Where was The Little Mermaid filmed? The Beach, the Castle & all the Locations

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Although half of the movie takes place under the sea, the 2023 live-action adaptation of Disney's 1989 beloved animated film features gorgeous locations.

The terrestrial part of The Little Mermaid was filmed in Sardinia, Italy, one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean.

The Little Mermaid house

The original story, inspired by a traditional oral tale collected by Hans Christian Andersen in 1836, was set in Denmark.

However, this film has a Caribbean flair, both in its colors and architectural details.

Here is our spoiler-free guide to all the filming locations of The Little Mermaid. We’ve broken the movie down into the key sites, ordered by first appearance.

The Little Mermaid Beach

The Little Mermaid Beach
After a storm crashes the ship against the rocks, Ariel (played by Halle Bailey) rescues Eric (Jonah Hauer-King) and brings him to shore.

The Rena Majori beach in Aglientu, with its characteristic jagged rocks, is located in the north of Sardinia.

The Aglientu province is nestled between marine protected areas, with a pristine coast of white sand and blue waters.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
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The Little Mermaid Castle

The Little Mermaid Castle
Eric's castle is a CGI creation that uses the picturesque town of Castelsardo as inspiration.

Known for its medieval architecture and stunning sea views, Castelsardo is considered one of the most beautiful Italian villages.
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Eric and Ariel at the house
The interior of the castle, the veranda, and other sets, including the boat and the entire underwater world, were all filmed at Pinewood Studios in England.

The walls of the house feature a distinctive Portuguese and Spanish blue painted tin glazed ceramic tile work called azulejo.
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Castelsardo castle
The path outside the castle walls, which appears in several scenes, was also filmed in the grounds of the old Castelsardo fortress.

Perched atop a steep hill, this ancient castle is today a garden offering panoramic vistas of the surrounding landscape.
Image courtesy of Disney and Maymonides - Map

Cala Moresca Sardinia
As the local press reported, the fishermen's village and the scenes showing the surroundings of the pier were all shot in Cala Moresca.

This is a small, scenic bay located in the Cape Figari of the Golfo Aranci protected area, near Olbia.
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Rena di Metteu beach
The rugged coastline between Cala Pischina and Rena di Metteu, also in the Aglientu area, served as the backdrop for the carriage ride scene with Ariel and Eric.

With its unspoiled shores and crystal clear waters, this tranquil cove is another hidden gem on this beautiful island.

The palm trees were added using digital effects in post-production.
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