Here we go again!
Dancing Queens, get ready to head back to Kalokairi because Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! is now playing!
Half the charm of the first Mamma Mia film was imagining ourselves living at Villa Donna on the Greek Island "Kalokairi," singing and dancing around the island with Meryl Streep herself, and feeling wowed by the gorgeous beach scenes... but where is Kalokairi, you might ask? Hate to break it to you, Pirates, but as you have probably already guessed: it only exists on-screen, onstage, and in our hearts. The good news is, only some of the movie was filmed on a Hollywood soundstage, and you can actually visit the beautiful destinations where both Mamma Mia and Mamma Mia 2 were filmed!
So, if you came here for spoilers, you won't find them. But you may find your next adventure!
Skopelos Island and Skiathos Island, Greece
Mamma Mia Location: Various backgrounds
Most of the on-location filming took place here for the first film, and the neighboring island Skiathos. Fans of the film will recognize Glysteri Beach on Skopelos Island, where Sophie read's Donna's diary to her friends after their arrival, and Old Port on Skiathos Island, where Harry and Sam first arrive only to miss their boat.
I'm "Head Over Heels" for this view!
Is that Bill's yacht back there?
Church of Agios Ioannis in Kastri, Skopelos Island, Greece
Mammia Mia Location: Sophie and Sky's Wedding
An hour north of the town of Skopelos, this picturesque chapel is the setting for Sophie and Sky's wedding. Only 320ft high! Though many foreigners chose to say their "I Do I Do I Do's" in Greece before the first film's release, the offical Skopelos website says that the movie caused an uptick in Greek weddings. Voulez-Vous!
"Honey, Honey," these heights make me dizzy!
Kastani Beach, Skopelos Island, Greece
Mamma Mia Location: The Pier and Beach Bar, Sophie and Sky singing "Lay All Your Love On Me"
Unfortunately, you won't find the pier and beach bar from the film on the south-west coast of the island at Kastani beach, as they were built for filming and torn down after. However, according to the official Skopelos Island website, they now have their own, new beach bar on the same beach! For a chance to relive the iconic scene where Tanya sings "Does Your Mother Know" to Pepper, they can take my "Money, Money, Money" any time!
Yes, that pier.
Vis Island, Croatia
Mamma Mia 2 Location: TBA
For the new film, production decided to move on-location filming to the scenic island of Vis, Croatia. Filming for Mamma Mia 2 reportedly centered on the village of Komiza to the west, and Barjoska Beach, where they had to arrive by boat as the beach is inaccessible by land. They also filmed at Stiniya beach on the south coast, which is the island's most famous landmark. Production even converted a popular waterside restaurant called Jastozera into a Greek tavern. See if you can spot these locations when you see the new movie! "When All Is Said And Done," you'll probably want to visit these destinations too!
The "Greek Tavern" in the new movie is really a renowned lobster restaurant!
Chiquitita, tell me the truth: you're ready for a trip, aren't you? Well, I'm off to book some plane tickets anyway! Happy traveling, Pirates!