The Best Views in Greece to Add to Your Itinerary

Greece has some of the most breathtaking views in the world. Whether you’re overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea, standing atop ancient ruins, or exploring charming villages, Greece never fails to amaze you with its stunning landscapes.

The Best Views in Greece

Here are some of the best views in Greece, from the Cyclades to the Dodecanese and beyond. Whether you’re an avid photographer, a nature lover, or simply looking for a hidden gem to add to your itinerary, these stunning viewpoints promise unforgettable experiences.

The View of Assos, Kefalonia from the Castle

The View of Assos, Kefalonia from the Castle

Assos is the most picturesque town in Kefalonia. Known for its stunning turquoise waters, charming harbour, and the historic Venetian castle, a view of Assos from the hilltop is spectacular.

Hiking up to the ancient castle will give you a gorgeous panorama of the area. A glimpse of the shimmering emerald green and turquoise blue harbour dotted with white sailboats and a striking old town is phenomenal. 

In the village, stone houses with terracotta roofs, nestled in the hills beside the harbour, are covered with flower trellises. 

The 4-mile round trip hike through the pines starts at a parking lot on the town outskirts. 

It is one of the most incredible outdoor adventures in Kefalonia. It’s easy to photograph Assos town and harbour as you round each switchback on your way up the mountain.

Recommended by Karen, Outdoor Adventure Sampler

Agios Spiridon Beach, Corfu

Agios Spiridon Beach, Corfu

The best view in Corfu, Greece, is from Agios Spiridon Beach. As you wander around the beach, you can get an idea of what I mean. The view of the blue, crystal-clear water and the surrounding lush greenery cliffs creates a picture that will stick in your head for decades.

The ambience is great. It is one of the most beautiful and quiet beaches on the northeastern coast of Corfu. It is fully equipped with sundecks and umbrellas, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the view. It is completely safe and clean.

In fact, it has been rewarded several times with a blue flag for its cleanliness and safety, so you know that you are in the right place.

I had an RC Drone with a 4k camera where I was able to capture some amazing pictures. I was able to capture some stunning pictures of the surrounding cliffs. To get a better view, you need to get in the water by boat or have a drone. I highly recommend a drone because it can capture sharp and vivid images.

You can also rent a boat and take some pictures with a camera. For a better idea, you can visit our blog to learn about tips and hacks on how to select the best camera.

The Best Views in the Cyclades Islands

The Cyclades are famous for being one of Greece’s most beautiful island groups. Many famous pictures of Greece are taken in The Cyclades, from the windmills of Mykonos to the blue-domed churches of Santorini and the winding Cycladic streets.

The Windmills of Oia Santorini from the Castle Ruins

The Windmills of Oia Santorini from the Castle Ruins

One of Greece’s most beautiful views is over the Santorini windmills from the ruins of the old Venetian castle in Oia. This view is extremely popular at sunset due to the beautiful contrast of the white houses and windmills with the fantastic orange of the sky, reflecting in the water below.

To capture this image, you have to get here early, as it is an extremely crowded place. In summer, people come two to three hours before sunset to get a good spot.

Getting to the castle is easy, as there is only one main road in Oia. Follow it, and you will reach it in about 15 minutes from the car park.

Seeing the sunset here is one of the must things you must add to your 3 days in Santorini itinerary

Recommended by Joanna, The World in My Pocket

The View of Santorini from the Highest Point of Mount Profit Ilias

The View of Santorini from the Highest Point of Mount Profit Ilias

The view over the entire island of Santorini from Mount Profitis Ilias is surely one of the best views in all of Greece. Especially at sunset, you’ll have a one-of-a-kind experience to see Santorini in a completely new way. 

Mount Profitis Ilias is the highest point on the island, but you can easily get there. Head to the village of Pyrgos and follow up the road until you hit the peak. You can go there by car or by ATV, sadly there is no public transport going there. 

We totally found this spot by accident, just driving around and trying to find a nice spot to enjoy the sunset without all the masses of people in Santorini. It can be a bit windy up there, so make sure to bring a cover-up if you are planning to stay longer. 

Ideally, you’ll want to face toward the ocean and the caldera for your pictures. This is also the direction in which the sun will set, so you’ll get some amazing shots. 

