Greek and Turkish Property and Holiday Locations Hit the Big Screen

One of the newest travel trends to hit the market in recent years has been ‘set-jetting’ – the idea of going on holiday to a destination which you have seen depicted on the big screen and now have a burning desire to see for yourself. Whether it is to see the actual film locations themselves, or just to soak up the atmosphere of a place that you have been introduced to on the big screen, this is now big business.

Of course, it has always been the case that people have sought out the destinations they have seen in films – iconic parts of Paris and New York that have been used in films have always been popular, but with the rise in independent travel and people taking shorter breaks throughout the year, set-jetting has been on the rise.

Greece is predicted to be one of the most popular destinations for set-jetting in the coming year, given the enormous popularity of the Mamma Mia! film in 2008. While the film itself was shot in location on the islands of Skopelos and Skiathos, the rest of the Greek islands are likely to also benefit from the increased exposure that this cinematic showcase gave to the country’s tourist destinations.

Add to this that fact that access to both the mainland and the islands throughout the year is getting ever easier, and Greece makes for a great location for an overseas property. Not only does the climate suit the holiday home owner or permanent resident perfectly, but the relaxed lifestyle and friendly locals make for a desirable place to live.

EasyJet have made flying to Santorini one of their target destinations this year, and Monarch have recently announced flights to Volos on the mainland. Greece’s third city is a destination in its own right, as well as being a perfect hub to reach the Sporades islands of Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos.

This expansion of service to Greece is good news not only for property buyers, but also those who already own property around the country. London based Piraeus Bank UK, specialists in foreign exchange services and Greek mortgages, are delighted for their clients, many of whom have second homes across Greece. Irini Tzortzoglou, Deputy Manager of the bank comments:

“Greece is fortunate to have been a focus on the big screen in 2008, which I believe, has further positively profiled this diverse and beautiful country. Whether it has been the Mamma Mia effect or other factors leading airlines to increase flights to Greece, Easyjet’s takeover of GB Airways routes for example, it is certainly bright news in what can only be described as a very grey time. As a bank not affected by any toxic debt, unlike most high street banks and institutions, we are remaining positive for what 2009 will bring.”

No comments yet.
You must be logged in to post a comment.