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How many Greek islands are there?

Updated: 5 days ago

Greece has thousands of islands. Greek islands number ranges from 1,200 to 6,000 and they have several sizes. But how many Greek islands are inhabited? They are from 170 to 230.

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

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


Argosaronic Islands (Greek Islands close to Athens)

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The main Greek islands near Athens are:

Aegina

Agistri

Dokos

Hydra

Poros

Salamina

Spetses


Cyclades (at the north part of South Aegean)

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The main islands are:

Amorgos

Anafi

Andros

Antiparos

Delos

Donoussa

Folegandros

Gyaros

Ios

Iraklia

Kea

Keros

Kimolos

Koufonisia

Kythnos

Makronissos

Milos

Mykonos

Naxos

Paros

Polyaigos

Santorini

Schinoussa

Serifos

Sifnos

Sikinos

Syros

Thirasia

Tinos


North Aegean Islands

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The main islands are:


Agios Efstratios

Chios

Fournoi Korseon

Ikaria

Lesbos

Lemnos

Oinousses

Psara

Samos

Thassos


Dodecanese (south-eastern part of South Aegean region)

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The main islands are:


Astypalaia

Kalymnos

Karpathos

Kasos

Kastellorizo

Kos

Leros

Nisyros

Patmos

Rhodes

Symi

Tilos


North Sporades (north-western Aegean)

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The main islands are:


Alonissos

Skiathos

Skopelos

Skyros


Ionian Islands (west Greek borders)

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The main islands are:


Corfu

Ithaki (or Ithaca)

Kefalonia

Kythira

Lefkada

Paxi

Zakynthos


Look here before you book a flight to one of the Greek islands.

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