Lonely Planet Writer

Planning to do some binge-watching this weekend? Netflix's Sense8 is back to fuel your wanderlust

It’s Friday so you’re probably planning one of two things; some amazing weekend exploring, at home or away, or you’re taking it easy and catch up with a binge-watch of your favourite TV programmes. If you’re looking to combine a bit of the two, you could do worse than Netflix’s Sense8 which released its second season last week.

The cast of Sense8 film in Brazil. Image by Netflix.
The cast of Sense8 film in Brazil. Image by Netflix.

The show follows eight people who all live in different parts of the world, making it one of the most geographically diverse settings for a TV programme. The creators wanted to make the finished product as authentic as possible, so every scene is shot on location exactly where it is based.

Season one focused on nine different cities across the eight countries linked to the main characters. In season two, the filming expands as the characters travel even further afield. Here are some of the epic locations you can look forward to seeing during your weekend binge-watching. They might inspire you to book a trip yourself.

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The Rijksmuseum at night
The Sense8 cast got up close to the Rijksmuseum’s works of art. Image by: Arnis G./500px

Amsterdam was recently named the best city in the world for millennials to move to and some actors also got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a night time shoot inside the Rijksmuseum itself.

Nairobi, Kenya

The sun goes does in Nairobi
Nairobi, and its residents, take a star turn in Sense8. Image by Cultura RM Exclusive/WALTER ZERLA

The streets of Nairobi take centre stage for many of the scenes involving Capheus who drives the streets in a personalised minibus. Hundreds of locals also got involved in filming as extras.

Seoul, South Korea

Modern architecture of Dongdaemun Design Plaza at night,
Seoul was the setting for some of Sense8’s action scenes. Image byT.Dallas/Shutterstock

Some of the actors got to shoot in their home town. A documentary on the making of the first season, also released on Netflix, showed Donna Bae giving tours of Seoul to the rest of the cast.

Positano, Italy

Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy
Positano was one of the new locations for season 2. Image by Tsomchat/Shutterstock

The cast have raved about filming on location at this famous cliffside village along the Amalfi Coast.

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge on Pinheiros River, Sao Paulo, Brazil
The cast filmed during the city’s Gay Pride Parade. Image by Alfred Myers/500px

Producers have revealed their decision to film at Sao Paulo’s 20th Gay Pride Parade was last minute and, despite the lack of advance scouting, was a fantastic success. The cast and crew spent eight hours on a float that went through the city’s crowd of 2.5 million people.

Kalkara, Malta

Kalkara, South Eastern Region, Malta
Kalkara, South Eastern Region, Malta. Image by Malta Loop Images/Slawek Staszczuk

The cast got to dive into the Mediterranean for their final on-location shoot of the season. In total, the crew flew 100,000 miles for season one (or around the globe four times) and with these new locations, their season two record can’t be far off.