Whenever I plan a trip for any new place, my first google search will be “Photography tips for place X” or “Photography guide to Place X”. As a travel photographer, I believe it’s my responsibility to share my experiences and findings with other fellow travelers at one place to help them in their next plan. This specific category “Photography” in our blog will be dedicated to core photography tips, composition ideas and best viewpoints for a place.
Photography Circuit Loop
Meteora is not a very big place and all monasteries and photo spots are very close to each other. It is actually a circuit drive that starts and ends at the town of Kalambaka (nearest town to Meteora). We have tried to put all the photo spots (green spots) and monasteries on the interactive map below. In rest of the post, we will talk about each photo spot (from right to left), photography tips and the pictures we clicked.
This spot encounters with the first monastery view of Meteora, Holy Trinity Monastery. I believe we clicked the maximum number of pictures here along with our favorite sunset point which we will talk about later. There is a scope of several different compositions here with HolyTrinity Monastery in a frame.
Finding the spot: This spot is at a stretch of 200 m from the Holy Trinity Monastery. The best lens here will be a all purpose zoom lens.
Tip: You need to give some time to this location in order to explore different angles and get the best-unobstructed viewpoint.
Along with this, you can get a number of great shots while visiting the Holy Trinity Monastery. Read about the hike to the top and hidden great viewpoints at the backside of this monastery in our another post here.
This spot is great if you are carrying a good zoom lens as it gives you a distant view of Roussanou and St. Nicholas monastery. If you are planning to capture some great wide-angle shots, save that for our next photo spot.
Finding the spot: There will be a separate signboard for this spot and you will also find multiple cars parked around here. Rest you can navigate with the map above.
Tip: This is a very open space and sometimes very windy, so please take care of your tripod and lens covers.
This is the best spot out of all which gave us the maximum number of amazing shots from our entire trip to Meteora. We spent two evenings at this spot, where the first one was completely dedicated to photography and second evening we just sat there on our mushroom rock (we gave this term to our favorite spot, you will see why below) and enjoyed the amazing views of Meteora.
Finding the spot: Same as spot 2, there will be a signboard for this as well.
We tried several variations from wide-angle view to cover the whole landscape to several crop compositions and in the end few of our style travel pictures.
This one is not a specific point and can be spotted while going back to the Kalambaka town after visiting Great Meteora and Varlaam monastery. Look out for viewpoint on the road with both monasteries in one frame.
Finding the spot: This one is on you, although I put an estimated mark on the map above but drive slow and try to find this exact spot.
This one is our last spot on the circuit ride where you get to click St. Nicholas monastery alone with iconic pillar rocks in the frame.
After this, you will reach the Kalambaka town back. You can explore the town area, have food and maybe go for another round of the circuit to explore some other new spots. If you will do that and get to know about some new photo spots, please do let us know in the comments. Also, please tell us if you find this guide helpful in planning your trip to Meteora.