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How to capture the magic of Crete in winter: the best photo spots and tips

How to capture the magic of Crete in winter: the best photo spots and tips

If you want to capture the magic of Crete in winter, here are some of the best photo spots and tips that will help you create stunning images of the island.

  • The Venetian harbors. Crete has four main cities, each with a charming Venetian harbor that dates back to the 13th century. The harbors of Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion, and Agios Nikolaos are perfect places to photograph the colorful boats, the historic buildings, and the romantic sunsets. You can also find some interesting details, such as the Egyptian lighthouse in Chania, the Fortezza castle in Rethymno, the Koules fortress in Heraklion, and the lake Voulismeni in Agios Nikolaos.
  • The snow-capped mountains. Crete has three main mountain ranges, the White Mountains, the Idi Range, and the Dikti Mountains, which offer a striking contrast to the blue sea. In winter, the mountains are often covered with snow, creating a fairy-tale scenery. You can photograph the mountains from different perspectives, such as from the villages, the gorges, or the plateaus. 
  • The traditional villages. Crete has many picturesque villages that retain their authentic character and charm. In winter, the villages are less crowded and more peaceful, giving you the opportunity to interact with the locals and discover their way of life. You can photograph the stone houses, the narrow alleys, the old churches, and the local crafts. Some of the most beautiful villages in Crete are Anogia, Archanes, Loutro, Matala, and Spili.