Greek islands

Discover the islands of Greece

Although all the Greek islands present an unforgettable charm and beauty, each island is unique and unlike any other. By choosing the Ionian Islands you will strongly feel the Venetian influence, while if you visit the Cyclades you will be overwhelmed by the classic traditional style that prevails everywhere in the atmosphere

If you really want to spend your holidays on the Greek islands, you have many options. Wherever you go you will find what you are looking for because all the islands offer something for everyone, even the most demanding visitors. Be sure that this vacation will be unforgettable.

The splendid Mediterranean archipelago made up of islands and islets where you can find relaxation, nature, sea and good food. But which of the many Greek islands is the right one for your dream vacation?

Choosing is not easy, in Greece there are 227 islands (and it rises to six thousand if you include the uninhabited ones): each one different from the other, offering unique beaches, landscapes, architecture and travel experiences.

Those looking for a good mix of culture and beach life – and maybe a nice road trip – choose to explore Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, with the archaeological excavations of Knossos and the lagoon of Balos, with Polynesian colors.

Rhodes, the largest of the Aegean islands, with its charming old town and the outline of small islands on which to land to escape the crowds of tourists: from Tilos to Symi it is another Greece. Or, again, the less famous Evia, near the coasts of mainland Greece.

The Saronic gulf islands

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The saronic islands is a beautiful cluster of islands located between Attica and the eastern coast of the Peloponnese.

For the most part, the Argosaronic region administratively belongs to the Regional Unit of Islands of the Attica Region and includes the islands of Agistri, Aegina, Methana, Poros, Salamina, Spetses, Hydra, as well as many other smaller picturesque islands and beautiful rocky islets.

Due to its close distance from Athens and the many options it offers to its visitors, it is a popular destination with a very good tourist infrastructure, depending on the route and access method chosen by each visitor.

All the islands have a frequent and daily connection with the port of Piraeus, thus offering visitors the possibility to make excursions even on weekends.

They are considered to be among the most secular and crowded Greek islands and have gained a worldwide reputation.

They combine the modern cosmopolitan face with their glorious past. The rich history and tradition with the unique archaeological sites and museums. Mansion houses with special architecture and picturesque settlements.

They impress with their lacy shores and turquoise waters, beautiful natural landscapes with picturesque coves and beautiful harbors.

The Argosaronic islands have been inhabited since prehistoric times and played an important role both in ancient and modern times. Their contribution to the revolution of 1821 was decisive and their development was mainly linked to shipping and trade.

Northeast Aegean islands

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The islands in the North-East Aegean, with strong imprints of history on them, are living organisms of cultural action and expression with popular events and traditions, which the visitor encounters at every step.

Each with its own particularity and intensity, they have managed to preserve their local culture and natural environment, offering their visitors unique images, tastes and smells of other times.

The islands of the Northern Aegean formed the threshold of the union of Asia Minor Hellenism and Greece. The story begins centuries back when the islands of the North Aegean were the center of economic and cultural development.

Green, unique in the world, natural landscapes, traditional settlements and picturesque mountain villages and the hospitality of the inhabitants create a unique setting for ideal destinations. Around them, a cluster of small islands, mostly uninhabited, is a paradise on earth.

Unique archaeological and Byzantine monuments inspire admiration and demonstrate the history and culture of the Northern Aegean islands.

In all the islands of the North Aegean you will find beautiful chapels, historic monasteries and churches, connected with legends.

The beaches on the Northern Aegean islands fascinate with their enchanting coastlines, endless sandy beaches, pebbly beaches, picturesque harbors and closed bays with turquoise waters.

The peculiar natural environment and the changes in the landscape make the islands of the North Aegean stand out and lead the visitor on paths of exploration and recreation. Wetlands with rare fauna and flora, sand dunes, waterfalls, lush forests, wild mountain slopes, hot springs, are just some of what one can enjoy on the islands. Gastronomy in the islands of the North Aegean is a unique journey of tastes.

Coastal transportation with modern ships and air connections have made them particularly popular destinations in recent decades.

These islands, thanks to their unique attractions and excellent tourist infrastructure, attract every year a large number of Greek and foreign tourists, who visit them to spend unforgettable holidays.

In the Northern Aegean the islands dominate: Agios Eustratios, Thymaina, Icaria, Lesbos, Lemnos, Oinuses, Samos, Fourni, Chios, Psara, each with its own incredible beauty.

Dodecanese islands

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The Dodecanese islands include 19 main islands: Agathonisi, Arkioi, Astypalea, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kassos, Kastellorizo, Kos, Lipsi, Leros, Marathi, Nisyros, Patmos, Rhodes, Symi, Telendos, Tilos, Halki, Pserimos as well as 93 islets. The capital of the prefecture is cosmopolitan Rhodes. Other smaller islands of the Dodecanese more famous are: Alimia, Gyali, Kinaros, Levitha, Nimos, Saria, Strogyli, Sirna and Farmakonisi.

The Dodecanese Islands are a group of islands in the eastern Aegean with a long history. Due to their geographical location, they were the place where different peoples and cultures crossed paths. Despite everything that happened, they kept intact the Greek language, their religion, their customs and traditions, which even today you meet residents dressed in local costumes on the street. Important archaeological sites and unique historical monuments give the cultural stamp of the islands, as it radiates for centuries.

