In numbers, Greece has 16.000 km total coastline, more than 6.000 islands in total, scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Seas, of which 227 are inhabited. The best beaches in Europe are definitely here!
The below list of Greek Islands shows these islands in the way they are geographically distributed in clusters within the archipelagoes of Greece. This list contains the 115 largest of them as it is impossible to include in such list every tiny one since it is incredible how many Greek islands are there.
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Erikoussa, Othoni, Mathraki, Corfu, Paxos, Antipaxos, Kefalonia, Lefkada, Meganissi, Kalamos, Kastos, Arkoudi, Atokos, Ithaca, Petalas, Oxia, Zakynthos, Strofades, Kythera, Antikythera.
Saronic Gulf Islands
Salamina, Aegina, Agistri, Poros, Hydra, Dokos, Spetses.
Syros, Naxos, Santorini, Paros, Andros, Mykonos, Tinos, Milos, Sifnos, Kea, Ios, Amorgos, Kythnos, Serifos, Antiparos, Kimolos, Folegandros, Koufonissia, Anafi, Sikinos, Schinoussa, Donoussa, Iraklia, Thirassia, Delos, Makronissos, Gyaros, Polyaigos, Keros, Rhenia.
Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos, Peristera, Kyra Panagia, Jura, Pipperi, Skantzoura, Skyros, Skyropoula.
Northern Aegean Islands
Thasos, Samothrace, Lemnos, Agios Efstratios, Lesvos, Chios, Psara, Antipsara, Oinousses, Samos, Ikaria, Fournoi, Thymaina.
Rhodes, Kos, Kalymnos, Leros, Karpathos, Patmos, Symi, Astypalea, Kassos, Nisyros, Lipsi, Tilos, Kastelorizo, Chalki, Agathonisi, Pserimos, Pharmakonisi, Telendos, Arki, Levitha, Gyali, Kalolimnos, Saria Kinaros, Sirna, Alimia, Nimos.
Crete, Dia, Spinalonga, Koufonisi, Chrisi, Gavdos.
Evia, Megalonisos Petalion.
Holiday in Greek Islands
No idea where to go? See below in a glance the best destinations by category.
- Best for First-Timers: Athens • Santorini • Mykonos • Paros • Naxos
- Best for Beaches: Mykonos • Naxos • Ios • Paros • Koufonisia • Chania (Crete) • Rhodes • Lefkada • Zakynthos • Skiathos
- Best for Couples: Santorini • Milos • Hydra • Spetses • Monemvasia
- Best for Families: Naxos • Paros • Rhodes • Hydra • Nafplion • Crete
- Best for Luxury: Mykonos • Santorini • Rhodes • Heraklion (Crete) • Corfu • Halkidiki
- Best for Party: Mykonos • Ios • Kos • Zakynthos • Skiathos • Heraklion (Crete)
- Best for Honeymoon: Santorini • Rhodes
- Best for Gastronomy : Crete • Naxos • Tinos
- Best for good Restaurants: Mykonos • Santorini • Rhodes • Athens • Corfu • Chania
- Best for Sea Sports: Naxos • Lefkada • Paros • Mykonos • Crete • Rhodes
- Best for Photography: Santorini • Milos • Meteora
Best Greek islands to visit
Experiences that are perfected by the smiles of the locals, the hospitality and the culinary delights of the Mediterranean diet, combined with adventures in nature, in the deep, on the waves and on the mountains. Discover the Greek islands, and have the best holidays of your life.
Discover Greece Beaches
Greece has 6.000 islands in total, scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Seas, of which only 227 are inhabited. They take up 7,500 km of the country’s total 16,000 km coastline.
Spreading in two main seas, the Aegean and the Ionian Sea, the Greek islands are divided into smaller groups. This section is a Greek islands travel guide and will give you information and photos for 62 islands in Greece.
Most Popular Greek Islands
The most popular island group in Greece is certainly the Cyclades islands: Santorini island, Mykonos island, Paros, Naxos and Ios are famous Greek islands all over the world, while the rest of Cyclades keep lower profile in tourism development.
The Cycladic architecture is world famous and the culture of the population is very rich. The islands of Dodecanese and Ionian are also very popular. Travel to Corfu island, Rhodes island, Zakynthos, Kos and Kefalonia also get very popular, while Karpathos, Lefkada, Thassos and Skiathos are islands that are becoming more and more famous every year.
The good thing is that despite tourist development, the Greek islands do not lose their original character and provide wonderful atmosphere for true relaxation. Have in mind that many times, an island and its main village has the same name. Also in Cyclades islands, most capital towns are called Chora. Explore our Greek islands and Greece Beaches guide and find out all useful information you will need.