As mentioned before, this is one of the only spots on the island where you can see the sunset without being bothered by masses of tourists. This is one of the places that really makes Santorini worth visiting for me.

Recommended by Sabrina, Shades of Summr

The View of Ios Chora

The View of Ios Chora

The island of Ios, known for its Greek nightlife and beaches, also has one of the most breathtaking views from its main town, Chora, in The Cyclades.

Perched on a hillside, Chora is a maze of narrow, winding streets, whitewashed houses, and blue-domed churches, all leading up to a panorama of the Aegean Sea and Sikinos island on the horizon.

The best way to experience the view of Ios Chora is to wander through its streets, gradually making your way uphill.

You’ll walk past charming squares, traditional tavernas, and boutique shops as you find your way through the town.

One of the best spots to capture the view is from the Church of Panagia Gremiotissa, located at Chora’s highest point.

For a memorable experience, find a spot at one of the rooftop bars or terraces that dot the town.

We stayed nearby Ios Port and explored the island by bus. Read about the best places to stay in Ios for families here.

The View of Koufinisi from the Port

The View of Koufinisi from the Port

Arriving at the port of Koufonisia offers a fantastic first impression of this idyllic Greek island. We first saw Koufinisia when travelling by ferry from Naxos to Amorgos. We returned to stay in Koufinisi the following year.

The port area itself is charming, with traditional fishing boats bobbing in the water and quaint houses and narrow, winding streets as a backdrop.

From the port, you can see the inviting sandy beaches and the rocky outcrops that make Koufonisia a paradise.

Arriving in Naxos By Boat

arriving into Naxos by boat

Arriving in Naxos by boat is an unforgettable experience, offering one of the best views in Greece. You’ll be greeted by the sight of the picturesque port town, with its whitewashed buildings.

Portara, the ancient marble gateway to the Temple of Apollo, stands proudly on a small islet to the left (just out of view). As you get closer, Venetian castle (Kastro) comes into view, perched on a hill overlooking the town.

Naxos is my favourite island in Greece; this view always makes my day. Read about our favourite beach Agios Prokopios here.

Little Venice, Mykonos

Little Venice in Mykonos

Are you looking for one of the best views in Greece? Head to Little Venice in Mykonos! This location is a must on any visit to Mykonos, and it’s no surprise why. It’s one of the most picturesque places in Greece!

Little Venice is located within Mykonos Town, one of the most visited destinations on the island. As its name suggests, it resembles the popular Italian city of Venice. This is due to its history of merchants and sailors that brought Venetian influence during sea trade. 

Today, Little Venice is adorned with colourful wooden balconies against whitewashed houses. This, built along the Aegean Sea, creates a remarkable view. It’s also an epicentre for cafes, restaurants, and famous nightlife bars.

Start from the Windmills of Mykonos for the best view and photos of Little Venice. As you go down the nearby steps, you can gain a closer view of different angles. For the best photos, visit during the stunning sunset!

Recommended by Tamara, My Flated Odyssey

The Winding Cycladic Streets of Parikia, Paros

The Winding Cycladic Streets of Parikia, Paros

Parikia, the charming capital of Paros, offers some of the most picturesque views in the Cyclades.

The town is a maze of winding, narrow streets, typical of Cycladic architecture, lined with whitewashed buildings and pink bougainvillaea.

You’ll find hidden cafes, boutique shops, and plenty of locals along the way.

As you explore the Old Town, you will encounter many photo opportunities. At various points, you can exit the Old Town and get stunning views of the beach and Parikia Port.

Looking Out to Sea from Platis Gialos Beach, Sifnos

Looking Out to Sea from Platis Gialos Beach, Sifnos

Sifnos is one of my favourite islands in the Cyclades and we always stay on Platis Gialos Beach. This long, sandy beach is located in large a sheltered bay on the southern coast of the island.

The view from Platis Gialos is particularly captivating as you look out to sea. The horizon stretches endlessly, and on clear days, you can see the distant outlines of nearby islands.

Piso Livadi Village in Paros in the Morning

Piso Livadi Village in Paros in the Morning

Piso Livadi, a charming coastal village on the eastern side of Paros, offers a stunning view in the morning light.

Piso Livadi is peaceful in the early hours.

Whether you’re sipping a coffee at a seaside café or simply enjoying the view, Piso Livadi in the morning is a perfect start to any day on the island.

