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The Durrells of Corfu: A Visit to the Danilia Village (The set of The Durrells)

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Three weeks to the day, I went on a lovely holiday to the beautiful Greek Island of Corfu and now, since I’ve (finally) been through and sorted my pictures, I thought I’d share an amazing and unique experience I had whilst there. As a MAJOR period drama nerd, the main reason for my visit was of course, the ITV series ‘the Durrells’ which began in 2016. Since its premier,  I was hooked on the series and absolutely fell in love with the families story and of course the island paradise which is Corfu, and I knew by the time I’d finished series three (and had my heart ripped out by the Spiros X Louisa storyline #stillnotoverit) that I had to go an have a real Corfiat experience for myself. Unlike most series, The Durrells is actually primarily filmed in Corfu where the story is set, which means for nerds like me, fans can visit the filming locations, as well as the actual sights where the real Durrell family lived, loved and played whilst they stayed on the Island throughout the 1930’s.

Now onto the premise of this post. As the series is set in 1930s Corfu, the location scouts obviously had to find the perfect location to give the series a truly historical feel and luckily for them they had it ready made in the ‘Danilia Village’. Built in the 1970’s as a replica 1930’s Corfiat village, the purpose of the Danilia Village was to be a living history museum for visitors of the island to be able to experience a traditional and authentic Greek experience. Unfortunately,  the family who owned the village became bankrupted in the early 2000’s and could no longer afford the upkeep of the village, so it was left abandoned until it was bought by Grecotel (who have a three beautiful hotels on the island) and it has since been let out as the perfect spot for film and tv crews. Home to films such as the 1981 James Bond film ‘For Your Eyes Only’ and of course more recently The Durrells, visitors to the Grecotel- Corfu Imperial are allowed to visit the village for free via mini bus, and luckily for those who are not staying at the hotel they can also pre-book (like we did) via the hotel concierge for a fee of 15 euros per person and let me tell you if you are a Durrells fan… its worth it.

You are taken via the VIP mini bus from the hotel (or can meet the group at the village) to the gates of the village, and led round via an extremely knowledgeable guide who gives you an in-depth tour of the village for about 40 mins to an hour, which she used to point out all the well-known spots used by the Durrells. You also receive a free drink (or drinks) in the bar and café area, a spot which is often seen throughout the series and honestly, it was the highlight of my trip. I cannot recommend a trip to the village enough for fellow fans of the series, and I hope you enjoy my picture gallery below- see what filming spots you can recognise from the series!

ENJOY!

 

The first few 1930’s style Corfiat buildings which greet you as you enter the village.
The beautiful café where drinks are served! (Just above is where Larry moves out temporarily to in series 2, and the area where the table and chairs are laid out is where the Durrells are often seen drinking and meeting friends throughout the series)
The church (used throughout the three series for the baptisms, church ceremonies and the funeral of Aunt Hermione)
The interior of the Café
The beautiful view up the streets of the village
An original 1930’s fire engine (possibly used in the series? As the village is full of hundreds of original Corfiat artefacts)
This space is used at the market area throughout the series (remember when Louisa low-key poisoned half of Corfu with her food haha!)
I’m not sure if this actually featured in the series, but I found this 1930’s cigarette advertisement very cool, as it really added to the traditional vibe of the village

 

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