You were no doubt awaiting the summer release of the sequel to Mamma Mia! Ten years on, since the film’s initial release, we finally get to enjoy yet another fun-filled sing-a-long. The star-studded cast includes the likes of Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Julie Walters and Colin Firth amongst many others. As anticipation builds for the release of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, we take a look at the Greek Islands, the inspiration behind Mamma Mia! and its upcoming sequel.
The Greek Islands
Both storylines for Mamma Mia! and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again are set on the fictional Greek Island of Kalokairi.
There are so many Greek Islands to explore, it’s often worth taking a tour around the islands. As Skiathos is the main connection to Skopelos, it’s a great idea to discover all Skiathos has to offer before extending your trip across the Aegean Sea. The small island of Skiathos has picturesque, secluded and sandy beaches as its main attraction, as well as quaint little villages. Moreover, Skopelos is slightly bigger than the more popular islands of Mykonos and Santorini. On both of these islands, you can really witness the scenic, postcard-worthy, whitewashed buildings and churches. As well as ancient Greek ruins like Delos, and crystal-clear beaches, of course!
Other Greek islands like Crete and Rhodes offer historical landmarks and buildings. Allowing its visitors to go back in time and experience ancient Greek life. Crete is also known for having the clearest waters in the Mediterranean, boasting phenomenal beaches and lagoons. Discover ancient Greek excavations and mythology with a trip to Kos. Explore even more scenic beaches and the lively nightlife in Zante. Experience Corfu which is home to iconic churches, monasteries and fortresses. It’s the perfect place for a family holiday due to its sights, beaches, water parks and great nightlife, especially in Sidari.
Activities in the Greek Islands
The Greek Islands are perfect for those looking for a calming and peaceful holiday, but they are also fantastic for those looking for a little more action and adventure. Start off with a relaxing trip to vineyards in Santorini where you can have a go at wine tasting. Group tours are sold, so you can take your pals along with you. Sip your way around the island as you visit well known Santorini wineries. One of the main attractions of Santorini is its underwater caldera, which is essentially a crater. So why not head out on a caldera cruise, where you can spend some time on a luxurious catamaran with a delicious lunch and drinks, and discover the famous Santorini caldera.
If boat trips are what you’re looking for around the Greek Islands, head over to Zante. This island is simply stunning, especially its Navagio Beach, also known as Shipwreck Bay and Smuggler’s Cove. The view from above sheds light on its bluest of blue waters and fascinating rock formations which shelter this bay. A boat has to be taken in order to reach the cove. Once there, cool off in the beautiful turquoise sea and discover the shipwreck left behind. Zante is also the best place for turtle spotting. If you’re lucky, you might catch sight of some turtles hatching and running off into the ocean!
Want to get adventurous and explore the ancient sites of the Greek Islands. Crete has so much to offer in terms of historical landmarks and enthralling sights. Discover the Minoan civilization’s hub of Knossos. This huge palace is an iconic structure as it is a symbol of ancient Greek life and progress. It is truly something to marvel at.
Trip around the Med
Exploring the Mediterranean should be next on your list, from the Greek Islands, why not work your way across to a fancy retreat in no other than Italy? This is the country that the phrase ‘mamma mia’ belongs to after all! Enjoy city breaks in stunning historical cities like Rome and Venice or visit Italian islands such as Sardinia and Sicily. Here, you can indulge in true Mediterranean hospitality, climate and cuisine. Perhaps, you’d wish to travel further south to a Mediterranean island escape in Malta, the perfect choice. Great for families, couples or even groups of friends. With grand, sand-coloured architecture, stunning beaches and beautiful, turquoise lagoons, Malta isn’t just easy on the eye, but it’s also a wonderful choice whether you’re looking for relaxation or busy sightseeing activities.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is in cinemas now!
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