Escape to Greece and capture the beauty!
Planning to visit Greece? If the answer is positive then there are two things that you should definitely bring with you: a high-quality digital camera to capture breathtaking sceneries and a high-capacity memory card to store all these beautiful spots!
The destinations described below are seven of the most photographed spots in Greece:
The crescent shaped gem of an island is one of the most sought after destinations in the world! Here, from the picturesque village of Oia, perched on the rim of a massive caldera in the middle of the sea, you will have the chance to shoot amazing photos. The rose-hued sky during sunset offers the perfect backdrop to create your personal picture-postcard snapshot.
Mount Athos, Halkidiki
Mount Athos is home to the oldest monastic community living. It dates back over 1,000 years to the time of the Byzantine Empire. A secluded peninsula, Mount Athos has remained one of the least affected by the development. The landscape is impressive and wild. Women are not allowed in these holy places and men need a permit to enter. For cons, the island of Amouliani and the coastal village of Ouranoupolis welcome women. Men who have obtained all the guarantees to enter and explore monasteries, embark on a unique experience. Huge monasteries dot the coast and mountain slopes. There are caves that still house hermits as they have done for thousands of years. There are churches with more gold than the reserve of some countries and icons that perform miracles. There are virgin forests and animals not found anywhere else.
Twenty monasteries – keepers of the orthodox faith – perched along the peninsula make out an outstanding landscape of unique natural beauty that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ideally take your picture at sunrise, whenthe first light of dawn gently defines the area, and the sunrays warm up the monastery walls.
Mount Athos is located about two hours drive from Thessaloniki airport.
Definitely one of the best beaches in the world; bask in turquoise waters lapping against sandy strips of landand savour an eye-catching landscape, a colourful palette with all shades of blue and green that it’s hard to describe in words. Any time of the day offers a lovely setting to take your picture against; morning and early afternoon scenes though, when the white sunlight sets off the landscape, can be particularly inspiring.
The greatest and finest sanctuary of ancient Athens; a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Athens’ landmark and the city’s most photographed site! Capture its grandeur late in the evening when the illuminated monument proudly overlooks the city against the dark Athenian sky.
Perched on a cliff in Cape Sounio, Attica’s southeastern tip, lies the sacred Temple of Poseidon –the last piece of the ancient Athenians’ homeland every time they sailed into the Aegean. Take a picture of the Temple at noon or capture the romantic atmosphere of a cloudy afternoon when grey streams of light glisten in the waters of the Aegean. Hundreds of visitors flock to the Temple before sunset. Watching the sunset envelop the Temple’s centuries-old columns in mauve and pink shades is an unforgettable experience that will definitely weave a powerful spell over you.
Above the town of Kalambáka, on the north-western edge of the Plain of Thessaly, the visitor encounters a breathtaking site of impressive monasteries “balanced” on massive detached stone pinnacles, 400 metres above the ground. Metéora is one of Christianity’s holiest places as well as a landscape of outstanding natural beauty. Thousands of visitors flock to this place every year, attracted by the daunting size of the rock formations where timelessness and beauty prevail, while they seek spiritual enlightenment far away from the earthly bustle.
The “stone forest” of Metéora is a perfect combination of natural and manmade landscape, practically inducing a sense of the transcendent. Visitors come here either to feel the aura of the contemplative seclusion of monastic life, and admire a truly unique natural landscape or to marvel at the outstanding architecture of the monasteries, the so-called “architecture of awe”.
Metéora is the second largest monastic and pilgrimage area in Greece after Mount Athos. The first monks took refuge on these cliff tops fleeing an invading Turkish army around the 11th century. Several monasteries were built in the centuries that followed and all the building materials had to be winched up in baskets. Until 1920 this was the sole means for getting supplies up to the monasteries. According to numerous historical sources, there were once thirty religious communities but today only six of them remain and can be visited; other smaller monasteries, mostly built during the 14th century, are now deserted.
In the past, monks had to climb steep rocks to reach the monasteries but today you can follow the steps cut into the rock or ride up a special cable car. Action enthusiasts, however, should opt for climbing, the ideal way to get an adrenaline rush and enjoy the uniqueness of the landscape in the most exciting way!
Nature lovers should not miss the opportunity to hike through winding stone paths and gaze at a unique geological phenomenon formed as a result of a chain of erosions and geological changes over a period of 15 million years. In 1988 Metéora was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Definitely, the most photogenic spiritual site in Greece!
The Shipwreck beach (Naváyio), Zakynthos (Zante)
With its mile-and-a-half long stretch of shiny white pebbles cutting deep into a sheer cliff on the island’s northwest coast, Naváyio (also written “Navagio”) is one of the most dramatic-looking beaches in Greece. The beach is famous for a rusty shipwreck washed on the shore thirty years ago. Ideally at noon, when the strong sunlight bathes the white cliffs, making the crystalline turquoise waters shine, go to the edge of the cliff and take spectacular photos from a distance. The first time you catch sight of it from the coast road high above is truly memorable.
Perhaps, the most photographed spot in Greece!