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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.


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.


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.


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 Athens, Greece Ambrosia Suites
8.3 10
Ambrosia Suites
52, Sokratous Str., 10431 Athens, Greece

Ambrosia Suites is located in the centre of Athens, just 200 m away from Omonoia Metro Station. It is within walking distance of all major sights. Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is 34 km away and the Port of Piraeus 10 km away.

Hotel in Olympia, Greece Hotel Kronio
Hotel Kronio
1, Tsoureka str., 27065 Olympia, Greece

The family-run Hotel Kronio is located within a 10-minute walk from the Archaeological Site and the Museum of Olympia. The main road of the picturesque village of Olympia with many shops and restaurants is at 80 m. A train station is located just across the road.

Hotel & Appartment in Kyparissia, Greece Irida Beach Resort Suites
Irida Beach Resort Suites
Kalo Nero Beach, 24500 Kyparissia, Greece

Located in front of the long, sandy beach, Irida Beach Resort Suites is an ideal place to spend your holidays in a quiet location in south western Peloponnese in beautiful Messinia region. Kalo Nero village is at 700 m, while Kyparissia town is 7.5 km away. The famous archeological site of Ancient Olympia is 50 km away from the hotel. Kalamata International Airport is at 60 km.


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