Islands in Greece

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There are more than 3,000 islands in Greece, which is more than 80% of all islands in the Mediterranean. Almost all of them are located in the Ionian Sea (Ionian Islands) or in the Aegean Sea (Cyclades and Sporades). The most beautiful and important islands of Greece we show you on this page.

Many of the Greek islands are only easily accessible by ferry. You can find all information about the routes and tickets on our page ferries to the Greek islands.

The most beautiful islands in Greece
Crete
Crete is the largest and southernmost Greek island with not too hot summer months and mild winter temperatures. Western Crete is famous for its rugged coasts and green landscapes. In spring, green hinterlands and plateaus turn into a colorful carpet of flowers against the backdrop of white snow-capped mountains. The ...
Euboea
Euboea is the second largest island in Greece after Crete. Bridges connect it with the mainland. Chalkis is the capital of Euboea, once famous as a trading center. Aristotle is said to have died here. If you are interested in history, you will find many museums and ancient ruins of ...
Rhodes
Just 70 kilometers southeast of Kos is the fourth largest island of Greece Rhodes, which is also the main island of the Dodecanese archipelago in the southeast Aegean Sea. About half of the population of Rhodes lives in the capital of the same name, which is located on the northeastern tip ...
Corfu
Corfu is the second largest Greek island in the Ionian Sea after Kefalonia. This island is located in the very west of Greece and is in close contact with Brindisi in southern Italy through the busy ferry connection. In the northeast, the island is separated from the Albanian mainland by ...
Lesbos
The island of Lesbos in the northeastern Aegean Sea is the third largest island of Greece after Crete and Euboea. In the interior of the island you will find many romantic and traditional villages and towns. Here you can experience the original Greece. Hot thermal springs, the natural monument Petrified ...
Chios
The East Aegean island is with 845 km² comparable in size to Berlin. There live a good 3.6 million, here plenty of 50,000 inhabitants. On Chios you will find secluded beaches, romantic landscapes and small historic villages. Connoisseurs of the island say that Chios is one of the last undiscovered jewels in the ...
Zakynthos
Zakynthos or Zákinthos belongs to the southern Ionian Islands, whose main town is also called Zakynthos. Geographically, we are here directly west of the great Peloponnese peninsula. It was the Venetians who ruled this picturesque island of "Zante" for over 400 years and rightly called it "Fior di Levante", which ...
Kefalonia
About 20 kilometers north of the island of Zakynthos, the largest Ionian island of Kefalonia is located immediately southwest of the Greek mainland, slightly offshore from the entrance to the Gulf of Patras. Typical for this island are its sandy bays in an otherwise rather dry, rough landscape.Its capital ...
Salamis
Salamis - legendary, historical island in the Saronic Gulf, not far from Athens. The island takes its name from a nymph with whom Zeus fell in love. Great minds of antiquity like Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides tell about the battle of Salamis and the fight of the Greeks against the ...
Samos
The island of Samos with its approximately 33,000 inhabitants is located in the eastern Aegean Sea close to the coast of Asia Minor, about 70 kilometers south of the Turkish city of Izmir. The main town of the same name in the northeast is still known to many under the name of ...
Lefkada
The northern Ionian neighbor island of Kefalonia is called Lefkada and is directly connected to the Greek mainland in the north in the area of its main town Lefkada by the highway 42. The strait there is partly only a few hundred meters narrow. If one looks a little more exactly, ...
Syros
The name of the island originally means something like "rocky" - and that aptly describes what awaits you on Syros. In addition to the rugged natural formations, the island is home to the administrative center of the Cyclades. Accordingly, it is busy here all year round. Here you will especially ...
Naxos
The largest island in the Cyclades, Naxos, is located a good 30 kilometers south of Mykonos in the Aegean Sea. It is separated from its western neighbor island Paros only by a strait about six kilometers wide. In the east, the shores are very steep, while towards the west the land ...
Lemnos
With 480 km², Limnos is one of the ten largest islands in Greece. The rather desert-like landscape in the northwest with its ruins from antiquity gives a vague idea of the importance Limnos must have once had in pre-Christian times. Today the island offers you unique natural treasures to discover. Among ...
Kalymnos
If you are an ambitious sport climber, then the island of Kalymnos, which covers an abundant 100 km², is an almost ideal destination in the Aegean Sea. The village of Massouri in the west of the island is the tourist center. From here you can go to the climbing hotspots. Kalymnos ...
