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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

Studio & Appartment in Donoussa, Greece Makares Apartments
Makares Apartments
Stavros, 84300 Donoussa, Greece

Enjoying the magnificent views of the Aegean Sea, family-run Makares Apartments are located in Stavros, the main village and the port of Donoussa island. Built according to the traditional Cycladic style, Makares Apartments offer accommodation in self-catering studios and apartments with modern amenities. Stavros beach is 200 m away from the property, while Kedros beach is at 900 m. The village shops, the ATM, restaurants and bars can be found within a 10-minute walk.

Appartment in Skiathos, Greece Skianthion
Skianthion
Skiathos Town, 37002 Skiathos, Greece

A family-run Skianthion Hotel is located in Skiathos town just an 8-minute walk from the port and a 10-minute walk from the beach. Skiathos Airport is 2 km away from the property.

Hotel in Piraeus, Greece Hotel Achillion
Hotel Achillion
63, Notara Str., 18524 Piraeus, Greece

Located in the heart of Piraeus, Hotel Achillion offers accommodation only 400 meters from the port and 700 meters from the railway/metro station Piraeus. The Athens International Airport can be reached in 1 hour and 50 minutes with the bus X96 or in 1 hour and 30 minutes with the electric train and metro.


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