21st October 2016

16 Movie Locations that Will Make You Fall in Love with Europe

Pack your popcorn, we’re taking you on an epic journey to some of Europe’s most cinematic destinations…




Kerry, Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens: When scouting for locations for Star Wars The Force Awakens VII, the rugged good looks of Co. Kerry’s Skellig Michael captured the imagination of producers. And the love affair didn’t end there. Lucasfilm was so taken with Ireland’s west coast that they also shot scenes for Star Wars: Episode VIII in Cork, Kerry, Clare and Donegal.

Fly to Kerry



Dublin, Once: Once, the little Irish indie film that went all the way to the Oscars, was filmed on location around Dublin’s city centre, most notably Grafton Street where the main characters meet for the first time. Other real-life settings from the movie include Waltons Music Shop on South Great George’s Street where the pair are seen composing their Academy Award-winning ballad “Falling Slowly.”

Fly to Dublin




Girl with a Pearl Earring: Although based in the town of Delft in the Netherlands, much of 2003’s Girl with a Pearl Earring was actually shot in specially constructed sets within the chocolate-box surroundings of Luxembourg.

Fly to Luxembourg




Amsterdam, The Fault in Our Stars: The cobbled streets and waterways of Amsterdam played a leading role in 2014 tear-jerker The Fault in Our Stars. Famous and not so well-known attractions have become places of pilgrimage for teenage fans of the film, not least the canal bench located at Leidsegracht 4, where the Herengracht and Leidsegracht canals meet.

Fly to Amsterdam



Paris, Amélie: 2001’s magical French comedy Amélie features over 80 locations in Paris. From Café des Deaux Moulins on rue Lepic (where Amélie worked as a waitress), to Canal Saint-Martin where she’s shown skimming stones, most of the beautiful backdrops from the movie are part and parcel of real-life Paris.

Fly to Paris-Beauvais



Dordogne, Chocolat:  Starring Johnny Depp and Juliet Binoche, Chocolat tells the story of a small chocolate shop and its unexpected effect on the lives of the locals in a sleepy French village. Set in the fictional town of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, most of the filming took place in the pretty villages of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain in Burgundy and Beynac-et-Cazenac in the Dordogne region.

Fly to Brive



Bruges, In Bruges: Specially themed tours have been popping up all over Bruges ever since 2008’s In Bruges put the Belgian city firmly on the map. The Belfry of Bruges, Basilica of the Holy Blood and Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce hotel are just some of the hotspots to look out for if you’re planning to follow the Colin Farrell/ Brendan Gleeson trail.

Fly to Brussels




Barcelona, Vicky Cristina Barcelona: When writing the script for Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Woody Allen is quoted as saying “I wasn’t thinking of anything other than creating a story that had Barcelona as a character. I wanted to honour Barcelona because I love that city very much.” True to his word, the romantic comedy starring Scarlett Johansson, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, pays tribute to plenty of Barcelona’s best bits including Park Guell, Sagrada Familia and Casa Milá.

Fly to Barcelona



Santiago, The Way: Emilio Estevez’s 2010 adventure flick, The Way shines a light on Spain’s traditional Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, also known as The Way of Saint James. The film was shot on location over a 40-day period and followed the traditional pilgrim route through Northern Spain’s countryside taken by thousands of walkers and hikers every year. The final scenes were recorded inside the famous cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.

Fly to Santiago




Tuscany, Under the Tuscan Sun: Showcasing the Tuscan countryside in all its beautiful, sepia-toned glory, you’d be forgiven for wanting to up sticks to Italy after watching Diane Lane make the move in 2003’s Under the Tuscan Sun. In case you’re wondering, Cortona, Montepulciano and Florence provided the real-life backdrops in the movie.

Fly to Pisa



Verona, Letters to Juliet: 2010’s Letters to Juliet sees Amanda Seyfried solving the mystery of a love affair between two long lost sweethearts. Fancy following in her footsteps? Visit Juliet’s House, the fabled home of Shakespeare’s heroine, located on Via Cappello. Don’t leave without getting a photo on the famous balcony.

Fly to Verona



Venice, Casino Royale: Having also appeared in From Russia With Love and Moonraker, Venice is no stranger to the Bond franchise. But in Casino Royale, Daniel Craig makes the ultimate entrance when he sweeps into the Grand Canal in a 45ft yacht. St Mark’s Square and the the 17th century Palazzo Pisani Moretta also make cameo appearances.

Fly to Venice



Gladiator: Strange but true – for Ridley Scott’s epic blockbuster Gladiator, Fort Ricasoli in Kalkara, Malta stood in as ancient Rome. Rather than film in the Italian capital, a replica of the Colosseum was built to around one third of the actual size and outdoor market sets were constructed around the site to give the right look and feel.

Fly to Malta

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Scottish Highlands, Rob Roy: Unlike that other Scottish epic, Braveheart (which was mostly filmed in Ireland), 1995’s Rob Roy was shot entirely in Scotland – Glen Coe, Glen Nevis, and Glen Tarbert are just some of the Highland settings that made the cut.

Fly to Aberdeen



Surrey, The Holiday: Cameron Diaz swaps her plush LA mansion with Kate Winslet’s cute English cottage in this romantic comedy, also starring Jude Law and Jack Black. The snow covered countryside of Surrey provided the backdrop for much of the UK-based drama, especially the charming village of Shere.

Fly to London Gatwick



Kings Cross Station, London, Harry Potter: In the Harry Potter series, King’s Cross Station is where the students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry board the Hogwart’s Express. Harry and co. reach the platform by disappearing through a brick wall between platforms 9 and 10. In the actual King’s Cross Station in London, platforms 9 and 10 are separated by tracks. The good news for fans is that there’s a plaque marking platform 9¾ on the wall in the station. Selfie, anyone?

Fly to London Stansted


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Fiona Hilliard

Fiona Hilliard

A love of new cultures is what drives Dublin travel writer Fiona Hilliard to explore the cities of Europe and beyond.


  • Francesca

    The sister island of Malta, Gozo, has also featured in the famous Game of Thrones series and many foreign couples are having their wedding photos taken near the famous Dwejra window.

    11th February 2017 at 1:32 am
  • Bosal ijaz

    Very good flight

    12th February 2017 at 10:37 am
  • Bosal ijaz

    Very good flight

    12th February 2017 at 10:40 am
  • Oliver

    Great article! I’m delighted to have seen my hometown included in this list: BARCELONA. I recommend all of you a visit because this is a city which is changing everyday with plenty of unknown places. I assure you that It goes beyond the Woddy Allen’s film. Do you dare to discover it?

    21st November 2017 at 10:00 am
  • Giorgio

    Rimini, was the set of many Federico Fellini movies, in particular Oscar winning Amarcord (1973) and “I Vitelloni” (1953). A small city with a big history, offering visitors Roman monuments, a medieval castle and various buildings, a Renaissance cathedral, churches and much more. And from March 2018 Ryanair will fly direct from London!

    7th January 2018 at 10:28 pm
  • Ignacio

    Oh, dear.. AND POLAND of course!

    10th January 2018 at 4:15 pm

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