Karpathos Travel Guide

Karpathos Travel Guide

KARPATHOS TRAVEL GUIDE

I spent 11 days in Karpathos this summer. On a hot summer August day, I landed on the island without having any expectations, yet with a lot of curiosity, excitement and an open heart. Curiosity for everything that Karpathos has to offer, excitement for all the things that were about to happen and an open heart to meet and love the locals and be loved back.

Karpathos Travel Guide

Although it wasn’t my first visit, it felt like my first visit. I always felt my view for this island from my first visit to Karpathos, 5 years ago, was somehow incomplete. Thus, it was the best decision to go back and discover the island with the best tour guide one could ever have.

All thanks to Miss Foteini Fragkou, her family and friends who contributed to my visit and made it an unforgettable experience for me! I am now feeling happy to be in the position to compile a Karpathos travel guide with the best tips for an unforgettable vacation.

Karpathos Travel Guide

Karpathos: The Island that Will Take Your Breath Away

Have you ever thought of packing your bags and taking a vacation to one of the most beautiful Greek islands in the Mediterranean Sea? I’m sure you have, because there are hundreds of them! But if you ask me, Karpathos Island should be one of your top destinations to visit.

If you’ve always wanted to visit Karpathos, then you should definitely check out this handy travel guide before you go. Hopefully, after reading these tips, you’ll have everything that you need to make sure your trip goes perfectly!

Let’s jump straight into the best travel tips!

Karpathos Travel Guide

WHERE IS KARPATHOS

Karpathos is an island that’s a part of Greece and is located in the Mediterranean Sea. It’s only about 1 hour by plane from Athens, which makes it a popular destination for tourists looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Karpathos has many beautiful beaches, all with crystal clear water and golden sand. Some are more secluded than others so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to find your perfect spot.

Karpathos Travel Guide

WHY SHOULD YOU VISIT KARPATHOS ISLAND

One of the most stunning and rugged islands you will ever see, Karpathos in the Dodecanese is home to quaint villages and farming villages, vineyards, orchards and olive groves. Greek hiking trails and ancient churches are found on remote hilltops, hidden beaches with little tourism, and hidden beaches undiscovered by the tourist industry.

Moreover, there are festivals and celebrations with traditional dancing and music, which last for days with genuinely friendly people.

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If you like to be greeted with genuine hospitality, come to Karpathos. Karpathos is an island of astonishing beauty. Its rugged mountains covered with forest, its wild and rocky coastline, and its beaches all come together to create a wonderful experience.

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Karpathos Travel Guide

Those looking for sun will not be disappointed here, and those looking for culture can find it here as well. Whatever you’re searching for, Karpathos should be at or near the top of your list for Greek islands to visit.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT KARPATHOS

Karpathos is best visited either at the beginning or at the end of the summer season. July and August are also great days to visit, but the island gets crowded. Lodging gets more expensive and dining options are less available. A great way to avoid crowds is to go outside of peak season, which is May, June, and October. You’ll also likely find a cheaper hotel room this way.

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HOW LONG TO STAY IN KARPATHOS

The ideal length of stay in order to see the best of Karpathos would be seven days. One week will allow you to get a clear picture of the island, as well as see some stunning sights. Additionally, if you are less time-sensitive, then a two week stay would give you ample opportunity to not only explore but enjoy the island as well.

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Karpathos Travel Guide

HOW TO GET THERE

There is an airport on Karpathos, which gives it a distinct advantage over other Greek islands. Charter flights are available from European cities to Karpathos.

If a direct flight from your city to Karpathos island is not available, you may want to fly via Athens. There are also a number of ferries that take visitors to the island. I, however, wouldn’t recommend the ferry because the ride can last long. It is worth it only if you have a car.

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HOW TO GET AROUND

The lack of public transportation on the island is troublesome. A car is the best option to get around. Renting a car gives you all the freedom and flexibility you need to explore the island on your own terms.

Be careful of winding roads when in Karpathos. I should also mention, make sure to stock up on motion sickness pills before your flight, as you may not find any in the pharmacy once you land on the island. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Karpathos Travel Guide

HOW TO SPEND YOUR TIME IN KARPATHOS

The island of Karpathos is the second largest island in the Dodecanese Islands, located in Greece. If you’re looking to get out of the hustle and bustle of big city life, you’ll find that Karpathos will provide the vacation you’ve been dreaming of.

With its breathtaking views and unique characteristics, it’s no wonder this island attracts thousands of tourists each year to its stunning beaches, beautiful landscapes and friendly people. From hiking through lush forests to exploring ancient ruins, this island has something to offer to everyone.

