Are you a movie buff seeking a unique European getaway? Then why not shape your next break around some of the most iconic films in recent history? There are plenty of incredible movies that have been shot in beautiful European locations, so here we’ve chosen some of our top places for you to visit that are inspired by the sensational scenes you will have seen on the big screen.
1. Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, France
The 2000 movie “Chocolat” captured hearts and inspired many to go searching for their own little French village like Lansquenet-sous-Tannes. Though the village is an invention by author Joanne Harris, lovers of the film can still visit the shooting location. With only 300 citizens, the quiet little town of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain isn’t quite a tourist hotspot, so you can visit the little sweet shop and wander the enchanting mediaeval streets in peace and quiet. It’s a great location for those who are seeking countryside charm.
2. Skopelos and Skiathos, Greece
It would be impossible to think of films that have been set in Greece without mentioning the singalong classic “Mamma Mia”, released in 2008. Few have failed to be charmed by this upbeat box office hit, and you can visit the islands where the movie was filmed.
While the actual island in the movie is fictional, Skopelos and Skiathos are its real-life counterparts, where you can marvel at the glittering blue shimmer of the Aegean Sea. On Skiathos, you can enjoy a thriving nightlife scene favoured by young travellers. Head to Skopelos if you are seeking a more chilled-out break with ancient architecture and lazy beach days.
mythology, sapphire coastlines, and gyros are all found here. It has a well established reputation as a top travel destination and a holiday rental network to match the thriving tourism industry. Popular islands in the nation, such Santorini, Mykonos, and Naxos, are filled with apartments, and the luxury villas in Greece.
3. Crema, Italy
Italy has played host to dozens of filmmakers, writers and artists throughout history, but a recent hit was filmed in the sleepy city of Crema in Lombardy. “Call Me By Your Name” had some serious Oscar buzz in 2017, and this quiet film was at least partly beloved for its dreamy cinematography. Shot in and around Crema, nature and film lovers have been inspired to visit ever since.
If you want to hop on a bicycle and enjoy a summer adventure of your own, you can find accommodation right in the main square of Crema and people watch from a cute cafe or go wandering through the rolling green countryside.
4. Wicklow Mountains, Ireland
If you’d rather seek out cooler climes, then Ireland is a great choice. A popular spot with filmmakers, 2007’s “P.S. I Love You” is a romantic comedy classic that stole many people’s hearts. While much of the movie was set in the States, it went back to the Irish roots of the original novel for some scenes, specifically in the Wicklow Mountains. You can head out to the mountains from Dublin, and even visit the romantic bridge from the movie, just a couple of miles from the Sally Gap. This is a great trip for walkers who love rom-coms!
There are so many fascinating filming spots to see in Europe – which will be your first stop? Don’t forget your camera so you can recreate those special scenes yourself.