Visit the real-life locations from Star Wars

May the Fourth (and the Force) be with you! Star Wars Day is fast approaching and fans around the world are getting ready to celebrate the most beloved space opera of all times and its iconic characters.

If you want to pay homage to the world and the characters created by George Lucas by planning a Star Wars-inspired trip, this gallery is a collection of some of the locations that are very much on planet Earth but served as sets for the wondrous planets of the galaxy far far away, whether they are core worlds or outer rim planets.

The site of Onk Jemal, in Tunisia, is where George Lucas decided to set the town of Mos Espa on Luke Skywalker’s home planet Tatooine in A New Hope. The Tatooine-inspired decor built for the film are still there and very much open to visitors. Photo by Simon Kremer/picture alliance via Getty Images
The site of Onk Jemal, in Tunisia, is where George Lucas decided to set the town of Mos Espa on Luke Skywalker’s home planet Tatooine in A New Hope. The Tatooine-inspired decor built for the film are still there and very much open to visitors. Photo by Simon Kremer/picture alliance via Getty Images
Tunisia has also lent its scenery for another Tatooine set— the Hotel Sidi Driss in Matmata served as the moisture farm of Owen and Beru Lars, Luke’s uncle and aunt with whom he lived before leaving on his quest to save Princess Leia in A New Hope. Photo by Westend61/Getty Images
Tunisia has also lent its scenery for another Tatooine set— the Hotel Sidi Driss in Matmata served as the moisture farm of Owen and Beru Lars, Luke’s uncle and aunt with whom he lived before leaving on his quest to save Princess Leia in A New Hope. Photo by Westend61/Getty Images
The mountains around Grindelwald, in Switzerland, were used as scenery for Princess Leia Organa’s doomed planet, the beautiful Alderaan. Photo by Thomas Wegner/EyeEm/Getty Images
The mountains around Grindelwald, in Switzerland, were used as scenery for Princess Leia Organa’s doomed planet, the beautiful Alderaan. Photo by Thomas Wegner/EyeEm/Getty Images
The Mayan ruins found in Tikal, Guatemala, can be seen in the background as the Millennium Falcon makes its arrival on the planet Yavin in A New Hope, where the first great battle of the saga takes place and Luke Skywalker destroys the first Death Star. Photo by TheZAStudio/Shutterstock
The Mayan ruins found in Tikal, Guatemala, can be seen in the background as the Millennium Falcon makes its arrival on the planet Yavin in A New Hope, where the first great battle of the saga takes place and Luke Skywalker destroys the first Death Star. Photo by TheZAStudio/Shutterstock
The town of Finse, in Norway, was used as the location of the Rebel Alliance’s Echo Base on the frozen planet Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. The glacier close to Finse, Hardangerjøkullen Glacier, served as the terrain for the Frozen Battle of Hoth, which famously introduced the Empire’s All Terrain Armored Transports, more commonly known as the AT-AT walkers. Photo by F. Verhelst/Papafrezzo Photography/Getty Images
The town of Finse, in Norway, was used as the location of the Rebel Alliance’s Echo Base on the frozen planet Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. The glacier close to Finse, Hardangerjøkullen Glacier, served as the terrain for the Frozen Battle of Hoth, which famously introduced the Empire’s All Terrain Armored Transports, more commonly known as the AT-AT walkers. Photo by F. Verhelst/Papafrezzo Photography/Getty Images
The Del Norte County in California, more specifically the area of Redwood National Park, was used as the backdrop for the forest moon of Endor, where the final battle of The Return of the Jedi takes place (and also the homeworld of the Ewoks, arguably some of the cutest inhabitants of the galaxy far far away). Photo by kurdistan/Shutterstock
The Del Norte County in California, more specifically the area of Redwood National Park, was used as the backdrop for the forest moon of Endor, where the final battle of The Return of the Jedi takes place (and also the homeworld of the Ewoks, arguably some of the cutest inhabitants of the galaxy far far away). Photo by kurdistan/Shutterstock
The first movie of Star Wars’ prequel trilogy introduces us to the planet of Naboo and the Queen who rules it, Padmé Amidala, who will eventually become a senator of the Republic, Anakin Skywalker’s wife and the mother of Luke and Leia. The exteriors for Padmé’s palace, the Theed Royal Palace, where shot in Seville’s Plaza de España. Photo by Paolo Gallo/Shutterstock
The first movie of Star Wars’ prequel trilogy introduces us to the planet of Naboo and the Queen who rules it, Padmé Amidala, who will eventually become a senator of the Republic, Anakin Skywalker’s wife and the mother of Luke and Leia. The exteriors for Padmé’s palace, the Theed Royal Palace, where shot in Seville’s Plaza de España. Photo by Paolo Gallo/Shutterstock
The Naboo Royal Palace interiors were on the other hand “borrowed” from the Palace of Caserta in Italy, close to the city of Naples. Photo by tanukiphoto/Getty Images
The Naboo Royal Palace interiors were on the other hand “borrowed” from the Palace of Caserta in Italy, close to the city of Naples. Photo by tanukiphoto/Getty Images
