List of islands of Greece

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The island groups of the Aegean Sea. The Ionian Sea and most of its islands are not pictured.

Greece has a large number of islands, with estimates ranging from somewhere around 1,200[1] to 6,000,[2] depending on the minimum size to take into account. The number of inhabited islands is variously cited as between 166[3] and 227.[2]

The largest Greek island by area is Crete, located at the southern edge of the Aegean Sea. The second largest island is Euboea, 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.

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.

Islands of Greece by size[edit]

The following are the largest Greek islands listed by surface area. The table includes all islands of over 75 square miles (190 km2).

IslandArea
(sq. miles)
(km2)
1Crete3,2198,336
2Euboea1,4173,670
3Lesbos6301,633
4Rhodes5411,401
5Chíos325842.3
6Cephalonia302781
7Corfu229592.9
8Lemnos184477.6
9Samos184477.4
10Naxos166429.8
11Zakynthos157406
12Thassos147380.1
13Andros147380.0
14Lefkada117303
15Karpathos116300
16Kos112290.3
17Kythira108279.6
18Icaria99255
19Skyros81209
20Paros75195
21Tinos75194

Saronic Islands[edit]

Inhabited islands[edit]

Uninhabited islands[edit]

This list includes islands that may have been inhabited in the past but are now uninhabited:

The Northern Sporades[edit]

Main islands[edit]

Other islands and islets[edit]

The Ionian Islands[edit]

Main seven[edit]

Others[edit]

The Dodecanese Islands[edit]

164 total islands of which 26 are inhabited.
  • Leipsoi
  • Leros
  • Levitha
  • Makronisi Leipson
  • Makronissi Kasou
  • Makry Aspronisi Leipson
  • Makry Halkis
  • Marmaras
  • Mavra Levithas
  • Megalo Aspronisi Leipson
  • Megalo Glaronisi
  • Megalo Sofrano
  • Mesonisi Seirinas
  • Mikro Glaronisi
  • Mikro Sofrano
  • Nero
  • Nimos
  • Nisyros
  • Paheia Nisyrou
  • Patmos
  • Pergoussa
  • Piganoussa

Aegean Islands[edit]

Of the Aegean Sea[edit]

Of the Thracian Sea[edit]

The Cyclades[edit]

Cyclades comprise around 220 islands

Main islands[edit]

Other islands and islets[edit]

Cretan islands[edit]

This is a list of islands, islets, and rocks that surround the island of Crete.

Of the Aegean Sea[edit]

The islet of Leon, on the left, next to the larger islet of Souda, within Souda bay
The islet of Trafos in the Libyan Sea.

Of the Libyan Sea[edit]

Euboea and surrounding islands[edit]

Islets close to mainland[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Greek claim is disputed by Turkey (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Turkey : "The Kardak Dispute" retrieved 30 November 2012).

References[edit]

  1. ^ John S. Bowman,; Sherry Marker; Peter Kerasiotis; Heidi Sarna (2010). "Greece in depth". Frommer's Greece (7th ed. ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing. p. 12. ISBN 978-0-470-52663-7. 
  2. ^ a b Ellinikos Organismos Tourismou (EOT). "Greek islands". Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Poffley, Frewin (2002). Greek Island Hopping. Thomas Cook. p. 15. 
  4. ^ Map 1
  5. ^ Athens News Agency, 21 June 1997: "Gov't satisfied with Pentagon statement referring to Imia as Greek territory"
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