Where Are The Best Sunrise Locations In Rhodes?

I have an ongoing love of the wonderful Greek Islands. And of photography of course. And sunrise is my most favourite thing.

So where are the best sunrise locations in Rhodes? My favourite location to photograph the sunrise in Rhodes is the area between Pefkos and Navarone Bay 5 minutes south of Lindos, half-way down the east coast of the island. In this post I will tell you all about the three places to go to and show you some of the photos I have taken from this wonderful location.

First things first – who am I?

I am Rick McEvoy. I am a professionally qualified photographer based in the south of England. I specialise in architectural, landscape and travel photography. Basically anything that does not move or breathe! No animals, people and definitely not weddings!

No if it is still then I will photograph it.

I have this website that you have found, Rick McEvoy Photography, and two other websites, Paxos Travel Guide (which is nearly finished at the time of writing this) and Photos of Santorini (which is not finished at the time of writing this!).

Yes I really am a huge fan of the Greek Islands!

If you want to know more about me, and why wouldn’t you, please check out my about me page and my blog where there is lots of good stuff to read.

Back to the subject, sunrise locations on the wonderful Greek Island of Rhodes.

Why am I writing about Rhodes?

Simple. It is one of the Greek Islands that I know the best. Rhodes is the Greek Island that I have visited the most. And out of all the places on this wonderful Greek Island I have narrowed down my sunrise photography to the places I will talk about in this post.

What about sunsets?

I take the odd sunset photo, but not that many. Sunset I find is a more sociable hour, sunrise is early, and I love getting up early to witness the start of a new day. No-one else does, it is just me!

And on a good day I can be back at the hotel and get a bit more sleep and get up with everyone else.

So that is why.

Where is the Greek Island of Rhodes?

I thought I might as well start with a bit of background to the locations I am talking about, starting with where the island actually is!

Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands, and is a circa 4/ 4 ½ hour flight from the south of England away. The flight distance is just over 1700 miles from London Gatwick to the airport in Rhodes Town.

Here it is on a map, using the Greek spelling.

Where is the Greek Island of Rhodes?

Where is the Greek Island of Rhodes?

Where are Pefkos and Navarone Bay?

Once you get to Rhodes it is a drive of less than an hour from the airport to Pefkos, which you get to after driving past Lindos and the spectacular Acropolis.

And here it is zoomed in on a map, courtesy as ever of Google Maps.

Where is Pefkos on Rhodes?

Where is Pefkos on Rhodes?

I have to say that the stretch of road from Lardos, the next village after Pefkos travelling south, to Lindos is one of my favourite stretches of road. I can happily drive along there any time enjoying the very special views.

How do I get there?

You need to either be staying locally in Pefkos or have a car to get there for the sunrise. I had a hire car so the drive from the hotel in Lardos was a quick 5 minutes to the base of the hill where the church is, a few more minutes on to the beach at Navarone Bay but much longer to the tops of the cliffs.

When I say much longer it takes an extra 10 minutes to get around the headland and on to the tops.

Where exactly are the locations?

Again I have marked an extract from Google Maps.

My best sunrise locations in Rhodes revealed!

My best sunrise locations in Rhodes revealed!

  1. On top of the hill at the where you will find the Prophet Elias Church

  2. On top of the cliffs overlooking Navarone Bay

  3. On the beach and the rocks around Navarone Bay

Are these locations easy to get to?

1 - Prophet Elias Church

Prepare to give your lungs and your legs a good workout. There is a car park at the foot of the steps up to the church. All you need to do is follow the 200 plus steps all the way to the church and the cross at the top of the hill.

The steps are excellent, having been recently rebuilt, and there are handrails to help you up the steep bits. I have done the climb wearing flip flops no problem, but there is one word of warning I will give you.

Goat droppings.

These can be many in quantity, and all over the path, so flip flops are not the best thing to be completely honest.

Once you get to the top there is a level paved area with a very low perimeter wall, a church, a Greek flag and a large cross.

And those amazing views.

2 - On top of the cliffs overlooking Navarone Bay

You have to drive around the headland and drive as far up the gravel path as you dare. You can see this just below the cross and the number 2. I stopped a good way short of the actual location, giving myself a good 10-minute walk up the hill, over the top and then a scramble down to the plateau immediately above the main cliffs.

And the big drop!

Do not wear flip flops for this. I wore actual walking boots, some lovely lightweight ones that grip the rocks wonderfully well.

