Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)

Detonating the Mine on the Beach

Detonating the Mine on the Beach

The scene where Captain Corelli blows up an old Turkish ship mine, is filmed on a beautiful beach on a Greek island. To find the exact filming location read on, or click on the map pointer in the image section above.

“We are going to explode the bomb. It will be a fantastic explosion and when the time comes, nobody must come down to the beach. You must watch from where you are. Capitano!

Captain Corelli


Where did they film the beach scenes? 

Captain Corelli detonates an old ship mine on a beach. The beautiful beach used for this and one other scene is located in the north part of the island of Kefalonia, Greece. The stunning secluded beach is called Myrtos beach and is a 40 minutes drive away from the island’s capital Argostoli.


You will find the Myrtos Beach on many tourist guides. It is often proclaimed as one of the best beaches in Greece. The fine marble sand gives the see at the shore a beautiful turquoise color.


Hint: Click the map pointer icon in the image area at the top for the exact map location.

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The two scenes filmed at Myrtos beach:

The detonation of the ship mine

An old Turkish ship mine gets washed up on a shore. To make an impression, the Italian soldiers decide to blow it up in front of the Greek audience. Captain Corelli (Nicolas Cage) and the Italian soldiers built a protection structure so they could detonate the mine. But when Captain Corelli laid the wire from the mine to the bunker, he noticed that the wire was not long enough. So the Italian soldiers relocated the protection bunker nearer to the mine. Captain Corelli was the one to trigger the explosion, but it was much stronger than him and his crew anticipated. The explosion scared the spectators, blew up the bunker and lightly injured captain Corelli.


The Italian soldiers have a day off at the beach

The Italian soldiers under Captain Corelli have a trip to the beach with their lady friends. They are singing and having a good time. Then Captain Gunther Weber (David Morrissey) from the German army approaches the group. He wanted to make the acquaintance and they start talking. In the far Pelagia (Penélope Cruz) watches the group on the beach. She seems a little annoyed that they can enjoy themselves in a time of war.

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