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20 Gorgeous Gates of Santorini

Gates of Santorini

Santorini is obviously one of those top of the bucket list, all over Instagram, beautiful destination-esque places that really is as incredible as it looks on all the heavily filtered, professionally shot Instagram photos it features on so frequently. In Europe it is one of the most Instagrammed places (after Paris, London, Amsterdam and Berlin), which for a very small island says a lot.

 

Gates of Santorini

 

I recently got some really positive feedback and comments (thanks guyssss) on my Instagram photos of Newcastle post, so every Wednesday I’m going to share a new photo blog, a bit of a throwback to my old ways of posting. For this post, I’m picking out a different eye candy from the usual white buildings and blue rooftops that we see so much. What I noticed on my trip were all the tiny, gorgeous gates of Santorini that were everywhere! Nearly every restaurant, spa, local home and even the hotels used gates as a welcome and first impression to the cliff side treasures they held beyond the gate.

 

Gates of Santorini

 

Some of them appeared to lead to nowhere but the sea…

 

Gates of Santorini

 

Hotels were almost trying to have the smallest gate possible, it seemed the most expensive and luxurious hotels could be spotted by how small their gate was, rather than elaborate grand ones.

 

Gates of Santorini

 

Locals would decorate them and shops would drape their hand painted crafts as displays…

 

Gates of Santorini

 

Hotels and restaurants were recognisable by their gate front.

 

Gates of Santorini

Gates of Santorini

 

I think this was the oldest one I found, it hadn’t had any maintenance in a while but it’s still very charming.

 

Gates of Santorini

 

Even the spas down side alleys could be spotted by theirs, colour matched to their theme.

 

Gates of Santorini

 

There were gates where you didnt even need a gate!

 

Gates of Santorini

 

This one was built on to the side of a restaurant, and decorated with potted plants.

 

Gates of Santorini

Gates of Santorini

Gates of Santorini

 

I really loved this locals house, it had the oldest rustic looking gate in Oia, no expense spared!

 

Gates of Santorini

 

Another photo post coming next week.

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Gates of Santorini

Gates of Santorini

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19 Comments

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    Tatum Skipper
    18th January 2017 at 1:30 pm

    I love the idea of photographing gates instead like you said, the normal white walls and blue roofs. Although both are amazingly beautiful! I love the one with the seafoam-y green gate! Looks a little out of place 🙂 How did you like it? Was it just as magical as everyone says?

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    Hannah Logan
    18th January 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Ahhh I need to go to Greece! Between this and watching Mama Mia (for the millionth time) last night I am suffering a severe case of get me to Greece wanderlust!

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    Rhiannon
    18th January 2017 at 1:42 pm

    These are all so gorgeous! Obviously as I was reading this I was mentally planning which gate my eventual house will feature but no, I can’t decide haha.

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    Itinera magica
    18th January 2017 at 1:50 pm

    This is an interesting and original take on Santorini! And I love the things you explain about different gates and their meanings.

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    meg
    18th January 2017 at 2:41 pm

    I love how this just focuses on one small detail. There is so much that makes up the Santorini landscape and it’s amazing to see each individual gate and how they really each are works of art!

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    Rosir C.
    18th January 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Beautiful pics. Cannot wait to visit. definitely a photographers dream.

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    Ricarda Christina Hollweg
    18th January 2017 at 4:22 pm

    I am a big fan and of architectural details and related photography. So I madly love your blog post. I plan to travel to Santorini this summer and will keep an eye on the gates.

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    Joanna
    18th January 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Beautiful photos. I LOVE taking pics of architecture and doors during my travels. I’d love to visit Santorini one day.

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    Danielle
    18th January 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Loving this photo post Stephanie! Sometimes I feel like I see too many of the “iconic” photos to know what the place really looks like. This post gives a whole new light to Santorini.

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    Anisa
    18th January 2017 at 10:41 pm

    I really want to go to Santorini, I have just seen so many lovely pictures. I like the perspective you took focusing on gates, as I hadn’t really noticed them before.

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    Katalin @ Our Life Our Travel
    19th January 2017 at 5:48 am

    I really have to go to Santorini! All the pics are amazing! Love the white with blue sea background!

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    Daphne from Girlswanderlust
    21st January 2017 at 9:42 am

    Lovely photos of Santorini. This place is still high on my bucket list! I love the idea that you took photos of all the different gates. Interesting to hear that the most expensive and luxurious hotels could be spotted by how small their gate was, rather than elaborate grand ones.

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    Renee
    21st January 2017 at 9:56 am

    This is such a great idea and all these gates are incredibly pretty. Greece is definitely on my bucket list!!

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    Fiona Mai
    21st January 2017 at 10:08 am

    These gates look so lovely! Most photos of Santorini are about the wide view of the whole area, so I’m very excited to see photos of small details like these gates in your article 🙂 Absolutely beautiful!

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    Tasha
    21st January 2017 at 6:18 pm

    I love how you’ve made something as simple as gates into a beautiful photo story. Seeing your pictures has made me want to visit the island even more!

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    Rimsha
    21st January 2017 at 7:26 pm

    This is such a unique perspective on Santorini and I thought all the photos were really beautiful!

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    Kristine ThePetiteWanderess
    22nd January 2017 at 10:43 am

    Lovely to curate these little gates in Santorini in a post! Santorini is paradise on earth indeed!

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    Annette Richmond
    23rd January 2017 at 2:06 am

    These are such great photos! They make me want to visit Santorini even more than I did before! Thanks for sharing!

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