Greece Alyko Beach and Hotel Ruins

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Szabolcs Gulacsi

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This is a fairly famous beach on Naxos. The cove means this is sheltered from the wind. The area around the beach provides very picturesque photo options, with or without a model. For photography you have a couple of options and staying at the beach is the least exciting one.

From the secondary viewpoint you'll have beautiful, almost panoramic, views of Alyko beach and the neighbouring beach. Including multiple seascapes with intricate rock formations as your foreground. You can even sunbathe and swim from the tip. With normal and tele lenses you can also capture the scenic views towards the picturesque church and hotel.

Or head towards the church and the abandoned hotel. In high season both of these locations are relatively popular for Instagram photos but it's never busy. You have lots of possibilities to take photos with and without other tourists. The hotel itself is in ruin and I'd say not super safe, but exercise caution and you'll be rewarded with amazing photos! You can walk around and climb inside and onto the roof of the hotel with light/medium effort. Just watch out for big gaping holes in the roof.
From the top of the hotel shoot backwards towards the beach. With longer fl (e.g. above 100) you get amazing compression with leading lines and the mountains as a backdrop are just dreamy! It's also a great spot for a beautiful sunset view.

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