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Blockbuster Films Shot on the Greek Islands

The Greek Islands have been chosen time and again as filming locations. Their shades of blue and the renowned bright sunlight have starred in various Hollywood movies. Let’s get acquainted with some of them, shall we?

 


The Big Blue - Amorgos Island


The island of Amorgos achieved international fame when the leading actors went freediving into the deep blue waters of Agia Anna Beach.
The island’s wild Cycladic natural beauty, the clear waters, the charming Chora [a name used for most Greek island capitals] make up the perfect destination for relaxing holidays. If you are a camping fanatic and love the outdoors, choose among three different campsites on the island and have laid back soirees, drink rakomela (raki spirit with honey) and taste Greek dishes.
Make a point of visiting Agia Anna, the best known beach of the island, and dive off into the ‘Big Blue’ from one of the surrounding seaside rocks. Head to the black pebbled Mouro Beach and to Levroso Beach with its golden sand. From Agios Pavlos Beach you can reach Nikouria Islet by boat where you can swim in the crystal waters and enjoy the fine sandy beach. Head south and spend the day on Maltezi if you are in search of a beach that offers various amenities. You can reach this beach either by boat or by foot (20 min. walk) from Katapola Harbour. The long sandy beach of Aigiali is also one you shouldn’t miss, if you happen to be in the northern part of the island.
You must visit Hozoviotissa Monastery, which is nestled in a steep rockface, 300 metres above sea level, and drink in the panoramic view. Don’t miss the Cycladic architecture of Chora. Make sure you take a picture of the view that comprises beautiful windmills and the best sunsets on the island.

 


Mamma Mia - Skopelos Island


The scene of the song “The winner takes it all” in the film Mama Mia is shot by the picturesque church of Agios Ioannis at Kastri, built on the top of a rock. The location offers breathtaking views.
The movie is shot in a setting of green scenery, turquoise waters, idyllic beaches and Pelion’s traditional architecture. Skopelos Island belongs to the North Sporades Islands, which is one of the greenest island destinations in Greece as most of its land is covered by a pine forest.
Start your island journey from Chora (it is a Greek island’s capital town, usually located on a hilltop), wander around its narrow cobblestone alleys, visit numerous churches, pass by the blooming yards of picturesque island houses. From Panagitsa Church (aka in Greek Eisodia Theotokou, meaning Entry of the Virgin to the Temple), located at Chora’s harbour, take the meandering backstreets up to the Castle; the view from this location is absolutely stunning.
Skopelos holds all the aces as far as beaches are concerned. Visit Milia, Panormos or Stafylos and swim in turquoise waters surrounded by a landscape covered in pine trees.
If time permits, pay a visit to Skiathos Island, with its trendy nightlife and Alonnisos Island with its National Marine Park designated to protect the Mediterranean monk seal, monachus monachus. These islands have a regular ferry connection and some private tour boats offer daily cruises.

 


Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Kefalonia Island


Kefalonia
and particularly the wider area of Sami was a sort of inspiration for Hollywood producers in shooting this film. The island is one of the most popular tourist destinations and the biggest one in the Ionian Sea. Make a point in visiting its National Park; dive into its azure waters and soak up the sun on its marvellous beaches; explore Melissani Lake Cave; savour its delicious local dishes; discover its villages and delve into the island’s culture and traditions.
If you are looking for some casual nightlife, head to Argostoli, the island’s capital. The town is also a great place to stay if you wish to tour the island as it is practically located in the middle of it. For a family vacation choose the peaceful Lixouri town or the picturesque Assos village. Fiskardo and Sami are more cosmopolitan as they tend to attract celebrities that sail the Ionian Sea.
The most famous beaches on the island are the renowned Myrtos; the orange-coloured sandy beach of Xi; the side by side beaches of Platys Gialos and Makrys Gialos as well as the stunning turquoise waters of Petanoi Beach.

 


For Your Eyes Only - Corfu Island


Even James Bond couldn’t resist the island’s allure! The old Fortress, Achilleion Palace and the area of Kalami were some of the most featured scenes in the movie, promoting wonderful Corfu Island around the world.
Corfu is a cosmopolitan island and the most popular in the Ionian Sea. It boasts a huge cultural heritage and landscapes of amazing natural beauty. The Old Town of Corfu, the capital of the island, is an open air museum, a place that will cast a spell on you as soon as you set eyes on her. It has been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Enjoy a romantic walk in the Old Town’s narrow streets and alleys (called kantounia), and stroll around Spianada, the largest square in the Balkans. Visit its museums and monuments, the picture perfect Pontikonissi Islet and savour the delicious local traditional dishes.
Pamper yourselves in one out of many tourist resorts and enjoy the sea and sun on one of its lovely beaches. Your trip will definitely be a memorable one!

 


Zorba the Greek - Crete


This film was one of the first productions ever made on Greek land, which put Chania (Crete) on the map. The beating heart of the town is the Venetian Harbour, with its well-known much-photographed lighthouse on the northeastern side of the port. The narrow streets will drive you up to some wonderful neighbourhoods filled with monuments, historic areas and Cretan tradition: Topanas, Splantzia, Kasteli, Syntrivani (meaning fountain) and Evraiki Synoikia (meaning Jewish Quarter). Enjoy a beverage in a café, visit the town museums, savour tasty Cretan dishes and enter an atmosphere of a bygone era.
Chania Region has a 350-km shoreline, countless picture perfect beaches, among which 80 or so have been awarded the blue flag time and again.

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