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Top international films shot in Greece and the Greek islands

Crete ● Hydra ● Kefalonia ● Messinia ● Meteora ● Patmos ● Santorini ● Skopelos ● 12 April 2017
 

Greece is a beautiful country, with natural beauty and amazing landscape. Many stars of the American and European cinema have appreciated that and decided to come to Greece to film legendary movies, which have caused enthusiasm to the cinephile public. If you are planning your vacations in Greece and you are searching of your next destination, these movies will show you wonderful pictures of the Greek islands and help you decide where to spend unforgettable moments.

1. Mamma Mia (2008)

The modern musical based on ABBA songs with Meryl Strip in the leading role was the most successful movie shot in Greece. The pictures of Skopelos, Skiathos and Pilion have created legions of fans, who visit these destinations often and admire the astonishing scenery, which gave the movie the aura of the summer.

The beach of Mamma Mia in Skopelos

2. Zorba the Greek (1964)

The British drama film with Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates and Irene Papas was shot in various locations of Crete, including Chania. The eye-catching scenes of these places impressed everyone, who saw the movie, which earned many Oscars.

Bouzouki

3. James Bond: For your Eyes Only (1981)

At the hanging monasteries of Meteora, this movie with Roger Moore in the role of agent 007 has shown breathtaking scenes from the impressive cliffs that created the most appropriate atmosphere for this kind of films.

James Bond

4. Before Midnight (2013)

The American romantic drama film Before Midnight, with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, depicts the summer vacations of a family in Messinia. Its big success not only in Greece, but also worldwide made Messinia, an area of Greece that was not as well-known as other destinations, popular all over the world.

5. Boy on a Dolphin (1957)

Hydra was the first island to host an American production, the Boy on a Dolphin, starring Sophia Loren. The film, which had shown the whole world the beauty of Greece, was not exclusively shot in Hydra, but also in Athens, Delos and Rhodes.

6. Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)

Starring Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz, this fact-based action and romance film depicts the love story between a Greek woman and an Italian Captain during the Second World War in Kefalonia. The beauty of the natural settings of this green island made it famous all over the world.

7. Lara Croft Tomb Raider: the Cradle of Life (2003)

Starring Angelina Jolie, Lara Croft Tomb Raider focused on the famous myth of Atlantis and set as background the island of Santorini. The movie, as expected, had great international success and promoted the volcanic island worldwide.

8. Never on Sunday (1960)

The black-and-white romantic comedy film, shot in Athens and Piraeus, starring Melina Mercuri and Jules Dassin, submerges the viewer into the Greek culture, including dance, music and language.

9. Colossal (2017)

An upcoming film with Anne Hathaway is Colossal, a science fiction comedy film with scenes from Patmos, where the story takes place. The pictures of the holy island of Patmos will amaze the viewers.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Epidavros, Greece Actor Hotel
Actor Hotel
7, Agiou Georgiou str., Ligourio, 21052 Epidavros, Greece

Actor Hotel is located in the village of Ligourio, 3.5 km from the Ancient Theater of Epidavros. The famous archaeological site of Mycenae is 38 km away. The nearest beach can be reached within a 20-minute drive. The historic and picturesque Nafplio town is at 25 km.

Pansion in Pelion, Greece Archontiko Naoumidi
Archontiko Naoumidi
Portaria, 37011 Pelion, Greece

Hosted in a historic, 19th-century Egyptian Style mansion, Archontiko Naoumidi is located in the heart of beautiful Portaria village in Pelion, just 10 km from Volos. A traditional mountain village of Makrinitsa is 2 km away. Pelion Ski Center is at 10 km. The nearest airport Nea Anchialos National Airport is 46 km away from Archontiko Naoumidi. Athens and the International Airport of Eleftherios Venizelos are at 350 km.

Hotel in Leros, Greece Elpiniki Hotel
Elpiniki Hotel
Alinda, 85400 Leros, Greece

Elpiniki Hotel is located in the popular resort of Alinda, approximately a 10-minute walk from the beach. Agia Marina harbour is 3.5 km away while Lakki port is 7.4 km away. Leros Municipal Airport is 5.6 km away.


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