- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
For the islands
Santorini. Milos. Rhodes. Mykonos. Crete. They are all out of this world. Literally. You’ll think you are in a different universe with some of the views that you will find when you travel through the Greek islands. The most popular ones are, of course, Santorini and Mykonos. If you have some extra time, I seriously encourage you to think outside the box. Santorini and Mykonos are beautiful, but there are so many other islands that are even more beautiful and less commercial and touristy than these two. My family is from a small island called Karpathos, situated between Rhodes and Crete. All of my photos were taken in Karpathos, so if you like what you see, you know where to go! A flight from Athens to Karpathos (one of the southernmost parts of the country) is less than an hour flight. That is how easy and convenient it is to travel to the Greek islands. You will never regret it, I promise!
Greeks love to celebrate life, and that is evident in their nightlife culture. If you’re in Athens, you should definitely go to the “bouzoukia” (pronounced boo-zoo-kia), which are basically large concert halls where famous artists gather to perform. Dress your best and expect to be dancing on tables until the wee hours of the morning. If you’re on the islands, you’ll never be far from a beach bar or nightclub where you can dance to some European jams, dance all night, and top it off with a sunrise dip in the Mediterranean.
Greek beaches consistently place in the top ten for best European beaches and best beaches overall, and for good merit. Each island has its own unique characteristics, so I encourage you to visit as many as you can. Some have crystal blue waters, while others are more turquoise in color. You might come across a beach with soft billowy sand, yet another with be covered in small pebbles or even seashells. My best advice? Don’t be afraid to venture off on your own away from the major tourist spots. If you can, ask a local about their favorite beaches as they tend to be more secluded and less commercial. Make sure you bring an underwater camera with you to capture your experiences! The weather is perfect for beach outings from May through October.
Greece is amazing because you can see rugged mountains, olive groves, tranquil beaches, and rolling hills of white houses all in the same landscape. This is why so many bloggers and fashion designers use the Greek islands as their backdrop. There is so much diversity that spans from ancient yet cosmopolitan cities (Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion) to agricultural plains full of olive and fig trees, to beachy islands where the houses are all painted white and are set against the backdrop of the bright blue sea. Greece is the photography lover’s dream destination.
Greek history is ancient and there are so many artifacts and edifices that have survived thousands of years of war, turmoil, and the sheer test of time. In fact, while subways were being constructed before the Olympic Games, workers found so many ancient artifacts that they decided to frame them inside the subway walls. You can literally check out ancient pottery and coins while you wait for the subway. Where else do you see that but Greece?