There are countless Greek Islands attracting millions of tourists every year. The number goes way up to more than 2000 islands, including uninhabited or completely unknown islets, private islands and islands worldwide popular. The number of inhabited islands is variously cited as between 166 and 227.
Full presentation of all Greek islands, including information, data, pictures and related sites and links for:
- Outdoor Activities
- Family Vacations
- Paradise Beaches
- Naturist Beaches
- Celebrities Spots
- Art Galleries
- Sport Activities
- Water Ski
- Scuba Diving
- Horse Riding
- Car Rentals
- Bike Rentals
- Travel Guides
The Greek islands are traditionally grouped into the following clusters: The Argo-Saronic Islands in the Saronic gulf near Athens, the Cyclades, a large but dense collection occupying the central part of the Aegean Sea, the North Aegean islands, a loose grouping off the west coast of Turkey, the Dodecanese, another loose collection in the southeast between Crete and Turkey, the Sporades, a small tight group off the coast of Euboea, and the Ionian Islands, located to the west of the mainland in the Ionian Sea (one of these islands, Kythira, is off the southern tip of the Peloponnese Peninsula and part of the Attica region, but still considered part of the Ionian Islands, mainly because of historical reasons). There are also many islands, islets and rocks that surround the coast of Crete.
Ask anybody who has visited the Greek islands and they will tell you that apart from the beaches, nothing compares to the early-evening stroll in the islands’ towns. The light of the late hour, the pleasant buzz, the narrow streets filled with locals and tourists alike, and the romantic ambience in the air as you stroll along streets can lead you to anything from a modern restaurant, a pleasant taverna, a fortress, or an ancient, unassuming site.
The main inhabited islands by group are:
- CYCLADES: Amorgos, Andros, Folegandros, Ios, Kea, Kythnos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros and Antiparos, Santorini, Sifnos, Serifos, Sikinos, Syros, Tinos
- NORTHERN AEGEAN: Chios, Ikaria, Limnos, Lesvos, Samos, Samothraki, Thassos
- ARGO-SARONIC: Aegina, Angistri, Poros, Hydra, Salamina, Spetses
- SPORADES: Alonissos, Skiathos, Skopelos, Skyros
- DODECANESE: Astypalia, Halki, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kassos, Kastellorizo, Kos, Leros, Nisyros, Patmos, Rhodes, Symi, Tilos
- IONIAN: Corfu (Kerkyra), Ithaki, Kefalonia (Cephalonia), Kythera, Lefkada, Paxos, Zakynthos (Zante)
- OTHER: Crete, Evia (Euboea), Elafonissos,
The largest Greek island by area is Crete, located at the southern edge of the Aegean Sea. The second largest island is Euboea (Evia), which is separated from the mainland by the 60m-wide Euripus Strait, and is administered as part of the Central Greece region. After the third and fourth largest Greek Islands, Lesbos and Rhodes, the rest of the islands are two-thirds of the area of Rhodes, or smaller.