Santorini
Located a good 100 kilometers south of Mykonos, this Cycladic island in the southern Aegean Sea has about 16,000 inhabitants and a very special unique selling point. Santorini's interrupted crescent-shaped land surface is the caldera of a collapsed supervolcano. Two particularly violent eruptions took place, one 200,000 years ago, the other about 180,000 years ...
Thasos
The almost circular island of Thassos is just five kilometers off the northern Aegean coast. Here in the north the Aegean Sea is called "Thracian Sea". You are approximately in the middle between the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki and the Dardanelles entrance to the Sea of Marmara. Between Keramoti ...
Paros
A cozy island with a lot of variety is the island of Paros. It offers something for every type of vacation: Inquisitive vacationers can take a lot of cultural things, especially the numerous churches are really worth a visit. Relaxing vacationers can instead find numerous beaches to relax on. Especially ...
Aegina
Fancy a short island detour? Aegina, the island highlight in the Saronic Sea, is actually only a stone's throw away from the capital Athens. The island fascinates with its contrasting, distinctive landscapes and sparkles with charm and charisma. Impressive temples from ancient times, masterful Byzantine sacred buildings, monuments and neoclassical ...
Mykonos
The Cyclades island of Mykonos is located quite centrally in the Aegean Sea, in the middle between the Peloponnese and the Turkish mainland. The regional district of Mykonos includes Delos and the uninhabited island of Rinia. Mykonos has a good 10,000 inhabitants. Here, too, the capital, located in the west, bears ...
Andros
The northernmost and second largest island of the Cyclades is Andros. Despite its population of about 10,000, it is not as heavily visited by tourists as some of the other islands in the area. And this, although here so many things are different. Among other things, the vegetation is more lush ...
Tinos
Tinos is a popular destination for families and recreational vacationers who do not want to miss a certain comfort. Here you can visit numerous beaches and sights. These include especially the sacred temple of the Virgin Mary. In general, many areas show that the island is rooted in tradition and ...
Icaria
The 250 km² island of Ikaria in the northeastern Aegean Sea can be easily explored during a shorter vacation in Greece. Ikaria is about 40 kilometers long and only one and a half kilometers wide at the narrowest point. The island can be reached by ferry via several ports. It offers a ...
Leros
Vacation without the sometimes perceived as annoying tourist boom you can make and enjoy on Leros. On the 75 km² island in the southern Aegean Sea live less than 10,000 inhabitants. The small, one could say idyllic village of Panteli is considered the most beautiful place on the island. Bathing at Panteli ...
Karpathos
The Dodecanese island of Karpathos is located approximately halfway between Crete and Rhodes and also forms the southern boundary of the Aegean Sea to the open Mediterranean Sea. On Karpathos live only a little more than 6,000 inhabitants. Most of them certainly in the main village of the same name in ...
Skiathos
About 110 kilometers north of the Greek capital Athens is the island of Skiathos on the edge of the western Aegean Sea. It belongs to the Northern Sporades. On its coasts are the most beautiful beaches in Greece. The southern part of the island is completely dedicated to tourism, from spring ...
A stay in Milos means pure romance - starting from dreamlike beaches to rustic villages and numerous sights. The landscape outside the cities is rather rugged, as it was shaped by volcanoes. Especially couples and small families like to come to Milos because of the relaxed atmosphere. This is also ...
Skopelos
Skopelos promises you vacations in deep green and bright blue, rounded off by the white of the picturesque fishing villages. Here you can choose between romantic sightseeing in the Chora, days at the beach and long walks along the pine-lined coast. High mountains and deep valleys alternate. The charming landscape ...
Spetses
Spetses - the name comes from the Venetian "Isola di Spezzie" as "island of fragrances". The island was already famous in ancient times for its blooming flora. There it was still called Pytiousa because of its dense pine forests. Shipping and shipbuilding have left their mark on the island. The ...
Poros
Poros - just enjoy nature and sun! You can do that to the fullest on this small island. Poros is often compared with Venice. Kalavria and Spheria are connected only by a narrow isthmus. Between bougainvilleas and the whitewashed, picturesque houses of the old town you dive into past times. ...
Kythira
Kythira, legendary island of the Attica region, birthplace of Aphrodite. The deepest point of the Mediterranean, the Calypso Deep, is only a few hundred kilometers away. Once a center of trade and an important military base, Kythira was fiercely fought over. Spartans, Byzantines, Venetians, Ottomans and French coveted it. Churches ...
Ithaca
Welcome to Ithaca! The legendary island in the Ionian Sea and legendary retreat of Odysseus is considered a symbolic destination for all those who are looking for their own personal destination, your Ithaca. Upon arrival at the picturesque harbor bay of Vathi, the visitor is already surrounded by a fascinating ...
