Do you know how many Greek islands are there in Greece?

The correct answer to the question of how many greek islands are there depends on what each of us understands by the word “island”.

A certain fact about how many islands are in Greece is that there are more than 6.000 islands and islets spread in the Aegean and the Ionian Sea.

The total number of the inhabited island is just 227 inhabited islands out of the total number of 6.000.

The vast part of the Greek territory is occupied by the sea ( about two-thirds of it) and Greece is the country with the largest coastline from the whole of Europe.

And when I say that, I take into consideration not just the mainland coastline but also the isles.

how many Greek islands are there Sailing the Greek Islands Hydra Sail Aegean Sea Mediterranean Boat Ship
how many Greek islands in total Sailing Greece Hydra Sail Aegean Sea Mediterranean Boat Ship

In total, Greece has more than 15.500 kilometres of beautiful coastline, the largest from the Mediterranean countries and the 11th coastline in the world.

No wonder why Greece has so many beautiful beaches with pebble and sand, stretching over many miles and also a large number of bays and coves, some amazing coastal caves with steep rocks and dark sand typical for volcanic soil.

Agistri Greek Islands from Athens Greece
Agistri Greek Island from Athens Greece

Not all the isles and islets from Greece are inhabited; part of them being used by shepherds, fish farmers, hunters and fishermen.

From all the Greek islands only 53 have more than 1.000 residents and 95 of them have less than 100.

Nowhere on a map can you find all the Greek islands because most of them are very small; only the nautical map has all the isles and islets marked on their exact position.

How many Greek islands are there

Another interesting thing about the sandy beaches from these isles is that many of them been awarded the blue flag, the highest distinction for beaches given under the Blue Flags of Europe Program.

This award confirms that the beach is the best not just for swimming but also for water sports.

From the most popular water sports practised on these strips of land I would mention scuba diving, windsurfing, snorkelling, water skiing and others.

How many islands are in Greece Kastri Island near Kefalos town Kos island Greece Greek
How many islands are in Greece Kastri Island near Kefalos Kos Greece

Although spread all over the Ionian and the Aegean Sea, the isles played a very important role along with history.

Some of the oldest European civilisations were born on these isles like Cycladic and Minoan civilizations so all these places stand out with their ancient ruins, archaeological sites and a very rich architectural heritage.

Not to mention the local traditions and culture shaped over the centuries and influenced by all the people who lived there.

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The large diversity of the landscape, the high number of beautiful beaches, the small distances between ports and coasts have made Greece one of the most popular destinations from entire Europe.

Some of the islands, especially the larger ones have their own airport with direct connections from Athens and direct charter flights from European cities during the peak season.

The domestic flights from Athens to most of the islands last somewhere between 50 minutes to 1 hour.

Flight to Greece Island
Flight to Greece Island how many islands are in Greece

There are also regular flights from Thessaloniki, an important Greece town located on the northern part of the mainland.

Most of the islands are linked with Athens, the Greece capital by ferry and the journey might last up to 13 or 14 hours from mainland to destination.

There are a few islands located on the northern part of the Aegean and the Ionian Sea which have direct ferries from other mainland cities like Thessaloniki, Alexandroupoli or Igoumenitsa.

How many Greek islands are there Yacht on the Mediterranean Sea Greece
How many Greek islands are there Yacht on the Mediterranean Sea Greece

Now that you know how many islands are in Greece let’s discover together how they are divided and grouped.

The Ionian Sea

There is only one group of isles in the Ionian Sea which form the so-called Eptanissa or the Seven  Ionian islands and which consists of Zakynthos, Corfu, Ithaca, Kefalonia, Lefkada, Paxi and Kythira.

Blue Caves Zakynthos Greece Zante Airport (ZTH) Greek Islands How many islands are in Greece
Blue Caves Zakynthos Greece Zante Airport (ZTH) Greek Islands

Other smaller islands from the Ionian Sea are: Antipaxi, Kalamos, Mathraki, Othoni, Strofades, Ereikoussa, Kastos, Meganiss and Skorpios.

The Aegean Sea

Here, on the Aegean Sea there are seven groups of islands as follows:

  • The Northeastern Aegean islands which consist of Agios Efstratios, Ikaria, Thasos, Lesbos, Inouses, Limnos, Samos, Chios, Psara and Samothrace

 

Agios Nikolaos Greece Coast Line Greek Town
Agios Nikolaos Greece Coast Line Greek Town
  • the Sporades: Skyros, Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos

 

Famous Skiathos Bench Skiathos Greece Greek Island
Famous Skiathos Bench Skiathos Greece Greek Island
  • Evia which comprises also the isles of Skiros
Turquoise water clear rocky shore Greek Island near Athens
Turquoise water clear rocky shore Greek Island near Athens
  • Saronic islands made up from Angistri, Aegina, Poros, Salamina, Methana, Spetses and Hydra

 

Spetses Greek ISlands near Athens Port Boats
Spetses Greek Island near Athens Port Boats
  • the Cyclades islands which contains a group of 56 isles out of which the most important are: Amorgos, Anafi, Andros, Antiparos, Delos, Ios, Kea, Kimolos, Kythnos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Serifos, Sikinos, Sifnos, Syros, Tinos, Folegandros. This group also contains the Minor Cyclades which comprise Donousa, Irakleia, Koufonisia and Schinousa.

 

Faneromeni Antiparos island Cyclades Greece Greek Islands
Faneromeni Antiparos island Cyclades Greece Greek Islands
  • The Dodecanese islands comprising Astypalaia, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kasos, Kastellorizo, Kos, Lipsi, Leros, Nisyros, Patmos, Rhodes, Symi, Tilos, Chalki.

 

Rhodes Greece Greek Island
Rhodes Greece Greek Island
Greece Islands Crete Island Greek
Greece Islands Crete Island Greek

Now you know how many Greek islands are there and how they are grouped into the seas around Greece mainland.

Beside these ones, there are 3 isles that are not part of any group and they are stand-alone islands, and here I am talking about:

  • Gavros which is located south of Crete
  • Elafonissos located in the Gulf of Laconia
  • Trizonis from the Gulf of Corinth.

Conclusion how many islands are in Greece

So, don’t forget that the answer to the question of how many islands are in total in Greece is 6.000 islands and islets spread all over the Ionian and the Aegean Sea.

Voutoumi Beach Antipaxos Ionian Sea Greece Beaches Blue Water
Voutoumi Beach Antipaxos Ionian Sea Greece Beaches Blue Water

 

All these isles are beautiful and unique and are among the best holiday destinations from Europe.

I strongly recommend you to visit them as they are very accessible by plane or ferry and there are many beautiful places to see on each of them.

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