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Iconic Santorini “Flying Dress” Photo Shoots Come at Hefty Price

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Santorini, Greece. Credit: Dimitra Damian/Greek Reporter

Vacationers in Santorini are willing to shell out large sums of money to capture iconic “flying dress” pictures on the island in elaborate photo shoots.

Likely the most well-known and popular Greek island, Santorini welcomes millions of visitors each year.

Many tourists post pictures of the stunning Greek island on their social media accounts, and these posts bring even more travelers to the island each year.

Flying dress photo shoots on Santorini highlight island’s beauty

The “flying dress” trend has taken over social media.

“Flying dress” pictures usually feature women standing above the famous village of Oia, known for its beautiful Cycladic architecture, with their colorful dresses unfurled by the wind.

The impressive photographs are highly sought after, and many people use them as mementos of their trip to the Greek island while others use them to commemorate their engagement or pregnancy.

The dramatic dress trailing behind the models provides a stunning contrast of color against the Cycladic architecture below and the blue sea in the distance.

Such iconic photo shoots on Santorini come at a hefty price. Often, the dress itself and styling, including makeup and hair, are included in the price tag, which can be around 1,000 euros ($1,053). Clients are photographed anywhere between twenty to forty times and also shoot a few short videos.

However, some companies offer deals on the experience, and travelers on a budget can find deals anywhere from 200 to 600 euros.

These unique photo shoots, which are most often taken in Santorini but have spread to other destinations, are incredibly popular.

These photo shoots are so popular with tourists that travel companies and cruises have begun to introduce travel packages that include the shoots in their prices.

Despite its popularity on Instagram, Santorini is much more than just a photo shoot location, however. Its thousands of years of rich history, along with its unique character, offer so much more to fortunate visitors.

Santorini’s ancient history

Santorini, or as it is officially known by its ancient name, Thera, was a political and cultural center in ancient times.

Recent finds from the island show objects of exquisite artistry found in the area referred to as Akrotiri, on Santorini, which some argue may be the location of the ancient Atlantis.

Now protected by state-of-the-art roofing, researchers continue to unearth more treasures from the past which were buried there, much like at Pompeii many centuries later, preserving a civilization that has been lost forever.

Covered by 200 feet of ash from a volcanic explosion, the almost unimaginable artistic riches—signs of extravagant wealth—that have been unearthed recently in Akrotiri have offered up yet more tantalizing clues as to its real identity.

The eruption on the island—which was originally called Stronghili, or “round”—in 1650 BC, decimated all life on the island and erased an entire city-state, which has been shown by archaeologists to have been part of the Minoan civilization.

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