11 Must-See Movie Set Destinations Around the World

Okay, so I’m not just talking movies here, but maybe a TV show too. Have you ever wondered where some of your favourite shows and films were shot? Or seen a set in a film and thought ‘I have to go there!’? Well take a look below at some of the most popular movie and TV set destinations around the world and be sure to get yourself there if you’re a fan; I’ve been to a few of them and felt like I was part of the action myself. Did you realise they were filmed there?

1) Morocco, as seen in Gladiator

Ridley Scott got his choice of set bang on when it came to shooting the Oscar winning film, Gladiator, in Morocco. Walking around Ait Benhaddou is like stepping back in time, with its dusty red old town and desert backdrop.

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2) Hawaii, as seen in Avatar

A lot of the film may be made using computer generated imagery, but what you can see of the fictional moon, Pandora (or Hawaii, as we know it better), in James Cameron’s mind-blowing motion picture looks absolutely stunning.

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3) Croatia, as seen in Game of Thrones

The makers of the hit TV series chose a number of different locations to film around Croatia. But perhaps the most famous is the old town of Dubrovnik being used as King’s Landing. I turned into such a fangirl here, walking around the city walls feeling like an actual Lannister.

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4) Austria, as seen in The Sound of Music

Here’s one I haven’t been to, but would absolutely love to. Like me, many of you will have grown up watching Julie Andrews sing her heart out in The Sound of Music. In Salzburg, you can recreate the famous scenes; dancing around the fountain and jumping up and down the iconic steps to the tune of ‘Do-Re-Mi’.

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5) Cambodia, as seen in Tomb Raider

It’s hard to imagine that a set such as that used in Tomb Raider actually exists in real life, but it does, trust me. I was left in awe at the ancient temples of Angkor in Cambodia, fascinated by all the incredible tree roots and the beautiful architecture.

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6) Tenerife, as seen in Clash of the Titans

The volcanic landscapes that the Canary Islands are so famous for have made them a popular choice for film locations over the years. Head to Teide National Park on the island of Tenerife and you’ll see why they chose this spot to film this action-packed mythological movie.

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7) New Zealand, as seen in Lord of the Rings

Director Peter Jackson actually flew over New Zealand’s north island to pick the exact spot that he thought would suit the Lord of the Rings setting. And that spot was the rolling green hills surrounding the small village of Matamata. Now you can go there and tour the set yourself. Here’s me channeling my inner Hobbit.

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8) Los Angeles, as seen in Pretty Woman

It’s hard to pick just one stand-out movie set in America, however some of the most famous scenes from this 90s classic can easily be visited whilst in LA. Walk along Rodeo Drive to Wilshire Boulevard and you can take a look inside the Beverly Wilshire Hotel where Richard Gere fell for the beautiful Julia Roberts.

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9) Skiathos, as seen in Mamma Mia!

This all singing, all dancing, musical extravaganza paints a stunning picture of the Greek island of Skiathos and its smaller neighbour, Skopelos. Take a tour of them both to see where abouts the different scenes were filmed. Although, I can’t guarantee you’ll be serenaded by Pierce Brosnan.

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10) Vatican City, as seen in Angels and Demons

The world’s smallest country; Vatican City in Rome is where Dan Brown’s first novel, ‘Angels and Demons’ is brought to life. Well, it’s actually the work of some rather impressive film studios, but it’ll still definitely make you want to see the historical city for yourself.

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11) Thailand, as seen in The Beach

And finally, who wouldn’t want to go to a place where Leonardo DiCaprio has pranced around in his Speedos? I visited the stunning island of Koh Phi Phi Leh in Thailand and honestly thought that somewhere like that only existed on a screensaver. Pure paradise.

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Have you visited many film or TV locations around the world? Where has been your favourite? Let me know in the comments below.

  • Wendy R

    Scotland has some great film locations - Glasgow doubled as Philadelphia in World War Z, and the latest Avengers film is currently being filmed in Edinburgh.
    And of course internationally renowned TV series, Outlander, based on Diana Gabaldon's books which has a studio just outside Glasgow and films on location throughout Scotland