Greece is the country of culture, history, and the sun. The Greek islands have always inspired filmmakers to use their beauty as a backdrop of their movies. This is because the Greek landscape offers an ideal setting for films, providing magnificent natural scenery and bright sunlight. If you have chosen Greece as your next travel destination, then it is recommended that you watch some movies filmed on Greek islands. These movies will give you a glimpse of what’s waiting for you.
Zorba the Greek, Crete
Based on the novel “Life and Times of Alexis Zorbas”, this popular film was both a blockbuster hit with the critics and the box office, winning three Academy Awards. It is a black and white film set on the island of Crete. The movie truly captures the magic and beauty of the island and the Greek spirit, as it tells the story of an English writer who travels to Greece to join his parent’s business. There, he meets a stunning local, Zorba, who makes him fall in love with life.
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Kefalonia
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin is another great movie filmed in the amazing Greek island of Kefalonia. Based on Louis de Bernières’ 1994 novel, the movie stars Penelope Cruz and Nicholas Cage. Kefalonia is well-known for its rugged hills and golden sandy beaches. The film tells the love story of Antonio Corelli, an Italian Captain, and the village doctor’s daughter, Pelagia. Their romantic tale set against the beauty of Kefalonia inspired thousands of travelers to flock the Greek island and it will certainly inspire your trip to Greece as well.
Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Santorini
Tomb Raider may not be the first film that comes to mind when you think of the envious Santorini lifestyle. Yet, this movie made it to this beautiful Greek island. The Cradle of Life is a sequel to Lara Croft: Tomb Raider that was released in 2001. This film is set in several Greek locations, but particularly highlights some of the best parts of the island of Santorini. Starring Angelina Jolie, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life was a huge success. It showcases the stunning landscape of Santorini. The Greek celebration, the superb filming of the caldera from below, and the endless blue of the Aegean are all elements typical of Santorini.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Skopelos
The original 2008 movie Mamma Mia! was filmed on the beautiful Greek island of Skopelos. And since then, Skopelos has been called “Mamma Mia Island”. A decade after the first film, the sequel was released: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Also known as Mamma Mia! 2, the sequel takes the fans back in time to the stunning Greek island. In the new film, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) and Donna (Lily James) show us what the Villa Donna has become since the events of the first film. The plot of the movie goes back and forth in time to showcase how relationships built in the past affect the present.
Greek islands have always been source of inspiration for artists, directors, writers, and poets. Many of the top films have taken advantage of the stunning destinations like Crete, Kefalonia, Santorini, etc. to mesmerize the viewers. The above-listed picturesque films will surely inspire your next trip.
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