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How many Greek islands are there? | A 6.000 Island Hopping Heaven to Explore

Updated: Mar 13

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Greece is one of the countries in the world made up of numerous islands, each with its own charm and beauty. So, the question arises: How many Greek islands are there? The answer might surprise you. Greece has thousands of islands. The Greek islands are approximaterly 6.000 and they have several sizes. But how many Greek islands are inhabited? There are 227 inhabited islands and only 78 of them have more than 100 residents.


How Many Greek Islands is There

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The largest Greek island, located at the southern part of the country, is Crete with four zones: Chania, Heraklion, Rethymno and Lasithi. The second largest island is Evia, which is separated from the mainland by the Evripos Strait. The third largest of the Greek islands is Lesbos (capital of North Aegean region) and the fourth largest Greek island is Rhodes (at the south-eastern corner of Greece).


Greek Islands Visit

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The Greek islands to visit (for holidays) are grouped into the following geographical segments (Greek islands groups or complexes):


Argosaronic Islands (or Saronic Islands - Greek Islands close to Athens)


Greek Islands

The Saronic Islands are located in the Saronic Gulf, off the eastern coast of the Peloponnese peninsula. They are made up of 7 islands, of which only 4 are inhabited. The most famous islands in the Saronic Gulf are Hydra, Spetses, and Poros. These islands are famous for their traditional architecture, stunning beaches, and rich history.


The main Greek islands near Athens are:

Aegina

Agistri

Dokos

Poros

Salamina

Spetses


Cyclades (at the north part of South Aegean)


The Greek Islands

The Cyclades are the most famous and popular group of islands in Greece. They are located in the Aegean Sea and are made up of 220 islands, of which only 33 are inhabited. The most famous islands in the Cyclades are Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, and Ios. These islands are famous for their stunning beaches, white-washed houses, and traditional Greek cuisine.


The main islands in Cyclades complex are:

Amorgos

Anafi

Andros

Antiparos

Delos

Donoussa

Folegandros

Gyaros

Ios

Iraklia

Kea

Keros

Kimolos

Kythnos

Makronissos

Naxos

Paros

Polyaigos

Schinoussa

Serifos

Sifnos

Sikinos

Syros

Thirasia

Tinos


North Aegean Islands


Greek Islands List

The North Aegean Islands are located in the northeastern part of the Aegean Sea. They are made up of 9 large islands and numerous smaller islands. The most famous islands in the North Aegean Sea are Lesvos, Samos, and Chios. These islands are famous for their unique architecture, stunning beaches, and delicious local cuisine.


The main islands of the North Aegean complex are:


Agios Efstratios

Fournoi Korseon

Ikaria

Lemnos

Oinousses

Psara

Samos


Dodecanese (south-eastern part of South Aegean region)


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The Dodecanese is a group of 12 large islands and numerous smaller islands located in the southeastern Aegean Sea. The most famous islands in the Dodecanese are Rhodes, Kos, and Patmos. The islands are famous for their medieval castles, stunning beaches, and rich history.


The main islands of the Dodecanese complex are:


Astypalaia

Karpathos

Kasos

Kastellorizo

Kos

Leros

Nisyros

Patmos

Symi

Tilos


Sporades (north-western Aegean)


Greek Islands on Map

The Sporades are located in the Aegean Sea, off the eastern coast of Greece. They are made up of 24 islands, of which only 4 are inhabited. The most famous islands in the Sporades are Skiathos, Skopelos, and Alonnisos. These islands are famous for their stunning beaches, lush green landscapes, and crystal-clear waters.


The main islands of the Sporades complex are:


Alonissos

Skiathos

Skopelos

Skyros


Ionian Islands (west Greek borders)


Which Greek Islands to Visit

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The Ionian Islands are located in the Ionian Sea, off the western coast of Greece. They are made up of 7 large islands and numerous smaller islands. The most famous islands in the Ionian Sea are Corfu, Zakynthos, and Kefalonia. These islands are known for their lush green landscapes, stunning beaches, and crystal-clear waters.


The main islands of the Ionian complex are:


Ithaki (or Ithaca)

Kythira

Paxi


Greek Islands How Many?

With over 6,000 islands, each with its own charm and beauty, visitors of Greece are spoilt for choice. From the famous Cyclades to the lesser-known Saronic Islands, there is an island for every taste and preference. So, whether you are looking for stunning beaches, rich history, or traditional cuisine, the Greek Islands have it all.


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Eleni Plat
Eleni Plat
Aug 31, 2019

how many amazing islands are in Greece!!! ouaou!!!

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