Jedi devo­tees can tread hal­lowed lo­ca­tions

Life & Style Weekend - - TRAVEL -

ANEW list of must-see travel des­ti­na­tions shows trav­ellers how to get as close as pos­si­ble to a galaxy far, far away. Book­ing.com took a look at film­ing lo­ca­tions for the lat­est in­stal­ments of Star Wars to come up with spots Jedi fans should add to their bucket list.

At the top of the list are two lo­ca­tions that were trans­formed into fic­tional plan­ets for the new­est Star Wars film, Rogue One.

The film shot to the top of the box of­fice when it was re­leased last week and its rich im­agery is thanks to places like Jor­dan.

The pro­tected desert park Wadi Rum in south­ern Jor­dan stood in for the desert moon Jedha, which makes its de­but in the Star Wars world for Rogue One.

On screen, it is a set­ting for civil war. In real life, it is known as the Val­ley of the Moon.

Its deeply coloured sand and rock for­ma­tions have stood in for dif­fer­ent plan­ets be­fore, in the space-travel-gone-wrong ac­tion film The Mar­tian.

Book­ing.com rec­om­mends a stay at the Wadi Rum’s camp­ing sites such as Salmon Zwaidh Camp.

“This au­then­tic Be­douin camp is sur­rounded by orange-coloured rock moun­tains, which you’ll in­stantly recog­nise from scenes in the movie,” the com­pany said.

For a colder in­ter­plan­e­tary travel lo­ca­tion, Book­ing.com rec­om­mends Ice­land’s south­ern coast.

The black sand flats of Myrdalssan­dur stood in as the planet Eadu, a sig­nif­i­cant lo­ca­tion for Rogue One’s hero Jyn Erso.

“This area is known best for its black sand beaches, steep sea stacks and sub­po­lar oceanic cli­mate, so it’s easy to see why it was used as a set­ting for an­other planet,” Book­ing.com said.

Pack the win­ter wool­lies for this one. The re­gion’s an­nual mean tem­per­a­ture is only 5.3 de­grees Cel­sius.

Other lo­ca­tions that made the list in­clude the Mal­dives, which was turned into the warm planet of Scarif for Rogue One. On film, it’s not ex­actly friendly. It is the place where the Em­pire be­gins build­ing the Death Star.

Out­side of the Star Wars uni­verse, it is an in­cred­i­bly pop­u­lar though ex­pen­sive hol­i­day spot.

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