Visit a galaxy far, far away at these 10 Star Wars filming locations around the world!

Written by: Sam Heltemes – July 27th, 2021 10:52 pm pst

Filming Locations You Can Visit

Credit: George Lucas LTD

Hoth, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

The small Norwegian village of Finse served as the snowy backdrop for the ice planet Hoth.

The cast and crew stayed at the lakeside Finse 1222 hotel, where visitors can still rest their heads today.

Theed Royal Palace, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace & Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

The Royal Palace of Caserta in Caserta, Italy, stands as the interior of the Theed Royal Palace. Formerly occupied in real life by kings of Naples, this palace was home to the monarchs of Naboo in the Star Wars films.

Naboo Plaza, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

The plaza in front of the Theed Royal Palace was shot not in Italy, but in Spain. Padme and Anakin can be seen walking across the Plaza de España in Seville in Episode II.

Lake Retreat, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

The picturesque Villa del Balbianello overlooks Lake Como in northern Italy. This is where Padme and Anakin were secretly wed in Episode II. It is a popular wedding venue, so Star Wars fans can even get married here IRL!

Yavin 4, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

The ancient Mayan city of Tikal was used as the backdrop for the jungle-covered Yavin 4 moon.

Located in Guatemala, Tikal National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site open to the public daily.

Mos Eisley Cantina, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

Located on an island off the coast of Tunisia, the port city of Ajim holds one of the most iconic Star Wars sets: Mos Eisley Cantina. Interestingly, the building is a former bakery.

Lars homestead, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith & Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

Also located in Tunisia is Luke Skywalker’s childhood home on Tatooine, the Lars homestead.

Interior scenes were shot at Hôtel Sidi Driss in Matmata, while the exterior is located in Nefta.

Mos Espa, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace & Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

Mos Espa, another settlement on Tatooine, was also filmed in Tunisia. Parts of the set remain in the desert today near the city of Tozeur.

Endor, Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi 

George Lucas brought filming closer to home for parts of Episode VI. The Forest Moon of Endor, home of the loveable Ewoks, is set in and around Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park and Humboldt Redwoods State Park in Northern California.

Jabba the Hutt’s sail barge & the Sarlacc pit, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

While much of the desert landscape of Tatooine was shot in Tunisia, some of it was also captured in the southeast corner of California. Algodones Dunes, also known as the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, is found near Yuma, Arizona and is a haven for off-roading enthusiasts.

Bonus: Rancho Obi-Wan & Scum and Villainy Cantina

While not filming locations, two additional fun places for Star Wars fans to check out are located in California. Founded by superfan Steve Sansweet, Rancho Obi-Wan in Petaluma is a museum housing the world’s largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia. Though currently closed due to COVID-19, it is expected to reopen at a later date.

For those looking to have a drink in style, check out Scum and Villainy Cantina located on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. This bar evokes the Mos Eisley Cantina from the films, while serving up drinks and snacks inspired by sci-fi and fantasy movies.

About The Author:

Samantha Heltemes is a film and television production student at Loyola Marymount University and an intern for AfterBuzz TV. She is passionate about movies, art and design, travel, and food.

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