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Greek Islands | Cheap Flights Cheap Hotels
 
Sun, 10/07/2011 - 03:35

Greek Islands

There's not many places in the world rival the Greek Islands, think perfect mediterrean warm weather, blue aqua water coves, amazing food and friendly people and you're only just getting started. 

 

The Greek Islands number over six thousand, and whilst two hundred twenty-seven of them are inhabited, only seventy-eight of those has a population of over one hundred people.

 

Crete

crete

Crete is of course the best-known of the Greek Islands, with its lengthy and historical past which has both real and fictional elements to it. It is in fact the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea altogether, and was the home of the first civilisation in Europe. It also housed the first European palace at Knossos, where the Minotaur was rumoured to have dwelled.

 

Crete has some very respectable credentials as a historic and cultural hotbed, and as such, it is very well-known. But most people do not know that it is also a beautiful island. Here travellers can dream their days away under clear skies as the turquoise waves lap at their feet.

 

Euboea

Euboea

Euboea is the second-largest Greek island, and it also comes second, also after Crete, in terms of population. It’s split off from the mainland by a narrow strait, which makes it easy to get to. Travellers arrive from mainland Greece by boat. Two road bridges connect the two landmasses; one of them has a sliding bridge that can make room for shipping traffic to pass through.

 

 

Lesbos

Lesbos

Next on the list is Lesbos, and it may not be as well-known but it has some very interesting credentials in terms of historical significance. This was once the home of Sappho, the poet, whose love-centred poetry eventually grew to give the English language the term “lesbian.”

 

 

Rhodes

Rhodes

After Lesbos comes Rhodes. Once home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Rhodes is primarily a tourist attraction at this time, with the majority of its income coming from this industry.

 

The rest of the 6000 Greek islands are, at their largest, only two-thirds the size of Rhodes. As such they will be easier described in groups, which is how they are traditionally viewed.

 

Saronic Islands

Saronic Islands

The Argo-Saronic Islands, also known simply as the Saronic Islands, actually form an archipelago. They’re located in the Saronic Gulf, which lends them their name. The Saronic Islands are very popular among the mainland Greek population, and having an extra holiday home in the Saronic Islands is a fairly common occurrence.

 

 

Cyclades

Cyclades

The Cyclades form a group to the south-east of the mainland. They are part of the Aegean archipelago. Interestingly, the Aegean cat, the only native Greek breed of cat, is native to the Cyclades.

 

 

North Aegean Islands

North Aegean Islands

The North Aegean Islands are closer to Turkey than to Greece. In fact, some of the islands considered part of this group belong to Turkey rather than to Greece, mingling comfortably in this nook of the Mediterranean.

 

 

Dodecanese

Dodecanese

The Dodecanese, so named because there are twelve larger islands in this group (as well as a hundred and fifty smaller ones), contain only twenty-six inhabited islands. Off the southwest coast of Turkey, they provide a delightful sightseeing tour for any explorer with a historical bent as even the smallest islands can be trusted to contain Byzantine churches and medieval castles.

 

Sporades

Sporades

The Sporades are located off the coast of Euboea, and consist of a group of twenty-four islands. Only four of these are permanently inhabited, and the islands are fairly closely grouped together, making them easy to see as a group.

 

Ionian Islands 

Ionian Islands

Finally, the Ionian Islands contain seven larger islands and a number of smaller ones. They have been settled since the ninth century before Christ, at the latest. Some believe they were settled in 1200 BC.

 

 

The Greek Islands contain an absolute wealth of historical and cultural significance. Aside from that, they offer a beautiful aspect with the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea and its beautiful climate. If you’re looking for somewhere to divide your time between sea, sun, surf, and sights, the Greek Islands are definitely the place to be.