Greece for the Photography Enthusiast
Guest post by Steve Ewins
Mykonos Panormos Villas
We travel for a number of reasons. Some of us travel just to get away from it all, some of us travel in search of new friendships and adventure, and some travel for the sites and the history. Whatever our reason for traveling, almost all of us try to take beautiful pictures of the places we’ve been to as a way of capturing and sharing our experiences. Heading to Greece? If you haven’t found your inner photographer already, here are some of the best places in the land of gods and mythology to help unleash the photographer in you. Brace yourself because your Flickr or Instagram feed aren’t going to know what hit them.
1No matter what time of day you get your camera out and start shooting, the Greek capital provides an endless landscape of natural resources mingled with temples and ruins ensuring that your compositions will never be dull. Why not take a walk up to the Acropolis in the evening or at nighttime to try a couple of shots of the city from a slight aerial perspective? The Acropolis itself is worth a few shots as well especially if it’s a bright sunny day, a sure thing in this part of the world. Other ruins scattered around the entire city such as the temple dedicated to Zeus, the god of thunder, will keep you trigger happy for the rest of your stay.
2If nature and limestone buildings tend to rock your boat more than anything else look no further than Kefalonia, an island in the Ionian see. Get on a boat and visit some of the coastal caves or the more remote beaches. Take your zoom lens — or your underwater casing if you’ve got one! — and you might be able to capture one of the loggerhead turtles, an endangered species the island is most famous for.
3This island in the southern Aegean Sea is one of the most sought after by tourists and holidaymakers alike. The same can be said of photography enthusiasts. The whitewashed houses and tiny chapels make for a very particular and somewhat peculiar setting, nothing like you’ll see in any other part of the world. If it is the sunset you’re after for your shots then Santorini will not fall short in this regard either.
The Delphi Theatre
Photo courtesy of Wally Gobetz
4The Delphi Theatre, the hub of ancient Greek entertainment, is another remarkable spot for your lens to capture. Situated on top of a valley and a short walk from the temple of Apollo, this archeological site, believed to be the center of mother earth by the ancient Greeks, is a true marvel.
Little Venice, Mykonos
Photo by Robert Pittman
5A photographic heaven and perhaps one of the top-most visually inspiring spots is this tiny village on the beautiful island of Mykonos, in Mykonos Town to be precise. Built as if it is coming straight out of the water with its white houses and brightly colored doors, you can just sit in one of the ‘tavernas’, sip an ice-cold cocktail and snap away. For your stay in Mykonos, don’t forget to check-in at these luxurious lodgings.
Tell us: What do you think are the most picturesque spots in Greece? What are your favorite destinations for photography?
Stephen Ewins is an avid traveller and freelance writer who has visited 70 countries and counting.