There are about 200 countries
and more than 2.5 million cities on our planet and each of them has something
interesting for tourists. But sometimes those places of interest are so unique
that you may feel as if you are on the set of some movie.
Bright Side would like for you
to put these 11 cinema-like places on your travel list.
lightning, Venezuela

The estuary of this river
would be the perfect place to film thrillers and horror movies. A unique
natural phenomenon happens here — numerous flashes of lightning appear along
the shore of this river on approximately 200 nights a year, as if Zeus himself
lived there. As a rule, they mostly hit the same place all the time and they
look somewhat like the plasma lamp invented by Tesla.
Kaluga region, Russia

In 2000, a small village in
the Kaluga region called Nikola-Lenivets suddenly became an object of
contemporary art thanks to its numerous installations. Later it grew into a big
trendy art park where many different festivals are held annually and which
could easily serve as a backdrop to some modern movies.
Coast, Namibia

Frequent fog, huge boulders,
storms, and a cold airflow turn this part of the Namib desert’s coast into the
second Bermuda Triangle for ships and whales. Just imagine the skeletons of
thousands of drowned, but once majestic, ships lying in the sands and waters of
the place where the endless desert joins the raging ocean. It looks like the
secret place of Davy Jones — the endless desert with a Black Pearl — where
Captain Jack Sparrow explored with the Pirates of the Caribbean.
Kert, Budapest, Hungary

The passion of Hungarian
people to hang various things on walls can be found at its most robust in this
huge 2-storied squat called Szimpla Kert. Those who have visited this place
will agree that it is unique. There are many halls in this semi-destroyed
building in the center of the capital where one can have hot drinks, sit near a
bonfire, admire fantastic are installations and dance to trippy music.
Generally speaking, it’s the dream place of an art director for arthouse genre
Beach, the Bahamas

Big Major Cay is an
uninhabited island in the Caribbean sea. Well, not completely — there are no
humans here, but there are many feral pigs inhabiting this area. Nobody knows
for sure how these pigs managed to occupy the entire Bahamian island but the most
wide-spread versions say that they got here after a shipwreck or that pirates
brought them to the island to keep as an edible stash which eventually wasn’t
used. Anyway, not only did these animals manage to survive on the island but
they also learned to swim. It could be a great location for some philosophical
movie where the main character sits at the seaside pondering the meaning of
life with swimming pigs in the background.
de Uyuni, Bolivia

In the first photo, it might
seem like this guy is taking a picture with a frozen winter lake in the
background. In fact, that is a dried salt lake in a hot area of Bolivia. It has
different modifications: during the monsoon season, it is a huge mirror
reflecting the sky due to a thin layer of water, during the dry season, it gets
covered with picturesque 6-angled crusts and at sunset it becomes pink. Here
one can easily see some beautiful lamas and flamingos, as well as huge cactuses
growing along its shore.
Lachaise, Paris, France

Père Lachaise is a place that
turns death into greatness. The legendary cemetery in the French capital is a
place where beautiful sculptures, crowds of tourists, and immortal celebrities
buried here are combined together. Here are just a few of them: Honoré de
Balzac, Molière, Frédéric Chopin, Jim Morrison, Georges Bizet, Eugène
Delacroix, and Édith Piaf. By the way, a while ago it was recommended that Jim
Morrison’s grave be reburied due to the eccentric behavior of his fans that
used to sing The Doors’ songs right at his grave, as well as smoke marijuana,
and litter.
And different celebrities have
different traditions. The tombstone of Oscar Wilde, for example, is covered
with the prints of women’s lips because his female fans have a custom of
kissing it. This tradition is depicted in the movie Paris, I love you.
Matamata, New Zealand

When creating the legendary
movie The Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson, a film director, refused to work on
an artificial set and drove around all of New Zealand searching for the real
Shire. And he found this place — it was one of the farms on the outskirts of
Matamata village, which today is called Hobbiton.
During the filming, this area
was fenced off by the military to keep it a secret before the premiere. It was
transformed into a real Hobbit village with gardens, backyards, mills and 37
hole-like houses. Today it is the pilgrimage place of Tolkienists.
Unfortunately, it’s forbidden to go inside the houses but it’s possible to sit
in a pub, drink Elfin ale, and buy The One Ring.

A picturesque seaport located
between the ocean and hills is considered one of the most unusual cities of
Latin America. Shabby houses and endless labyrinths from old and colorful
buildings with graffiti on them leave an unforgettable impression. One tourist
described it this way, “In order to create Valparaíso, you need to combine a
handful of Italian Sorrento, with a couple of tablespoons of old Lisbon, boil
it for some time and season with San Francisco at the end.”
The area is ideal for a light,
nostalgic, and romantic comedy.

The Austrian village of
Hallstatt, located between the lake with the same name and the Alps, is a real
Austrian black pearl. Also, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area between
the mountains and the lake is so narrow that the authorities had to build the
railway on the opposite side of the lake. That’s why the residents of the
village have to take boats if they want to get on a train. The village itself
resembles a fairy-tale. It would probably be a great location for Harry
Potter’s Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Geyser, Nevada, USA

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This rainbow-colored
phenomenon was created as a result of well-drilling by a geothermic company in
1964. It was searching for sources of geothermal energy but found out that the
waters were not hot enough. After some time, the company tried to re-seal the
geyser but it was too strong and resulted in spewing 5-foot-high waters.
Eventually, it was decided to leave the geyser as is. Over the years, it has
grown over with minerals and colorful algae and turned into an
out-of-this-world mound that nowadays attracts many tourists.
Which of these destinations
would you like to visit first? Please tell us about it in the comments!
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.