Love on location

Love on location

The silver screen’s most famous scenes might not be so far, far away… get your honeymoon all wrapped up and take your love on location

1. Tunisia

Arid landscapes, vast deserts and intriguing architecture have made Tunisia the ideal spot to stage some of cinema's greatest stories.

Love on location

The Oasis of Tozeur doubles as the home of Anakin and Luke Skywalker from Star Wars.

Sidi Bouhlelis the canyon where Luke Skywalker met Ben Kenobi, and was also the choice location for filming scenes in Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark and The English Patient.

Matmata in southern Tunisia is home to sandstone, underground dwellings of native Berbers - and the troglodytes in Star Wars 1: The Phantom Menace.

Ait Benhaddou (the UNESCO registered fort) was the setting for Orson Welles' classic Laurence of Arabia, while more recently scenes in Gladiator were shot in oases close by.

2. United Kingdom

The UK has hundreds of cinematic settings, from the magical British based block-buster Harry Potter to popular period dramas.

Love on location

London's Leadenhall Market certainly captured the attention of Hollywood when it was selected as the site of Diagon Alley. On a visit you may not be able to buy a wand or broom but there is certainly enough variety of food, drink and merchandise to keep you spellbound!

Alnwick Castle in Northumberland was not only used to film scenes of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry but also starred in Elizabeth and Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire doubled as Pemberley in the 2005 adaptation of the Austen classic Pride and Prejudice. Lyme Park, near Stockport played the part in the classic 1995 BBC version.

Highclere Castle in Hampshire is home to the grand setting of BBC drama Downton Abbey.

3. Hawaii

The islands' setting in the Pacific Ocean and the long stretches of pristine beach which define this luxurious haven have seduced producers for years.

Love on location

Disney chose the island of Kauai as the location for swashbuckling adventure in the latest Pirates of the Caribbean film - On Stranger Tides. Captain Jack Sparrow trawled the island in the film in search of the 'Fountain of Youth'.

Explore the Huleia River (by air tour or kayak) and the Anahola Mountains - also on Kauai - to see more scenes from Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Nawiliwili Harbor and the Napali Coast both acted as settings for Jurassic Park: The Lost World.

4. Australia

From dystopian thrillers to epic love stories, the land down under is as cinematic in real life as it is on the big screen.

Love on location

The streets of Sydney feature several times in the 1999 block-buster The Matrix. The corners of Pitt Street, O'Connell Street and Hunter Street created the iconic bird's eye view phone booth shot in the film. Martin Place Fountain was the site of the 'Woman in the Red Dress' that taught Neo (Keanu Reeves) a lesson in looking out for deadly agents.

Baz Luhrman's epic Australia was shot on location in the Outback. Head Up Top to the Northern Territory and out to Western Australia to take in the natural drama swapping big screen for big skies.

photo by tom-herbert

 

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