MAMMA MIA! takes place on a small, fictional Greek island of Kalokairi (based on the real Greek island of Skopelos, which according to legend, was founded by Staphylos or Staphylus (Greek for grape), one of the sons of the god Dionysos and the princess Ariadne of Crete). Here’s how the script describes Kalokairi:
A Mediterranean Island, sparkling in the iridescent blue of the Aegean. Ancient and fertile, with a harbor and narrow, winding alleyways. The buildings are dazzling white, with blue and green shutters; bougainvillea-decked walls and flowered courtyards. The light of the island is dazzling and intense.
The SUMMER NIGHT CITY TAVERNA, named by Donna for a favorite song, is a short walk from the Harbor. The island’s remoteness keeps it free from too many tourists, but it still attracts the discerning visitor. The taverna is a focal point for guests and locals – ‘an undiscovered gem’.
Sounds like a nice place, doesn’t it? And there’s no shortage of Greek islands to choose from. Greece claims sovereignity to more than 6,000 islands and islets scattered in the Aegian and Ionian Seas, with just 227 of them inhabited. The Greek Archipelago offers something for everyone: beaches stretching over many kilometers, sheltered bays and coves, sandy beaches with sand-dunes, pebble beaches, coastal caves with steep rocks and dark colored sand typical of volcanic soil and coastal wetlands. Where better to sing "...LIVING FOR THE DAY, WORRIES FAR AWAY..."?