My Travel Tales: Elsa Pataky

The Fast and the Furious and Tidelands actress-model (and wife of Chris Hemsworth) shares her fondest travel memories.

January 2019

Island Time

We live in Byron Bay, Australia, so when Chris and I want to get away, we usually go to this place a few hours from home called Qualia resort on Hamilton Island. It’s close to the Great Barrier Reef. We usually just go for 24 hours. Sometimes that’s all you need. It’s nice to be able to have a conversation without being interrupted by our kids, and go for a swim in the ocean.

Hog Wild in Spain

I’m originally from Spain and always crave jamón [cured ham]. It’s difficult to find in Australia. Every time I go back home, I must have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or sometimes all three. The other dish I miss is a Spanish tortilla. It’s like an omelet. I usually just make it myself when I’m there with a little bit of tomato and, of course, ham. It’s so good.


The Pull of Greece

I was just in Santorini, Greece. It amazed me how the towns there are built into a volcano. I loved the contrast of the black volcanic sand and the white houses. I was only there for three days, but I want to go back. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve visited. The whole island looks like a postcard. You can take a great photo on every corner.


Dolphin Distractions

The Tidelands story is very connected to the ocean, so we were shooting on these amazing beaches in Queensland. We’d be in the middle of filming and dolphins would just start jumping out of the water. It was difficult to resist the urge to go swimming with them when they showed up next to us.


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