santorini picture locations
Santorini Picture Locations by Santorini photographers
Santorini, one of the most beautiful and well known of the Greek Islands, is home to breathtaking sunsets, blue domed churches and stunning infinity pools and is crammed full of iconic photo locations just waiting to be captured! Having spent time photographing the incredible island we’ve put together a guide to our 11 best photo spots in Santorini: it’s our guide on where to take the best pictures. Enjoy.
Photo Location 1: Oia
Having adorned a million postcards Oia is the picture perfect Santorini town that draws millions of visitors to the island. Its sunset is one of the most photographed in the world and it was both our favourite photo location and favourite town in all of Santorini. We stayed in Oia and adored its picturesque setting, the maze of narrow streets lined with shops and cafes and the cliffside views.
1 | Sunset from Oia Castle
Oia Castle is the most popular spot for sunset photos in all of Santorini and, justifiably so, its sunsets were among best we’ve ever seen. The best view of the the sunset is over Amoudi Bay against the backdrop of the gorgeous Oia buildings. The best angle we found was sitting on the wall of the Castle facing towards the bay.
Santorini photo tip: As sunset approaches the crowds pour into Oia from all over the island. We grabbed our spot on the castle walls over an hour before sunset so be sure to arrive early if you want to set up for some shots
2 | The Oia cliffside
The pastel buildings lining the cliffside of Oia are at their finest when bathed in the glow of sunset so be sure to point your camera in their direction. The famous Oia windmill, one of the most recognised buildings in Santorini, overlooks the cliffside making for an iconic Santorini shot.
3 | Amoudi in Oia
Overlooked by Oia, Amoudi Bay is a picturesque port and is home to the iconic Santorini caldera views that you’ll see in every guidebook! It’s every bit as beautiful in real life and is a great photo spot. As with Oia castle we found the best time for exploring was late evening in the run up to sunset when the warm Greek sunlight illuminates the buildings and windmill.
Overlooked by ImerovigliVillage, is the most picturesque spot by the blue dome churches and is home to the iconic Santorini caldera views that you’ll see in every guidebook! It’s every bit as beautiful in real life and is a great photo spot. As with Oia castle we found the best time for exploring was late evening in the run up to sunset when the warm Greek sunlight illuminates the buildings and windmill.
5 | The Caldera Views
One of the best locations for photos was actually from our cave hotel room itself (the Oia Collection) which had a view over the Caldera looking south from Oia. If you’re not staying in Oia, have dinner on one of the town’s many terrace restaurants which offer a similar view.
6 | The Blue Dome Churches of Oia
The blue dome churches of Oia are an iconic Santorini postcard image. Try to get here just before sunset, during the golden hour, for the best light and to capture the sun going down behind the blue domed churches.
Photo Location: The best location for this photo took a little time to find while exploring the caldera side of Oia. Turn off Nomikou street at Patisserie Medevio until you come to the end of the buildings. On your right, just down the steps you’ll see a stunning view of the blue domes.
7 | The Church Bells in Fira Town
Fira town is essentially a busier, bigger version of Oia with lots of restaurants and nightlife. Despite this it still has its share of beautiful views and quiet winding streets and you can get completely lost exploring the many alleys and streets that meander the hillside overlooking the caldera. Our favourite view was this signature Santorini photo of the blue domed church bells overlooking the caldera.
8 | Emporio Town
This beautiful little town is on the road to Perissa beach and is easy to pass without ever knowing it’s hidden away. Quiet streets, adorable resident dogs and friendly locals make this a must see in Santorini and every street offers fantastic photo opportunities.
9 | Perissa Beach
Known locally as the black beach, due to the volcanic black sand, Perissa Beach is another great photo location in Santorini.
10 | Red Beach
The soaring red lava cliffs and red sand of Akrotiri’s Red Beach is a unique sight in Santorini. Even on the gloomy Santorini day we visited the red pebble sand and cliffs were incredible to see, just be careful of potential rock falls.
Santorini photo tip: The Red Beach is located on the southern side of Santorini and best reached by car or ATV.