Greek Islands are a collection of over 6,000 islands and islets that belong in Greece. Only 227 of the islands are inhabited, and only 78 of them have more than 100 inhabitants.
The largest Greek Island 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 periphery. 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 have 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,” located to the west of the mainland in the Ionian Sea.
The Argo-Saronic Islands are so-called because they lie between the Saronic and the Argolic Gulf, resulting in Argo-Saronic Gulf and Argo-Saronic Islands. In this complex you can visit Aegina, Angistri, Poros, Hydra, Spetses an,d Dokos. In the Saronic Gulf, the main Island is Salamis, where the Greek navy defeated the Persians in Salamis's battle. In the Argolic Gulf, the main Island is Bourtzi, a small island with a castle which is now a monument. Ferry routes cross the gulf from Nafplio and Spetses and Leonidi. The cities and towns that lie next to the gulf are Leonidio, Astros, Myloi, Nea Kios, Nafplio, Tolo, Iria Beach, Porto Cheli.
The Cyclades islands are a Greek Island Group in the Aegean Sea, south-east of Greece's mainland. They are one of the Island Groups which constitute the Aegean Archipelago. The Cyclades comprise about 220 Islands, the major ones being Amorgos, Anafi, Andros, Antiparos, Delos, Eschati, Ios, Kea, Kimolos, Kythnos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Folegandros, Serifos, Sifnos, Sikinos, Siros, Tinos, and Santorini. Most of the smaller islands are uninhabited. Ermoupolis on Siros is the chief town and administrative center of the prefecture.
The islands are peaks of a submerged mountainous terrain, with the exception of two volcanic islands, Milos and Santorini. The climate is generally dry and mild. Cooler temperatures are in higher elevations and mainly do not receive wintry weather. The Cyclades is the only prefecture in Greece that is not linked with a state-maintained highway or a highway number. All of the roads in the island complex are secondary or provincial.
The North Aegean Islands are a number of disconnected islands in the north Aegean Sea. The main islands are the Greek islands of Samos and Ikaria, Chios, Lesbos, and Lemnos. The main islands in the Thracian Sea in the far north are the Greek islands of Samothrace and Thasos.
The Dodecanese Islands, literally “twelve islands,” are 12 larger plus 150 smaller Greek Islands in the Aegean Sea. They have a rich history, and many of even the smallest inhabited islands boast dozens of Byzantine churches and medieval castles. Rhodes and Symi are typical Greek islands in this region, and many small Greek islands also can visit day by day.
The Sporades islands are an archipelago along the east coast of Greece, northeast of Euboea's island, in the Aegean Sea. It consists of 24 islands, of which five are inhabited. Alonissos, Skiathos, Skopelos, Peristera, and Skyros.
The Ionian Islands are traditionally called “Eptanisa,” meaning: “The Seven Islands,” although the group includes many smaller islands and the seven principal ones. The seven are, from north to south: Kerkyra is usually known as Corfu in English, Paxi is also known as Paxos in English, Lefkada is also known as Lefkas in English, Ithaki is usually known as Ithaca in English, Kefallonia is often known as Cephalonia in English, Kythira sometimes known as Cerigo in English.
The best way to experience Turkey's southern-western coast is undoubtedly by sea the; for many years boating enthusiasts have been drawn to this region for its incomparable natural beauty. Today the region has a flourishing tourist infrastructure and gulet cruises depart daily from harbors along the Turquoise Coast. Many Cruises also run between Turkey and Greece, stopping to visit Dodecanese Islands on route. The Blue Cruise offers a range of itineraries visiting dazzling bays, picturesque towns, rural villages, and historical sites.
If you want to combine you with Blue Cruise with a visit to Greece, Bodrum is an ideal starting point. Some routes are one way (to Rhodes and onwards to Kos) and can be made in either direction, while other cruises will depart and return to Bodrum, a popular location for swimming and relaxing. Bodrum is also favored for its shopping and nightlife and is culturally rich with many archaeological sites in the area. Bodrum – Hisaronu – Marmaris is one of the best Turkey-Greece cruises; usually, on an 7-day cruise you will pass by ancient ruins, shipwrecks, sandy beached some more.
Symi Greece is one of the most picturesque and charming islands of the Dodecanese island chain. The most impressive spot on the island is hands down Symi port. The hill above the port is packed with crayon-like mansions which emit a fairytale-like charm. Not to mention that any corner of the town boasts a magnificent view of the Aegean Sea. The unique atmosphere of the port will bewitch you.
