If you think Santorini, Mykonos and Crete can provide a thorough round-up of all the Greek isles have to offer, then allow us to burst your bubble. Did you know there are 6000 islands and islets in the Aegean and Ionian seas, 227 islands of which are inhabited.
Here are 7 that should be on your must travel to list!
Alonnisos, also transliterated as Alonissos or Alonisos, is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. After Skiathos and Skopelos it is the third member of the Northern Sporades. It is 3 km (2 mi) (2 nm) E of the island of Skopelos. Alonnisos is also the name of a village on the island, as well as the municipality that encompasses the island and the village.
The village of Alonnisos is located on the southern part of the island. It is locally known as Chora and signposted as The Old Village. The main port of the island is in the southeast and is called Patitiri. There are ferry, catamaran ("flying cat") and hydrofoil ("flying dolphin") services from Patitiri to Volos, Agios Konstantinos, and Thessaloniki on the mainland and to the islands of Skiathos, Skopelos and Skyros. The bay at the southern end of the island is also called Alonnisos.
Icaria, also spelled Ikaria, is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, 19 km southwest of Samos. According to tradition, it derives its name from Icarus, the son of Daedalus in Greek mythology, who was believed to have fallen into the sea nearby.
Administratively, Icaria forms a separate municipality within the Ikaria regional unit, which is part of the North Aegean region. The principal town of the island and seat of the municipality is Agios Kirykos. The island offers a mountainous terrain with lush forests and amazing sheltered swimming coves all round.
Agistri is a pine-covered island in the Saronic Islands group.
Agistri is very close to the larger Saronic island of Aegina. The island can be reached from Aegina by many boats in just ten minutes. These boats include the Agistri Express and many small "water taxis". The island is also an hour's boat ride from the large Athenian port of Piraeus.
This is not a very frequented island when it comes to Tourists but if you’re looking for a relaxing stay this is your place to be.
Ammouliani, also known as Amoliani - is an island located in the Chalkidiki regional unit, Greece, 120 km from Thessaloniki. Administratively it is part of the municipal unit of Stagira-Akanthos. As of 2011, the resident population of the island was 547.
The island is best known for its long sandy beaches and hidden swimming coves. While here you can also access the close by uninhabited island of Drenia.
Antiparos is located 1.5 km southwest of Paros, separated by the Strait of Antiparos, known as Amfigeio. It lies 8 kilometres from the port of Parikia from which the passenger ferry runs. The maximum length of the island is 11 kilometres from north to south, while the maximum width reaches 4.5 kilometres. The total area is estimated at 37 to 38 km. And the highest peak, St. Elias, in the middle of the island, is at 308 m.
The main town is called simply Antiparos. Antiparos is a volcanic rock and dry climate with high moisture, and morphology favors the development of strong winds. The flowers thrive in the region are mainly bougainvillea that adorn the gardens, houses and shops. Antiparos is essentially flat, with many small hilly peaks, while the vegetation of the island is low.
The island of Antiparos is surrounded by many small uninhabited islands with great historical and archaeological interest, such as Tsimintiri the Round, the Double, snow, Revmatonisi, the Red and Black Tourlos. Particularly well known in the international community is Despotiko, an uninhabited island west of Antiparos, where in recent years excavations of great archaeological importance have been carried out.
In the centre of the island is the famous cave of Antiparos, one of the most beautiful and mysterious caves in the world. The cave has been used as a natural shelter from the Neolithic period onwards. The area was also used for pottery, and for the worship of the goddess Artemis, while at the entrance to the site is the plain but magnificent church of Agios Ioannis Spiliotis.
Signs and scratches on the stalactites and stalagmites attest to the passers, as the inscription on the altar of the generals of Alexander the Great and King Otto.
Delos, located near Mykonos, near the centre of the Cyclades archipelago, is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece. The excavations in the island are among the most extensive in the Mediterranean; ongoing work takes place under the direction of the French School at Athens and many of the artifacts found are on display at the Archaeological Museum of Delos and the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.
Delos had a position as a holy sanctuary for a millennium before Olympian Greek mythology made it the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. From its Sacred Harbour, the horizon shows the three conical mounds that have identified landscapes sacred to a goddess in other sites: one, retaining its Pre-Greek name Mount Kynthos, is crowned with a sanctuary of Zeus.
You can’t stay here but it is worth a day visit!
Astypalaia is a Greek island with 1,334 residents (2011 census). It belongs to the Dodecanese, an archipelago of twelve major islands in the southeastern Aegean Sea.
The island is 18 kilometres long, 13 kilometres wide at the most, and covers an area of 97 km2.
Along with numerous smaller uninhabited offshore islets (the largest of which are Sýrna and Ofidoussa), it forms the Municipality of Astypalaia, which is part of the Kalymnos regional unit. The municipality has an area of 114.077 km. The capital and the previous main harbour of the island is Astypalaia or Chora, as it is called by the locals.
The coasts of Astypalaia are rocky with many small pebble-strewn beaches. A small band of land of roughly 126 metres wide almost separates the island in two sections at Sterno.
A new harbour has been built in Agios Andreas on the mid island from where now the connections are west and east with Piraeus and the other islands of the Dodecanese. Flight connections with Athens from the airport close to Maltezana are available.