10 Largest Islands in Greece

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Naxos (428 km 2 )

Naxos is the largest and most populous island of the Cyclades Islands in Greece, located 20 kilometres off-shore from the south coast of Attica and near the islands of Andros, Amvrakikos, Ios, Kimolos, Koufonisia, Makronisos, Paros, Rigipsos, and Sikinos.

Naxos had a population of 180,000 as of 2011, but the life of a resident is often still the same. Naxos is mostly famous for its unique architectural beauty and its large and blue harbor. Naxos is famous for its houses and all-white houses, its old and beautiful churches, the streets with its traditional and Venetian houses, the chapel of Agios Markos, the cobblestone quays, the pine and plane trees, and the long and narrow main street.

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Lemnos (476 km 2 )

Lemnos is a volcanic island located in the middle of the Aegean Sea, at the edge of the Turkish coast of Asia Minor. Island in Lemnos, Griechenland. The island is the center of the Lemnos regional unit. It has an area of about 476 square kilometers.

Population: 8697

Religions: Greek Orthodox,

Lemnos island is famous for the battle of Troy. Here lived the folk hero Menelaus and his wife Helen, daughter of Zeus and Leda, and sister of Castor. When Helen ran away from her husband in Sparta, after Paris, the prince of Troy had kidnapped her, her husband Menelaus, who was also king of Sparta, forgot his loyalty to the Greek heroes and started a war with them.

The island of Lemnos was occupied by the 3rd division of Allied forces during World War II.

Samos (477 km 2 )

Samos is an island located in the eastern Aegean Sea, in Greece. It is located south of Chios, and is the third largest Greek island as well as the fourth largest island of the Greek Aegan Islands, after Crete, Lefkada, and Kefalonia.

Samos is the closest Greek island to the Turkish city of Dikili (formerly known as Demre, located on the mainland of Turkey) and is the westernmost of its islands.

Samos became a member of the European Union on 1 January 2001. The main town of Samos is Vathy, which lies close to the mainland and opposite the island of neighbouring Kalymnos.

The main port and ferry terminal is located in the northeast of the island at Kouvouria. The nearby uninhabited islets of Georgios Pateras and Anios are the site of a marine research station of the University of Samos.

The Attic Greek dialect and Greek Cypriot Maronite Lebanese dialect are spoken on the island. Most people speak Samanian Greek which is a distinct dialect of the Samian dialect group that is spoken across the island of Samos. Samonian Greek has a number of enclaves in Chios, Evia, and Kythira. As a result, Greek Cypriots and Samian Greeks can understand each other.

Corfu (593 km 2 )

Corfu is an island of Greece located in the Ionian Sea, facing the western part of the Adriatic Sea. It is part of the regional unit of Corfu that also includes the islands of Kefalonia and Zakynthos. The capital and largest city of the island is Corfu, which also has a municipal population of 20,383 inhabitants.

The island is well known for its spectacular white marble of Corfu, which was used in the construction of the Parthenon by the Greek architects.

Kefalonia (781 km 2 )

Kefalonia makes up the biggest island in Greece, with a total area of 781 km². This island is the second largest island in the Ionian Sea and is located in north-west Greece. It’s the result of continental plate and plate overridden continental crust. The areas around the coastline are covered by Pindos mountains while the opposite parts have a great plain, including a canyon along the island’s length.

There are flows and granites, and around the south part of the island there are deposits of white sand. The hills of Kefalonia are separated from each other by many caves. The soil of the island is mainly composed of clay, and is compacted under the foot of the inhabitant. The island is surrounded by the Ionian and Laconian seas and the great gulf of Argos, which was named from Argos, the old capitol of Laconia.

Chios (842 km 2 )

The Chios island is the fifth largest island in Greece. The island lies to the East of Turkey and is 700 km from Athens. The island has many cultural and natural wonders, including its pre-historic necropolis and the ruins of the city of Chios.

Festival Sailing Race.

The Chios Harbor is an important stopover for East trade, with the biggest amount of the import trade passes through here, along with the participation of 350 merchant vessels from 15 European countries. The national festival of the island is the "Sailing Race" at the end of October.

