The top 5 film destinations of 2024

One of the great joys of watching new movies is to be inspired by the wonderful locations in which they were filmed, whetting our appetites for new cities and new landscapes. And there’s a bumper crop this year, reawakening our desire to visit or revisit some of the most desirable destinations on the planet. We’ve shared our favourites launching across the rest of 2024.

The top 5 film destinations of 2024

Gladiator 2 – filmed in Malta and Morocco

Launching in November, the long-awaited sequel to the multi-Oscar-winning movie was filmed in two glorious destinations that also feature in the original. Gladiator 2 was partly filmed in Ouarzazate in south-central Morocco, which has a long history as a filming location: movies and TV series part-shot here include Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Living Daylights (1987), The Mummy (1999) and Game of Thrones.

Malta similarly features in Game of Thrones, with the entrance to the ancient walled capital of Mdina doubling as King’s Landing. For Gladiator 2, an amphitheatre and other ancient Roman buildings were built near the shore at Fort Ricasoli overlooking the entrance to Valletta’s spectacular Grand Harbour.

The Fall Guy – filmed in Sydney, Australia

Out in May with Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt as its main stars, this adaptation of the 1980s TV series was filmed at Disney Studios Australia in Moore Park, Sydney, in the city’s Goulburn Street parking lot, and at Sydney Harbour Bridge, among other locations. Australia’s biggest city is a destination in its own right, with attractions ranging from world-class museums to breathtaking walks along the coast from iconic Bondi Beach, and it’s also a great jumping-off point into the Blue Mountains National Park.

Dune: Part 2 - filmed in Wadi Rum, Jordan

Launched in March, this second of the two-part modern-day adaptation of Frank Herbert's 1965 novel filmed its Arrakis sand-planet scenes in Wadi Rum in Jordan. Also, known as Valley of the Moon, Wadi Rum has long been a popular filming location for those in need of stunning desert vistas, including Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Martian (2015), Aladdin (2019), and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019). The luxury desert camps here are an atmospheric addition to any Jordan holiday.

Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 2: filmed in Norway and South Africa

In June, the eighth instalment in the Tom Cruise series had a number of exciting shooting locations, among them Aurland and Svalbard in Norway – the first a small village in the middle of the dramatic Aurlandsfjord, the second an Arctic archipelago and one of the world’s northernmost inhabited areas, with glaciers, frozen tundra, polar bears, reindeer, and Arctic foxes. Many of our Norway cruises take in Svalbard.

In South Africa, Port Edward on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal – a place known for its vast iSimangaliso Wetland Park full of hippos, crocodiles, pelicans, and flamingos - was also used as a location.

Ballerina: filmed in Prague and the Czech Republic

This John Wick spin-off action thriller arriving in June was filmed mainly in the Czech capital and other locations around the country, including the historic town of Štramberk outside of Ostrava. In Prague, one major scene was shot in the area surrounding the National Theatre, while other locations included the front of the Hotel Opera at Tesnov and Masarykova nádraží train station. Ballerina is among six films given financial support by Prague to be used as a filming location.

To book your holiday in one of these fabulous filming locations, call your Travel Counsellor today.

Family-friendly luxury at Grecotel LUX ME White Palace

11 April 2024

On the north coast of Crete, this luxury seafront property sits on a gorgeous Blue Flag beach ideal for family time, and also has unique offerings for those travelling with kids of various ages, including visits to its own organic farm and the chance to help take care of loggerhead sea turtles in season.

Experience a luxury family escape in Crete with Grecotel Amirandes

11 April 2024

Nestled on the sun-kissed shores of Crete, the Amirandes Grecotel Boutique Resort offers an idyllic retreat for families seeking both relaxation and adventure. Tapping into the rich tapestry of Cretan history, the resort's architecture is reminiscent of the grandeur of ancient Minoan palaces and the elegance of Venetian nobility, providing a backdrop that fascinates both adults and children alike.

Create unforgettable family memories at Grecotel Caramel

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Located on the white beaches of northern Crete, Grecotel Caramel captures the essence of family fun combined with the serenity of an eco-conscious getaway. Here, each day promises a new adventure for guests of all ages, with a roster of activities designed to delight the young and the young at heart.