Not only the films of the old Greek cinema but also foreign productions that were filmed in Greece achieved great success. Some Hollywood productions highlighted Greece’s beauty through their shots. A good example of such a film is “The Boy on the Dolphin”. The American and Hollywood hit was set on one of the most popular Greek islands near Athens, Hydra.
The special thing about The Boy on the Dolphin is the fact that it is the first American Hollywood film shot in Greece. Starring Sophia Loren, Alan Land, and Clifton Webb, it is a film based on David Divine's novel Boy on a Dolphin.
Sophia Loren stars as Phaedra, a young sponge diver on Hydra. One day, she finds an ancient statue at the bottom of the sea. It shows a boy on a dolphin. She tells her Albanian lover, Rif, and the island’s English doctor, Dr. Hawkins, about her discovery. Dr. Hawkins goes to Delos and learns that the statue is from the Roman era. He even thinks that the statue has magical powers.
The film begins with stunning shots of various places in Greece, such as Rhodes, Delos, Mykonos, Poros, Piraeus, Acropolis, and Meteora. These images show us a glimpse of Greece at a different time. Sophia Loren, in her debut role in an English-speaking movie, made the island of Hydra famous around the world with her performance. She enchanted the blue waters of the Argosaronic Gulf with her beauty and charm. After this film, many celebrities and tourists wanted to visit this magical Greek island and experience its allure. The film also features the iconic song “What is that they call love” by Tony Maroudas, which Sophia Loren sings in Greek with her lovely voice.
Hydra, the favorite island near Athens
Hydra is one of the favorite island choices for an escape in the Argosaronic Gulf. Noble, special, and with everything you want to have a good time no matter what type of traveler you are. Hydra Island is ideal either for weekends or for more days if you have them at your disposal.
It offers you very sophisticated and luxurious accommodations if you want, very good restaurants, and places for strolling and strolling on summer evenings. It is an island with amazing beaches, picturesque and crystal clear. You will definitely visit them again and again.
Your days in Hydra will roll between dives and walks in the picturesque alleys. Where you will stop to eat traditional appetizers under the light of the stars and under blooming bougainvilleas.
A two-day trip is perfect for exploring the island of Hydra. If you want to visit this year, book your accommodation early because prices have gone up compared to other islands. Getting there is easy and cheap, but don’t miss the chance to taste the local cuisine. It’s definitely worth it!