Stars Wars Travel on Planet Earth ...


It’s rare that I plan a trip to the movies in advance but I am so excited to see one of the biggest movie releases in a decade I might pee my pants the night before.

December 18 2015 is the day the new Star Wars movie is unleashed on Earth.

One of the things I will look out for is the filming locations.

– Because I am a Star Wars fan AND travel nut.

Let’s get in the mood for the new movie with a tour of Star Wars movie filming locations – past and present.

1. Ajim, Tunisia

Ajim, Tunisia

The port of Ajim on the island of Djerba in Tunisia was the location for both Ben Kenobi’s hut and the exterior of Chalmun’s Spaceport Cantina.

2. Caserta, Italy

Caserta, Italy

This little known town just outside of Naples boasts a beautiful palace built for King Charles III.

You can see it in Episodes I and II as the Theed Royal Palace.2

3. Twenty Mule Team Canyon, Death Valley, USA

Twenty Mule Team Canyon, Death Valley, USA

This ominously named stretch of land in California was used during the filming of return of the Jedi when C-3P0 and R2D2 walk up to the Palace of Jabba the Hutt.

4. Hardangerjøkulen Glacier, Norway

Hardangerjøkulen Glacier, Norway

This one sure is a mouthful!

The stunning glacier was used for the filming of The Empire Strikes Back to bring to life the battles scenes on the ice planet Hoth.2

5. Mount Etna, Italy

Mount Etna, Italy

Europe’s most active volcano was used to capture some photography that was then used as the background for the amazing light saber battle between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker on planet Mustafar.

6. Plaza De España, Spain

Plaza De España, Spain

This amazing location in Seville, Spain was used for the arrival scenes starring Padme and Anakin on the planet of Naboo.

7. Chott El Djerid, Tunisia

Chott El Djerid, Tunisia

Perhaps one of the most memorable locations, this dried salt lake became the home of Luke Skywalker and his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru.

Hotel Sidi Driss, Tunisia
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