Many of us love watching movies and while others just enjoy the good laughs and the wonders of what films have to offer, some fans make the extraordinary effort to travel and get a glimpse of the world inside and beyond their imagination. In fact, in many instances, places featured on popular shows and films have reported a major boost in tourism revenues due mainly to their new-found fame. If you want to visit the most iconic movie locations of some of your favorite films, this list will help you map out an unforgettable and fantastic travel experience.
- Skiathos and Skopelos islands, Greece
If you’ve sung along Mamma Mia’s charming classic covers of several iconic songs in this musical film, we’re sure you’ve also noticed the stunning islands where the movie was set: the Grecian jewels, Skiathos and Skopelos. With the enchanting blue waters, the sandy beaches and the familiar tavernas, this film location will surely make you fall in love over and over again.
- Durham City, Durham
The Harry Potter series may be a story about a magical world of wizards and witches but it doesn’t mean that muggle fans like us can’t have the chance to visit Hogwarts – at least its counterpart in the real world, the Durham Cathedral. This UNESCO World Heritage Site served as a film location for Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and its sequel, the Chamber of Secrets.
- Amalfi Coast, Italy
The director and the creators of the 2017 Wonder Woman movie actually considered 47 different countries and even visited several of them just to find the most ideal location for the Amazon’s city-state, Themyscira. At last, production designer Aline Bonetto fell in love with the wild, rocky, green coastal landscapes and the sparkling seas of the Amalfi Coast located south of Italy and thought that its Mediterranean landscape would be perfect for the ancient and exotic all-women tribe.
- Central Park, New York
New York City itself is a popular setting for many television shows and films, but it is its universal symbol, the Central Park, that appears most frequently in the majority of NY-based productions. Huge blockbusters and TV ratings winners such as Law & Order (1990), Sex and the City (1998), The Avengers (2012), and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) all had at least one scene shot in the park.
- Korean Folk Village, South Korea
Made popular by the Hallyu phenomenon, a.k.a. the Korean Wave, many K-drama locations have become iconic amongst fans, especially those in Asia. The Korean Folk Village in Yongin, Gyeonggi province, for example, is best recognized as the filming location of historical-themed dramas like Jewel in the Palace (2004), Moon Embracing the Sun (2012), and Arang and the Magistrate (2012). This place also offers Instagram-perfect Joseon-era buildings and interesting activities, such as Korean folk games, traditional weddings, and martial arts.