Libyan Sea

The Libyan Sea (Greek Λιβυκό πέλαγος, Latin Libycum Mare, Arabic البحر الليبي) is the portion of the Mediterranean Sea north of the African coast of ancient Libya, i.e. Cyrenaica, and Marmarica (the coast of what is now eastern Libya and western Egypt, between Tobruk and Alexandria).[1] This designation was used by ancient geographers describing the southern Mediterranean, but the term is also used by modern travel writers and cartographers.[2] The southern coastline of Crete which borders the Libyan Sea includes the Asterousia Mountains and Mesara Plain; this area is the locus of considerable ancient Bronze Age settlement including the sites of Kommos, Hagia Triada and Phaistos.[3]

Not counting Crete, other islands in Libyan sea are Gavdos, Gavdopoula, Koufonisi and Chrysi.

To the east is the Levantine Sea, to the north the Ionian Sea, and to the west the Strait of Sicily.

View of Frangokastello plain and Libyan Sea from Crete. Gavdos is barely seen on the horizon at the right
View of Frangokastello plain and Libyan Sea from Crete. Gavdos is barely seen on the horizon at the right

See also

References

  1. ^ George Ripley and Charles Anderson Dana, The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge, 1861, D. Appleton and Co.
  2. ^ Crete Map, Eastern Crete Development Organization (2004) Fotis Serfas
  3. ^ C.Michael Hogan, Phaistos fieldnotes, The Modern Antiquarian, 2007

Coordinates: 34°00′N 24°24′E / 34.000°N 24.400°E

Agia Eirini (island)

Agia Eirini (Greek: Αγία Ειρήνη, "Saint Irene"), is an uninhabited Greek islet near the port of Makrygialos, in the Libyan Sea, close to the southern coast of eastern Crete. Administratively it lies within the Makry Gialos municipal unit of Lasithi.

Agriomandra

Agriomandra (Greek: Αγριόμαντρα, "wild pen or wild enclosure"), is an uninhabited Greek islet, in the Libyan Sea, close to the southern coast of Crete. Administratively it lies within the Ierapetra municipality of Lasithi.

Ammoudi tous Volakous

Ammoudi tous Volakous (Greek: Αμμούδι τους Βολάκους, "sandy beach of the rocks") is an uninhabited islet to the south of the western coast of Crete in the Libyan Sea. Just south of Sfakia it is within Sfakia's administration, in Chania regional unit.

Fotia (island)

Fotia (Greek: Φωτιά, "fire"), is an uninhabited Greek islet, in the Libyan Sea, close to the eastern coast of Crete. Administratively it lies within the Ierapetra municipality of Lasithi.

Io (island)

Io (Greek: Ίο), is an uninhabited Greek islet, close to the coast of Lasithi, eastern Crete, and in the Libyan Sea. It is part of the Lefki municipality.

Katonisi

Katonisi (Greek: Κατονήσι, "lower island") is an uninhabited islet close to the southern coast of Crete in the Libyan Sea. It is administered from the municipality of Sfakia, in Chania regional unit.

Konida

Konida (Greek: Κονίδα), is an uninhabited Greek islet, in the Libyan Sea, close to the eastern coast of Crete. Administratively it lies within the Ierapetra municipality of Lasithi.

Kymo

Kymo (Greek: Κυμώ), also called Koumeli (Greek: Κούμελη), is an uninhabited Greek islet, in the Libyan Sea, close to the eastern coast of Crete. Administratively it lies within the Lefki municipality of Lasithi.

List of islands of Greece

Greece has a large number of islands, with estimates ranging from somewhere around 1,200 to 6,000, depending on the minimum size to take into account. The number of inhabited islands is variously cited as between 166 and 227.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.

Makroulo

Makroulo (Greek: Μακρουλό, "long"), is an uninhabited Greek islet, located south of cape Goudero on the coast of Lasithi, eastern Crete, in the Libyan Sea. It forms a close group of islands with Koufonisi, Marmaro, Strongyli, and Trachilos.

Marmaro

Marmaro (Greek: Μάρμαρο, "marble"), is an uninhabited Greek islet, located south of cape Goudero on the coast of Lasithi, eastern Crete, in the Libyan Sea. It forms a close group of islands with Koufonisi, Makroulo, Strongyli, and Trachilos.

Mikronisi

Mikronisi (Greek: Μικρονήσι, "small island", also known as Agios Pavlos Greek: Άγιος Παύλος, "St Paul") is an islet off the southern coast of the Greek island of Crete in the Libyan Sea. The islet is in a bay between the capes of Lithino and Kefalas, at Kommos, and close to Gortyn which was the ancient capital of Crete. It is administered within Heraklion regional unit.

Prasonisi (Gavdos)

Prasonisi (Greek: Πρασονήσι, "leek island"), is a small islet off the southern coast of Crete, close to the northern coast of the island of Gavdos and between Gavdos and the islet of Gavdopoula, in the Libyan Sea. Administratively, it is located within the municipality of Gavdos, in Chania regional unit.

Psarocharako

Psarocharako (Greek: Ψαροχάρακο, "fish rock") is a large rock off the southern coast of the Greek island of Crete in the Libyan Sea. The islet is administered from Viannos in Heraklion regional unit near Tertsa.

Psyllos

Psyllos (Greek: Ψύλλος, "flea"), is an uninhabited Greek islet, in the Libyan Sea, close to the southern coast of eastern Crete. Administratively it lies within the Ierapetra municipality of Lasithi.

Schistonisi

Schistonisi (Greek: Σχιστονήσι, "cleaved island"), also called Schisto (Greek: Σχιστό), and Trachili (Greek: Τραχήλι), is a small islet off the southern coast of Crete in the Libyan Sea. The islet is located south-west of the town of Palaiochora. Administratively, it is located within the municipality of Pelekanos, in Chania regional unit.

Strongyli (Crete)

Strongyli (Greek: Στρογγυλή, "round"), also known as Strongylo, is an uninhabited Greek islet, located south of cape Goudero on the coast of Lasithi, eastern Crete, in the Libyan Sea. It forms a close group of islands with Koufonisi, Makroulo, Marmaro, and Trachilos.

Trachilos (islet)

Trachilos (Greek: Τράχηλος, "neck"), also known as Trachila, is an uninhabited Greek islet, located south of cape Goudero on the coast of Lasithi, eastern Crete, in the Libyan Sea. It forms a close group of islands with Koufonisi, Makroulo, Marmaro, and Strongyli.

Treis Volakous

Treis Volakous (Greek: Τρεις Βολάκους, "three rocks") are rocks close to the southern coast of Crete in the Libyan Sea. They fall within the administration of the municipality of Sfakia, in Chania regional unit.

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