Greece occupies the Balkan Peninsula and numerous islands washing its seas: the Aegean, Ionian, Mediterranean.
The islands belonging to Greece account for 20% of its total territory.
How many islands in the Greek archipelago
In total, more than 2,000 large andSmall islands. By the way, the name of the country is used by all countries, except Greece itself. The population of the country officially calls its state - Hellas, and itself Hellenes. And nothing else.
Very interesting is also the fact that in GreekAirports when arriving flights from Istanbul in English say: "the flight from Istanbul arrived", and in Greek the same information sounds: "a flight from Constantinople has arrived".
The largest islands of the Greek archipelago
The huge Greek archipelago is divided into groups,Uniting the small islands: the Northern Aegean Islands, the Northern Sporades, the Cyclades, the Dodecanese in the Aegean Sea. Also in the Ionian Sea is the Ionian Archipelago. In the Mediterranean Sea is Crete and several of its satellite islands.
The largest Greek islands are: Crete (8,259 square kilometers), Euboea (3,644 sq. Km.), Lesbos (1,630 sq. Km.), Rhodes (1398 sq. Km.). Initially, the archipelago was the Aegean Sea itself and the islands of its water area.
The main tourist islands of the archipelago
The most popular tourist islands areCrete, Corfu (Corfu), Rhodes, Zakynthos, Samos, Kos and Santorini. Each of the islands has its own distinctive features and attractions, which, combined with a beautiful climate, a friendly population and a rich cultural and historical heritage, attract hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the world every year.
For example, this Crete is the cradle of the famousCrete-Mycenaean culture, monuments of which have survived to this day (the labyrinth of the Minotaur and other sights). Corfu is located in the northwestern part of the Ionian Sea, and is considered the greenest and most fashionable resort in Greece. The island abounds in orange and lemon gardens and olive groves.
Santorini is an island of volcanic origin. Its key features are in the red beaches and snow-white buildings, especially contrasting against the background of the fire coasts. Rhodes is also interesting with its amazing beaches, developed infrastructure, though, in comparison with Corfu, it is "bald".
Samos, Kos and Zakynthos - new in the tourist planIslands, invariably conquering more and more travelers' hearts with cultural sights, picturesque nature and invariably magnificent seas and coasts.