Patmos
Patmos - the Jerusalem of the Aegean, the place where John wrote down the Revelation, shines with mythological and Christian magic. Originally, Zeus is said to have given the island to his daughter Artemis. Beautiful beaches next to picturesque cliffs await you, green hills with olive trees, ancient sites and ...
Skyros
Skyros impresses with its stony barrenness. What today is the charm of the island in the Aegean once referred to poverty. Pirates inhabited the island. Even the myth takes Skyros as a hiding place: Achilles is said to have lived here disguised as a girl with the daughters of Lycomedes ...
Samothrace
Samothrace attracts with numerous small, original beaches from the black pebble Kipos Beach to the popular Pachia Ammos. Poseidon is said to have watched the Battle of Troy from Mount Fengari. From the village of Profitis Ilias you can climb the high, bare granite mountain yourself and, on a clear ...
Alonnisos
Spend an unforgettable vacation on Alonnisos, the perfect resort in the Aegean Sea! Immerse yourself in the authentic island life on a Sporades island spared from mass tourism, which on the one hand has remained true to its natural charm, on the other hand has a lot of variety to ...
Sifnos
Sifnos is a traditional island with some modern influences. You can enjoy relaxing beaches and cultural facilities as well as a lively nightlife. So either you enjoy the beautiful coastal stretches or you set out and explore the surroundings with a hike. Along the way you will have the opportunity ...
Symi
The Pearl of the Aegean - that's how the 65 km² island on the far edge of the southeastern Aegean Sea likes to be called. Rhodes is one hour away by boat. Symi is mainly a destination for day tourists from Rhodes. For them, a visit to Panormitis Monastery as well ...
Kea
The Cyclades island of Kea is about 150 km² in size and has just under 3,000 inhabitants. Here you will find everything you could wish for a vacation in and with nature - mountainous expanses and deep gorges, steep slopes, plateaus and valleys, picturesque bays and long beaches. The capital of the ...
Paxi
Paxos is the smallest of the seven large Ionian islands. With its diverse and picturesque landscape, the island is one of the most attractive destinations in the archipelago.
Ios
If you are looking for a party, you can't avoid the island of Ios. It is considered the true center of nightlife in the Cyclades and is therefore especially popular with young people. However, if you are an early riser and like to have the beach to yourself, you will ...
Amorgos
Amorgos is also considered one of the secret pearls of the Cyclades. It can only be reached by ferry and offers rather rugged coastlines instead of long sandy beaches. Numerous craters as well as deep gorges and mountainous areas complete the overall picture. Of course, the island still offers opportunities ...
Hydra
Discover Hydra Island, your perfect destination for a fabulous day trip from Athens! Full of grace and with a touch of nobility, the rocky island of Hydra rises above the Saronic Gulf and beckons with its colorful, hilly house fronts reflected in the crystal clear water on the waterfront. In ...
Fournoi
If you are in the mood for an all-around nature-oriented vacation on lonely, untouched islands, then the Fourni Islands in the eastern Aegean Sea are your perfect destination! Away from mass tourism, you will find pure nature, secluded beaches, hilly terrain for hiking and hospitable people who pursue their everyday ...
Kythnos
The island with its capital of the same name is with 100 km² comparable in size to the North Frisian island of Sylt. You reach Kythnos as your vacation destination in the region of the Southern Aegean Sea. Together with the islands of Kea, Serifos and Sifnos, Kythnos forms the island ...
Serifos
For your beach vacation on the almost 80 km² large island, the seaside resort Livadi is the first choice. You arrive here by ferry. For the island vacationer interested in culture, the visit to the churches and monuments is a highlight with lasting memory value. Archaeological as well as folklore museums ...
Astypalaia
Get to know Astypalea! This jewel of the Aegean Sea is nestled solitarily between the island chains of the Dodecanese and the Cyclades and is blessed with sunshine and warmth almost all year round. With its spectacular rocky profile, blue and white whitewashed houses and picturesque chapels, the butterfly-shaped island ...
Antiparos
You dream of relaxing vacations in the Aegean Sea, far from the hustle and bustle of mass tourism? Discover Antiparos, the famous small island of contrasting island landscapes, aesthetically unique island architecture of the Cyclades and international celebrities! Antiparos is located in the heart of the Aegean Sea and in ...
