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Greek Islands

There are over 160 permanently inhabited Greek islands and hundreds more small uninhabited islands. Many of the islands are hugely popular holiday destinations for tourists throughout Europe, with millions of package deal holidaymakers visiting every year. For the more independent traveller island hopping around the Greek islands is also very popular.

Listed below are the names of some of the major Greek islands, split into island groups, with the name of the capital city, the population and the size of the island in square kilometres.

 

Ionian Islands

A group of 7 main islands found on the western most edge of Greece in the ionian sea

Greek Island Alternative
Name
Island Capital Population
(Census Year)
Island Area
(square km)
IthakiIthacaVathy5,00096
KefalloniaCephaloniaArgostoli32,314 (1991)935
KerkyraCorfuCorfu105,043 (1991)641
KythiraCerigoKythira2,500284
LefkadaLefkasLefkada20,900 (2001)325
PaxiPaxosGaios2,00025
ZakynthosZanteZakynthos Town38,957 (2001)410

The Cyclades Islands

The Cyclades are a large group of islands located in the Aegean sea off the SE coast of main land greece. There are over 200 islands that make up this group, many of which are very small and uninhabited. The group of islands were named because originally they formed a crude circle around the central island of Delos.

Greek Island Alternative
Name
Island Capital Population
(Census Year)
Island Area
(square km)
Amorgos-Amorgos1,800134
Anafi-Anafi30038
Andros-Andros10,500 (1992)373
Antiparos-Kastro60035
Delos--uninhabited5
FolegandrosPholegandrosFolegandros70032
IosNiosIos1,100 (1992)105
KeaTziaIoulis2,415 (2001)121
Kimolos-Hora70036
KythnosThermiaKythnos Town1,50099
MilosMelosPlaka4,500151
MykonosMikonosMykonos6,200 (2002)86
Naxos-Naxos18,000428
ParosParoParikia7,000209
SantoriniTheraFira10,700 (2001)80
Serifos-Serifos1,20073
Sifnos-Apollonia2,00074
Sikinos-Sikinos30041
SyrosSirosErmoupolis21,00086
Tinos-Tinos9,000195

The Dodecanese Islands

The most eastern group of Greek Islands just of the SW coast of Turkey in the Aegean sea. Consists of 12 major islands, hence the name.

Greek Island Alternative
Name
Island Capital Population
(Census Year)
Island Area
(square km)
AstypalaiaAstipalaiaAstypalaia Town1,246 (2001)96
HalkiKhalkiNimborio421 (2001)28
KalimnosKalymnosPort of Pothia17,066 (2001)111
Karpathos-Pigadia6,622 (2001)300
Kassos-Fri1,071 (2001)66
KastellorizoMegistiMegisti2504
KosCosKos30,071 (2001)288
Leros-Platanos7,983 (2001)54
Lipsi-Lipsi60016
NissirosNissyrosMandraki938 (2001)41
Patmos-Patmos2,993 (2001)35
RhodesRodosRhodes Town130,000 (2004)1398
SimiSymiSymi2,560 (2001)58
Tilos-Megalo Horio535 (2001)61
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