Greece takes the Balkan Peninsula and numerous islands washing her seas: Aegean, Ionian, Mediterranean.
The islands belonging to Greece, make up 20% of its total territory.
How many islands in the Greek archipelago
Total owns more than 2,000 large and countrysmall islands. By the way, the name of the country is used by all countries, except Greece itself. The country's population is officially called their state - Hellas and themselves Hellenes. And nothing else.
It is very interesting the fact that the Greekairport upon arrival from Istanbul in English say, "came the flight from Istanbul" and in Greek, the same information is: 'flight arrived from Constantinople. "
The largest island of the Greek archipelago
Huge Greek archipelago is divided into groups,combining small islands: North Aegean Islands, Northern Sporades, Cyclades, Dodecanese - in the Aegean Sea. Also, in the Ionian Sea from the Ionian Archipelago. The Mediterranean Sea is Crete and several islands satellites.
The largest Greek islands are: Crete (8259 square kilometers), Euboea (3654 sq. Km.), Lesvos (1630 sq. Km.), Rhodes (1398 sq. Km.). Initially archipelago called itself the Aegean Sea and the islands of its waters.
The main tourist islands of the archipelago
The most popular among tourists are the islandsCrete, Corfu (Kerkyra), Rhodes, Zakynthos, Samos, Kos and Santorini. Each of the islands has its own characteristics and attractions, which, combined with a wonderful climate, friendly people and a rich cultural and historical heritage, annually attract to the island hundreds of thousands of tourists from around the world.
For example, it is Crete - the cradle of the famousMycenaean culture, the monuments that have survived to this day (the Minotaur maze and other attractions). Corfu is located in the north-western part of the Ionian Sea, and is considered the greenest and most fashionable resort in Greece. The island abounds with orange and lemon orchards and olive groves.
Santorini - an island of volcanic origin. Its key features include the red and white beaches of the buildings, especially against the backdrop of contrasting fire coasts. Rhodes is also interesting to stunning beaches, well-developed infrastructure, however, in comparison to Corfu, he was "bald".
Samos, Kos and Zakynthos - new in terms of tourismisland, consistently wins more hearts travelers cultural attractions, beautiful nature and always luxurious seas and coasts.