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

Greece has many 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, chiefly located to the west of the mainland in the Ionian Sea. Crete with its surrounding islets and Euboea are traditionally excluded from this grouping.

This article excludes the Peloponnese, which has technically been an island since the construction of the Corinth Canal in 1893, but is rarely considered to be an island.

Islands of Greece by sizeEdit

The following are the largest Greek islands listed by surface area. The table includes all islands of over 37 square miles (96 km2).

Island Area
(sq. miles)
(km2) Cluster
1 Crete 3,219 8,336
2 Euboea 1,417 3,670
3 Lesbos 630 1,633 North Aegean Islands
4 Rhodes 541 1,401 Dodecanese
5 Chíos 325 842.3 North Aegean Islands
6 Kefalonia 302 781 Ionian Islands
7 Corfu 229 592.9 Ionian Islands
8 Lemnos 184 477.6 North Aegean Islands
9 Samos 184 477.4 North Aegean Islands
10 Naxos 166 429.8 Cyclades
11 Zakynthos 157 406 Ionian Islands
12 Thassos 147 380.1 North Aegean Islands
13 Andros 147 380.0 Cyclades
14 Lefkada 117 303 Ionian Islands
15 Karpathos 116 300 Dodecanese
16 Kos 112 290.3 Dodecanese
17 Kythira 108 279.6 Ionian Islands
18 Icaria 99 255 North Aegean Islands
19 Skyros 81 209 Northern Sporades
20 Paros 75 195 Cyclades
21 Tinos 75 194 Cyclades
22 Samothrace 69 178 North Aegean Islands
23 Milos 58 151 Cyclades
24 Kea 51 132 Cyclades
25 Amorgos 47 121 Cyclades
26 Kalymnos 42.5 110 Dodecanese
27 Ios 41.7 108 Cyclades
28 Kythnos 38.4 99.4 Cyclades
29 Astypalaia 37.2 96.4 Dodecanese
30 Ithaca 37.1 96.2 Ionian Islands

Saronic IslandsEdit

Inhabited islandsEdit

Uninhabited islandsEdit

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

Northern SporadesEdit

Main islandsEdit

Other islands and isletsEdit

Ionian IslandsEdit

Dodecanese IslandsEdit

164 total islands of which 26 are inhabited.

Main 12 islandsEdit

Minor islandsEdit

  • Adelfoi Islet
  • Agathonissi
  • Agioi Theodoroi Halkis
  • Agreloussa
  • Alimia
  • Antitilos
  • Anydros Patmou
  • Arefoussa
  • Arhangelos
  • Arkoi
  • Armathia
  • Astakida
  • Faradonesia
  • Farmakonisi
  • Fokionissia
  • Fragos
  • Gaidourosnissi Tilou
  • Glaros Kinarou
  • Gyali
  • Halavra
  • Halki
  • Hiliomodi Patmou
  • Hondro
  • Htenies
  • Imia/Kardak (disputed)[4][5][disputed 1]
  • Kalavros Kalymnou
  • Kalolimnos
  • Kalovolos
  • Kamilonisi
  • Kandeloussa
  • Karavolas Rodhou
  • Kinaros
  • Koubelonisi
  • Kouloundros
  • Kouloura Leipson
  • Kounoupoi
  • Koutsomytis
  • Leipsoi
  • Levitha
  • Makronisi Leipson
  • Makronissi Kasou
  • Makry Aspronisi Leipson
  • Makry Halkis
  • Marathos
  • Marmaras
  • Mavra Levithas
  • Megalo Aspronisi Leipson
  • Megalo Glaronisi
  • Megalo Sofrano
  • Mesonisi Seirinas
  • Mikro Glaronisi
  • Mikro Sofrano
  • Nero
  • Nimos
  • Paheia Nisyrou
  • Pergoussa
  • Piganoussa
  • Pitta
  • Plati Kasou
  • Plati Pserimou
  • Plati Symis
  • Pontikoussa
  • Prasonissi Rodhou
  • Prasouda
  • Pserimos
  • Rho
  • Safonidi
  • Saria
  • Seirina
  • Sesklio
  • Stroggyli
  • Strongyli Megistis
  • Strongyli Kritinias
  • Strongyli Kasou
  • Syrna
  • Telendos
  • Tragonisi
  • Zaforas

Aegean IslandsEdit

The CycladesEdit

Cyclades comprise around 220 islands and islets. For a complete list, with coordinates, see [6]

Main islandsEdit

Other islands and isletsEdit

Cretan islandsEdit

Euboea and surrounding islandsEdit

Islands close to AthensEdit

Islets close to mainlandEdit

Lake and river islandsEdit

Islands in an islandEdit

  • Marathi Island (Marathi Lake (reservoir) in Mykonos, 37°28'00.8"N, 25°21'31.9"E)

Lagoon islandsEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ John S. Bowman,; Sherry Marker; Peter Keraislands siotis; Heidi Sarna (2010). "Greece in depth". Frommer's Greece (7th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing. p. 12. ISBN 978-0-470-52663-7.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  2. ^ a b Ellinikos Organismos Tourismou (EOT). "Greek". Archived from the original on 3 June 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  3. ^ Poffley, Frewin (2002). Greek Island Hopping. Thomas Cook. p. 15.
  4. ^ Turkish map of Imia – Sources: Official map attached to the 1933 Edition of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Navigation through the Straits
  5. ^ "Gov't satisfied with Pentagon statement referring to Imia as Greek territory". Athens News Agency. 21 June 1997. Archived from the original on 14 March 2012 – via Embassy of Greece.
  6. ^ "Cyclades in tageo.com". Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  7. ^ https://athensglance.com/greek-islands/hydra/
  8. ^ el:Κορωνησία Άρτας

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