It may be set a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, but a lot of the settings from the Star Wars movies can actually be found in real life. Sure, it’s true that much of the newer movies were shot on sound stages with green screens so all kinds of special effects could be added in later. But there are still plenty of Star Wars filming locations that remain intact. In fact, many of the most iconic otherworldly locations you see throughout the films were shot on location around the world.
From the wooded forests of California and England, to the barren deserts of Tunisia and Abu Dhabi, the creative geniuses behind the Star Wars films have done extraordinary work bringing their spectacular galaxy of exotic planets to audiences everywhere. So, if you want to have a Star Wars experience that’s a little more tangible than sitting in your living room playing Battlefront in your homemade Jedi robes, then pack your bags and plan a trip to visit some of these awesome real life Star Wars locations.
15. Luke Skywalker’s Home Village on Tatooine (Episode IV) – Matmata, Tunisia
Still to this day, the North African country of Tunisia remains the most recognizable and iconic location from the first two Star Wars trilogies. If you want to visit the place Luke Skywalker called home before he joined up with the Rebel Alliance, head over to the Sidi Driss Hotel in Matmata, where you’ll feel like an honest-to-goodness moisture farm as you enjoy your stay in traditional troglodyte accommodations.
Fans even went so far as to rebuild the little sand igloo where Luke lived with his adoptive aunt and uncle. You can find it at these coordinates 33°50’34.5″N 7°46’42.8″E.