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5 Movies That Make You Want to Retire in Europe

Movies have a remarkable ability to transport us to different worlds and inspire our wanderlust. There are films that capture the essence of idyllic retirement destinations, evoking a sense of charm, adventure, and the desire to embark on a new chapter of life. In this article, we present a curated list of five captivating movies that will make you want to retire in these picturesque locations. From the tranquil beauty of Split and Dalmatia to the vibrant allure of Barcelona and beyond, let’s explore the films that ignite the retirement dreams within us. Our top 5 retirement places inspired by movies:

The Bliss – Croatia, Split

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Retirement places inspired by movies: Stunning house in Dalmatia in the scenes in the movie Bliss is a mind-bending love story following Greg (Owen Wilson) who, after recently being divorced and then fired, meets the mysterious Isabel (Salma Hayek)

Set in the sun-kissed paradise of Croatia, the film ‘The Bliss’ showcases the breathtaking beauty of Split and other areas of Dalmatia. The film’s stunning cinematography captures the glittering Adriatic Sea, ancient Roman ruins, and charming Mediterranean architecture. Although only a part of the film, the idyllic one, was shot in Dalmatia, it portrays a heavenly image of the region. It evokes the serene and peaceful retirement one might imagine, leisurely strolling through cobblestone streets, savoring local cuisine in waterfront cafes, and basking in the warm Mediterranean sun. ‘The Bliss’ invites viewers to retreat into the timeless charm of the Mediterranean, where every day feels like a blissful escape.

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The Captivating Interior Design of ‘The Bliss’ Movie, Set in the Enchanting Elaphiti Islands of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Design by Steven Architects LLP

Especially stunning pictures are in the house with the pool. The pool was built in the ruins of a house from the 15th century! Here you can the San Spirito Vila in Dubrovnik in Croatia by Steven Harris used in the film

Designed By Steven Architects . Photo Source: Steven Architects LLP

Rustic yet elegant, the Villa San Spirito is integrated into the original 15. stone buildings on a hill overlooking the Adriatic Sea and the historic village of Lopud. The most beautiful Villas in Lopud you can find here.

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) – Italy

Diane Lane and Raoul Bova in Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
Diane Lane and Raoul Bova in Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

This romantic comedy-drama movie was directed by Audrey Wells. It tells the story of a recently divorced writer who buys a villa in Tuscany on a whim, hoping it will lead to a change in her life. The film features many beautiful shots of the Tuscan countryside and is sure to inspire anyone looking for a peaceful retirement in Italy.

Dream of Italy host Kathy McCabe is thrilled to meet up with Under the Tuscan Sun author Frances Mayes in her adopted hometown of Cortona Tuscany for a half-hour special that will begin airing August 19th on PBS stations and Create TV.

Immerse yourself in the enchanting embrace of retirement in Toscana, a captivating choice blessed with breathtaking countryside vistas and a tapestry of cultural wonders. This idyllic destination beckons you to savor life’s simple joys, where each day unfolds like a timeless masterpiece. Delight in the gastronomic delights of Italy, indulging in the finest flavors of delectable cuisine and exquisite wines.

In Toscana, retirement becomes a symphony of sensory pleasures, a harmonious blend of nature’s allure and the rich heritage that surrounds you. Departure to Tuscany? Search here for the most beautiful places: Booking – Tuscany

Vicky Cristina Barcelona – Spain, Barcelona

Vicky Cristina Barcelona by Woody Allen. Embrace the Idyllic Charms of Retirement in Barcelona, Where Time Stands Still as We Savor Life’s Simple Pleasures

Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” takes us on a romantic journey through the enchanting streets of Barcelona. This film captures the city’s vibrant energy, iconic architecture, and lively art scene. As the characters navigate their entangled relationships, they immerse themselves in the city’s cultural offerings, indulging in tapas, exploring the whimsical Park Güell, and embracing the city’s bohemian lifestyle.

“Vicky Cristina Barcelona” paints a vivid portrait of retirement in Barcelona, where every day offers the opportunity to uncover new passions, ignite romance, and revel in the city’s zest for life.

Mamma Mia! (2008) – Greece, Skopelos

Unleash your inner wanderlust with retirement places inspired by movies, as Meryl Streep joyfully frolics on the beach in Mamma Mia!

The sun-drenched Greek island of Skopelos is the star of the musical extravaganza “Mamma Mia!” This feel-good film whisks viewers away to a picturesque paradise, where retirees can trade in their worries for a carefree life surrounded by turquoise waters and white-washed buildings. Inspired by the timeless songs of ABBA, the film follows the journey of a young woman searching for her father on the island.

“Mamma Mia!” (here about fashion from movie)captures the essence of a joyous retirement in Greece, complete with lively festivities, delightful beachfront tavernas, and a close-knit community that celebrates life’s moments with music and dance.

Eat Pray Love (2010) – Italy, Rom

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Discover the allure of retirement places inspired by movies, as Julia Roberts gracefully strolls through the streets of Rome, embraced by a flock of pigeons in Eat Pray Love (2010)

Based on Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir, “Eat Pray Love” transports viewers on a transformative journey through Italy, India, and Bali. The film’s first act unfolds in the cobblestone streets and charming cafes of Rome, where the protagonist indulges in culinary delights and embraces the art of dolce far niente (the sweetness of doing nothing). As the story progresses to India and Bali, viewers are immersed in a spiritual quest and the beauty of these enchanting destinations.

“Eat Pray Love” inspires retirement dreams filled with self-discovery, cultural immersion, and the pursuit of inner peace.

Author: Melissa Aragon

MOVIE:The Bliss, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Mamma Mia!, Eat Pray Love, Under the Tuscan Sun
DIRECTED BY:Woody Allen, Phyllida Lloyd, Ryan Murphy, Audrey Wells