Santorini is long known as one of the most beautiful islands in the world, and now it’s being hailed as one of the most photograph-able locations in the world! With sweeping Oceania views and iconic white clay architecture, it’s not hard to see why.
Long gone are the times of photographer exclusivity- these days, any scenic hotspot is fair game for tourists and photographers alike. And whilst some prefer to keep these secrets, Wonderstruck Fawns enjoys blowing them wide open. So here you have it: Santorini’s BEST photography spot!
As is the norm with secret locations, it’s a bit of a trek to get here. So much so, in fact, that at one point you’ll have to do some vertical rock climbing. No, I’m not kidding. Yes, there’s a chance you may die. Glad we got that out of the way.
To get to this cliff/raised island/rock situation, you’ll need to find your way down to Imerovgli, the suburb between Thira and Oia. Once there you’ll be able to visibly see the rock, and if you follow the steps and paths down the cliff, you will be able to navigate your way there relatively easily. It may take a couple of wrong turns and a bit of trial and error to finally get to the final path that leads to the rock (imerovgli can be a bit of a maze!), so if you do get stuck I found the friendly locals were happy to point me in the right direction. This path, which is treacherous at best, will lead you out the back of the island and then snake its way to the top of the rock.
This is where shit gets tricky: you’re going to have to scale some rocks, literally. For the most part it’s reasonably manageable, but the last leg that will boost you atop the rock is the hardest. Best to attempt it with a friend in case anything goes wrong (legal disclaimer: please don’t sue me if you fall and die). Okay okay, I’m just kidding, you’re not going to die (as long as you’re careful). There is ample rock edges perfect as foot steps and hand grips, but it is tricky to navigate. Just make sure to play it safe with the wind and try and pause your hike to wait for the wind to settle so it won’t blow you away.
Once you’ve clambered to the top, congratulations, you’ve made it! Whilst I encourage you to take some photos (and by some, I mean once you’ve filled your memory card), be sure to sit, relax and enjoy the view. This is only spot in Santorini offering uninterrupted, 360 degree panoramic views of both the Island and the Caldera, so take a moment to soak it up!
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If adventure isn’t your thing, and freelance rock climbing scares you more then excites you, that’s okay! Along the hike there is plenty of G rated photo opportunities that offer similar views without the risk. Try to go as far as you can, and even if you can’t tackle that final climb, you’ll love the view from where you’ll end up!
If you’re worried you’re not fit enough, relax! From Imerovgli it’s about a 15 minute walk and it’s very casual with plenty of spots to rest along the way. There are a lot of stairs, but somewhere with a view as great as this, you seem to forget how exhausted you are.
Over to you whats your favourite photo spot in the world? Does this little Santorini paradise compare?