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WHERE TO EAT IN KARPATHOS

Tavern Kapetan Giannis in Finiki Village, Kiros restaurant in Arkasa village, To steki tou Markou restaurant in Arkasa village, Esperida restaurant in Ammopi, Seafood at Kavos restaurant in Kira Panagia beach, Aniksis restaurant in Diafani, Milos restaurant for sunset dinner in Olympos. Mama Cuisine in Finiki village.

Karpathos Travel Guide
Karpathos Travel Guide
 
LOCAL FOOD IN KARPATHOS: MAKAROUNES

The Karpathos island is famous for its fresh traditional makarounes, which are thin noodles flavored with finely chopped white onion, butter, and oil. A delicious and rare dish is created as a result.

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EXCURSION AND TOURS BY BOAT

Saria island: A Day Trip Worth Taking!

This tiny island can only be reached by boat. Saria’s beautiful landscape includes white sandy beaches with crystal clear water, cliffs, calcareous rock beds, caves, and rushing streams.

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The small island of Saria is uninhabited. Only goats and donkeys venture there for grazing. The Saria island is connected to Pigadia and Diafani by small tourist boats in the summer. You can snorkel, dive into small caves, and swim on Saria Island.

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Karpathos Travel Guide

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Karpathos Travel Guide

Karpathos Travel Guide

THE BEST SUNSET SPOT IN KARPATHOS

In Olympos village, you can find two magical sunset spots: in the Mylos Tavern and in the church “to eklisaki tou christou”.  Keep track of sunset time, and go to your preferred viewing spot at least an hour before that.

Bring a bottle of wine. When the sun is about to set, make sure you have your camera ready because it will be a spectacular show! You are bound to have an experience that will take your breath away!

Olympos village

Olympos village

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Arkasa in Karpathos Island, Greece

WHAT I REALLY ENJOYED THE MOST IN KARPATHOS

Snorkeling and chasing Petalides (small clams on the rocks) Spent time under the water is the best time.

Arkasa in Karpathos Island, Greece

BEST BEACHES IN KARPATHOS 

Saint Nicholas beach in Arkasa, Agios Theodoros beach, Apella beach, Kastelia beach, Kira Panagia beach.

Arkasa in Karpathos Island, Greece

Something worth bearing in mind is that the best beaches are the ones you can get to by swimming.

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Karpathos Island, Greece

Karpathos Island, Greece

Karpathos Island, Greece

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Best travel photography Karpathos Island, Greece

Best travel photography Karpathos Island, Greece

Best travel photography Karpathos Island, Greece

A DAY TRIP TO KASOS ISLAND: THE PERFECT GETAWAY 

The island of Kasos has long been popular with travelers seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, as well as those in search of some quiet reflection or solitude. Kasos’s serene beauty and myriad historical sites, combined with its proximity to larger islands like Karpathos and Rhodes, make it a great day trip destination.

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The island boasts all of the wonderful things that islands are known for. From great beaches to clean ocean water to delicious seafood.

Kasos island Greece

Kasos offers little towns and plenty of open-armed locals to give guests a peek into what the non touristy side of Greece looks like.

Kasos island Greece

Don’t forget to take advantage of the exquisite festivals, the majestic churches, or the beautiful vistas of the nearby islands. Kasos welcomes visitors and gives them time to take in the unhurried pace of life in the Dodecanese.

Kasos island Greece

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Kasos island Greece

WHERE TO STAY IN KARPATHOS

The good news is you’re in luck no matter which side of Karpathos you choose. If I had to choose one area though, I would choose anywhere near the Arkasa village. You can find plenty of super markets in the area, as well as a pharmacy, a gas station and an amazing hairdresser, George Maskas. The airport is also close by. The convenience and facilities listed above are not available in every village.

Olympos village
Olympos village
 

Olympos village

Sunset in Olympos village

Sunset in Olympos village

Olympos village

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Olympos village

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Olympos village

BEST BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN ARKASA

A perfect place to stay in Arkasa is Arkasa Palace. Arkasa Palace is located in Arkasa village, in a very quiet area with stunning sea views. You can walk to a nice beach in 10 minutes and also to Arkasa’s center where you will find some nice bars and taverns in 10 minutes. Immaculately furnished and meticulously maintained, the resort is a dream come true.

BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN ARKASA

Delicious breakfast at Arkasa Palace

BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN ARKASA

BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN ARKASA VILLAGE

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Saint John's Church Festival in Vrikounta, near Olympos

Karpathos Travel Guide

Saint John's Church Festival in Vrikounta, near Olympos

BEST LUXURY VILLAS IN KARPATHOS

I asked Foteini to bring me to a very special place and she brought me to the 2 Goats Villas, an exclusive resort that is owned by two Americans, Craig and Bruce. They traded their life in the United States for Karpathos and are glad they did.

