5 Most Instagrammable Spots in Greece
With its crystal-clear beaches, iconic white-washed villages and sunsets that make you want to clap from happiness (literally), it’s no surprise that the Greek Islands are some of the most Instagrammed places in the world. But it's not just the sunsets of Santorini, or the shipwreck of Zakynthos that are worth gramming. There are some places in Greece that hardly ever make it to Instagram's explore page *cough couch* - that’s where we come in! From Kythira to Chios, here are 5 envy-inspiring spots worth a double tap. Snap happy!
The Church of Panagia, Folegandros
Not all roads lead to Rome. Some, like the zig zag road from Chora (the main town) in Folegandros, leads you to The Church of Panagia - one of the most beautiful and breathtaking places in all of the Cyclades islands. The church is the most famous in Folegandros, located above Chora with a picturesque view of the island and the Aegean ocean. A stone zig zag path starts from Pounda Square in Chora and leads you up to the church - it’s about a 15 minute walk. Chora in itself has its own appeal, al fresco tables buzzing with life, blue and white houses, and cobblestone streets on a clifftop. What else could you ask for?
Green Lake, Kythira
You may have seen the Blue Lagoon, but you haven’t seen the Green Lake. Located on the Greek island of Kythira, this unspoiled paradise offers crystal clear waters, soaring cliffs and whitewashed houses. Kythira lies opposite the south-eastern tip of the Peloponnese peninsula boasting everything from Greek culture, history and picturesque beaches. But it’s the Prasini Limni (Greek Lake) that’s making waves. Not an actual “beach”, this emerald natural seawater swimming pool is just 2 meters above sea level. Formed by naturally carved rocks from the sea and wind, you can either reach the lake by boat or by a 40 minutes hike from Limnionas beach. Either way, it’s totally worth the distance!
Melissani Cave, Kefalonia
Haven’t seen Captain Corelli’s Mandolin? We suggest you do that STAT. Famed for being the filming location, Kefalonia is an island with a wealth of varied sights to see (and Instagram). Melissani Cave, is one of the most famous on the island - and it’s easy to see why. Measured about 3.5 kilometer in size, the cave can be explored via a boat ride. Discovered in the 1950s, the cave boasts crystal-clear waters, stalagmites, and a brackish taste creating a unique and unforgettable experience.
Sure, the island of Chios has been trademarked for its famous Mastic Trees, but it’s the village of Pyrgi that’s worth visiting. Just a short 25-kilometre drive from the main town of Chios, Pyrgi is often called the “painted village” because of the unique detailed black and white geometrical shapes, known as “xysta” on the buildings’ facades. With a large architectural interest, Pyrgi is the largest medieval village in all of Chios. A simple stroll down the main streets will leave you awe.
Elafonisi Beach, Crete
Voted several times as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, it’s hard not to see why. Located just 80 kilometers from Chania, Elafonisi is basically a small island connected to the Cretan mainland by a shallow crossing of several hundred meters (which you can totally walk if you’re up for it!) The beach offers crystal-clear shallow water turquoise in colour, and pink sand made up from tiny crushed sea-shells. If Crete is on your European summer escape, be sure to pop this on your list.
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