The path is very lumpy and bumpy, and once you are on the tops you need good quality walking shoes, or it will be a slow, painful, miserable experience. And you will be putting yourself at risk if you go the cliff edge.

These are serious cliffs so be careful – you would not survive the drop.

OK – that’s you told!

3 - On the beach and the rocks around Navarone Bay

To get to this location you have to drive to the Lindos Memories Resort & Spa. There is a car park there that I park at. I know I am not a guest but at the time I am there it is very quiet.

Ok completely silent apart from the goats.

Anyway as a thank you to this lovely hotel for letting me park there here is a link to the hotel.

Park at the car park and walk down the path to the beach by the side of the hotel immediately off the car park. On the way back you will notice the smells of the spa which is nice.

Walk down to the beach and turn right. I go all the way to the end of the beach then navigate the rocks to get to the point where I want to take my photos from.

Which is basically at the very bottom of that massive rock face.

This is obviously up to you, but I have shown you on the map one of my preferred locations.

Again, flip flops are not recommended. You are not going to kill yourself falling off the edge here, but the rocks are very sharp, and I always manage to get some impressive cuts and scratches on my legs.

If you are happy staying on the beach then that is just fine – you will still have an amazing sunrise experience.

Is there parking nearby?

I think I have covered that.

What time does the sun rise?

Well this varies of course on the time of year and if there is a band of cloud on the horizon. According to my camera metadata the sun started to appear about 5:50am. There is of course the time before the sun rises which is amazing, so ideally if the sun were to rise at 5.50am I would like to be in position and ready to take photos and videos by 5am.

But I like being nice and early so I can sit down and just enjoy being there.

Sunrise is such a special thing that I love experiencing.

And I would stay for a good hour afterwards as well to make the best of that fantastic post-sunrise directional light.

Are there other people there?

At the church on the hill it is very common to find people there witnessing the stunning sunrise on the hill. You can after all park at the bottom of the steps and walk up there in normal shoes.

I have never seen anyone else on the rocks or the beach in Navarone Bay though. And as to the top of the cliffs overlooking Navarone Bay? Only goats. I have never seen another person up there.

So yes and no. And you can guess which I prefer?

Splendid sunrise isolation. Just me and the elements.

What camera gear do I use?

Time to talk photography briefly. Don’t worry I won’t go on too much I promise.

And by the way, the links I have added to these items are Amazon Affiliate links – if you buy them or anything else within 24 hours of visiting Amazon via that link then I get a small commission.

Disclosure done – best to be open about these things!

Back to my gear.

I have been using a Canon 6D for a few years now, but this year I have changed my travel photography gear. I am now using an Olympus OM-D EM5 Mk 2 with Olympus 12-40mm F2.8 Pro lens, and also the excellent Olympus 40-150mm lens.

I am loving my new smaller gear.

Which is slightly smaller and not that much lighter even it has to be said,

I use a Peak Design Everyday Backpack to carry my gear to these places that I find myself in – a backpack is an essential for me as I need both hands free to get to where I want to be.

My tripod of choice is the 3 Legged Thing Punks Corey, which sits nicely in my camera bag. And I am loving the Arca Swiss plate.

I have bought an L bracket with grip for my Olympus camera, the QR Vertical Shoot L Bracket Plate With Hand Grip, which cost me £19.99 from Amazon which worked quite well.

That was the main gear that I used. Sorry there was my iPhone which I used to take videos.

Gear done – on to the photos taken at the three locations.

My sunrise photos of Rhodes web page

I have created a gallery page on my website where I have added 12 sunrise photos taken in these three locations in June 2019. This is called Rhodes. I know – where do I get these names from?

I will talk about one photo from each of the locations, which will hopefully give you an idea of the view from each location.

1 – The photo from the top of the hill near the Prophet Elias Church

Sunrise view from the hills above Pefkos looking towards Lindos

Sunrise view from the hills above Pefkos looking towards Lindos

This photo shows you the scale of the scene, photographed from the edge of the rocks. Immediately below the sun is the Acropolis of Rhodes, too far away to be clear. And to the right you can see part of Navarone Bay.

This is a magnificent sunrise view, which I have loved every time I have made the effort to climb up those steps in the dark to be there for this special time of the day.

2 - On top of the cliffs overlooking Navarone Bay

Tree at sunrise on Rhodes Greece

Tree at sunrise on Rhodes Greece

This is the tree on top of the cliffs. You can see this tree from miles away. Every time I drove along the road from Lindos to Pefkos I would look up at this tree and smile to myself.

Again, a stunningly gorgeous location to witness the sunrise from.