The Phantom Menace also brings us back to Tatooine, where Anakin Skywalker lived as a boy, and to Tunisia, the Earth counterpart of the sand planet. George Lucas chose the Ksar Ouled Soltane, an abandoned fortified granary dating back to the 16th century, as the location of Anakin’s house, which can be found in the slave quarters of the city of Mos Espa. Photo by Thierry Monasse/Getty Images
The Phantom Menace also brings us back to Tatooine, where Anakin Skywalker lived as a boy, and to Tunisia, the Earth counterpart of the sand planet. George Lucas chose the Ksar Ouled Soltane, an abandoned fortified granary dating back to the 16th century, as the location of Anakin’s house, which can be found in the slave quarters of the city of Mos Espa. Photo by Thierry Monasse/Getty Images
Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala were married in secret at the end of Attack of the Clones in Padmé’s family lake house on the planet Naboo. The Villa del Balbianello on Italy’s lake Como served as the backdrop for the beautiful house, and is today a very popular spot for weddings! Photo by imagesef/Shutterstock
Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala were married in secret at the end of Attack of the Clones in Padmé’s family lake house on the planet Naboo. The Villa del Balbianello on Italy’s lake Como served as the backdrop for the beautiful house, and is today a very popular spot for weddings! Photo by imagesef/Shutterstock
Phang Nga Bay in Thailand, located halfway between the Strait of Malacca and the island of Phuket, served in Revenge of the Sith as the backdrop for the Wookiees’ home planet, Kashyyyk. Catherine Sutherland/Lonely Planet
Phang Nga Bay in Thailand, located halfway between the Strait of Malacca and the island of Phuket, served in Revenge of the Sith as the backdrop for the Wookiees’ home planet, Kashyyyk. Catherine Sutherland/Lonely Planet
The desert of Rub’ al Khali, around Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, was used in The Force Awakens as the homeplanet of the new trilogy’s main character, Rey of Jakku. Photo by Achim Thomae/Getty Images
The desert of Rub’ al Khali, around Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, was used in The Force Awakens as the homeplanet of the new trilogy’s main character, Rey of Jakku. Photo by Achim Thomae/Getty Images
Perhaps one of the most iconic Star Wars locations despite being featured only briefly in The Force Awakens and more prominently in The Last Jedi, the most recent movie of the new trilogy, Skellig Michael in Ireland is certainly striking. It is home a UNESCO World Heritage monastery built in the 6th century and it’s also the backdrop for planet Ahch-To, the remote world where Luke Skywalker retires after his failure at training his nephew Ben Solo. Brian Kelly/EyeEm/Getty Images
Perhaps one of the most iconic Star Wars locations despite being featured only briefly in The Force Awakens and more prominently in The Last Jedi, the most recent movie of the new trilogy, Skellig Michael in Ireland is certainly striking. It is home a UNESCO World Heritage monastery built in the 6th century and it’s also the backdrop for planet Ahch-To, the remote world where Luke Skywalker retires after his failure at training his nephew Ben Solo. Brian Kelly/EyeEm/Getty Images
The Laamu Atoll, in the Maldives, acted as the planet Scarif in the first Star Wars story, Rogue One, where the Rebel Rogue One team led by Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor manage to steal the plans of the first Death Star which will later be destroyed by Luke Skywalker. Photo by Gallo Images/Getty Images
The Laamu Atoll, in the Maldives, acted as the planet Scarif in the first Star Wars story, Rogue One, where the Rebel Rogue One team led by Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor manage to steal the plans of the first Death Star which will later be destroyed by Luke Skywalker. Photo by Gallo Images/Getty Images
The Last Jedi introduced us to the galactic gambling city of Canto Bight, played brilliantly by the Croatian city of Dubrovnik. The “Pearl of the Adriatic” is no stranger to famous fictional roles, since it’s been playing the role of King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms, since the first season of Game of Thrones. Photo by OGphoto/Getty Images
The Last Jedi introduced us to the galactic gambling city of Canto Bight, played brilliantly by the Croatian city of Dubrovnik. The “Pearl of the Adriatic” is no stranger to famous fictional roles, since it’s been playing the role of King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms, since the first season of Game of Thrones. Photo by OGphoto/Getty Images
The final battle of The Last Jedi takes place on planet Crait, with its striking red sand. While Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, where the scenes were filmed, might not have the red sand, it’s still equally as striking— it’s the largest salt flat in the world, after all. Photo by Westend61/Getty Images
The final battle of The Last Jedi takes place on planet Crait, with its striking red sand. While Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, where the scenes were filmed, might not have the red sand, it’s still equally as striking— it’s the largest salt flat in the world, after all. Photo by Westend61/Getty Images