In The Greek Islands with Julia Bradbury, the presenter uncovers the hidden side of well-known islands like Corfu, Crete and Santorini as well as uncovering some lesser-known island gems like Symi, Thirassia and Skopelos, location for global smash Mamma Mia, island-hopping her way to her ultimate destination, Chios - the island of her heritage.
She goes off the well-trodden tourist track to discover secret beaches, exquisite coves and unspoilt countryside, immersing herself in the islands' age-old traditions and sampling some of the best food and drink they have to offer to provide a vivid and surprising insight into some of our most popular holiday destinations.
This week, Julia's journey reaches the Sporades. Known as the ‘Paradise Islands', their lush pine forests and breathtaking coastlines are recognisable to millions as the backdrop of the movie Mamma Mia. On Skiathos, Julia boards a fishing boat in search of a secret world of hidden coves and deserted beaches, sampling the local delicacy of sea urchins, hand-dived from the island's crystal clear waters. Heading inland, she visits the hillside monastery of Evangelistria, one of Greece's most important religious sites, before island-hopping to neighbouring Skopelos to witness a taste of marriage, Greek style. After trying on the island's traditional wedding dress, her trip ends at the tiny Chapel of St John, the setting for the final scene of Mamma Mia and one of the most spectacular locations in Greece.
Season : 1
Episode Number : 4
Duration : 30 minutes
Type : Documentary
Language : English