Hisarönü, a charming place with wonderful nature, magnificent view and crystal clear sea. Hisarönü is a charming place because of its wonderful nature, magnificent view and crystal clear sea. Furthermore, the air is so fresh that it is believed the Hisarönü region has a healing effect on heart problems and asthma.
The Bozburun Peninsula is one of those places that effortlessly combines contrasts like traditional villagers and big city socialites, extravagant yachts and modest fishing boats, pine-clad mountains and turquoise blue waters, ancient Roman roads and waterside dining options.
Rhodes combines cosmopolitan vibes with medieval architecture in a unique way. The natural landscape, imposing buildings, ancient towns and picturesque villages meet amazing beaches, fashion boutiques, top restaurants, and dance clubs. The most important monument of the island is Rhodes Old Town. Rhodes Old Town is a Unesco World Heritage Site and one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe, attracting millions of visitors every year! Stroll around the paved alleys, visit the Venetian Castle, the Street of the Knights and the Palace of the Grand Master.
As for Rhodes beaches, they are some of the best beaches in Greece. Secluded or crowded, cosmopolitan or hidden, there’s no way you won’t find the perfect beach for you. Lindos, Anthony Quinn, Faliraki, Tsambika, Kallithea, and Agathi are some of the best beaches on the island!
On a Fethiye to Marmaris Cruise, you will cross from the Mediterranean sea to the Aegean Sea between the modern coastal towns of Fethiye and Marmaris.
12 Islands: Around the bay of Fethiye are many small islands. You can cruise around them and enjoy swimming in Fethiye’s most scenic bays.
Lycian Tombs: Southwest Turkey was once home to Lycian settlers; nowadays, the remains of the ancient civilizations extend along the coast. Some can be visited by hiking, while others can be seen from your gulet boat.
Kumlubuk Bay: One of the longest stretches of beach on the peninsular it’,s a beautiful place for swimming and snorkeling. You could take advantage of water sports at Ekincik Bay or organize a trip to Dalyan's mud bath.
If multiply days on the open sea is not for you, a one day cruise may be preferable, and the pleasant seaside town of Fethiye would be an excellent place to base your vacation Saklikent, the second largest canyon in Europe, is just a 40-minute, drive away or you could visit the nearby beaches at Oludeniz and Calis. Many historical sites are within walking distance of the Paspatur (old town) and boats depart daily from the central harbor to visit 12 of the many islands scattered around the bay. Tours typically stop at Flat Island, where you can swim, Shipyard Island, visit the ruins, Red Island, bath in the natural mud baths, Rabbit Island, popular with wildlife lovers Cleopatra’s Bath before returning to Fethiye in the evening.
A Fethiye to Kekova cruise generally lasts 7 days and stops at some of the region's uniquely beautiful places. Departing from Fethiye, your first day will take you past the picturesque bay Oludeniz where you will see paragliders floating overhead, swim at the Blue Lagoon, cruise to Kelebekler Vadisi (Butterfly Valley), for swimming or take a short hike to the nearby waterfall and search for the rare Jersey Tiger Butterfly. Only accessible by boat or a steep trail from Faralya, the rural village perched on top of rocky coastal cliffs, this is a quieter spot and generally crowd-free. You will spend your first evening on St Nicholas Island, where you can watch the sunset from the hilltop ruins. The Cruise will continue to the sights of Kekova, Simena, and Kas. Other highlights of this route include:
Pirates Cave: Hidden in the cliffside and once used as a hiding place by pirates lying in wait for passing merchant ships, there are some fantastic photo opportunities.
Myra: The remarkably well preserved Lycian ruins of Myra, Demre, are arguable the most impressive in the region. The large amphitheater is the central attraction. You can walk around and see the ancient burial sites cut into the cliff face. A ruined castle sits high above on the rocky hilltop, a steep but clear trail leads up the cliff face, affording a birds-eye view of the ancient city.
Liman Agzi: A quiet harbor, not accessible by road, is noted for its tranquil waters, Liman Agazi is particularly pleasant for swimming and snorkeling.
Optional Activities: Babadag, the majestic peak behind Oludeniz beach, is regarded as one of the best paragliding spots in the world, and an excursion can be built into your cruise. Scuba Diving is also offered in many secluded coves and bays on the Fethiye Kekova Blue Cruise.