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Greece map, detailed Maps of Greece and the Greek islands

Modern Greece located at the most southerly part of the Balkan peninsula as seen on the map and the south east of the Mediterranean sea. From the north Greece borders with Albania Nort Macedonia and Bulgaria. From the east it borders with the European part of Turkey. To the west of Greece is the Ionian Sea and to the east is the Aegean Sea. To the south is the Libyan Sea ,see more information about the Geography of Greece about the lakes, rivers and mountains of Greece ,details of the geomorphology of Greece you can find at the Physical map of Greece. The coast line of Greece is 13,676 km therefore having a the longer coastline in the Mediterranean. .Most of the Greek islands and islets situated in the Aegean sea, while a small number of islands are in the Ionian Sea.
Surrounded by the Mediterranean sea in 3 parts Greece has as a result a mild climate with dry summers and mild winters. Greece’s strategic position between 3 continents Europe, Asia and Africa had as a result since the Antiquity to become an important cultural and commercial center. This strategic position was also the cause of many wars that Greece had to face with many conquerors during its 3000 years of history, starting with the Persian wars, the Romans and later the Venetians and the Ottomans

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MAP OF THE GREEK REGIONS

All the Regions of Greece are marked on the map on the left with numbers, in the list you can find the region the prefectures and the maps of the area

Greece is divided into 13 regions or peripheries. East and West Macedonia with Thrace in the north and north west ,Epirus in the north west with Thesally and Sterea Ellas with Evia in the centre ,the Peloponesse in the south, the Ionian islands in the west and the Aegean islands (Cyclades ,Dodecanesse) with the north Aegean islands in the east and north east. At the southern tip lies the largest island of Greece Crete see more at the Political map of Grece. Details of the historical cities and areas of Greece you can find at the map of Ancient Greece.

Greece in general is not dense inhabited, with a total surface of 132 000 sq.km, Greece has a population of about 11,000,000 inhabitants. The reason for that is that most of the Greek mainland is mountainous with a few plateaus in Thessaly, Macedonia and Thrace and a large part of the country consists of islands. Therefore most of the population of Greece is concentrated in the big urban centres with Athens and its greater area and Piraeus to have the one third of the Greek population followed by Thessaloniki , Patras, Heraklion and Larissa.

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MAP OF GREECE

MAPS OF THE ISLANDS OF GREECE

The island groups of the Cyclades and the Dodecanese extend Central Greece to the coasts of Asia Minor. The island arc formed by Kythera, Crete, Karpathos and Rhodes, connects the Peloponnese with the coasts of Asia Minor.
The islands of Greece as you can see on the map are not only the territorial continuity of Greece, they are with the mainland a unified spiritual and cultural entity, since prehistoric times and played an important role in the creation of Greek culture and the formation of the Greek nation. Archaeological finds are the most convincing evidence of this.
The numerous islands of Greece are divided into eight main groups, except the main islands of Crete and Evia. Those groups are the following.

SPORADES ISLANDS

The Sporades islands located off the coast of mainland Greece and north east of the island of Evia, they are a still an unspoiled paradise characterised by a turquoise sea. They are distinguished in the north-west of the Aegean Sea. The archipelago of those islands located about 120 km north of Athens just off the east coast of Greece. Amng them the most importent are the islands of Alonissos, Skiathos, Skopelos and Skyros.

CYCLADES ISLANDS

The Cyclades emerge from the blue of the Aegean with wonderful beaches and typical white and blue houses. The fascinating archipelago of the Cyclades consists of a group of islands of various sizes scattered in the blue waters of the Aegean Sea southeast of Attica. Some of them are internationally known, such as Santorini, MykonosParosSyros, Ios and Naxos, while others remain less known and less touristy, but also beautiful such as Milos, Folegandros, Amorgos and others. The name of this group of islands comes from the Greek word Cycle and identifies the location of the islands around Delos, the sacred island of Apollo.

EAST AEGEAN ISLANDS

The East Aegean islands are: Thasos, Samos, Samotraki, Ikaria, Chios, Lesbos, Limnos, Agios Efstratios, Psara, Fourni, Oinouses. Demarcating the border between Greece and Turkey.

DODECANESE

The Dodecanese islands located in the south east Aegean South of Samos up to the extreme limit of Greek territory the island of Kastelorizo. Among them from North to the South are the islands of Agathonisi, Patmos, Lipsi, Leros, Kalymnos, Kos, Nisyros, Symi, Rhodes, Kasos , Karpathos and Kastelorizo.

MAPS OF THE MAIN GROUPS OF GREEK ISLANDS

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