THE GREEK ISLANDS
My passion for photography began in Corfu at the age of 17 where I tried to capture the things that gave the island its charm. The two weeks were a turning point in my creative journey and sparked a fascination with capturing small everyday details. Doors, shutters, window boxes, washing lines, flower pots and all the sweet things that give a home and location a personality.
During my time in Greece, I discovered the beautiful photography of George Meis. I loved the colours and simplicity of his subjects and compositions, and I bought every postcard. On my return, I stuck the cards on my bedroom wall as I counted down the days until I could return to Greece. I did, a further eight times, enabling me to explore more enchanting locations. So today I’m sharing five beautiful places to photograph on the Greek Islands.
Oia is one of the most photographed places in Greece. It’s utterly breathtaking, and capturing the sunset is a must for any travel photographer. Oia is situated at the end of the island and is made up of clusters of white houses, restaurants and tiny chapels. It’s fun to explore the narrow, hilly paths because you never know what pretty scene you’ll find.
Symi was one of Greece’s most prosperous islands and Symi Town consists of rows of beautiful neoclassical buildings. If you approach the harbour by boat, you will be greeted by a patchwork of colours which seem to glisten in the sunlight. Each building is beautifully painted and compliments the next like a stunning painting. I can thoroughly recommend a visit to this magical island.
Lindos is another town made up of white houses and narrow lanes where you’ll often meet a donkey or two. Each evening the rooftop restaurants come to life with flickering lights and people and the floodlit Acropolis stands tall in the distance. A short walk from the centre is Agios Pavlos beach, a tiny turquoise cove with a sweet white chapel. Lindos is a charming place to explore.
Navagio Beach or Smuggler’s Cove, Zakynthos
Navagio Beach is heaven on earth and is sometimes referred to as one of the best beaches in the world. It’s a tiny cove of clear turquoise water with a white beach and limestone cliffs. The cove can be viewed from above or visited by boat. But I’d recommend arriving early to enjoy its beauty before people arrive. I don’t think any photograph conveys what it feels like to visit such a majestic place. Definitely a favourite!
Many of the famous Greek streets are found in Mykonos Town. Along with white windmills and Little Venice, a row of delightful restaurants on the water’s edge. I loved exploring the narrow lanes and popping into the tiny chapels – there are roughly 800 on the island! It’s a traditional Greek gem and there are many delightful details to photograph. I’ll definitely be returning.
Do you have any recommendations for my Greek Island wish list?
I hope you have a gorgeous day!