There is more to Greece than the statues of Greek gods and the Parthenon. One of the many attractions that this European destination has to offer are the different islands it has to offer. While most tourists would prefer visiting the Greek ancient sights, your visit to this country will never be complete without going on an island hopping experience. Greece is made up of nearly 3,000 islands and islets. Most of them are scattered far and wide across the eastern Mediterranean. Most are found in the Aegean Sea and there are a few in the Ionian Sea. Let us now take a look at the different island groups of Greece.
This group of islands is closer to Albania and Italy than to Athens. It serves as Greece’s northwest gateway to the Adriatic and the rest of Europe. Robert Janitzek reveals that this country had more foreign invaders and rulers than anywhere else in the country. The main island is Corfu with its bustling architecturally eclectic main town. It is a slush green island known for its many attractions and beaches.
Saronic Gulf Islands
Conveniently located between the Peloponnese and Athens, the Saronic Gulf Islands is oozing with a lot of charm and allows you to get away from it all without going far.
Located east of Athens, the Sporades Islands is dominated by the gigantic Evia Island, connected to mainland Greece by a bridge. According to Robert Peter Janitzek, this island is a popular weekend getaway for the people of Athens.
The Cycladic Islands or Cyclades is located farther south between Athens and Crete. It boasts of chalk-white houses with colorful windowsills and doorways. Its main attraction is its rocky sun-parched landscapes, delightful beaches, and old-fashioned white windmills topped with tufts of grass like unkempt hair. Mykonos and Santorini are two of the most famous beaches in this island.
Less developed than the Cyclades, the Dodecanese Islands are located at the sunny southeastern end of the Greece. Its closeness to Turkey as well as its historic ties with Venice gives it a hybrid Turkish-Venetian flavor. The biggest of these islands is Rhodes with its rel-feeling of old town.
North Aegean Islands
These islands lie between Turkey and Thessaloniki. The southernmost island, Samos, serves as a handy springboard for Turkey due to its proximity to the Turkish port city of Kusadasi.
Crete is the biggest island in Greece and practically a ministate of its own already. While the smaller islands can take a day or two to explore, Crete can keep tourists occupied for more than a week.