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Going on holiday takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the real world.  Whatever is going on around you, once you are on your way to your chosen destination, you can begin to submerge yourself in your new environment. Whether you are looking to relax or explore when you are away, it’s definitely different from your day to day life.

Watching a film can give you a similar experience, granted it is for a lesser amount of time. Whether choosing to watch a new film or a trusted favourite, you can forget about everything else around you for a while.

Here at Monster.travel we have brought these two popular past-times together so that you can visit the locations of where some movies have been filmed.  Many big screen movies are filmed in America or the UK but there are some weird and wonderful film destinations which provide alternative choices.

The Beach

Maya Bay, Ko Phi Phi Le

Phi Phi Le, Thailand, has increased in popularity since the release of the popular film ‘The Beach’ in the year 2000, starring Leonardo Di Caprio. The incredibly serene setting made this the perfect location for the blockbuster film.

Maya Bay had been receiving up to 5,000 visitors a day since the backpacking film was released and unfortunately this has caused some damage and destruction to the natural surroundings, like the coral reef, of this previously ‘untouched’ beach.  Authorities have decided that they are going to close Maya Bay to tourists between June and September to allow the natural habitat to have the chance to recover. You can still visit this beautiful area from October to May, but you may have to book an excursion, this is to enable the authorities to monitor the number of visitors to the island.

Multiple Films

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, known for its Gothic churches, the Old Town Square and baroque buildings, has been used for many film locations but not always as itself.

The 2006 James Bond film, Casino Royale saw Prague transformed to make it seem like Venice and London.  It was then made into Venice again for the film Amadeus.  Les Miserables was also filmed in Prague but made to look like Paris.

Prague’s castle was made into the Kremlin for Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol and for Shanghai Knights it became Buckingham Palace.  The city of Prague is very diverse and there are many historic landmarks to be seen here as well as the filming locations.

Multiple Films

Tenerife, Canary Islands

Tenerife has such a diverse landscape, it is easy to see why films would be made on the ‘rock’, as the locals call it.  Tenerife offers much more than beautiful beaches and its famous volcano, Mount Teide.

Clash of the Titans, 2010, about Gods and mythical monsters starring Liam Neeson and Gemma Arterton was filmed in Tenerife using the volcanic landscape as the backdrop for one of the biggest battles in the film. 

Part of the sixth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise had Paul Walker and Vin Diesel racing round the island, at the time they made use of a new motorway on the island that had not yet been opened, so the stunts were all filmed on this stretch of road. You can also see shots of the airport in the film.

Matt Damon’s 2015 Jason Bourne film was filmed in Santa Cruz, the islands Capital, although it was not filmed as the capital but transformed to look like Athens.

It has also been announced that the latest Wonder Woman, with Gal Gadot and Rambo 5 may be filming at least part of the movies in Tenerife in the latter part of 2018 and the start of 2019.

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