Coffee table books are a joy to browse. With stunning photography and loads of inspiration, they make a perfect addition to your home and an ideal gift for yourself or any travel lover.

We have put together a list of our favourite Greek themed coffee table books that feature breathtaking imagery- so you can be transported to Greece without leaving your sofa! 

Greece, Francois Halard by LV

Famed for his photographs of interiors, François Halard captures places that are alive. Born in Paris to parents who were interior designers, François Halard has created a wide collection of travel books for luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton, presenting his travel photography with a fashion perspective that takes you to faraway places and dream destinations. Here, he presents his very personal vision of Greece, and in particular the island of Symi. Classical sculptures, mineral structures and landscapes rising up from the earth fill the pages, tinted in blue tones. 

Mykonos Muse by Assouline

 This book chronicles the culture and society that has defined Mykonos over the past century—from its days as a hideout for such luminaries and elites as Le Corbusier and Antonis Benakis, to its moment as a sanctuary for the gay community, to its predominant party scene—all the while indulging the reader with the ruins and myths hidden there. Capturing the essence of the island, this book showcases the gorgeous architecture, fantastic beaches and artistic flair and the vibrancy of this Cycladic isle.

Athens Riviera by Stephanie Artarit

This stunning book gives a magical glimpse into Athens’ beautiful coastline which is filled with a string of stunning neighbourhoods that are home to a selection of high-end hotels, pristine beaches and a buzzing nightlife. Assouline’s Athens Riviera hardcover book showcases the beauty and luxury of this prestigious spot and there are 300 pages exploring the revival of art, culture and nightlife of the area. Accompanied by striking photographs, it truly celebrates the beauty of the Athenian coast.

Ancient Greece by Sophia Simone

This book is filled with beautiful pictures allowing you to take a journey through Greece. With a range of spectacular photography from Athens to the islands, you will be transported to exquisite destinations across the country. This is perfect for all Philhellenes, as this beautifully packaged coffee table photo book showcases amazing pictures of different cities, art, architecture and culture from Greece.

Best Kept Secrets of the Greek Islands by Diane Farr Louis

Covering six of Greece’s island groups – starting in the west with the Ionian islands, moving east to the Argo-Saronics, continuing to the Cyclades, Crete and the Dodecanese, circling up to the North Aegean islands and back round to the Sporades and Evia – this book highlights some of the most beautiful landscapes and villages of the Mediterranean.

Greece: The Cookbook by Vefa Alexiadou

This gorgeous book highlights the rich and fascinating cooking of modern Greece and has been labelled as “the first truly comprehensive bible of Greek food in English.” With hundreds of simple recipes by Vefa Alexiadou, the authoritative grand dame of Greek cookery, the book also includes information on regional specialities, local ingredients and the religious and historical significance of the dishes. It is illustrated with 230 colour photographs.

At Home in Greece by Julia Klimi

From the one-room cubic Cycladic houses that inspired Le Corbusier to imposing Venetian towers and houses integrated into rocks, At Home in Greece reveals an astonishing collection of homes in the Aegean through the lens of Julia Klimi. The unique variety of Greek architecture is highlighted through the 468 photographs and text within this deluxe volume.

Greece: Land of the Light by Nicholas Gage

In the stark light of the Greek sun, colours become so pure and clear that they are almost audible. Brukoff’s bright colour images and Gage’s evocative words delineate the heart of Greece. Included are the great classical ruins, Byzantine monasteries, colourful fishing villages, and the ubiquitous cats. Gage’s insightful essays on the history of Greece, its myths and beliefs, life in the villages and the age old wisdom and spirit of the Greek people, are a passionate tribute to the country.

NG The Greeks: An Illustrated History by Dianne Harris Cline

On the culture that brought us democracy, the Olympics, Socrates, and Alexander the Great, this lavishly illustrated reference about ancient Greece presents the amazing history through gripping stories; the rise and fall of the phenomenal empire; the powerful legacy left by ancient Greece for the modern world; and the new discoveries shedding light on these ancient people that are still so much with us. Learn of spectacular discoveries such as the Uluburun shipwreck, the earliest writing ever found in Europe, and buried palaces. A stunning treasure, this lushly-illustrated, uniquely comprehensive and accessible history of Ancient Greece is perfect for anyone interested in the origins of our modern world.

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This article was written or edited by a team member of IN+SIGHTS GREECE.

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