Imagining Greece you imagine the sea.

The Ionian Islands

On the west coast of Greece and near Italy , there are seven main islands

Corfu, Paxi, Ithaki , Kephalonia, Zakynthos, Leukada, and Kythera.

Under British Rule until 1864 and under Venetian rule before that, these were the only part of Greece that was never seized by the Turks (including Mt. Athos ). The blue waters of the Ionian Sea give these islands an idyllic quality which was appreciated from the Europeans since the 18 th C.

The Saronic Gulf Islands
Egina, Hydra, Poros , Spetsae.

Easily accessible islands also known as the Argo-Saronic islands because of their proximity to Argolis . Hydra and Spetsae are close to Peloponnesian coast and no cars are allowed in these two islands.

Northern Aegean Islands

Lesvos,,Limnos, Samos, Hios, Ikaria .

These islands are close to Turkish coast are very green and fertile thus the population is prospering from cultivating the land and the tourist industry. The islands are served by air and sea from various mainland ports.

Sporades

Alonissos, Skiathos, Skopelos, Skyros.

These four islands lie close to the mainland and are very popular with tourists for their beaches, the Byzantine monasteries ,their little fishing villages and the relaxed way of living .

Cyclades

Andros, Kythnos, Kea, Syros, Tinos , Mykonos, Santorin, Delos, Amorgos, Paros, Antiparos, Naxos, Sifnos, Ios, Folegandros, Kimolos, Milos, Serifos.

They were called Cyclades by the Ancient Greeks because all the islands form a circle around the wholly island of Delos . The island's terrain is barren and this adds a certain beauty to them.

Some islands are volcanic in origin ( Milos , Folegandros, and Santorini) giving them astonishing landscapes.

The sun bathes these islands generously and is fringed by beaches some of which are fantastic .

Dodecanese

Rhodes, Patmos, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kos, Leros, Nissiros, Tilos, Kassos, Kastellorizo, Astipalea, Simi.

Close to Turkish coast lies a group of 12 main islands called the Dodecanese (name given in 1908). These mountainous and picturesque islands played an important role during the middle ages when they were the front line of the western world facing the Turkish threat.

Crete

Close to Turkish coast lies a group of 12 main islands called the Dodecanese (name given in 1908). These mountainous and picturesque islands played an important role during the middle ages when they were the front line of the western world facing the Turkish threat.

 
 

 
 
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