star wars locations

Posted on July 23, 2013 by peter bell

With the release of Episode 7 of the Star Wars franchise set to release in 2015, here’s a list of locations associated with Star Wars Episodes 1-6.


  • Star Wars Cantina Exterior– The exterior used for the cantina in the original Star Wars is located in Ajim, a ferry port on the island of Djerba, Tunisia.
  • Star Wars Canyon– This gorge near Tozeur in Tunisia was featured in Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • Lars Homestead Exterior– The igloo-like exterior of Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru’s moisture farm is located in the salt flats of southwest Tunisia.
  • Lars Homestead Interior- The-hole-in-the-ground that served as Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru’s moisture farm is actually the Hotel Sidi Driss in Matmata, Tunisia.  Rooms available for booking…
  • Mos Espa– One of the few non-green screen locations for The Phantom Menace was the city of Mos Espa, shot north of the city of Nafta, Tunisia.


  • Bantha Canyon– (Real name: Desolation Canyon in Death Valley National Park) is where the Tusken Raiders mount their Banthas.  Nerd note: the original Bantha was an elephant draped in fur and fake horns.
  • Mos Eisley Overlook– Actually called Dante’s View in Death Valley National Park, this location was used (with a matte painting) as Obi Wan and Luke look out at Mos Eisley.
  • Buttercup Valley– Located west of Yuma, AZ and near the border with Mexicali, the Buttercup Valley was the filming location for Jabba’s barge and the pit of Sarlacc in Return of the Jedi.
  • Skywalker Ranch George Lucas’ fortress of solitiude/dream-making factory.



  • Elstree Studios– The sound stages where George Lucas famously clashed with studio hands over his bizarre methods on Star Wars.
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