I caught the early bus from Parikia to Piso Livadi and enjoyed a coffee before heading to Antiparos. On the way, we travelled through the mountains, and the bus was full of schoolchildren. We saw lots of picturesque villages too!

The Crystal Clear Colour of the Sea in Mykonos (Elia Beach)

The Crystal Clear Colour of the Sea in Mykonos (Elia Beach)

Elia Beach, located on the southern coast of Mykonos, is famous for its crystal-clear waters. It is one of the longest on the island and is surrounded by beautiful hills.

The clarity of the water here is remarkable. It allows you to see the sandy seabed below. The only problem was the lack of shade and cost of sunbeds!

the mykonos pelican

One of the ‘best views in Mykonos’ is the Mykonos Pelican. Why? Because some people never come across the famous pelican as they are exploring Mykonos Town.

The pelican became a symbol of Mykonos back in the 1950s when a fisherman found an injured pelican and nursed it back to health. The bird, which he named Petros, decided to stay on the island instead of returning to the wild.

Although the original Petros passed away many years ago, his legacy lives on through his successors. Today, several pelicans continue the tradition on the island. They are often seen around the waterfront, near the old port, or walking through the streets of the Old Town.

Best Views in the Dodecanese Islands

The Dodecanese Islands are famous for their stunning beaches, historical monuments and Greek charm. From the ancient harbour of Rhodes to the beauty of Anthony Quinn Bay, these islands offer some of Greece’s most captivating views.

Mandraki Harbor, Rhodes

Mandraki Harbor, Rhodes

At Mandraki Harbor in Rhodes, myth, history and modern life meet in one place. The entrance to the port is marked by two iconic columns with statues of deer at the top. They stand where the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, is believed to have stood. At the very tip of the harbour stands the medieval fort of St. Nicholas.

The port of Mandraki is located in the northeastern part of Rhodes Island, in Rhodes Town. Rhodes International Airport Diagoras is only 15 km away.

The best time to photograph Mandraki Harbor is early in the morning or just before sunset, when the light is soft and glows over the water. Use a wide-angle lens to capture the whole scene and a polarizing filter to reduce glare from the water’s surface. Try to include boats and fishermen to add depth and tell a story.

Recommended by Maria, MapAndCamera

Anthony Quinn Bay, Rhodes from the Profitis Ilias Church

Anthony Quinn Bay, Rhodes from the Profitis Ilias Church

It’s easy to see why Hollywood star Anthony Quinn fell in love with the bay, which he later bought from the government and became known by his name. Anthony Quinn Bay, with its pebble beach, is the most beautiful in Rhodes and one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. The bay is a perfect addition to your Rhodes itinerary.

Although few people know this, the bay can be seen from the panoramic point near Profitis Ilias Chapel, on the hill that overlooks it.

From up there, you will have a full view of the bay, as well as Ladiko Beach, a secluded bay that is accessible only by boat. What makes this viewpoint even more special is the fact that it’s a 360° view. On your left you will see Faliraki area and Kallithea Springs in the distance.

There are several panoramic points on the hill from where you can take memorable photos, but the best is past Profitis Ilias Church and the bunker built during World War II. There you will find a small platform, and enjoy the amazing view of the three bays!

Recommended by Anita Sericano, Anita Beyond the Sea

The Best Views in Mainland Greece

Mainland Greece offers some of the country’s most stunning and diverse landscapes. From ancient ruins of cities to beautiful beaches and lush Greek mountains, the views are breathtaking and varied.

The View of Athens from the Acropolis

the view of Athens cityscape from the top of mount lycabettus

The view of Athens from the Acropolis is one of Greece’s most breathtaking sights. Standing at the top of the Acropolis hill, you are rewarded with a panoramic view of the cityscape of Athens.

The view includes sites such as the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the ancient Agora, and the Lycabettus Hill.

The distant mountains form a natural frame for the city, while the Saronic Gulf glistens in the distance.

The Acropolis of Athens

the acropolis of Athens close up

The Acropolis of Athens, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the most famous landmark in Greece, offers one of the most breathtaking views in the country.

The Acropolis itself is home to some of the most significant monuments of classical Greece, including the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, and the Temple of Athena Nike.

What’s your favourite view in Greece? Let me know in the comments below:

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