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Golden sands and silver screen: Spain's Star Wars and superheroes beach
Monday, September 26, 2022 @ 8:42 PM

SOMETIMES the breathtaking beauty of Spain's landscape and beaches makes you feel as though you must have stepped onto another world. And sometimes, you'd be right to think so.

Alden Ehrenreich as a young Hans Solo on his home planet, Corellia - aka Fuerteventura's Cofete beach - with his legendary furry friend Chewbacca (all film scene pictures from IMDb unless otherwise stated)

If you're on Almería's Mónsul beach, for example, you're actually on the planet Fantasia from The Neverending Story, and several parts of the country witnessed scenes out of Game of Thrones.

Or if you're on Fuerteventura's Cofete beach, you're really on planet Corellia, where Hans Solo was born.

Star Wars fans will instantly recognise this 12-kilometre stretch of golden sand with its volcanic landscape backdrop, not a high-rise in sight, since it's where life started out for the character played by Harrison Ford in the 1970s trilogy A New Hope, Return of the Jedi and The Emperor Strikes Back.


Solo scenes of Harrison Ford's native planet

In Solo: A Star Wars Story, the young Hans is played by Alden Ehrenreich in a 2018 flashback episode that sees him and his childhood friend Qi'ra – played by Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke – orphaned, escape a local gang, bribe an Imperial officer with starship fuel they stole in a bid to get out of there, and separated as Qi'ra is captured and Hans joins the craft as a cadet.



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