Real-life Star Wars locations
Whether you’re an old-school Princess Leia lover or a Darth Vader diehard, what better way to spend Star Wars Day than planning a visit (when we can travel again!) to one or more of these 20 earthly destinations that played a part of a galaxy far, far away in one or more of the film franchise’s episodes. May the fourth be with you!
Wadi Rum, Jordan
Much of the fictional Star Wars universe is created on soundstages and with special effects. This is certainly true of the final film of the Skywalker nine-ology (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker). But here is one real-life filming location – the Wadi Rum desert in Southern Jordan. While Wadi Rum has already entered the Star Wars universe as the location for the moon Jedha in the film Rogue One, the final instalment of the Star Wars ennealogy used the stunning desert landscape as an entirely different planet, Pasaana.
Skellig Michael, Ireland
Rey found Luke Skywalker hiding on Ahch-To, a punishing but gorgeous island planet, in the final moments of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. Then in Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi, Rey pesters Luke until he trains her there among its hills and rock formations. The shoot made Skellig Michael, a towering sea crag located roughly 11km off the southwest coast of Ireland in County Kerry, a tourist magnet. Many visit to walk the hundreds of rock steps as she did. They lead, according to World Heritage Ireland, to a monastery built between the sixth and eighth centuries 180 metres above sea level by ascetic monks.