The flashback to the magical locations of Corfu where famous movies were filmed is just beginning.
3,2,1 Let’s go!
- The Mouse Island…Where Margo was caught almost naked by the young priest!
- Mon Repo Palace & Estate: The House of Countess Mavrodaki!
- Danilia Village: The Durrells TV Series main filming location!
- Antiniotissa lake: Little Gerry’s research spot!
- The White House of Lawrence Durrell
- Lunch at the "White House" Restaurant
In 2018 Corfu Island was recognized as the Best European Film Location. This award was in recognition of its key role in the filming of the successful British TV series ”The Durrells” bringing our delightful Greek island to everyone’s attention! The tremendously popular series undoubtedly sparked an increased interest in Corfu, with many fans flocking to the island every year, in the hope of discovering the Durrells favorite spots, and recreating the magic of the series. But who were the real Durrells family and how did they end up living in Corfu? What are the most popular filming locations of the series and where did the family actually live on the island back in the 1930?
Whether you are dying to get a picture done in front of the stunning Palace of Countess Mavrodaki or the official White House of the Durrell’s the tour below will tell you exactly how to make it happen. How knows?
Maybe a few of these Iconic filming locations are even close enough to inspire your summer Corfu Experience road trip!
Let’s take now a journey into the fascinating world of the Durrells family!
1)Admire Famous Sights
The Mouse Island…Where Margo was caught almost naked by the young priest!
Do you remember that scene when Margo Durrell sunbathed under a shrine, to the surprise and aversion of the young priest? She was sunbathing in the Mouse Island.
Located at Kanoni Peninsula the Mouse Island is considered as one of the most popular landmakrs around the world and that’s becaise of its shape. It looks like a mouse! The nature that surrounds is its magical and the monastery on the top that offers panoramic views around the peninsula make it the best place to film a serie. So, it’s not a surprise that it was chosen as a filming location for the Durrells series!
2) Admire Famous Sights
Mon Repo Palace & Estate: The House of Countess Mavrodaki!
Just south of the city is the Mon Repos Palace, which doubles as the home of Countess Mavrodaki in the series. Now an archaeological museum, it was once the summer residence of the Greek royal family and was the birthplace of our very own Greek, Prince Philip. This imposing neoclassical palace was a gift out of love for a beautiful lady but also the object of conflict between the former royal family and the state. This exceptional palace was built in 1831 according to the plans of the English architect Whitmore, as a summer residence of the English Commissioner Frederic Adam, for the sake of his beloved Corfu Nina Palatianou, who dreamed of living in a small palace in the countryside. In 1863 Empress Sissy of Austria settled there for a long time and left her own mansion, also known as Achillion Palace.
3) Admire Famous Sights
Danilia Village: The Durrells TV Series main filming location!
Time seems to have stopped in Danilia village… Folklore museums, stone paved roads and medieval houses create a unique scenery of traditional charm. The biggest part of the outdoor scenes of ”The Durrells” was shot in Danilia Village, or “the Bouas Village», near Kontokali, in the northeast of the island. This is a replica of a traditional 1930s Corfiot village that was created by the Corfiot Bouas family in the 1970s.
Since then, it is loved by tourists who come to experience the magic vibe of this place. In Danilia village you’ll find beautiful stone made Venetian houses, little traditional shops, a museum, as well as an old-fashioned coffee shop. It’s not the first time that Danilia village is used as a filming location. James Bond movie “For your eyes only”, starring Roger Moore and “The Greek Tycoon” starring Antoni Quinn was also filmed in Danilia village!
4) Admire Famous Sights
Antiniotissa lake: Little Gerry’s research spot!
This is a beautiful lake and one of the real-life Durrells’ favorite picnic and of course research spots! Antiniotissa lake is not only one of the most impressive natural landscapes in Corfu, but also a huge ecosystem and this is why the upcoming vet and votanologist little Durrell was so fascinated about it.
Located at the northeastern side of the island, this beautiful lake is 400 acres big and forms a natural reserve for many bird and plant species, as well as for the otters lutra-lutra. If you’re someone who likes nature exploration, just like Gerald Durrell, you’ll love Antiniotissa lake! Stroll around, test your skills in bird watching and capture the beauty of the verdant nature.
Do it like little Gerry and let the explorer in you have fun!
5) Admire Famous Sights
The White House of Lawrence Durrell
Then continue driving to the north while passing through the picturesque seaside villages of Dassia, Barbati and Nissaki and enjoying the spectacular sea views until we reach the famous White House!
This is the home where Lawrence Durrell used to live with his wife Nancy and also where he enjoyed writing and now operates a restaurant and holiday home. Immerse in the life of the Durrells in Corfu as you have the chance to witness the family’s house and its stunning terrace.
6) Experience the Hospitality
Lunch at the "White House" Restaurant
There could be no better place to enjoy our lunch during this cinematic tour than the White House’s beachfront restaurant. Taste the Corfiot Meditarrenian Cuisine by soaking up the environment that inspired Lawrence’s writing and listening to the Ionian Sea splashing at your feet. This super restaurant will offer you the best dining experience along with a wonderful view across the bay. The serving staff are efficient, friendly, and very attentive and the experience will be definately memorable. Enjoy every single dish from the homemade bread to the seafood and get ready for a perfect combination of flavours such as the crayfish risotto with saffron and dill.
Do not miss the deconstructed baklava dessert with pistachio cream, all washed down with a delicious bottle of rose or white wine of your choice.
Lunch is included in the famous “White House Restaurant” to enjoy the traditional cuisine of Corfu.
See which facilities are also included.
1)Pick-up from and return to your desired place.
2)Luxury Mercedes bus (depending on the size of the group), glass roof, offering air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, leather seats, TV monitors, first-aid kit, and mini-bar (water, juice, and refreshments) throughout the tour.
3)Experienced & professional driver.
4)Experienced English-speaking Tour Guide of “The Corfu Experience” Tourism Agency.
5)Tour Leader of “The Corfu Experience” Tourism Agency.
6)All rental and accommodation expenses for the places we visit.
7)All costs for each partner that offers services.
8)Entrance fees for museums and historic sites (when needed).
9)All coffee break expenses (snack, coffee, ice cream).
10)All expenses for a full lunch at the famouse “White House” restaurant of the Durrell’s.
ExcludedONLY your own expenses concerning personal items, souvenirs, or any other service you may choose
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