7 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Destinations You Can Visit in Real Life
While the intergalactic locations featured in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” may feel like they come from a galaxy far, far away, many of them are actually real places that you can visit.
The movie — the latest in the Star Wars saga, which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, December 15 — was shot in locations around the globe, which means after you see them on the big screen, you have the opportunity to see them again in real life.
We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite locations that appear in the new Star Wars movie, from vast salt dunes to charming villages.
Skellig Michael, Ireland:
The movie starts off where the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” left off, with Ireland’s Skellig Michael once again appearing as the scene for Ahch-To, the mysterious island housing Luke Skywalker.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is located on the west side of the Iveragh Peninsula, features a monastery dating as far back as the 6th century that you can reach by climbing up 600 steps. You’ll also want to keep your eyes peeled if you’re traveling here in the summer, as thousands of Atlantic puffins traverse the island during this time.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia:
Salar de Uyuni, the world’s biggest salt flat, with a length that stretches a whopping 4,086 square-miles across the Daniel Campos Province in Potosi, Bolivia, sets the scene for the planet of Crait.
Head to the massive salt flat, which features the remains of a prehistoric lake that dried up and left behind a massive crust of salt years ago. You’ll feel like you’ve entered another planet yourself thanks to the endless miles of white that surround you.
When it rains, the salt flat transforms into a vast mirror, reflecting the settings you find around you to make for an impressive natural display.
Croatia’s popular city of Dubrovnik has been the location for several hit films and series.
Besides serving as the setting for King’s Landing in “Game of Thrones,” Dubrovnik is also the location for Star War's alien haven, the Casino City of Canto Bight.
Some popular locations within Dubrovnik that appear in the movie include its Old Town, a preserved medieval city housing ancient architecture and stone walls that date back to the 16th century, and the city’s main limestone-paved street which runs through the Old Town itself.
The city is also located on the coastline of the Adriatic Sea, giving you mesmerizing ocean views to enjoy every step of the way.
Brow Head, Ireland:
One of the other locations in Ireland you’ll spot in the latest Star Wars movie is Brow Head, which stands as mainland Ireland’s most southerly point.
The Irish Aviation Authority enforced a no-fly zone in the area so that crew could shoot key scenes throughout the movie believed to include Rey’s Jedi training, according to the Irish Examiner.
The peaceful area is known for the dreamy views it offers of attractions like the Mizen Head and Fastnet Rock, thanks to its location along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
The area is also close to Crookhaven, where you can learn about the country’s rich maritime history, and houses a signal tower dating back to the early 1800s.
Malin Head, Ireland:
Several other locations along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way are also featured in the movie. These include the country’s most northerly point, Malin Head, which is located in County Donegal.
Considered the starting point of a journey along the Wild Atlantic Way, the area is known for its natural coastal scenery and its variety of bird species.
You’ll also find historic buildings taking back to the 1800s and opportunities to catch the Northern Light across the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal.
Loop Head, Ireland:
The crew also filmed in the Loop Head Peninsula on the Wild Atlantic Way, where dramatic cliffs stretch across the coastline for miles on end.
To see some of the area’s best attractions, you can follow the Loop Head Heritage Trail, which includes both signposts and an audio guide to take you through everything from whale-watching and spotting dolphins on the coast to seeing nesting seabirds and cycling across quaint country roads.
When it's time to relax, try out a seaweed bath, and keep your eyes out for the variety of fresh oysters, mussels, crab, white fish, and baked goods you’ll find at restaurants and cafes along the way.
Ceann Sibéal, Ireland:
One of the final stops Star Wars was filmed in Ireland was in Ballyferriter at the Ceann Sibéal headland, where crews built huts in the shape of beehives to stand as a Jedi temple.
The location is also where you’ll find the Dingle Golf Links, where you can play rounds of gold across hidden bays. You can also be surrounded by soaring mountains and enjoy views of the entire Dingle Peninsula as well as the tiny fishing villages that dot its terrain.