If you love exploring on holiday, why not adventure to find a stunning backdrop or iconic landmark featured in your favourite film or TV box set too? From striking castles to impressive ancient ruins, there are countless film locations across the globe, ready for you to discover (and reenact your favourite scene too if you feel like it!).
So whether you’re a sun-seeker, culture-vulture or spontaneous traveler, why not check out these 4 of our favourite spots where you may find your favourite scenes were shot!
1- Skopelos, Greece
The gorgeously green Greek island of Skopelos was the setting for most of the scenes of the hit musical Mammia Mia! Sitting beautifully in the Aegean Sea, Skopelos is one of several islands which comprise the Northern Sporades island group. Musical-enthusiasts are sure to recognize various spots from the film across the paradise island and admire its azure waters, stunning beaches and charming main town.
Stunning Skopelos is located in the Thessaly region of Greece, offering a plethora of great beaches as well as spectacular hiking routes and fantastic scuba-diving spots too. A holiday to Skopelos promises the best of sun, sea and sand… why not give it a go this year?
2- Scotland, Britain
Scotland’s freshwater loch, Loch Morar, was used for shots of Hogwarts Lake in the world-famous Harry Potter films! Located in Lochaber, in the north-west highlands of Scotland, the loch is a nature-lover’s and walker’s paradise, offering breathtaking landscapes to admire and scenic paths to stroll down.
The loch is the deepest freshwater body in the British Isles, with clear waters surrounded by a diversity of natural woodland. Famous for its appearances in the Harry Potter films, the loch is also host to a legendary mysterious creature – the loch monster Morag!
The small village of Morar, on Scotland’s west coast, is a charming area of the country to explore, offering an authentic Scottish break immersed in natural beauty and pure relaxation. With a long coastline and handful of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, wherever you venture, a holiday to Scotland promises culture and outstanding sights.
3- Mdina, Malta
Some scenes of the award-winning TV series Game of Thrones were filmed in the ancient Maltese capital city of Mdina, with the stone city providing the back-drop for the King’s Landings. The city, in the north region of sunny Malta, dates back more than 4,000 years, offering a diversity of historic attractions, including its stunning cathedral.
The fortified city is also close to the Roman town of Rabat, another destination certainly worth a visit on your Maltese escape! The town’s Roman Museum is a brilliant attraction for the whole family, immersing visitors in Malta’s cultural heritage. Charming Rabat is mainly known for the landmark St Paul’s Catacombs; a complex of underground Roman cemeteries.
4- Te Anau, New Zealand
Lord of the Rings fans can enjoy the views across the Kepler Mire; the largest wetland in the Te Anau basin complex in New Zealand. Known as the Dismal Swamp, the Kepler Mire was the filming location for the Dead Marshes in the hit film series.
The town of Te Anau is a great place to explore, on the edge of a lake in the Southland region of the South Island of New Zealand too, with great guided walks and its famous Glowworm Caves! Fiordland National Park is a great attraction closeby too, oozing tranquility and boasting endless unspoilt landscapes of mountains, forests and valleys.