The alluring azure-blue waters of Greece have lured in holidaymakers for decades. Perfect for everyone, from those who simply want to curl up on the beach with a bestseller, to those who want to explore the landscape on foot, Greece will always be a perennial favorite. But the islands are also an attractive option for filmmakers, who use the stunning natural scenery and ancient ruins to transport viewers to another place and time.
For film fanatics, visiting these spots is the perfect way to form their holiday itinerary. But what destinations should make your list? We take a look at some of the most well-known spots to inspire your own journey.
Skopelos – Mamma Mia
The feel-good vibes and guilt-free escapism of the 2008 film Mamma Mia have encouraged plenty of tourists to undertake their own journey to the islands. Whether you’re going with a group of friends, your partner, or doing a Donna and traveling solo, you’re sure to love the island of Skopelos.
Certified as a ‘traditional settlement of outstanding beauty in 1978 by the President of Greece, this tiny island is everything you’d hope for on a Greek Island escape. Famous for its wine and sweet plums, visitors can make sure to sample the local delicacies before taking a hearty walk in the island’s pine forests. Fans of the film will recognize Kastani Beach, the setting for a lot of the film, so pack your bags and indulge in your Mamma Mia fantasy to your heart’s content.
Pylos and Methoni – Before Midnight
Another romantic comedy, Before Midnight, is the third film in the trilogy, following Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. The film follows the same conversational style as the previous ones in the series and is the perfect chance to appreciate how the scenery lends itself to supporting the emotional discussions between Jesse and Céline.
Only a short distance from each other, both Pylos and Methoni play a central role in the film. Visitors can explore the Venetian castle at Methoni, swim at the beach, and enjoy the small town, which is well-known for being a craft hub. More adventurous travelers should head for Pylos, where Nestor’s Cave lies a short hike from Voidokilia Beach. Legend has it that this cave is the same one that features in the tale of Hermes hiding the stolen sheep in Homer’s epic poems.
Milos – Justice League
Most of us will have heard of the DC Comics film franchise, and 2017’s Justice League took inspiration from Kleftiko beach on this island for their own Themyscira Island. Even if you’re not familiar with the film, you’ll appreciate the vivid combination of stark rock and mineral-tinted sand, which gives the beaches a pink, red, and orange effect.
In fact, there is a range of stunning beaches all across the island, making it perfect for anyone looking to get plenty of photos to inspire their own creative pursuits. Cool off by exploring the crystal-clear waters with a snorkel before settling into the evening with a refreshing drink and meal at one of the authentic restaurants.