I found their story very inspiring. Actually they made me think that my wish to also swap life in Vienna for the Greek islands is not impossible…

In their beautifully designed villas you can experience “The Art of Philoxenia” breakfast every morning and enjoy a sunrise overlooking Kyra Panagia beach every evening. I hope I will soon be one of their guests!

Saint John's Church Festival in Vrikounta, near Olympos

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Saint John's Church Festival in Vrikounta, near Olympos

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Saint John's Church Festival in Vrikounta, near Olympos

Saint John's Church Festival in Vrikounta, near Olympos
Saint John's Church Festival in Vrikounta, near Olympos
 

Saint John's Church Festival in Vrikounta, near Olympos

Best beaches in Karpathos Island

Best beaches in Karpathos Island

Best beaches in Karpathos Island

Best beaches in Karpathos Island

Best beaches in Karpathos Island

Kira Panagia Beach

As a final note, I would like to thank Miss Foteini and her family, Mrs Kalliopi and Mr. Manolis, for opening their home to me and for all the kindness and support they have given me in order to make my stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible.

Kira Panagia Beach

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Herbal Glamping Resort Ljubno

Herbal Glamping Resort Ljubno

First stop of my trip to Slovenia was a visit to a Herbal Glamping Resort in Ljubno. I didn’t have any idea what that meant but the website promised me a natural, healthy, and authentic experience in nature. I can tell you now that it did not disappoint! As soon as I arrived I was offered a welcome drink made with herbs and water. It felt great to be outside surrounded by all these mountains and nature! The sun shining down on my skin and the smell of fresh herbs filling my nose were pure bliss.

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What is glamping?

Glamping is a way for those who enjoy nature, but don’t want to break from modern comforts, to experience it on a whole new level. This experience combines everything you love about nature with all of the benefits of camping and spa treatments. Herbal glampsites are popping up all over the world, including in Slovenia and are quickly gaining popularity! If you have never heard of herbal glamping, it is the next best thing to camping in a tent. It is a way for city dwellers and outdoor enthusiasts alike to experience nature.

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Glamping: A New Way to Experience Nature

Camping has always been one of the most popular ways to spend time outdoors, but there’s a new trend in camping that’s picking up speed and gaining lots of attention. Herbal glamping combines the simple pleasures of traditional camping with the comforts of everyday life, so you don’t have to rough it if you don’t want to!

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Herbal Glamping Resort Ljubno

Herbal glamping refers to an emerging trend that combines the comforts of home with the delights of camping. This is perfect for those who want to take their stay from an ordinary camp out into something much more luxurious while still being able to enjoy nature just as they would if they had been camping with friends.

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Herbal Glamping Resort Ljubno: A five-star glamping experience (surrounded by herbs)

Herbal Glamping Resort Ljubno
Herbal Glamping Resort Ljubno
 
Herbal Glamping Resort Ljubno
Herbal Glamping Resort Ljubno
 
The Benefits of Herbal Glamping

Glamping is a way of life that combines glamour with the outdoors. It’s a way to enjoy the great outdoors without sacrificing style and comfort. If you want to take your glamping experience up a notch, try herbal glamping. This practice involves using plants and herbs in conjunction with the rest of your camping gear.

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Charming Slovenia

Herbal Glamping Resort Ljubno

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Charming Slovenia

Charming Slovenia

Charming Slovenia
Charming Slovenia
 

Visiting Slovenia can be an exciting experience in and of itself. But if you want to get the most out of your time here, it helps to have some kind of plan as to what you want to do while you’re here. There are so many great things to do in Slovenia that narrowing it down can feel almost impossible at first glance.

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I have linked the blog posts below where I am sharing my itinerary with you. Click on the blog posts to read how to spend your time in Slovenia:

Ljubljana, Slovenia’s charming capital

Piran, a picturesque seaside town

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Ljubljana Slovenia’s charming capital

Ljubljana Slovenia's charming capital

Ljubljana, Slovenia’s charming capital and the country’s largest metropolis, should be on your list of must-visit European destinations.

If you’re tired of popular tourist destinations like Paris and Rome, or if you’re just looking for an affordable weekend getaway from home, Ljubljana has everything you need to fulfill your travel goals in an affordable way.

