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.

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).

(sq. miles)
3Lesbos6301,633North Aegean Islands
5Chíos325842.3North Aegean Islands
6Cephalonia302781Ionian Islands
7Corfu229592.9Ionian Islands
8Lemnos184477.6North Aegean Islands
9Samos184477.4North Aegean Islands
11Zakynthos157406Ionian Islands
14Lefkada117303Ionian Islands
17Kythira108279.6Ionian Islands
18Icaria99255North Aegean Islands
19Skyros81209Northern Sporades
22Samothrace69178North Aegean Islands
30Ithaca37.196.2Ionian 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

Main seven


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

Of 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


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


  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. 1 2 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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