Sun and cinema – your guide to holiday locations from the big screen
If you’re a film fan but can’t make it to Cannes, why not combine a holiday with a visit to one of your favourite film locations? There are plenty to choose from in accessible destinations that won’t break the bank.
Along with these guys, the star of Woody Allen’s recent effort, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, was the beautiful city of Barcelona itself and the stunning surrounding countryside. From the amazing opulence of Casa Fuster and Café Viennese, to the bohemian district of Raval and the rural delights of Ovieto, there’s something for every taste and budget. Architecture anoraks will love gawping at the Gaudí buildings, and appreciators of fine art will have countless fantastic pieces to take in at the Picasso and Miró museums. Flights to Barcelona aren’t too expensive, and you have the added incentive of a gorgeous beach within easy reach.
Perfect for: those wanting to combine a city stay with a beach break
Egypt is lucky enough to possess historic sites that provide a ready-made film set. Just one lingering shot on the pyramids is enough to let an audience know what country the action is taking place in – as it did in The Mummy, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. However, flights to Egypt give you much more than just a sandy adventure on a camel. The Red Sea offers some of the best scuba diving in the world, and many people build their holiday around that activity alone. A hot air balloon flight or a Nile cruise can make for an unforgettable trip.
Great for: sun-seekers. Temperatures often exceed 30°C between May and August, and visitors can expect around 12 hours of uninterrupted sunshine every day.
Venice is a stunning city that has lent itself to several famous films. You may remember Donald Sunderland chasing that shiny red coat through the narrow alleyways in the horror classic Don’t Look Now, or the procession of coloured minis from The Italian Job? Cheap flights to Venice will land you in an historic city packed full of scenic delights. Watch the flocks of pigeons in the breath-taking Piazza San Marco, or gaze at the great Renaissance palaces lining the Grand Canal on a gondola cruise.
Ideal for: culture vultures and couples seeking a romantic break away.
The Rock of Gibraltar has been used as a dramatic, stunning backdrop for quite a few films. We’ve seen James Bond parachute onto the upper rock in The Living Daylights, the crew navigate around it in tense sub-drama, Das Boot, and it even appear in the recent movie, The Muppets. Situated off the South coast of Spain, Gibraltar enjoys beautiful days of long sunshine during the summer months. Along with relaxing days on the stunning beaches, you can watch the Changing of the Guard, explore St. Michael’s Cave, walk around a Moorish Castle, and trek up the rock for amazing views of Morocco. There are also plenty of lively bars and restaurants, and there’s a stylish casino at the Ocean Village Marina.
Perfect for: those who want their own action adventure with some tastes of home.
Film buffs! Do you have some great suggestions for places you can go to absorb the atmosphere in your favourite films? Pop your ideas in the comments!