Angistri
Discover Angistri, the pine-clad island in the Saronic Gulf! Just under an hour from Athens, the island of Angistri, located near Aegina, offers everything a passionate island visitor's heart could desire. Fine sandy beaches, secluded bays and fascinating outdoor activities such as hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding and kayaking or ...
Kasos
At the southeastern tip of the Dodecanese is the enchantingly beautiful island of Kasos, an insider's tip for all those who want to experience an authentic island flair full of inspiration and local specialties first hand. The remote island has numerous fascinating highlights to offer, making any stay on Kasos ...
Nisyros
The almost 50 km² large island of Nisyros is located south of Kos, not far from the Turkish mainland. Typical for Greek villages are also here the whitewashed houses with their colorful shutters. The narrow streets and alleys invite you to stroll and linger. An eye-catcher are the numerous floor mosaics, ...
Kimolos
The 55 km² island of the Western Cyclades group offers a rather spartan tourism at the beginning of the 2020s. But you can really feel an absolutely authentic atmosphere and enjoy the hospitality of the islanders to the fullest. The almost thousand inhabitants are spread over half a dozen villages and ...
Leipsoi
Some like Lipsi because of its special charm. Only a few people live on Lipsi. Narrow, clean alleys, several taverns, a lot of peace and very friendly people make for a relaxing vacation. The island is very small and can be easily explored on foot. However, there are buses that ...
Tilos
If you are looking for a quiet to unexciting vacation on Greece's islands, then Tilos is a first choice. The island northwest of Rhodes is a good 60 km² small. In the two island villages Livadia and Megalo Chorio live less than a thousand inhabitants. On island hikes you can explore ...
Folegandros
The small Cycladic island of Folegandros is located in the middle of the Aegean Sea between Athens and Crete. At its narrowest point it is just one kilometer wide, but almost 13 kilometers long. Its mountainous eastern part is characterized by steep coasts. The highest elevation of the island is Agios ...
Kastelorizo
Kastelorizo, fairy-tale island in the Mediterranean, fought over since ancient times, still inspires today: David Gilmour dedicated an entire album to it, the film "Mediterraneo" is a tribute to the island and its hospitable inhabitants. The empire of Alexander the Great, Rome and Byzantium have left their mark. Impressive is ...
Halki
If you are fascinated by the charm of small islands, then the island of Chalki near Rhodes is the perfect destination for you. The sparsely visited island belongs to the Dodecanese archipelago and is considered a slumbering diamond in the Aegean Sea. Upon arrival in the picturesque port of Nimporio, ...
Psara
In the northern Aegean Sea you will find the small island of Psara. On about 45 km² live only a few hundred locals. The highest elevation, Profitis Ilias reaches 530 meters above sea level - the destination for a day hike on the otherwise quite barren and rocky island. The islanders are ...
Thirasia
The island belongs to the Cyclades group. With a good nine km², Thirasia is only slightly larger than Baltrum, the smallest East Frisian island in the North Sea. The two harbor villages are Korfos and Riva. The main village on Thirasia is Manolas with several hundred inhabitants. Thirasia is not ...
Sikinos
With only about 300 inhabitants, Sikinos is perfect for vacationers looking for peace and quiet. On this island there are both barren mountains and fertile valleys, and whoever wants can reach and visit all three places of the island in a relatively short time. However, extensive hiking is difficult on the ...
Anafi
Anafi is still something of an insider's tip of the Cyclades, as this island has not yet been particularly developed for tourism and is only served by a few ferries. If you still dare to come here, you will be welcomed by a warm and honest hospitality and (almost) untouched ...
Agios Efstratios
The island and its only village were almost completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1968. Agios Efstratios is very barren, but has beautiful sandy beaches and impressive cliffs. There are no cars here, you can reach the beaches by boat or on foot. The museum commemorates the years as an island ...
Donoussa
If you have plenty of time, you should check out the small but scenic island east of Naxos. Only 150 inhabitants, living mainly in the port town of Stavros, try to attract tourism to the very barren and rocky mountain island. A recommended activity is hiking. This is only possible with ...
Irakleia
Iraklia belongs to the Small Cyclades and although Iraklia is the largest island, it is the most sparsely populated, with two quiet settlements and a mostly mountainous area. The only road on the island starts in Agios Georgios, passes through Livadi beach (the most beautiful beach on Iraklia) continues to ...
Delos
Delos, a jewel of world heritage and an archaeological site in its own right. According to legend, God Apollo was born on Delos. And, of course, this island is flooded with bright light reflected from the white marble. But for the ancient Greeks, Delos was also symbolically a place of ...

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