Ljubljana Slovenia's charming capital

5 Reasons Why Ljubljana is the Perfect City for a Weekend Getaway

1. It’s the perfect size to explore on foot

2. Activities are endless, but low cost

3. There’s no shortage of coffee shops and restaurants

4. The architecture is beautiful

5. Accommodation options vary from budget hotels to luxury spas

Ljubljana, Slovenia's charming capital

Where to stay Ljubljana

Located in the heart of Ljubljana, the Vander Design Hotel is a contemporary boutique hotel with an international vibe. Guests can enjoy a wide range of services and amenities including free WiFi access and a pool on the terrace.

Ljubljana Slovenia's charming capital

After exploring the city by day, head back to your room to recharge for another day of sightseeing. In the morning enjoy breakfast à la carte before heading out for the next adventure!

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Ljubljana Slovenia's charming capital

The magic of Ljubljana – A European Capital unlike any other

Ljubljana Slovenia's charming capital

Ljubljana: A city to fall in love with

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Ljubljana Slovenia's charming capital

3 THINGS TO DO IN LJUBLJANA

1. Cycling tour of cultural and green Ljubljana

Ljubljanica River, Art Nouveau buildings, Slovenian National Theatre. This is just some of the things you will see as you cycle through Ljubljana. It is a small city that has plenty to offer and it feels very welcoming with its friendly locals and relaxed atmosphere. The perfect place to spend a weekend or more!

Ljubljana Slovenia's charming capital

2. A boat ride on Ljubljanica River

Ljubljanica River is at the heart of the city, flowing through its center and dividing it into two halves. Its banks are lined with parks and promenades that provide a refreshing escape from the bustling city life. The river, however, is more than just a space for leisurely walks; it’s also home to one of Slovenia’s most important cultural monuments: the Dragon Bridge.

Ljubljana Slovenia's charming capital

A boat ride on Ljubljanica River is a great opportunity to explore more than just old cobbled streets and medieval buildings. The river will take you through the maze of urban canals, where you’ll find that many locals have chosen to build their homes in the serene green waterside setting.

Ljubljana, Slovenia's charming capital

It’s also worth looking out for the architectural styles as they differ depending on what part of the city you are in; from Roman ruins, through Baroque facades, neoclassical arches, art nouveau houses and modern apartment blocks.

But whichever area we are talking about, it’s hard not to be captivated by this incredible city with its rich history, diverse culture and friendly atmosphere.

Ljubljana, Slovenia's charming capital

3. Stand up paddling on Ljubljanica River

Another exciting activity is stand up paddling on Ljubljanica River. One can rent a kayak or SUP at one of the many rental points and enjoy the sights as they paddle along the water. After this leisure activity, I was ready for my second stop: Na gradu Restaurant in the castle.

Ljubljana Slovenia's charming capital

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Ljubljana, Slovenia's charming capital

Ljubljana Slovenia's charming capital

Ljubljana Slovenia's charming capital

Ljubljana Slovenia's charming capital

Ljubljana, Slovenia's charming capital

Ljubljana Slovenia’s charming capital

Ljubljana, Slovenia's charming capital

Ljubljana is an enchanting city, with a cosmopolitan vibe and a rich history. It’s a great destination for those looking to slow down and explore the charming cobbled streets.

Ljubljana, Slovenia's charming capital

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Ljubljana, Slovenia's charming capital

Ljubljana is Europe’s hidden gems! As you plan your next city break from Vienna, consider planning it around this wonderful city and its sights.

Ljubljana, Slovenia's charming capital

This small but perfectly formed city has so much to offer, from impressive architecture and delicious food to excellent shopping and cultural opportunities.

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Piran – A picturesque seaside town

Piran - A Picturesque seaside town

I spent 2 days in Piran, a picturesque seaside town. The moment I set foot on this seaside town, I fell in love.

It was so refreshing to walk along the coast and feel that sense of peace and calmness.

Piran - A Picturesque seaside town

Why Piran is the Perfect Slovenian Seaside Town

Piran, also known as Pirano, is one of the three major towns of Slovenian Istria, and perhaps one of the most beautiful seaside towns in all of Europe. Known by tourists as Pearl of the Adriatic, the maritime town has an exquisite selection of restaurants and cafes lining its street-side on both sides of the Bay of Piran, which faces Italy’s famous peninsula of Venice to the south.

Piran - A Picturesque seaside town

Piran offers all the charm of a Mediterranean seaside town and plenty of opportunities to enjoy fresh seafood and sunshine by the sea.

Piran - A Picturesque seaside town

In fact, this historic coastal town is one of the most beautiful cities in Slovenia, and its perfectly preserved city centre makes it one of the country’s top destinations. Piran’s relaxed pace and natural beauty make it a wonderful place to spend a few days. Spend your time exploring the city, getting lost in its labyrinth of cobblestone streets, or wandering through its market square.

