Take a tour through our top 10 holiday destinations where films were made and let us know which one is your favourite!
- Casablanca, Morocco
The Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman film classic put this Moroccan city on the map. It was shot entirely on Hollywood sound stages so you won’t find the labyrinthine streets and alleyways from the film – but you will find plenty of French colonial buildings in the old city.
There’s even a Rick’s Café modelled on the saloon in the 1942 film. There are plenty of other cafes in the northern part of the Parc de la Ligue Arabe, or in the city centre.
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Most of the exteriors for the hit Roman epic Gladiator (starring Russell Crowe) were shot here. Sadly, it was also here that his co-star Oliver Reed played his very last scene.
Malta is a small, rocky island with few sandy beaches and a lot of over-development. However it offers some excellent scuba diving and other water sports. The food’s good and winters are warm.
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- Kefalonia, Greece
This largely unspoilt Greek island was the setting for the film of Louis de Bernieres’ bestseller Captain Corelli’s Mandolin starring Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz, which was filmed in and around the pretty port of Sami and along the coast at AntiSamos. In the Ionian group, south of Corfu, Kefalonia is a mountainous but green island with numerous quiet and beautiful coves offering clear seas and safe bathing.
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- North Carolina, United States
The beauty of this US state provided the backdrop for Last of the Mohicans (starring Daniel Day Lewis). Locations included Lake James, areas around the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, and Chimney Rock, with its spectacular rock spire and 400ft waterfall. The Blue Ridge Parkway runs all the way from Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park to North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
- Savannah, Georgia, Deep South, United States
Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil, John Berendt’s real-life story about the colourful inhabitants of this Deep South city, was shot in and around the locations in his book. John Cusack and Kevin Spacey starred in this tale of southern charm laced with a lethal mixture of voodoo and murder. On the Atlantic coast, the city has elegant buildings, tree-lined streets, manicured gardens and a serene, Old South ambience.
- Isle of Wight, England
Judi Dench and Billy Connolly starred in Mrs Brown, the story of Queen Victoria’s relationship with Scotsman John Brown. Much of it was shot at the Queen’s former home, Osborne House, near Cowes. If you’re into sailing, time your visit to coincide with the annual Cowes week in late July/early August. There are also great walks, plenty of cycle paths and relatively uncrowded roads.
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- Tuscany, Italy
The Oscar-winning The English Patient (starring Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas) was partly shot here. Locations included Pienza, some 50km south of Siena. The beautiful pinkish light in this area of rolling countryside, warm, stone buildings and vineyards provided the perfect backdrop. Must-sees in Tuscany include Florence, Siena and the hill towns of San Gimignano and Montepulciano.
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Much of the Mel Gibson epic Braveheart was shot in and around Glencoe, Glen Nevis and the Mamore Montains in western Scotland. Glencoe, scene of one of Scotland’s bloodiest battles in 1692, is also one of its most beautiful glens. The Central Western Highlands offers a well-beaten tourist path to places like Fort William. For really rugged country and wildlife, strike out west of Fort William to Ardgour and Ardnamurchan.
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- The Andes, Argentina
Seven Years In Tibet (starring Brad Pitt) was shot mainly in the foothills of the Andes on the Argentina-Chile border, and especially around the Argentinean town of Uspallata, set in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains. It’s in the Cuyo region where much good wine is produced. Summer activities include climbing, canoeing, white-water rafting, fishing and riding. Skiing is pricey but popular in winter.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s character had an unpleasant time when he went looking for paradise in the film version of Alex Garland’s bestseller The Beach. You’re likely to have much more fun. Locations were Phuket; Krabi, famous for rock climbing, canoeing and island hopping; Khao Yai National Park, north of Bangkok; and the island of Ko Phi-Phi Leh.
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