A long time ago, in a pirate ship far, far away...
It's that time of year again! The Star Wars saga continues with the latest instalment "The Last Jedi" hitting our cinemas this week! But not all of us can jump aboard the Millennium Falcon and tour the galaxy on a whim, which is why we've put together a list of seven Star Wars planets you can explore without ever leaving Earth!
Dubrovnik - Croatia
Star Wars locale: Canto Bight
Let's dive straight into Episode VIII, and the beautiful Croatian city of Dubrovnik. This dreamy Croatian city was the location Canto Bight, a city famed casinos, racetracks and general mischief! The perfect spot for any Master Codebreaker.
Lake Como - Italy
Star Wars locale: Lake Retreat, Naboo
The picturesque Villa del Balbianello on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como gave an appropriately romantic and epic air to Anakin and Padme’s secret wedding at the end of Attack of the Clones.
While the building itself was digitally altered for the film, fans will recognise the arbored terrace where the doomed pair said their vows. Dedicated couples today can arrange for Star Wars-themed weddings at the villa, complete with stormtroopers.
Tikal - Guatemala
Star Wars locale: Rebel Base, Yavin IV
These famous Mayan pyramids played home to the hidden rebel base in two films, A New Hope and Rogue One. While you won't find any X-wings sitting around, exploring this vast collection of ruins is fascinating.
To get a view of the temples poking out of the tree canopy as seen in the films, climb to the top of Tikal Temple IV (the only one you can climb).
Sahara Desert - Tunisia
Star Wars locale: Dune Sea, Tatooine
The vast dunes of the Tunisian Sahara gave life to Tatooine, Darth Vader’s birthplace. This desert planet has appeared in five of the eight Star Wars films to date. It's possible to find relics from the original film scattered around, from the fiberglass "bones" of a krayt dragon to abandoned vaporisers.
Or you could, you know, sleep in a hotel that used to be Luke Skywalker's home. No. Big. Deal.
Laamu Atoll - Maldives
Star Wars locale: Imperial Citadel, Scarif
New to the Star Wars franchise, the Maldives provided a gorgeous backdrop to Rogue One’s heartbreaking climax.
Redwood National Park - California, USA
Star Wars locale: Ewok Village, Endor
Even if you don’t know Star Wars, you probably know Ewoks: cute little forest-dwelling, teddy bear-like creatures that help Princess Leia save the day. Their cinematic home was filmed close to Redwood National Forest, but was sadly felled for lumber.
Skellig Michael - Ireland
Star Wars locale: Jedi Temple, Ahch-To
You may remember this island as Luke Skywalker’s mysterious hiding spot in The Force Awakens. Rumoured to be the home of the first Jedi temple, this island off the coast of Ireland actually holds the ruins of an ancient monastery.
If any of these have sparked your desire to set off on a Star Wars getaway, head to our Search & Book tools to start planning the ultimate trip to a Galaxy far far away!
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