Film Locations

There’s a reason our top 5 film locations have inspired countless movies (not to mention Solo Travellers trips!)

Each and every country has much more to offer than what is shown in the film so here are some destinations to get your travel taste buds tingling!

Morocco

The smash TV hit Game of Thrones uses Northern Ireland, Croatia and Iceland to film but we’re interested in its Moroccan setting. The cast of the American fantasy drama based on the George R. R. Martin books visits coastal Essaouira which fans will recognise as Astapor. Real life Aït Ben Haddou and neighbouring Ouarzazate also make an appearance, not just in GoT but also in the Oscar-winning film Gladiator. Ouarzazate is the scorched desert town where Maximus is sold into slavery in this timeless classic. Sound good? Check out our next trip to Morocco & The Sahara Desert.

Moroccan desert makes for great film settings

India

It’s no surprise this enormous country features in many films, ranging from The Bourne Supremacy – set in the popular tourist state of Goa – to Around the World in 80 Days with this leg of the journey seeing Phileas Fogg travel from Bombay to Calcutta. More recently, Mehrangarh Fort in Jodphur featured in Batman: The Dark Knight Rises as the inescapable ‘Pit’ that once imprisoned Bane. Check out our next Golden Triangle trip to India, we promise not to imprison anyone.

Mehrangarh Fort in Jodphur

Cambodia

No self respecting film locations list could miss off Cambodia and the overgrown complex of Angkor Thom, where Lara Croft’s mission took place in Tomb Raider. The sprawling ancient city, regardless of its Hollywood fame, is not one to be missed with the tree-entwined sculptures dating back to the 12th century. Visit Angkor on our next trip to Cambodia.

Angkor Thorn, South Gate

Jordan

Much like Morocco, Jordan’s arid desert, Wadi Rum, made ideal film locations for the likes of Lawrence of Arabia and The Last Crusade, the third instalment in the Indiana Jones series which sees Harrison Ford bursting into the Canyon of the Crescent Moon in search of the Holy Grail. In real life, they’re in the Al Khazneh (the Treasury) of the prehistoric city of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Don’t miss our next trip to Jordan, and a chance to visit these ancient wonders.

Petra, Jordan

Japan

If we said Godzilla, you’d probably guess we’re talking about Japan. The giant monster that plunged the city into chaos for the first time way back in 1954 – and has done so for a subsequent 30 times since – put the country on the map for many tourists. More recently, the mind-bending film Inception was filmed in a Warner Bros. set based on Nijo Castle, an imperial palace found in Kyoto which is open to the public. Join us on our next trip to Japan, minus the Godzilla action.

Nijo Castle, Kyoto

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