3 - On the beach and the rocks around Navarone Bay

OK -this photo does not appear on the web page I mentioned earlier. I love this photo, such a simple composition, such lovely warming colours.

Sunrise in Rhodes by Rick McEvoy

Sunrise in Rhodes by Rick McEvoy

So relaxing and peaceful. Which is exactly what the sunrise is like.

As I said before, you can see more of my photos of the sunrise on Rhodes on the Rhodes page of my website.

And there is only one thing better than a stunning sunrise photo, and that is a nice, relaxing video showing the sun rising.

Video time!

I wanted to video the sun rising. There were a few problems with this.

On the first try my alarm went off stopping the video which was infuriating. Next time I ran out of memory. Equally annoying but entirely my own fault.

But I did manage to get a 30-minute video of the flag flying at the church, and 30 minutes as the sun rises from the cliffs above Navarone Bay.

These are the links to the videos on my YouTube Channel

1 – The Greek Flag Flying Proudly As The Sun Rises Over Lindos

2 – Stunning 30 minute Sunrise Video From The Cliffs Above Navarone Bay Looking Towards Lindos, Rhodes

I got there in the end, and to be honest I have not done this before, well not recording 30-minute videos. This meant that I had to take photos handheld, which was a joy with the Olympus OM-D EM5 Mk 2, which has in-built image stabilisation.

So a change in the way I work, but a good change at that so after these morning shoots I had developed, and all was good in my photographic world.

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Next week on my photography blog

Next week on my photography blog I am going to continue my series of posts about the exposure triangle. This will be a follow up to the post The exposure triangle explained in plain English. But will it be aperture, shutter or ISO?

Check out my blog next week to find out.

Rick McEvoy ABIPP - Photographer, blogger, website creator

Where can I buy photos of Santorini from?

Photos of Santorini by Rick McEvoy

Well here. My new website - photos of Santorini.

This is very much work in progress, and will be a place where you can buy my photos of Santorini.

I will be writing about how I build this website using Wordpress - all a rather baffling process to me at the moment but I am sure it will be fine.

Join me in September 2018 and we can learn how to produce a great niche website together.

Rick McEvoy - Photos of Santorini.


Photos of Santorini - delays in the production of my new website

 Travel photography, Santroini, Greece by Rick McEvoy Photography

I have got stuck in Wordpress themes, and have had to defer the production of my new website, photos of Santorini. Not happy about that but it is the holiday season here in the UK and life has to take priority.

So my new website is now on hold until 1st September, when I will reconvene. I would rather do a proper job then than try to rush it now. I am going to spend as much time as I need in September on my new website, which I am still very excited about!

Next I am going to write a series of quick photography tips, and then publish 10 of the Santorini photos that did not make the cut.

Like this one to the right - why is this photo not going to be featured? One reason - it could hav ebeen taken anywhere. I can always add it in later, as I do rather like this photo. And I remember being there and taking this shot.

Happy memories of Santorini....

Rick McEvoy ABIPP

Photos of Santorini - how is my new website going?

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Not too well is the answer. Time is against me. My two weeks is ticking away here....

Themes in Wordpress are proving more challenging than I expected. Time to watch some tutorials....

I thought Wordpress was meant to be easy!

I am going to lock myself away for an hour with the tutorials for the theme I have bought and work this out - I have done my page structure now which is ever so simple, which is meant to be the plan for the whole of this webiste.

A new article goes out tomorrow on Improve Photography, so I will provide an update on my new website later on this week.

Rick McEvoy ABIPP - Photos of Santorini

How am I getting on editing my photos of Santorini in Lightroom? Post 1 of 2

This is not going according to plan. By now I was hoping to have edited all the images.

I have not quite got that far, so this is post number 1 about editing my photos of Santorini.

This is how I edit a set of images from a photography trip - step 1

Having imported the images into Lightroom, and selected the images I want to work on, I put the images into stacks as part of the image selection process (so there is only one image on view and not all three).

Now I need access to all the images again.

The first job is to create the HDR Merge files. This is very much a mechanical process, and one that I wish I could automate in Lightroom. Thinking about it I am sure there is something called actions in Photoshop that I could use.

Regular readers will know how much I love Photoshop, and that this is not going to happen.

How do I create the HDR files in Lightroom?

This is how I create HDR files from a photography shoot. It does not matter if it is 10 images or 100 images – the process is exactly the same and is just a case of getting through the process as quickly as possible.

Deal with the stacks.

