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Best movie locations on Mediterranean you just have to visit

Best movie locations on Mediterranean you just have to visit

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Sometimes you watch a movie, and regardless if it’s any good or not, the scenery and the location are so beautiful that you are immediately compelled to google where it was filmed, and even throw it on your “must visit” list? If this is you then look no further, here are some of the best movie locations on Mediterranian you have just got to visit. 

Some of the movies on our list are a masterpiece of the 7th art, some not that much, but all the places are magnificent, and worth visiting.

Motovun, Draguć (Istria, Croatia) – Red tails 

We start with some true gems, small but gorgeous Istrian towns Motovun and Draguć. They stand tall, rising to the clouds for almost a thousand years now. They were used as film sets in numerous movies, one of the more recent ones being Red Tails, an inspiring story of African-American pilots in WWII, who are fighting two enemies, the Germans and the prejudice in their own ranks.

Still of Motovun form "Red tails"
Still of the church of st. Rok form "Red tails"

If you like intact history, fine wine, and truffles, you will absolutely enjoy Istria in the autumn.

Motovun is the more popular one, but Draguć has its allures, like a small Church of St. Rok, the view of the surrounding hills is just spectacular. Also, many movies were shot here, so no wonder it is known as “the Istrian Hollywood”.

Motovun, Croatia

Kefalonia (Greece) – Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

A legend says that Kefalonia, the 6th biggest island in Greece, is actually Ithaca, the home of Odysseus from Homer’s Iliada. During its turbulent past, it was ruled by Byzantine Italy, Venetians, Ottoman (Turkish) empire, France, Russia, and Great Britain, before it was finally transferred to Greeks in 1864.

Still of Nicolas Cage from "Captain Corelli's Mandolin"

Based on a best-selling novel by Louis de Bernières, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin is a story of two lovers, divided by their nationality in the whirlwind of WWII. Even if you don’t like the movie, you will enjoy the scenery of Kelafonia, and hopefully, add it to your bucket list.

Here’s everything you must see, experience, and taste while visiting – Things to do in Kefalonia

Kefalonia, Greece

Positano (Italy) – Talented Mr Ripply

No wonder Positano was picked as a perfect spot for one of the best movies from the 90s, Talented Mr. Ripley. Located on the Italian west coast, with a very mild climate, you can enjoy it from early spring to late autumn. Surrounded by beautiful beaches, it has been a holiday resort since the Roman Empire era. Yet, it was just a poor fishing village during the first part of the twentieth century.

Mihael Grmek, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

It began to attract a large number of tourists in the 1950s, especially after John Steinbeck published his essay about Positano in Harper’s Bazaar in May 1953: “Positano bites deep”, Steinbeck wrote. “It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” So true.

Still from "Talented Mr. Ripley"

If you are looking for ideas on what to do, here is a great blog with all the hidden gems

Canes, Nica, Cote d’Azur – To catch a thief 

The list of movies filmed somewhere on the beautiful Cote d’Azur is so long, that we won’t even bother to list them all here. One that has that 50s vibe, that style and the allure that makes you pack your bags and immediately book your plane ticket is “To catch a thief” by nonother than the true master of his craft, Alfred Hitchcock.

Cary Grant as the suave retired cat burglar and the princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly are intoxicating in this romantic thriller. And the scene of them in a 1955 Sapphire Blue Sunbeam Alpine convertible overlooking Monaco is breathtaking. You can still drive there for a picnic.

Grace Kelly & Cary Grant in "To catch a thief" © 1955 Paramount Pictures

If you just google Cote d’Azur, you will find a ton of stuff to do, but if you are a true Hitchcock fan, and want to follow the steps of Grace and Cary, here is a list of all the spots from the movie. Enjoy 🙂 

Mama Mia/Mama Mia 2 – Vis/Skopelos 

Since we couldn’t decide do we like the scenery from the first or the sequel, we just have to mention both.
Skopelos, an island in the Agean sea, was founded by nonother than Staphylos, son of Dionysus, the god of wine. Regardless if you believe in legend or not, the Peparithios wine is something you don’t want to miss when visiting.

Colin Firth & Amanda Seyfried, Still from "Mama Mia"

The Croatian island of Vis also has its set of secrets to discover. We would recommend visiting it in late spring when the temperatures are more than enough that you can lay on the beach all day and take a swim, yet still, there are not that many people to ruin your photos 😉

Skopelos (Greece)

Ready to visit the beautiful island of Vis? Here are a couple of suggestions of what not to miss 

Vis, Stiniva -Photo by dronepicr - https://www.flickr.com

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