The amazing architecture and town planning on the islands of the Dodecanese followed their own historical cycles, with each island having its own personality. Picturesque traditional villages with colorful houses, paved cobblestones and unique views. Enchanting locations with a sunset that colors the sea with all the colors of the rainbow. A unique natural setting that stands out for its variety with strong contrasts, successfully combining the rich and colorful vegetation with the relaxing blue of the sky and the sea.

A wide variety of habitats make up the fauna, which is extremely rich and is a mixture of European, Asian and African species. The incredible beauties and their distinct culture, the sea and the unique light of the Dodecanese inspired poets, writers and painters. Wonderful beaches with crystal clear waters that are among the cleanest and most beautiful in Greece.

The Dodecanese offer both cosmopolitan and peaceful holidays. Islands with lively rhythms and intense nightlife and islands for those who seek peace and quiet. They cover all forms of tourism and for this reason every year they receive thousands of visitors from Greece and abroad.

The excellent tourist infrastructure on all the islands follows the style of vacation that the visitor will choose, providing a variety of accommodation options. The unique gastronomy of the Dodecanese, a crossroads of different cultures, formed their own cuisine, which has differences but also similarities from island to island.

All the islands of the Dodecanese are a popular destination. However, each island has its own personality, offering something different to the visitor with their unique attractions and special history.

Ionian Islands

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The Ionian Islands are a cluster of the Ionian Sea along the western coast of Greece with Corfu as its capital. The islands that belong to the island complex of the Iptane Islands are: Antipaxos, Zante, Ithaca, Corfu, Cephalonia, Kythira, Lefkas, Paxi and some smaller islands, the best known being Antikythira, Ereikoussa, Kalamos, Kastos, Mathraki, Meganissi, etc. .

The Ionian Islands accepted the influence of Western culture and created their own identity that makes them stand out from the rest of Greece.

Their rich cultural heritage fascinates, with medieval castles, monasteries and imposing Venetian buildings, which all together make up a fairytale setting that transports travelers to the olden days.

The special Heptanisian architecture, the colors of the houses, the picturesque alleys are impressive.

Characteristic of the Ionian Islands are the wonderful lacy beaches with their amazing turquoise waters, which have nothing to envy from the beaches of famous exotic islands.

Enchanting natural landscapes, green areas, waterfalls, trails, wetlands, blue caves, mountains and marine parks where turtles and seals find refuge.

All the islands of the Ionian Islands are popular destinations for all kinds of tourism, attracting thousands of visitors from every corner of the earth, especially in the summer months.

In the Ionian Islands, smiling, good-natured people await you, whose every conversation becomes a song and their every movement a dance.

All this is combined with the fine cuisine and the excellent tourist infrastructure on all the islands of the Ionian Islands, providing a wide choice of accommodation and restaurants.

Cyclades islands

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The Cyclades islands consist of a complex of islands and islets with the following 24 inhabited islands: Amorgos, Anafi, Andros, Antiparos, Donousa, Iraklia, Thirasia, Ios, Kea, Kimolos, Koufonisia, Kythnos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Serifos, Sikinos, Sifnos, Syros, Schinoussa, Tinos and Folegandros.

The prefecture of Cyclades also includes numerous smaller islands as well as clusters of islands such as the cluster of Antiparos, the islets of Makares, Anhydros, Aspronisi, Nea Kameni, Palaia Kameni, Askania, Eschati, Christiani, Nikouria, Kardiotissa , Kitriani, Serifopoula, Glaronisi, Reumatonisi, Avoladonisi, Tragonisi, Avelonisia and Schinonisi.

The hallmark of the Cyclades is the bare rocks and the contrast of the white houses and the endless blue of the Aegean. The folk architecture of the Cyclades became a reference model for the modern architectural movement.

The traditional buildings in the Cyclades, in perfect harmony with the natural environment, are built in recesses, in rocks, use cavities for tanks and storage areas and are protected from wind and rain. Each island has its own architectural peculiarities: cave dwellings, tower houses, villages with tiled roofs, castle-shaped settlements, neoclassical mansions and traditional Cycladic houses.

The visitor encounters in all the Cyclades remarkable monuments and buildings of agricultural and cultural heritage such as dovecotes, windmills, water mills, threshing floors, bridges, monasteries, “wires” (traditional areas for mooring or keeping boats) etc.

The Cyclades combine geographical contrasts, history, landscapes of rare natural beauty, Cycladic hospitality, cuisine from local products, customs and culture. Holidays in the Cyclades can combine fun with a cosmopolitan flavor, leisurely relaxation, culinary delights, romantic getaways and carefree sailings on the barren Line.

The larger islands are alive at all times of the year and are an ideal destination for two days, while the smaller and more remote ones are mainly aimed at lovers of alternative tourism, marine, educational, sports, conference, religious, ecological and spa tourism fulfill every expectation of the visitors. Synonymous with the Greek summer, the Cyclades are the dream of thousands of holidaymakers and are one of the most popular holiday destinations.