Piran - A Picturesque seaside town

What to do in Piran

One of the best things you can do here is to explore the little town on foot and enjoy the sights. Go on a walking tour with Jan, a local guide. Jan will take you to all of the must-see sites and tell you about the city’s history. He also has some funny stories to tell and he will introduce you to the most inspiring people in town.

Tartini Square

Where to stay in Piran

Tartini Square

A picturesque seaside town that has retained all of its old world charm while still being modern and welcoming.

Tartini Square

What to shop in Piran

Nika’s Tiny House: an adorable little shop with amazing and unique handmade souvenirs. Thousands of little houses were sold to tourists by Nika Domnik after she opened her studio in 2015. She specializes in products made of driftwood and creative workshops for children, which has made her one of the most exciting and recognizable artists in Piran. Find her atelier behind the Tartini Square.

Slovenian Istria
Slovenian Istria
 
Where to eat and drink in Piran and in Portoroz

A few suggestions: Čakola Caffe Piran, Cafe Central in Portoroz, lunch at Rizibizi in Portoroz, Fritolin pri Cantini etc.

If you are like me who is looking for an Italian restaurant in every new city I go, in Piran you will find Rostelin. It is located in a super cute little square. Both food and atmosphere are great!

For dinner visit the Michelin restaurant COB

The phrase Cooking Outside the Box sums up the concept of this restaurant; guests are to experience Slovenian gastronomy in an unexpected and interactive way. The concept of COB restaurant attracts both tourists and locals. It offers them a completely new way to enjoy their time in Slovenia, as well as taste some amazing local dishes. It was a gastronomic delight with an exquisite wine selection to accompany each course. The food, service and ambiance were are all sublime.

Slovenian Istria

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Slovenian Istria

Piran - A Picturesque seaside town

Piran - A Picturesque seaside town

Piran - A Picturesque seaside town

Piran - A Picturesque seaside town

Piran – A picturesque seaside town

Piran Slovenia

What to see in Piran

Aquarium, Multimedia museum Mediadom, Tartini’s house

Portoroz

Panoramic view of Portoroz from Life Class Hotels & Spa (photo above and below)

In case of rain, a day in the spa at the Thalasso Centre of Life Class Hotels would be a good idea.

Portoroz

 Photos of the Crystal Hall ballroom in Kempinski Palace Portoroz (below)

Portoroz

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Portoroz

Piran - A Picturesque seaside town

Piran - A Picturesque seaside town

If you want to experience an authentic seaside town then look no further than Piran!

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3 Tips for the Perfect Vienna Photo Session

3 Tips for the Perfect Vienna Photo Session3 Tips for the Perfect Vienna Photo Session

Make Vienna Your Own

Now that you’ve decided to spend your holidays in Vienna, you might be wondering how you can make the most of your time here. Planning ahead will help ensure that you get the most out of your Vienna photo session, and I can help!

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3 Tips for the Perfect Vienna Photo Session

3 Tips for Planning the Perfect Vienna Photo Session

This article contains my 3 top tips for planning the perfect photo session in Vienna, whether it’s your first time here or not. It’s always helpful to know where you want to go and what kind of style or theme you want to create before the shoot, so read on to learn more!

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3 Tips for the Perfect Vienna Photo Session

Consider time of year

Vienna is beautiful throughout the year! The summer months tend to be warm and dry, which is perfect for getting outdoors and exploring Vienna! Having selected a date, it’s time to decide where to do your photo shoot and what time to have it.

Autumn is also perfect season for a Vienna photo session. The air is crisp and clear, and we have beautiful colour contrasts between the leaves and buildings. With some luck, you may even catch a glimpse of fall foliage before it’s gone!

Winter brings with it new opportunities to capture the snow-covered rooftops of our city. Don’t forget to bundle up! There are plenty of indoor spaces to shoot in during these cold months, so be sure to factor that into your planning as well.

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3 Tips for the Perfect Vienna Photo Session

Get inspired by Vienna’s beauty

If you’re looking to capture the breathtaking beauty of Vienna with you in photos, but aren’t sure where to begin, there are plenty of things we can do to plan the perfect photo session.

If you want to shoot photos that showcase the city’s rich history and culture, we can plan a Vienna photo session in and around some of famous landmarks and architecture. Or, if your favourite part of traveling is wandering through local neighbourhoods, we can plan a Vienna photo session with your family or friends at Vienna’s most beautiful parks, green spaces or palaces.

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What to wear makes all the difference

When choosing what to wear, think about colors and patterns. Choose something that makes you feel comfortable. Don’t forget accessories – they add another dimension to any outfit! Hair and makeup are also mportant details that help create the mood in your photos. I recommend going with a natural look.

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