Diving.

Of course, Chios is known all over the world for its diving. Here are the most popular:

  • Kolimbia- 7 meter depth of the water, 98 meter depth of the closest tunnel.
  • Sali- beautiful tunnel with a depth of 4 m, huge lion fish.
  • Kokkuri- Between 5 to 8 m depth.
  • Pigadia- wall and caves.
  • The Mosque- The Chian caves (XIV-XV) and the lighted Chapel.
  • Ammos- 24 meters depth.
  • Ammos Marine Park- "Phlemos" and other caves.
  • Melonpolis- The cave is the most beautiful in the island.

Rhodes (1,398 km 2 )

When it comes to Greece, most people think of the bluest sea, the whitest beaches, the longest history, and the “youngest” country. But if you count the number of European islands, Greece is first, appearing on the map before Italy, and almost 10 seconds faster than Norway and Sweden.

Rhodes the 340 x 130 km island (416°´- 336°´) is situated in the south west Aegean Sea, forming the northernmost part of the Dodecanese. Rhodes, along with (610°´- 525°´) is situated at the northern end of the Dodecanese coast of the eastern side of the island. Rhodes belongs to the Dodecanese island group; it is the northwestern of the seven main islands comprising the Dodecanese, and the smaller, more southerly of the smaller Cyclades. At its closest point, Rhodes is only six kilometers from the Anatolian peninsula of Turkey, but most of the island has its own microclimates and is relatively unaffected by the island groups weather.

Lesbos (1,630 km 2 )

Lesbos is the third biggest Greek island that lies northwest of the Peloponnese peninsula. It is well known for its olive, myrtle, and laurel trees and is famous for the ancient poet Sappho.

Four villages are considered the quaintest part of the municipality of Pserimos, one of them being Ormos Valtou. The climb from the coast towards the traditional Valtoulia is a pathway that is easy to follow.

The setting of the village is set amongst olive trees and the mountain. It is a steep climb that will take a while to reach the top level. The view that awaits at the top is admirable and is ideal for those who love to seek the northern part of the island.

The scenery also offers an expansive view of the Aegean Sea that is rare. The villages around Ormos Valtou are among the most beautiful ones of the island and are ideal for those who love visiting the history of Lesbos. In Ormos Valtou, visitors may enjoy the wonderful scenery and unique architecture of the village.

Euboea (3,655 km 2 )

Euboea is the second largest Greek island in the Aegean Sea, after Crete. It is generally known in English as Evia and is located in the southern part of the Aegean Sea. The municipality has an area of 10,949 km 2 (4,261 sq mi). Euboea is separated from the Greek mainland by the 600 m (1,970 ft) Evrotas River.

The name Euboea is first attested in the Catalog of Trojans by Homer. The first self-identified Euboeans are the Homeric Euboeans. The main ancient Euboean Greek city in the historical period (c. 750-300 BC) is Chalcis, located in the Lagina "plain" of the island. None of the two remaining cities in Euboea, Asses and Skoutari, are mentioned in any Greek source.

The nomes allied to Chalcis, the main settlement of the island, were nearby towns of Enispe and Opous. The important city of Eretria was located nearby. Several cities that are mentioned in the Chalcidice…

Crete (8,336 km 2 )

Crete is an island in the Aegean Sea bordering the southern coast of Turkey, the island of Crete lies approximately 250 km off the eastern coast of Anatolia (Eastern Turkey). Crete is the largest of the Greek islands, covering an area of 8,336 square kilometers (3,209 square miles) and is the fifth largest of the Greek islands.

Crete is one of the most famous regions of ancient Greece. The city of Knossos (or "Knossus" in Greek), considered to be the greatest surviving Hellenic city, was built on Crete during the Bronze Age.

There are many pre-historic archaeological sites and medieval castles on the island, and it remains the largest island in the Mediterranean.

The massive sphinx excavated in the 1840s in the royal palace of Knossos has become the symbol of modern archaeology.

During the Minoan Crete rupes, the island was renewed, and a dozen new cities were built, many of which are still in use today.

The island of Crete is a natural attraction with beautiful mountains, beaches and spectacular ancient monuments.