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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 Messinia, Greece Hotel Estia
Hotel Estia
Maria Polidouri Str.,Finikounta, 24006 Messinia, Greece

Enjoying quiet location, just a 3-minute walk from the beach, Hotel Estia is located in the seaside town of Finikounda. The scenic town of Methoni is only 11 km away and historic Pylos is at 19 km. Kalamata city and Kalamata International Airport can be reached within a 1-hour drive.

Hotel & Appartment in Nafplio, Greece 999 Luxury Hotel
999 Luxury Hotel
Staikopoulou & 13 Kokkinou str., 21100 Nafplio, Greece

Located in the heart of the lively center of Nafplio town, 999 Luxury Hotel is just 100 m from the main square and 5 minutes walk from the seaside promenade. Arvanitia Beach can be reached within 10 minutes on foot. The bus station (KTEL) is at 200 meters.

Hostel in Thessaloniki, Greece Arabas Studios
Arabas Studios
28, Sahtouri Str., 54632 Thessaloniki, Greece

Being located in the historic part of Thessaloniki, so called Old or Upper Town (Ano Poli), Arabas hostel is an ideal place for backpackers, groups or individual travelers looking for budget and quality accommodation in a great location. The center of the bustling city of Thessaloniki can be reached within 15 minutes on foot. The train station is at 1.5 km, while the Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is at 20 km. Many shops, traditional taverns, bars and the historic monuments located in the center of the town can be reached within short walking distance.


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