5 Stunning Film Locations Around The World

Join us as we delve into these mesmerizing destinations that have played an integral role in immersing viewers in the magic of the movies
Filmmakers always search for breathtaking backdrops to bring their stories to life.
Filmmakers always search for breathtaking backdrops to bring their stories to life. Shutterstock.com

Throughout cinema history, filmmakers have ventured to extraordinary corners of the world, searching for breathtaking backdrops to bring their stories to life. These locations, chosen for their natural beauty, architectural marvels, or historical significance, can transport audiences into visual enchantment. From misty mountains and ancient ruins to bustling cities and serene beaches, we embark on a cinematic journey to discover five of the most stunning film locations that have graced the silver screen.

Angkor Thom, Cambodia
Movie Lara Croft-Tomb Raider

Situated in contemporary Cambodia, on the western bank of the Siem Reap River, Angkor stands as the final capital city of the Khmer Empire. Before Angkor, the city of Thom served as the capital. Angkor Thom, derived from the Khmer language, translates to 'great kingdom'. The city's architectural style follows the Bayon style, characterized by its captivating natural allure, featuring 54 towers adorned with smiling faces. Notably, the Temple of Ta Prohm has become synonymous with the film featuring Angelina Jolie, earning it the "Tomb Raider Temple" moniker.

Matamata, New Zealand
Movie Lord Of The Rings
Matamata, a town in the Waikato region of New Zealand, is renowned for being the residence of the shire and its thriving thoroughbred horse industry. Nestled near the foothills of the Kaimai ranges, Matamata is located approximately 2 hours south of Auckland. It proudly boasts the iconic Hobbiton movie set, which showcases more than 44 charming hobbit holes, enchanting gardens and hedges, a picturesque double-arched bridge, and breathtaking waterfalls. Visitors can partake in guided tours and immerse themselves in the whimsical world of hobbits. The Alexander farm in Matamata served as the filming location for the Lord of the Rings series, capturing the essence of J.R. Tolkien's "Middle-earth" in this captivating corner of New Zealand.

Skiathos, Greece
Movie Mamma Mia
Skiathos, a little island located in the northwest Aegean Sea, has a history that includes a minor role in the Persian wars. Embracing a truly cosmopolitan vibe, this island is a veritable paradise on earth, adorned with lush pine forests and pristine, crystal-clear waters. Its unspoiled beauty is showcased through its impressive collection of over 60 beaches and water bodies. The sandy beaches and charming taverns on Skiathos add to its allure. Visitors can conveniently access the island and explore the rest of the Sporades islands through regular boat services departing from Volos and Agios Konstantinos.

Savoca, Italy

Movie The Godfather
Savoca and Forza d'Agrò, situated in the picturesque Province of Messina in Sicily, offer some of the most breathtaking film locations. In the 1972 film The Godfather, these towns served as the perfect settings, showcasing their russet-red buildings, vibrant citrus trees, and cascading cacti on the hillside. Savoca, located approximately 170 kilometres east of Palermo and 30 kilometres southwest of Messina, is a charming commune adorned with groups of dwellings and churches strategically placed around its scenic hilltops.

Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii
Movie Jurassic Park
Kualoa, a privately-owned nature reserve and cattle ranch is a beloved tourist attraction and a sought-after filming location. Situated approximately 24 miles (39 km) from Honolulu and 32 miles (51 km) from Haleiwa, this expansive ranch encompasses three magnificent valleys. Referred to as "Jurassic Valley" for its breathtaking beauty, Kualoa has hosted numerous blockbuster films, including Jurassic Park, King Kong, Hawaii Five-0, and Finding Ohana. It truly is a stunning and iconic destination.

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