Sail to Mamma Mia filming locations with Star Clippers - June 2018
GoCruise – 25/06/18 - Star Clippers
Starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Julie Walters, the star-studded Mamma Mia is one of the most successful films of all time. The story begins with Donna – played by Meryl Streep - an independent hotelier preparing for her daughter’s wedding day with the help of two friends. However, the bride-to-be has a plan of her own and has invited three men from her mother’s past in a bid to discover her real father who, she hope, will walk her down the aisle on her big day.
The film combines the gorgeous scenery of the Greek Islands with the some of the best hits from ABBA. These two factors along with some of the most familiar British and American actors in the industry have clearly struck a chord with the British public and left a lasting impression.
Each of the destinations featured throughout the film was carefully chosen to create the desired effect - a combination of drama, comedy and romance. Now, you can experience some of these destinations for yourself on board a unique sailing with Star Clippers. Departing out of the Athens on the 8th June 2019, the Star Flyer will transport passengers to a range of iconic Greek Islands that featured heavily throughout the film including Skiathos and Skopelos.
This week, we take a closer look at some of the filming locations that you may be able to resonate with during this spectacular and unique sailing.
Prior to the release of Mamma Mia, Skiathos was a little-known island that received only a handful of visitors compared to neighbouring locations. It has since become a renowned holiday destination, with visitors realising the beauty in the island’s golden beaches, of which there are more than 60 to choose from. You will also find an abundance of shopping streets in which to enjoy a spot of retail therapy and a number of bars where you can enjoy a cool and refreshing beverage.
There are two distinctively-recognisable filming locations worth visiting on the island. These include the old harbour near Bourtzi, which where Sam’s race with Harry took place in a bid to reach the boat that would take them to the neighbouring island of Kalokairi. Another filming location situated on the island is the clock tower, which is where Sophia posts the wedding invitations.
As one of the greenest islands in the Aegean Sea, Skopelos is made up of a wide range of flowers, trees, shrubs and beautiful mountainous scenery. In total, the island is home to more than 360 churches and chapels – with some dating back as far as the 11th century. If you are seeking a spot of beach relaxation, the best option may be to head to the south side of the island, where you will find an abundance of sandy expanses and calm waters.
Kastani Beach is one of the most iconic places – not only to relax but because it is also a key location that features in the film. This is where Tanya sings ‘Does your Mother Know’ and is also where Sophie and Sky sing both ‘Lay all your Love on Me’ and ‘I Have a Dream’. Elsewhere on the island, you can experience the breath-taking site of Nisi Glisteri, which is the clifftop where ‘Our Last Summer’ was performed.
Additionally, from the tranquil Agios Ioannis Beach, you can climb 105 steps to the small chapel of the Agios Ioannis Prodromos Monastery, where the wedding scene was filmed. Upon completing the climb and admiring the dramatic views out to sea, it is easy to see why this landmark was chosen as a filming location.
Not only will you be able to enjoy each of these beautiful destinations, but half of the beauty of a Star Clippers cruise is enjoying the traditional sailing experience. Each ship has been traditionally rigged and fitted with sails, with the intention being for the vessels to be largely powered by the power of the wind where possible.