Damouchari.

Stone house in Damouchari Pelion GreeceAmongst the dramatic rocky cliffs and tiny coves of the Aegean side of the Pelion Peninsula lies the village of Damouchari,  set around a natural harbour. With its stone houses and cobbled paths, linking the two bays and leading up to a ruined castle, Damouchari is a charming car-free backwater.

It was chosen for the “Dancing Queen” scene in the Hollywood film Mamma Mia, for which the long wooden quay was built specially. The “main” beach is bright white pebbles, with aquamarine water and the backed by step rocks with the green backdrop of Mount Pelion behind.

Damouchari bay with boats Pelion Greece

When Hollywood Came to Town

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The village of Damouchari on the Pelion Peninsula and the island of Skopelos were the location for the film, Mamma Mia, chosen not only for the extraordinary turquoise of the seas but also because of the lushness of the landscape, with trees cascading down the hillsides right to the water's edge.  

Everyone, of course, remembers the wedding scene with the bride going up the steep cobbled path to the spectacular chapel on the cliff. This is the church of Agios Iannis (St John)  on the north eastern coast of the island.

Don't expect everything on Skopelos to look just like the film, though. Everyone locally has their own, "When Hollywood came to town" story - including the fact that they imported "Greek Island Blue" windows, rather than nipping down the local hardware store for a can of paint!

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