Greece and the Movies

Cape Sounio area at Attica
Cape Sounio area at Attica

Greece, land of blue skies, white houses and warm air which envelopes the skin. Driving by car is a great way to explore mainland Greece or the islands, if you can get used to the Greek way of driving and avoid going up mountain passes that get narrower the higher your car climbs. My advice is to look at the different car hire comparison prices online before you get to Greece, so you can simply get in the car and drive!

A fun way to explore any place is by giving your trip a theme. And what could be better than a self-drive movie tour? Plenty of movies have been filmed in Greece. Below are three popular films you could follow on your tour.

Cape Sounio area at Attica
Cape Sounio area at Attica

Shirley Valentine

Made in 1989, Shirley Valentine tells the story of a housewife who leaves her husband in Liverpool and heads to Greece with a friend who has won a holiday and has a spare ticket. Once arrived, Shirley meets Greek taverna owner Costas. They get romantic and Shirley finds herself, all in the resort of Agios Ioannis on Mykonos.

Mykonos is an island that lies between Naxos, Paros, Syros and Tinos. In Greek mythology it was the scene of a battle between Zeus and the Titans and was named after Apollo’s grandson Mykons. It is quite an expensive place to holiday in, and the beaches are crowded but it’s unbelievably beautiful. It’s also party central. Shirley probably helped to promote it as a destination for those who love all things camp.

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

The director of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin didn’t have much choice over film location. The film is based on Louis de Bernieres’ book of the same title, which centres itself firmly on the island of Kefalonia in its narrative. This is because much of the plot is based on historical fact.

The book and film are about a doctor and his daughter Pelagia, who live a quiet life on the island until war breaks out and an Italian soldier, Captain Corelli, walks into their lives. Most of the film was shot in Sami, a village south of Agia Efimia. North of Agia Effimia it’s possible to take a boat to Myrtos Bay, where part of the film was shot.

Kefalonia is the biggest of the Ionian Islands on the West coast of Greece. It is possible that Kefolonia Homer’s inspiration for Ithica in the Odyssey.

Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia! enjoyed enormous success at the box office when it was released. The film is based on the musical that had started in London’s West End and had been running successfully for nine years before the film was released.


Some of the opening scenes were shot in the Pelion Region of Damouchari. Others on Skopelos on Kastani Bay. Agios Ioannis Prodromos Monastery was used for the wedding chapel in the film.

The cast stayed at the Prince Stafylos Hotel, the Skopelos Village Hotel, the Adrina Hotel, and the Aeolia Hotel. A few rented villas in the area as an alternative. The actors ate at tavernas including To Perivoli, Agioli, Tis Annas and Agnanti.

Skopelos is east of mainland Greece. In mythology, it was founded by Staphylos, a son of Dionysos and Cretian princess Ariadne.

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