Where To Go In Greece For Panoramic Views

View of the new museum and the city from the Acropolis
View of the new museum and the city from the Acropolis | © Christos Loufopoulos/Flickr
Ethel Dilouambaka

With a rich diversity of landscapes, Greece offers a wide range of breathtaking views for visitors to enjoy. But in order to narrow things down a little, check out this guide to some of the top places to see stunning panoramic views in the country.

Navagio Beach, Zakynthos

Zakynthos (or Zante) is a beautiful, green and hilly island in the Ionian Sea where visitors can enjoy pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters and endless sunny days. But to get astounishing views, a trip will be needed to probably one of the most famous beaches of Greece, the Navagio Beach. To see stunning views of it from above, tourists and locals flock to the surrounding cliff to admire the beach and the shipwreck and by doing so, also get all-encompassing views over the cove and sea.

Navagio Beach at sunset

Meteora

Meteora is another top destination in Greece, where you can admire cliff-top monasteries perched on naturally formed sandstone pillars. Once home to 20 monasteries, the unique region now only has six still in use. Take the time to climb up there and visit them, from where you can clearly enjoy spectacular views over Kastraki village and the whole region.

Monastery Holy Trinity , Meteora , Greece

Delphi

Set in the scenic green valley of the river Pleistos, in central Greece, the archaeological site of Ancient Delphi was the most important sacred site in Antiquity. Home to the famous Oracle, the sacred site of Delphi boasts spectacular views over the valley.

Panoramic view of the Apollo Temple in Delphi

Santorini caldera

The submerged caldera of Santorini is another fantastic setting from where you can enjoy panoramic views over the sea and the remnants of the sunken volcano. Contemplate this extraordinary beauty from Santorini’s picturesque villages of Fira, Firastefani, Imerovigli and Oia. With their sun-bleached houses, blue-domed churches and hilly landscapes, these are perfect viewpoints over the sea.

Panoramic View of the Caldera of Santorini

Lycabettus Hill, Athens

Travellers may have to climb high for this view, but will quickly understand why. Athens’ highest peak, the Lycabettus Hill rises at 277 meters. Visitors can enjoy offers phenomenal views over the city all the way to the sea. For the not-so-sporty, the climb can be done via cable car or by driving up to a certain point, but you should know the walk up is quite enjoyable as well. Head there to watch the sunsets over Athens and see it dressed in reddish tones. Definitely an Instagram moment.

Night view of Athens from Lycabettus Hill

Chora, Folegandros

The Chora of Folegandros may be one of the oldest traditional towns in the Cyclades, but it certainly doesn’t lack in charm. Perched on a cliff, Chora is a marvelous sight to wander in but its location is also perfect for panoramic views over the deep-blue sea.

View of cliff-top Chora, Folegandros

Pathos Sunset Lounge, Ios

A successful blend of luxury and casual, Pathos Bar & Restaurant boasts a unique vantage point to admire the sun setting over the Aegean sea. Whether arriving for the view, the infinity pool or the atmosphere, visitors will surely have a good time.

Sunset at Pathos Sunset Lounge, Ios

Vikos Gorge, Epirus

Vikos Gorge, one of the world’s deepest gorges, is part of a national park in Epirus, where visitors can admire scenic landscapes, majestic waterfalls and mountain lakes. The 12km-long gorge is a magnificent feat of nature, which allows for jaw-dropping views over the region.

Vikos gorge

Mount Ainos, Kefalonia

Mount Ainos is the only natural park on a Greek island and its highest peak rises at 1,628 meters. The park is home to a unique fir species of the name of Abies Cephalonica, which covers two-thirds of the park’s total area. If you visit the park on clear days, you should know that the view stretches as far as Zakynthos, Lefkada and Ithaka and even part of the Peloponnese.

Ainos mountaintop

Old Town, Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki, Greece’s second city, is perfect for a weekend trip. And at the end of a busy day sightseeing, why not take it all in by admiring the sunset over the Thermaic Gulf from the Old Town, or Upper City, which during the Ottoman period was one the most picturesque parts of the city. Blessed with stunning Byzantine churches and monuments, it is a little area you will surely enjoy visiting. Do like the locals and find a spot from where you can enjoy the scenic view.

View of Thessaloniki and the Thermaic Gulf from Ano Poli in Greece

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