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The Top 12 Most Instagrammable Places in the Cyclades
17 Mar 2023

The Cyclades have a reputation around the globe for their incredible beauty which are located in the heart of the Aegean Sea. Here whitewashed villages and churches are scattered along unique landscapes and surrounded by immaculate waters. Majestic hills, gorgeous sunsets, and the deep blue Aegean Sea offer breathtaking scenery. Their beaches are famous for their fine golden sand and incredibly transparent waters. Mykonos, Paros, and Santorini are just a few of these precious islands which make up the Cyclades complex. Their vibrant colors, unique architecture, and iconic windmills have attracted visitors to their shores for decades. The sunsets in the Cyclades are a mesmerizing sight to behold as the sky turns a deep orange and the sea glitters in the evening light. These islands are a treasure trove of natural beauty.

The rise of social media has revolutionized the way people communicate and connect with one another. It has enabled them to connect with friends, family, and strangers from all around the world in a matter of seconds. Social media has also created an unprecedented level of access to information, allowing people to find and share news, updates, and opinions in real time. For this reason we will now go through a list of locations, sights, and islands which we believe to be the 12 most instagrammable places in the Cyclades.


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Santorini: Windmills

The iconic windmills of Santorini are one of the most recognizable features of the island, having been painted and photographed by travelers and locals alike. These windmills can be found in the village of Oia, perched atop the cliffs overlooking the caldera and the Aegean Sea. They are a must-see attraction and provide for beautiful photographs and memories.

Mykonos: “Little Venice”

This is considered by many as one of the most romantic areas in Mykonos. It has been drastically upgraded since the 1950s, and nowadays boasts a variety of seaside restaurants, cafes, and bars. Take in the history of the region as you enjoy a cocktail with views of some of the most amazing sunsets you have ever seen.

Milos: Sarakiniko

This is probably one of the most Instagrammed swimming locations in the country. Its lunar landscape, exquisite turquoise waters, and mysterious features make it a popular area for taking snapshots and photos. It's not your traditional sandy beach, but it has an incredible contrast of white rock and the imperial blue of the Aegean Sea. It has areas where you may take awesome dives, tunnels where you can explore beneath its cliffs, and small stretches of sand where you can relax.

Ios: Chora (Main Town)

Ios Chora is a small and picturesque village, located on a hillside overlooking the Aegean Sea and is one of the most traditional and scenic villages on the island. Its narrow cobbled streets and whitewashed architecture make it a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. It is generously decorated with typical Cycladic white and blue domed churches. The town has many little alleys and picturesque areas, so it shouldn't be a problem getting that camera rolling with some great footage of the memories you are making on a wonderful vacation.

Mykonos: Chora

There is no mistake that this is one of the most popular destinations in the world. Its picturesque capital has a maze of intricate alleys and whitewashed homes which lead to beautiful little churches and balconies covered in bougainvillea and pretty pot plants. Witness the blue door and window frames which most have seen on your typical Greek Island postcards. There is absolutely no way you wont find any interesting areas to take photos in this gorgeous town in the Cyclades.

Naxos: Temple of Apollo “Portara”

Portara is an ancient monument located on the island of Naxos. It is the entrance gate to the ancient temple of Apollo that was built in the 6th century BC. The temple was never completed, and today the Portara is all that remains. The structure stands over 5 meters tall and is an iconic symbol of the island. This area is popular for its amazing views of the sea and bright orange sunsets. Many visitors flock here to capture the exceptional sights and wonderful surroundings.

Sifnos: Church of the Seven Martyrs

A gorgeous Cycladic whitewashed blue domed chapel sits in complete isolation perched above a rock overlooking the Aegean Sea. A footpath leads to this area where visitors can see some exceptional views of the island. This is one of the most photographed locations in Sifnos and where you can enjoy getting in touch with nature. Take in the aroma of the sea and wild herbs while relaxing the mind, body, and soul.

Paros: Naoussa (Small Fishing Village)

A beautiful fishing village placed heavenly in a large bay on the northern side of the island, approximately 10 km away from Parikia. Stroll through the striking whitewashed labyrinth of homes, stores, town squares, and chapels, leading you to its breathtaking port where charming little boats sway from side to side. The remains of a Venetian Castle and many little taverns and ouzeries await your arrival. Come revel in this incredible Greek Island atmosphere where capturing beautiful photos and memories is as easy as 1,2,3.

Folegandros: Kastro

Kastro is originally a medieval settlement built to protect the inhabitants from enemy invasions. The northern region sits at the very edge of the mountain's cliff, offering some of the most dramatic views available in the Cyclades. Get lost in its white washed alleys and experience the rich history when exploring this intriguing area. Take this journey into the Middle Ages in one of the most photographed areas of the island.

Kythnos: Kolona Bay

Possibly the most beautiful and famous beach on Kythnos. The beach is known for its unique geographical formation. This is a large stretch of golden sand connecting Kythnos to the tiny island of St. Luke. Practically creating a beach which has 2 seashores. This unique sight attracts many spectators and is definitely one of the most photographed beaches in the Greek Islands.

Santorini: Imerogli

Known as the “Balcony of the Aegean", the village is built on the highest point of the island and provides incredible views of the Caldera. It is situated on the northern part of Santorini 3km away from Fira. Here you can experience unparalleled sunsets and stunning views of the ever so blue Aegean Sea.

Mykonos: Windmills

These iconic windmills are located on a hill overlooking the town and were built in the 16th century. They were used to grind grain into flour until the early 20th century, but have since become a major tourist attraction. Today, the 16th century windmills have been restored and are popular landmarks. The windmills are a major part of the Mykonos skyline and are a must-see for visitors to the island.

The Greek Islands are some of the most beautiful places in the world. With such a large variety to choose from it can be difficult to know where to start. Hopefully this little list can give you an idea. Although these may be some of the most popular places to take photos, this does not mean that you will not discover many more of your own on your Greek Island sailing vacation. Please share with us any new discoveries or areas you found interesting during your sails.


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