Having put all the images into stacks, I have to collapse all the stacks to get the picks that I want to edit. The picks that I am going to edit are in a folder called picks by now, so all I need to do is this.

  • Select all the images – Control A
  • Right Click, select Stacking, then Expand all stacks.

And there are all the sets of bracketed images. Three per bracketed image capture.

Getting the view right for a mass HDR Merge in Lightroom

Next, I press Control D, so no images are selected, and slide the zoom slider so the number of images in view is right for what I am about to do.

This will vary depending on the size of your monitor – I now have a BenQ 32” monitor (which is fantastic by the way).

Something like 6 images on a row is plenty – this gives me 3 rows as well – plenty to go at.

Next, I right click on the second and third images in a bracketed set, then select Control H. This brings up the HDR Merge Preview box.

I select the following options.

  • Auto Align – I check the box
  • Auto Settings – I check this box too
  • Deghost amount – I normally leave this on None.

Deghost during an HDR Merge process fixes a problem with movement between frames – check out this helpful page on the Adobe website all about HDR Photo Merge.

Then I hit Merge, and Lightroom makes a start with the first HDR Merge.

And that is the first HDR Merge started.

Why only two images I hear you say? Why do you not use all three?

The way I take images, and the way my Canon 6D operates, the three bracketed images in a sequence are

  1. Correctly exposed image
  2. Two stops underexposed image (darker)
  3. Two stops overexposed image (lighter)

I will talk about this more in the image capture post, but for now all you need to know is that to create the HDR Merged file in Lightroom you only need the last two images, not the first.

Try it and see. The HDR file is identical with 2 or 3 images.

Back to the editing.

Once Lightroom has done its thing, I check that the first edit is ok. If all is fine with the settings and I am happy that these will be ok for the rest of the images I am working on then this is what I do next.

And this is the good bit.

I go to the next set of three images, and select the second and third images as before, but this time I use the special secret keyboard shortcut

Shift, Control H.

This starts up an HDR Merge in the background.

Then I go to the next set of three images and do the same. And then just keep on going. I get to somewhere between 20 and 30 before my computer starts to groan. At this point I go and do something else, like make a coffee, or if I am working in the evening grab a beer.

And I leave Lightroom to it.

I pop back after a bit, and if a good number of these HDR files have been created I add some more, topping up the workload I give Lightroom/ my PC.

I know that when I am going to be doing this I am going to leave my computer for periods of time, so I plan this accordingly.

It does not take long to get 30 HDR merges going, just a couple of minutes, so this can be built into normal life.


Rebuilding the stacks with the new HDR files

Once this is all done I remove any flags or ratings from every image, and add the HDR file to the stacks.

What is the new file that Lightroom has produced?

When I say HDR file what Lightroom is actually creating is a new .dng file, which is in effect a new RAW file.

This is quite amazing on its own.

The dng file is a new RAW file, and the starting point for my editing.

Sorry - back to the stacks

First though I have to add these new files to the stacks – Lightroom does not do that for you, although it would of course be nice if it did.

I have fond the quickest way to do this is one by one. If you try the auto-stack by time you have to move them to the top of the stacks and it is just more cumbersome.

I select the three original images along with the new dng RAW file. Once the four images are highlighted I have to click on the dng file so that is highlighted lighter than the other three images, and then I can use the keyboard shortcut Control G to make them a single bracketed set of images. If I click on the image before creating the new stack the dng file is put to the top of the stack, which is where I want it.

If I did not do that, or if it did not work, I add the new file to the top of the stack by clicking on the number 4 on the thumbnail.

And I do this to all the bracketed sets.

Don’t worry – it does not take too long.

When done, and assuming that all the HDR merges went fine and there are all these sets of 4 images in bracketed sets, all I need to do is collapse every stack and I have the new HDR files in view.

Last thing to do - add the files to Lightroom Mobile

Last thing in this section is to add these dng files to Lightroom Mobile – this is the first time I do this usually, as these are the images I want to look at.

What I have described in this post is pretty much the first stage of my image editing, which I do to every image.

Next is the editing, image by image. I will come on to that next week – this is as far as I have got to date. That gives me a week to get the edits done.

One last word – these files are the ones that I add the metadata to, which is

  • Filename – I rename the files to relevant descriptions of the image
  • Title – I just use the filename for this.
  • Caption – this is a description of the image in words
  • Keywords – 20 – 30 keywords that also describe the image.

Now time to get some editing done of these pictures of Santorini, which I will write about next Friday, when I have a set of fully edited images.

Rick McEvoy Photography