Hollywood has a habit of making locations look and feel super cool. Sadly a lot of the time these amazing places are actually just film sets or the product of some very clever computer-generated images. There are some locations though, that simply cannot be faked and are too amazing to change in any way, take a look our pick for the ones that rock the most.
Dubrovnik – Croatia
Many of the scenes in HBO’s fantasy drama Game of Thrones were filmed on location in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The shots for the city of King’s Landing were filmed here, and most of the central characters have at some stage made the journey to the fictional city to bend the knee at the feet of the ruling King or Queen. It was the scene of the horrific fight between The Mountain, Gregor Clegane and The Viper, Oberyn Martell. Many characters have been betrayed in the city and Dubrovnik is the stunning location that allowed it all to happen.
Skopelos – Greece
One of the best things about the 2008 musical movie Mamma Mia! was the location the film was shot in. The blue seas and white sands of the Greek island of Skopelos were a feature for many. The intricate streets the characters found themselves in were like something from a magazine in the ‘60s – so vibrant and unique. Many people will not forget witnessing some of the cast singing their head off as we’d never seen them before. Many started booking flights to Greece as they wanted to have their very own Mamma Mia! moments.
Matamata – New Zealand
New Zealand was the location for the wonderful set of fantasy epic trilogy The Lord of the Rings. Its rolling hills and mountains are something that can easily take your breath away because of their beauty. Besides the natural wonders, there is another location that many tourists in New Zealand have to go to no matter what. Matamata is a town in the Kaimai Mountains, and there are hobbit homes left behind from filming. People can kick off their shoes and take tours of the quaint Shire and feel as though they are Hobbits too, just like Frodo and the gang.
Angkor Thom – Cambodia
Angelina Jolie played the titular character in the 2001 fantasy adventure Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. No film called Tomb Raider would be complete without some tombs to explore, and this film didn’t disappoint. The filmmakers chose to shoot some of the movie at the Hindu temple of Angkor Thom in Cambodia, which is still standing from the 12th century. The temple features large faces carved from the stones and is as full of history as it looks.
Ait Ben Haddou – Morocco
Ait Ben Haddou is one of the locations used in the historical action movie Gladiator, starring Russell Crowe as Maximus Decimus Meridius. The ancient location is used as the city where Maximus gets sold into the slave trade, and it looks as though it has been plucked from history and placed in the modern day. This location is available to visit, and it will make you feel like you are stepping into the movie yourself.
There are hundreds of amazing locations across the world and thanks to modern technology we can witness them in some of our favorite movies and TV shows. The best thing about these real-life filming locations is that if you really want to, you can go and visit them.