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Let Hollywood inspire your holiday

15 September 2014 08:36

Mamma Mia made scenic Skopelos a tourist hotspot

Mamma Mia made scenic Skopelos a tourist hotspot

Looking for inspiration for your next holiday? Why not look to the big screen?

The movies have long been a source of inspiration for holidaymakers, and now has listed some prime examples of destinations made popular by their appearance in Hollywood films.

Of course whichever star's footsteps you decide to follow in, make sure you arrange some comprehensive travel insurance first.

Here we pick out 3 of our favourites from the list.

Lord of the Rings - New Zealand

The mythological story of Frodo Baggins and his journey to Mordor captivated the imaginations of generations of readers and movie-goers.

But the Lord of the Rings trilogy is a visual masterpiece too - its towering mountains, snow-capped hills, vast lakes and lush green fields leaving viewers awestruck.

Since the films were made many fans have made the journey to New Zealand, where they were famously filmed.

The country's official tourism body has made the most of the connection, running high profile Lord of the Rings-themed tourism campaigns - including tours that take in 150 locations from the films.

Mamma Mia - Skopelos, Greece

Mamma Mia is a box office smash starring A-listers like Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and Meryl Streep - so there's no wonder it has inspired a fair few holidaymakers to make a pilgrimage to where it was shot.

Here, those of us following in the footsteps of protagonist Sophie find lapping tides, winding streets and lip-smacking food.

Hillsides are dotted with charming white houses, while bars can often be heard playing Abba in homage to the iconic musical.

You can even arrange an island tour based upon the film.

When Harry Met Sally - New York

Dealchecker chose one of the most iconic rom-coms of all time as the film that best showcases New York's endless charms to holidaymakers.

Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal play out their tumultuous relationship against some of the city's most iconic sights. In its examining of the question 'Can men and women ever just be friends?' it took us on a decade-long tour of iconic locations like Katz's Delicatessen, where the infamous 'I'll have what she's having' line was uttered.

It also takes in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park. You can arrange to visit these sites on one of many movie location tours in NY.