5 Of The Best Greek Islands For Photography

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With over 6000 to choose from it can be hard work narrowing down the best Greek islands for photography.

When it comes to finding the best Greek islands for photography it’s a good idea to look in places where the crowds of tourists aren’t.

Luckily it’s not difficult as there are so many to choose from, so let’s get into it.

1) One of my personal favourite Greek islands for photography, Koufonisia

Koufonisia is one of the 227 inhabited Greek islands which is technically made up of three separate islands.

Pano Koufonisi, Kato and Keros are the three islands that make up Koufonisia.

The islands aren’t as well known as their bigger neighbour Mykonos and, by all accounts, are visited far less. Up until a few years ago there wasn’t even a direct ferry.

Koufonisia Greek Island
Credit: Nasos Efstathiadis

If you’re looking for a truly authentic experience as well as the best Greek islands for photography then Koufonisia has to be on your list. It’s full of reminders of how simple life used to be before the modern world developed into what it is today.

2) Lefkada

Lefkada is an island just off the west coast of Greece. It’s connected to the Greek mainland by a causeway.

Sitting in the middle of the island is a mountain called Stavrota which has 360 degree views over the surrounding landscape. Another thing Lefkada is known for is windsurfing.

In the southern part of the island you’ll often see the sky full of kites which makes for a stunning sight with the sun setting in the background.

Lefkada, Greece
Credit: Alessandro Tortora

One of the most iconic features of Greece’s island landscapes are the old windmills. They were once a symbol of the island’s riches, but these days provide a great subject or some foreground interest when it comes to photography.

3) Talking about windmills… Mykonos

Ok so I did say that the best Greek islands for photography were the less touristy ones. And I know Mykonos doesn’t exactly fit that description.

But like I said before, the old windmills are maybe one of the biggest defining features on the islands.

The windmills are particularly famous on Mykonos.

Mykonos Windmills

The windmills of Mykonos make for some great photography as you can see. The only downside is that Mykonos is very expensive!

4) Samos

Escape into the mountains and the countryside of Samos if you’re a lover of landscape photography. You’ll find yourself surrounded by green hills and mountains with plenty of vantage points to set your camera up on and wait for sunset.

Credit: Kerstin Riemer

If landscape photography isn’t your thing, then there are plenty of ancient Greek ruins to photograph. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site which includes an ancient aqueduct, considered to be a marvel of engineering, if you’re looking to capture something a little different.

Fact: Everyone’s favourite mathematician, Pythagoras, was born on Samos.

5) The last place on this list of the best Greek islands for photography is Amorgos

Amorgos is where the shipwreck in the main image of this article can be found.

Best Greek Islands for Photography
Credit: Monique Stokman

The Olympia shipwreck has been sitting there slowly rusting away since 1980 when it attempted to find shelter in the bay from a storm. Ultimately the anchor didn’t hold and the ship washed up against the rocks, sunk and become a permanent reminder of the power of the seas.

Ironically it was originally called the “Inland” before it crashed. It was later renamed the Olympia (a more fitting Greek name I guess) but you can still see the original name through the rust if you were to visit today.

So there you have it, 5 of the best Greek islands for photography.

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