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Big screen locations for your wanderlist

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A chance to escape and put down the pressures of everyday life for an hour or two, there’s nothing quite like being swept off our feet by a movie. Whilst of course there are many elements that are all equally important to making a blockbuster, it’s also no secret that location, location, location is everything.

Here’s my top 3 big screen locations that simply need to be on everyone’s wanderlust list, for 3 very different reasons.

Best for…iconic scenes
Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts – Jaws

An island sitting in the Atlantic,

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just south of Cape Cod, Martha’s vineyard encompasses harbour towns, lighthouses, sandy beaches and farmland. Location of the iconic film, Jaws, it is accessible only by boat or air. On the eastern end is the ferry port and commercial centre whilst just a short drive away is Oak Bluffs with an iconic carousel, thought to be the oldest working carousel in America. This paired with colourful Carpenter Gothic cottages, the region has an old America feel of times gone by. Organised tours run most days which last a couple of hours and include the ferry
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crossing. However, the island is easy enough to navigate around so with a little map preparation in advance it is easy to see the filming locations which are all in close vicinity to each other.

 

Best for…scenery and nature
Matamata, New Zealand – Lords of the Rings & The Hobbit

Located on New Zealand’s North Island, in the shadow of the Kaimai Range Mountains, rests the town of Matamata. Slightly southwest of here is the Hobbiton Movie Set which offers unrivalled greenery and lush landscape. The set has remained intact,

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tours are extremely popular and you have the chance of an evening banquet as an extra. Surrounding areas worth a see include a trail to Wairere falls, the highest waterfall on the island and showcasing views over to the Waikato planes.

 

Best for…action packed re-enactments
Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain – A fistful of dollars

The relentless heat and barren desert of Almeria has served as the perfect set for many smash hit movies over the years. War time classics, fantasy adventures and story’s from the wild wild west have left

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their mark. The standout for me has to be Clint Eastwood’s ‘man with no name’. Having visited the set myself many years ago, I recall the thrilling re-enactments taking place in the dusty roads with well-staged scuffles and the town hero riding in on his trusty horse. The set remains in tact and can get very busy in high season, so worth visiting early in the morning before it gets too crowded and before the sun gets too high! Coastal resorts are within easy reach, they remain typically Spanish with a fabulously Mediterranean feel. An ancient
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Moorish fortress overlooks the city and archaeological remains are scattered all over the province.

There are so many fantastic film locations throughout the world. What’s been your favourite? Tell me in the comments or contact me directly Rebecca.whitmore@travelcounsellors.com

#travel #movies #filmsets #movielocations #holiday #wanderlist #wanderlust #rebeccawhitmoretravelcounsellors #rwtc

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- 7 Jan 19

A chance to escape and put down the pressures of everyday life for an hour or two, there’s nothing quite like being swept off our feet by a movie. Whilst of course there are many elements that are all equally important to making a blockbuster, it’s also no secret that location, location, location is everything.

Here’s my top 3 big screen locations that simply need to be on everyone’s wanderlust list, for 3 very different reasons.

Best for…iconic scenes
Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts – Jaws

An island sitting in the Atlantic, just south of Cape Cod, Martha’s vineyard encompasses harbour towns, lighthouses, sandy beaches and farmland. Location of the iconic film, Jaws, it is accessible only by boat or air. On the eastern end is the ferry port and commercial centre whilst just a short drive away is Oak Bluffs with an iconic carousel, thought to be the oldest working carousel in America. This paired with colourful Carpenter Gothic cottages, the region has an old America feel of times gone by. Organised tours run most days which last a couple of hours and include the ferry crossing. However, the island is easy enough to navigate around so with a little map preparation in advance it is easy to see the filming locations which are all in close vicinity to each other.

 

Best for…scenery and nature
Matamata, New Zealand – Lords of the Rings & The Hobbit

Located on New Zealand’s North Island, in the shadow of the Kaimai Range Mountains, rests the town of Matamata. Slightly southwest of here is the Hobbiton Movie Set which offers unrivalled greenery and lush landscape. The set has remained intact, tours are extremely popular and you have the chance of an evening banquet as an extra. Surrounding areas worth a see include a trail to Wairere falls, the highest waterfall on the island and showcasing views over to the Waikato planes.

 

Best for…action packed re-enactments
Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain – A fistful of dollars

The relentless heat and barren desert of Almeria has served as the perfect set for many smash hit movies over the years. War time classics, fantasy adventures and story’s from the wild wild west have left their mark. The standout for me has to be Clint Eastwood’s ‘man with no name’. Having visited the set myself many years ago, I recall the thrilling re-enactments taking place in the dusty roads with well-staged scuffles and the town hero riding in on his trusty horse. The set remains in tact and can get very busy in high season, so worth visiting early in the morning before it gets too crowded and before the sun gets too high! Coastal resorts are within easy reach, they remain typically Spanish with a fabulously Mediterranean feel. An ancient Moorish fortress overlooks the city and archaeological remains are scattered all over the province.

There are so many fantastic film locations throughout the world. What’s been your favourite? Tell me in the comments or contact me directly Rebecca.whitmore@travelcounsellors.com

#travel #movies #filmsets #movielocations #holiday #wanderlist #wanderlust #rebeccawhitmoretravelcounsellors #rwtc

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Rebecca Whitmore, born in Chester, Cheshire, is a mother, wife and business owner with the award winning company Travel Counsellors. Rebecca is obsessed with creating perfect holidays to fit her clients needs and has had the pleasure of helping thousands of people create wonderful lifelong memories. Rebecca has spent years dedicating her time to learning her trade and is well travelled herself after working and living abroad. The many happy memories she has created on her own holidays are her driving force for wanting to bring this same experience to her clients. She has excellent connections with major hotel brands, airlines, cruise lines and direct contracts with in-resort tour operators. This, as well as the ground breaking software she works with, means she can create every possible itinerary her clients may wish for. In her personal life Rebecca is sociable and enjoyable to be with. She likes walks along the River Dee (stopping for a spot of lunch of course), old movies, and playing in the garden with her family. She is fiercely passionate that no matter how busy life can get, we can all achieve our dreams. To discuss your travel plans, destination inspiration and general wanderlust wishes you can contact Rebecca on rebecca.whitmore@travelcounsellors.com or 01244 490 005

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