Athens photoshoot locations
We have gather some of the best Athens photoshoot locations for perfeck Instagrammable Professiolal photoshoot in Athens Greece! Athens is a very beautiful city. It is a city that combines legendary ancient monuments, picturesque neighborhoods, inspiring street art, colorful food and sunshine! It is a city that wakes up early in the morning and goes to sleep just before the sun rises again… It is a capital of 5 million people with as many millions of corners waiting to be captured in your camera’s lens. Here are the top 30 photo locations in Athens, for famous instagrammers or just photo lovers.
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1. Acropolis, the sacred hill
The most iconic picture and the number one attraction of Athens. Entering the archaeological site you will see the grand steps of the complex of Propylaea, which make for an excellent photo. Entering the Propylaea, you will see the Parthenon, the grand temple of the goddess Athena made almost entirely of Pentelic marble. An architectural marvel creating the most amazing illusions! Just opposite the Parthenon, on the north side of the Acropolis stands the Erechtheion with the famous Caryatids, the six lady statues.
Best time for a photo tour: If you are visiting during peak season, try to get there early in the morning (8 am) to avoid the crowds that arrive for the Acropolis tour.
Athens best photo locations tip: The Parthenon might be the most iconic structure on the Acropolis Hill (most of it is covered with scaffoldings), but you should definitely try your creativity on the Erechtheion building as well!
2. Areopagus, the rock of justice
Romantic as ever, the rock of Areopagus was actually the ancient criminal court! The Ancient Greeks named the hill the “Rock of Ares” because it was there that the Olympian Gods put Ares, the god of war, on trial for his war crimes. You can enjoy a panoramic view of the city and have an excellent angle for the Acropolis Rock and the Propylaea.
Best time for a photo tour: During midday, if you wish to capture the Propylaea at its best, or during sunset for the best panoramic views.
Athens best photo locations tip: it is said that the Rock of Ares is the place where Apostle Paul delivered his famous speech to the Athenian people.
3. Plaka, the neighborhood of the gods
Located just under the Acropolis Hill, Plaka is the oldest neighborhood of Athens and the most vivid one! This is supposedly the place where the great Pericles met and fell in love with the courtesan Aspasia. The picturesque little streets and the small colorful houses create an excellent canvas for you to capture your next favorite photo!
Best time for a photo tour: Early morning is the best time to capture the little streets with no people. Midday is probably the best time, in regards to sunlight, but it will be more crowded.
Athens best photo locations tip: Explore the little streets and find beautiful graffiti!
4. Anafiotika, the ‘secret’ neighborhood
From Plaka, you can make your way to Anafiotika. The countless little alleys create something like a maze and it is not that easy to find your way up there, a fact that is responsible for the epithet ‘secret’. But once you find it, the views will reward you! The beautiful white and blue little houses are a replica of the houses of Anafi, an island in the Cyclades.
Best time for a photo tour: Any time is good, but would recommend going before the sun sets, for natural light.
Athens best photo locations tip: After the photo shooting is over, head to ‘Klepsýdra’, an authentic local place for some Greek meze and raki!
5. Yiasemi steps, the famous
Yiasemi steps are actually the steps of Mnisiklis, named after the architect that designed the entrance to the Acropolis. Right on the steps, there are several cafés, famous to the locals for hanging out with friends. The scenery is very picturesque and, although located inside the Plaka neighborhood, it deserved a separate mention. The steps are named after Yiasemi (meaning ‘jasmine’ in Greek), which is the most famous café on the steps.
Best time for a photo tour: Any time is good. The vibes are probably better with people relaxing on the pillows and enjoying their time.
Athens best photo locations tip: Try Yiasemi’s excellent desserts and the homemade lemonade!
6. Herodeion, the Odeon
Walking down the Dionysiou Areopageitou street, you will encounter the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Built in 161 AD during the Roman period, the ancient theater is still in operation today, hosting some of the most important performances of the Athens Festival every summer. Its excellent acoustics and the special energy that radiates with the illuminated Acropolis above are some of the reasons that every artist in the world is looking forward to performing in it.
Best time for a photo tour: Midday is best here so that you don’t have the sun against you.
Athens best photo locations tip: If you’re visiting in summer, buy a ticket for one of the performances, get your tripod, and prepare for some exquisite photos!
7. Agora, the Ancient one
The Ancient Agora was the market for Ancient Athenians; a place where people would gather to do their shopping, meet friends, philosophize and talk politics. One of the best photo spots inside the Agora is its Museum or the Stoa of Attalos as it is called. The columns of the Stoa can create a beautiful composition.
Best time for a photo tour: The sunlight creates shadows with interesting angles from the columns around the afternoon.
Athens best photo locations tip: From outside the Ancient Agora, on the pedestrian street of Adrianou street, you can capture the Stoa of Attalos and its columns with the Acropolis on the background.
8. Temple of Hephaestus, the surprise
The Temple of Hephaestus is the best-preserved ancient temple in Greece and you will find it inside the Ancient Agora! The neighborhood around it was named Thiseio because it was originally thought that the Temple was dedicated to Theseus, the mythological founding father of Athens. On the metopes of the temple, you can still distinguish scenes from the Labors of Hercules and Theseus. Whatever angle you choose for your photo, you cannot go wrong with this one.
Best time for a photo tour: Any time within the opening hours of the site is good.
Athens best photo locations tip: You can combine the photo shooting of the Temple of Hephaestus with that of the Stoa of Attalos within an hour and you only need one ticket for entry.
9. Temple of Zeus, the Olympian
The colossal Temple of the Olympian Zeus was dedicated to the King of the gods of Olympus, housing one of the largest cult statues in the ancient world! The temple took some 638 years to be completed but today only 16 of the 104 gigantic columns remain. Still, those are enough to create an imposing sight. Stand next to the columns, travel with your imagination to Ancient Greece and imagine how it must have felt like being next to Zeus’ house.
Best time for a photo tour: Any time of the day, as long as the site is open.
Athens best photo locations tip: Using a human subject in your photo is always best, to give a context for the colossal size of the Temple.
10. Hadrian’s Arch, the gate
Hadrian’s Arch is located just outside the site of the Temple of Olympian Zeus. It served as a boundary between the old city of Theseus and the new city of Hadrian, the Roman Emperor who was a philhellene and a benefactor of Athens. It presents a very interesting place for photography, with the Acropolis and the Parthenon visible on the background through the arch.
Best time for a photo tour: Any time of the day and also during the night.
Athens best photo locations tip: Try playing with your shutter speed and the effects of the cars’ lights in front of the Arch.