Uyuni, in Bolivia, is used to depict planet Crait and a former Rebel Alliance base. The salt flat is located in Daniel Campos Province, in Potosi and walking around in this vast area is indeed like being on another planet or a desert. The flora and fauna here are totally majestic and you will feel like staying here, forever.
Apart from hotels constructed from salt blocks, you can take photos of the antique train cemetery. You might be wondering why there are old trains here, on the salt flats. In the past, this place was a distribution hub for minerals and British engineers used the trains to transport the minerals to the ports. Apart from all these exciting features, the mountains here are so beautiful and a great place to watch the sunrise.
Private Volcano Tunupa and Uyuni Salt Flats Tour
Duration: 10 hours
Over the years, numerous movies and TV series have been filmed, in Dubrovnik, including the famous Game of Thrones series. There are three main locations here, that were used in the filming of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. They are the main street of Dubrovnik, known as the Stradun, St Blaise Church and parts of the Old Town. These three locations were used to depict a Casino City, known as Canto Bight. It is not surprising to see many tourists come here to scope out these locations.
If you have not been to Croatia before, you should definitely visit St Blaise Church. It was constructed by Marino Gropelli, a Venetian sculptor and architect, in 1715. The church was built to honor St Blaise, a bishop associated with the pagan god Veles. The interior and exterior of the church are influenced by Baroque architecture. In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, you will most likely see a ravaged scene of a church that resembles St Blaise and the cathedral nearby.
Another notable attraction in Dubrovnik is the Stradun or the main street of the old walled city. This limestone-paved pedestrian street shines like a star at night and runs through the Old Town of Dubrovnik, within the city’s walls. That is why the street is packed with tourists most of the time, as most of the historic monuments and buildings are located along the Stradun. The bell tower and fountain here are indeed classic and you must take your time to admire them. The old city of Dubrovnik is a real life medieval city. Whether it is the old port or the Old Town walls, everything here is breathtaking.
Dubrovnik Old Town Tour with Mt. Srđ Cable-Car Ride
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
3. Bonneville Salt Flats: Utah, USA
Apart from Salar de Uyuni, there are other salt flats used as a filming location in the upcoming Star Wars movie. It is none other than the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA. Although the scenery here is majestic, what actually attract tourists here are the various land speed events. If you are here at the right time, you will see cars, motorcycles and trucks, racing along the salt flats, setting world records. The races are usually held at the “Bonneville Speedway” area.
Bonneville Salt Flats
Address: Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah 84083
Website: Bonneville Salt Flats
4. Loop Head: County Clare, Ireland
Loop Head is famous for its lighthouse, but this is not just any ordinary lighthouse. Loop Head is located on the north side of the mouth of the River Shannon and over the years, this destination has won numerous tourism awards. Among them is the Gold Medal at the Irish Responsible Tourism Awards, in 2015 and the European Destinations of Excellence Award, in 2010.
If you feel hungry or thirsty after a long day out, just drop by at any of the restaurants and bars at Loop Head. Keating’s Bar and Restaurant and Murphy’s Black Restaurant are some of the popular spots for tourists. The force is always strong here, so head over to discover Loop Head for yourself.
Address: Kilbaha South, Co. Clare, Ireland
Website: Loop Head
It seems that there are many headlands in Ireland. Brow Head is another top spot to enjoy a scenic view of the island. Although it is isolated, due to its location, it is a perfect choice as a location for filming Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Brow Head is located in the rural townland of Mallavoge, close to Crookhaven and is the most southerly point of mainland Ireland. It used to be a mining area in the 19th century, so you’ll likely see the miners’ houses and the mining area, while you tour around Brow Head. There is also a telegraphic station located in Brow Head, built for signaling purposes. But, the real thing here is the beautiful scenery and quiet atmosphere, away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Moher Cliffs, Coast of County Clare, Burren Tour from Galway
Duration: 8 hours
6. County Donegal: Ireland
Over the years, there have been various movie scenes filmed around County Donegal, including in Malin Head, at the most northerly point of Ireland. Visit the weather station here, as well as Caffe Banba, a well-known place to stop and have a drink. Banbas Crown is another attraction you must check out while you are here. The tower was used during war times. Best of all, now that you know the latest Star Wars movie was filmed in Malin Head, you should spend some quality time here, to enjoy the panoramic view of the coastline and rocks.
Address: County Donegal, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Website: County Donegal
Skellig Micheal is the mother of all locations. This is where you will see Rey find the legendary Jedi master, Luke Skywalker, in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Skellig Michael is actually an island, located on the west side of Iveragh Peninsula, in County Kerry, Ireland. Apart from the scenic views of the island, there is a monastery and a monks’ graveyard on the island. It has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, since 1996. Wildlife like storm petrels, puffins and Manx shearwaters can be found here, and they are considered endangered species. So, why wait for the movie, the teaser trailer is out! Start your journey now and travel like a Jedi.
Address: Great Skellig, Skellig Rock Great, Ireland
This is yet another top destination in Ireland, not just for golfers, but also a filming location for the upcoming Star Wars movie. Although Ceann Sibeal is popular for its various magnificent golf clubs, its beautiful scenery, over the cliffs and overlooking the sea, is totally breathtaking. Besides, this where the Star Wars team built the film set seen in this photo.
Private Tour: Dingle Peninsula from Killarney
Duration: 5 to 7 hours
Did you know that Dingle is known as one of the most beautiful places in the world? This is due to its beautiful scenery and also the town, which is painted in various colors. Not surprisingly, the latest Star Wars movie is filmed here. It is also home to a famous Bottlenose dolphin, known as Fungie. So, if you come to Dingle, you’ll be able to visit Fungie, as he is still alive and well and can be seen on a local dolphin tour. Besides dolphins, you can also see different types of whales, here. Oceanworld Aquarium is also another attraction not to be missed if you are interested in marine life. Listen to some Irish music at any one of the local bars, when you’re in town, especially if you are here during the summer.
Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour from Dingle
Duration: 4 hours
Get ready for Star Wars VIII!
The above attractions are unique in their own way, not just because they are popular filming locations for the new Star Wars movie and other TV series, but because they are also beautiful tourist attractions, that should be explored by everyone. So, let the force be with you! Make a plan to travel to these points of interests, listed above.
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