5 Film Destinations That Are Even More Awe-Inspiring Off Screen | Part 1

5 Film Destinations That Are Even More Awe-Inspiring Off Screen | Part 1

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LOOKING FOR SOMEWHERE TO SPEND YOUR NEXT HOLIDAY?

From the temple that housed the Holy Grail in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade to the Irish Island where Rey discovered Luke Skywalker hiding out in Star Wars: The Force Awakens - take inspiration from the big screen and make your way to these lesser-known film locations...

INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE | PETRA, JORDAN

Once a thriving trading centre, Jordan's lost city of Petra was the capital of the Nabataean empire between 400BC and AD106.

Forgotten for centuries - bewitching tombs and temples are carved into pink sandstone cliffs, infiltrating the dark and narrow canyon entrance.

A UNESCO World Heritage-listed site and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, Petra is no stranger to the big screen having been featured in blockbusters such as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Arabian Nights, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS | SKELLIG MICHAEL, IRELAND 

Once a sleepy island, all it took was a cameo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens to put Skellig Michael on the map.

Located off the coast of county Kerry, this wilderness and nature preserve is a UNESCO World Heritage site that's only open to tourists from May to early October.

Pack your hiking boots and make most of the rigorous climb - there's a 670-step stairway that leads to a sixth-century monastery that will help you feel the Force.

IN BRUGES | BRUGES, BELGIUM

A mere mention of this Flemish town conjures up a number of images: picturesque canals, foamy beers and the black comedy crime film: In Bruges.

Often referred to as the 'Venice of the North', this former trading hub turns on the charm with its historic churches, revered swans and carpets of daffodils surrounding the Beginhof towards Spring.

Heralded as one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe, you'll stumble across backdrops from the 2008 film, starring Colin Farrell at almost every turn, including the Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce Hotel - an unexpectedly more upmarket locale than in the film.

127 HOURS | MOAB, UTAH

Utah is famous for its fabulous red rock formations and canyons, especially in Monument Valley and has been used in many, many movies. The Lone Ranger, Star Trek, Mission Impossible ll and Indiana Jones and the Last Crucade to name but a few.

127 Hours is the harrowing true story of Aron Ralston, who became trapped in a canyon with his arm pinned under a boulder. Facing certain death, he decides to do the unthinkable, and cut off part of his own arm in order to escape.

Those who visit Moab and want to see exactly where Aron Ralston got trapped, should head to the Blue John Canyon...

LARA CROFT: TOMB RADIER | SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA

In Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, the seemingly abandoned stone temples with statues and walkways slowly being entombed by banyan roots looks like a movie set, but realistically, it's one of the most famous historical sites within South East Asia.

Cambodia's Angkor Wat dates back to the 12th century, but after many centuries of neglect and disuse, it wasn't until the early 1990s that it took its place on the tourist track.


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