List of islands of Greece

Greece has a large number of 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.

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

Islands of Greece by size

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
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 Islands

Inhabited islands

Uninhabited islands

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

Northern Sporades

Main islands

Other islands and islets

Ionian Islands

Ionian sea islands, pic6
The Greek mainland and several small islands seen from Nydri, Lefkada

Main seven

Others

Dodecanese Islands

164 total islands of which 26 are inhabited.

Main 12 islands

Minor islands

  • 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
  • Stroggyli Kastellorizou
  • Strogulli Kritinias
  • Strogyli Kasou
  • Syrna
  • Telendos
  • Tragonisi
  • Zaforas

Aegean Islands

Of the Aegean Sea

Of the Thracian Sea

The Cyclades

Cyclades comprise around 220 islands

Main islands

Other islands and islets

Cretan islands

This is a list of islands, islets, and rocks that surround the island of Crete.

Of the Aegean Sea

Souda Island
The islet of Leon, on the left, next to the larger islet of Souda, within Souda bay
20090620 Spinalogka Elounta panoramic view from the mountain
Spinalonga (Kalydon)
Pondikonisi (cropped)01
The islet of Pontikonisi (mouse island) which has the shape of a mouse.

Of the Libyan Sea

Laseamodern
The islet of Trafos in the Libyan Sea

Euboea and surrounding islands

Islets close to mainland

  • Pera Island (Arta Hipirus[6])

Lake and river islands

Islands in an island

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

Lagoon islands

See also

Notes

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

References

  1. ^ John S. Bowman,; Sherry Marker; Peter Kerasiotis; Heidi Sarna (2010). "Greece in depth". Frommer's Greece (7th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing. p. 12. ISBN 978-0-470-52663-7.
  2. ^ a b Ellinikos Organismos Tourismou (EOT). "Greek islands". 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. ^ el:Κορωνησία Άρτας

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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.

Agioi Apostoloi

Agioi Apostoloi (Greek: Άγιοι Απόστολοι, "Holy Apostles") is an uninhabited islet to the north of the western coast of Crete in the Aegean Sea. Administratively, it is within the municipality of Chania, in Chania regional unit.

Avgo

Avgo (Greek: Αυγό, "egg"), is an uninhabited Greek islet, in the Aegean Sea, 30 km (19 mi) north of the eastern coast of Crete. Administratively it lies within the Neapoli municipality of Lasithi.

Daskaleia

Daskaleia (Greek: Δασκαλειά), is an uninhabited Greek islet, in the Aegean Sea, close to the northeastern coast of Crete. The small islet lies close to the island of Kyriamadi. Administratively it lies within the Itanos municipality of Lasithi.

Diapori

Diapori (Greek: Διαπόρι) is an island that almost touches the coast of Crete, near Geropotamos, in Rethymno regional unit. The islet is not visible on many maps but can be seen on satellite images.

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.

Glaronisi

Glaronisi (Greek: Γλαρονήσι, "seagull island", also known as Petalidi (Greek: Πεταλίδι, "limpet"), is an islet off the northwest coast of the island Dia, north of the Greek island of Crete. Glaronisi is administered from Gouves in Heraklion regional unit.

Karavi

Karavi (Greek: Καράβι, "ship"), is an uninhabited Greek islet, in the Aegean Sea, close to the northeastern coast of eastern Crete. The small islet lies close to the island of Kyriamadi. Administratively it lies within the Itanos municipality of Lasithi.

Katergo

Katergo (Greek: Κάτεργο, "galley, hulk"), is an uninhabited Greek islet, in the Aegean Sea, close to the eastern coast of Crete. Administratively it lies within the Itanos municipality of Lasithi.

Kavaloi

Kavaloi (Greek: Καβάλοι), is a group of three uninhabited Greek islets, close to the coast of Lasithi, eastern Crete. The close group comprises the islets Anavatis (Αναβάτης "rider"), Kavallos (Καβάλλος), and Kefali (Κεφαλή "head"). Administratively the islets are part of the municipal unit Lefki.

Mavros

Mavros (Greek: Μαύρος, "black"), is an uninhabited Greek islet, in the Aegean Sea, close to the eastern coast of Crete. Administratively it lies within the Itanos municipality of Lasithi.

Megatzedes

Megatzedes (Greek: Μεγατζέδες), is an uninhabited Greek islet, in the Aegean Sea, close to the eastern coast of Crete. Administratively it lies within the Itanos municipality of Lasithi.

Palaiosouda

Palaiosouda (Greek: Παλαιόσουδα, "old Souda"), also known as Marathi (Greek: Μαράθι), is an islet located south of the town of Marathi, close to Souda Bay in Crete. The islet is a popular diving location.

Peristeri (island)

Peristeri (Greek: Περιστέρι, "pigeon") is an islet close to the northern coast of Crete, in the Perama district of the Geropotamos municipality, in Rethymno regional unit.

Peristerovrachoi

Peristerovrachoi (Greek: Περιστερόβραχοι, "pigeon rocks"), are uninhabited Greek islets/rocks, in the Aegean Sea, close to the eastern coast of Crete. Administratively they lie within the Itanos municipality of Lasithi.

Pontikonisi

Pontikonisi (Greek: Ποντικονήσι, "Mouse Island") is a Greek islet near the island of Corfu. Its prominent feature is a Byzantine chapel of Pantokrator, dating from the 11th or 12th century.The island of Pontikonisi might have served as an inspiration for Arnold Böcklin's painting Isle of the Dead.

Prosfora

Prosfora (Greek: Προσφορά, "offering"), is an uninhabited Greek islet, close to the coast of Lasithi, eastern Crete. Administratively it lies within the Sitia municipality of Lasithi.

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.

Vryonisi

Vryonisi (Greek: Βρυονήσι, "moss island"), also known as Prasonisi (Greek: Πρασονήσι, "leek island"), is an uninhabited Greek islet, in the Aegean Sea, close to the northern coast of eastern Crete. Administratively it lies within the Agios Nikolaos municipality of Lasithi.

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