We love movies, and that’s a given. But there’s a special place in our hearts for a viewing experience that immerses you in a new world. That allows you to travel the globe without leaving the couch. Some of the year’s best movies were filmed in breathtaking locations, and we’d be remiss not to add them to the 2023 travel bucket list. Here are the most beautiful locations where 2022’s best movies were filmed.
Ölüdeniz, Turkey — Aftersun
This tale of memories between a father and daughter brings out some serious depth of emotion. The location is a character of its own in this film, and if you’re wondering where the dreamy sun-soaked shoot took place, it’s Ölüdeniz. This coastal resort town in Turkey is a beautiful location with deep blue sea and incredible mountain views.
Aran Islands, Galway — The Banshees of Inisherin
Gaining massive amounts of attention for both screenplay and performance, the Banshees of Inisherin unboxes the complexities of friendship. Luckily for us, it does so with the backdrop of the Aran Islands, a true escape from modernity. With Celtic churches, rocky cliffs, and ancient forts, a visit to this beautiful location will transport you to a bygone era.
New Orleans — Causeway
As is true for almost any piece of visual media set in New Orleans, the city plays a major role in the Causeway. While the film’s focus is less on the attractive location than on the surprising nature of an intense connection, it’s impossible to ignore that New Orleans has soul. Enveloped in old-world charm, cool jazz, and a unique cultural identity, you’ll leave NOLA convinced that magic is real.
Malibu — The Fabelmans
A coming-of-age tale with family dynamics at the forefront, this film takes place in Arizona. However, like so many movies, it was mostly shot in SoCal. Of all of the beautiful locations where the Fabelmans shot in LA, perhaps Malibu is the most picturesque. Moreover, it’s no secret that as far as LA goes, Malibu is one of the most luxurious destinations.
Evia, Greece — Triangle of Sadness
Perhaps the plot of this film isn’t the most encouraging for travelers, who experience mishaps and deprivation. However, it’s hard to resist the allure of a stunning Greek island. This beautiful location is an easy day trip from Athens. Additionally, Evia is a lesser-known island, which means more privacy…and better prices. Beyond the coastline, you’ll find ancient ruins, lovely cafés, and good old-fashioned Greek hospitality.
San Diego — Top Gun: Maverick
Top Gun‘s aesthetics made their way into the cultural consciousness with a vast increase in mustaches on the scene. Not only did Top Gun deliver a reminder that whiskers can be cool, but also not to forget about San Diego. While we love LA, sometimes its fame overshadows the border city, known for its crystalline beaches and laidback vibe.