Top 5 Movies to Dream of Greece

Friday, 11 December 2020

Winter is a good time to cozy up on the sofa and watch movies, and what better than to choose a movie set here, on our wonderfully varied and rich land. Here is a list of our top 5 movies that will make you want to book today your 2021 holiday today!

The Big Blue might be one of the most stunning movies ever made by the famous director Luc Bresson (1988). The story tells of two childhood friends, Jacques, and Enzo, who are rival world-renowned free divers. The movies has become a cult classic, not least for the shooting locations and an ode to the most spectacular oceans on the planet. The movie was mostly shot on the island of Amorgos and nearby Ios, but also the French Antibes, Peru, and Taormina in Sicily. If any movie will want to make you jump into the Aegean and swim like a dolphin, this is it. Why not check out some of our seafront villas!

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The Two Faces of January directed by Hossein Amini [2014], is based on a 1964 novel by Patricia Highsmith. It is a watchable throwback to the Hitchcockian thrillers of the 60s. A dashing con man Chester and his beautiful wife Colette take a tour of Greece, and when visiting the Acropolis they meet Rydal, who is working as a tour guide and tourist scammer. The ensuing story is a twisting plot of murder and double-crossing. It was filmed on location in Crete, Athens and Istanbul and there are some great scenic shots of the wildlands of Crete.

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The Sisterhood of The Travelling Pants. Arguably nothing says ‘Greek islands’ more than the images of Oia village in the north of Santorini. This teen movie (1998) based on the novels by Ann Brashares, tells the story of four best friends who are having their first summer apart since childhood. One of them spends the summer in Santorini with her grandparents and there are great shots of Oia village and the famous Ammoudi Bay, with the wonderful rock formations and sparkling waters. Santorini remains one of the top destinations in the world and you only have to look at our Santorini caldera villas to see why.

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Bourne Identity. You must have seen this movie about a guy with amnesia who discovers he is a special agent and is now a target for some crazed assassins! But did you know the final scenes of this 2002 blockbuster were filmed on the gorgeous island of Mykonos? Bourne finally tracks down his lover Marie to her scooter rental business at the seafront market in Little Venice. It is worth re-watching just to see this historic area, which remains one of the highlights to any holiday on Mykonos, a scenic area packed with bars, art galleries and places to sit back and watch the world go by.

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To Nhsi/The Island [2010]. This is not a movie; but we had to include this mini-series made for Greek TV. It is based on the popular English novel The Island by Victoria Hislop. Most of the scenes are shot on the island of Crete, at Plaka, Spinalonga, Elounda, and Agios Nikolaos. The story is set in the 40s and 50s and tells the story of Alexis Fielding who goes in search of her mother’s roots in Plaka a small village on Crete facing the Leper Colony on the island of Spinalonga. This is a visually stunning poignant story in 26 episodes from the Crete of our grandparents. Heart-warming and visually stunning. Definitely worth binge-watching!



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