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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 Piraeus, Greece Hotel Delfini
Hotel Delfini
7, Leocharous str., 18531 Piraeus, Greece

Hotel Delfini is located near the port of Piraeus just 3 minutes walk from the old electric railway station (Metro Line 1) and 5 minutes walk from the port, which has direct accessibility to all Aegean islands. The center of Athens can be reached within 15 minutes from the nearest railway/metro station (Piraeus). The Athens International Airport can be reached in 1 hour and 50 minutes with the bus X95 or in 1 hour and 30 minutes with the electric train and metro.

Hotel in Limni Plastira, Greece Hotel Orama
Hotel Orama
Kryoneri, 43100 Limni Plastira, Greece

Hotel Orama is located just a few meters walk away from the Lake of Plastira. The village of Pezoula is a 7-minute drive from the property. The National Airport of Ioannina is 159 km away.

Hotel in Fthiotida, Greece Anixis Hotel
Anixis Hotel
Spercheiou, Loutra Ipatis, 35016 Fthiotida, Greece

Anixis Hotel is located in Loutra Ipatis, just a few meters away from the thermal springs. The Monastery of Agathonos is a 20-minute drive away. Lamia town is 17 km away.


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