The best known islands in the Argosaronic Gulf are Agkistri, Aegina, Spetses, Hydra, Poros, Salamina and the peninsula of Methana. One reason these islands are popular is their close proximity to Athens, with daily ferry connection from the port of Piraeus, but ultimately it’s the ancient mythology, historical treasures and romantic atmosphere that has tourists heading to the region in droves.
The Sporades is a group of Greek islands in the northwest Aegean Sea. Four of them - Alonnisos, Skiathos, Skopelos and Skyros - are inhabited. The islands are known for their beaches, wooded terrain, and coastal diving and snorkeling. Surrounded by uninhabited isles, Alonnisos is at the center of a marine park that’s home to dolphins and Mediterranean monk seals.
The North Aegean islands are not as easy to get to as some of the others, but with destinations such as Agios Efstratios, Thasos, Ikaria, Lesvos, Limnos, Inouses, Samos, Samothrace, Chios and Psara, it is well worth the time and effort. While they may be less popular than others, their beauty is on par and you’re bound to truly experience not only a relaxing vacation and plenty of fantastic beaches, hotels and restaurants, but also Greek culture at its finest.
The Cycladic group of islands are made up of 29 habitable islands, of these Santorini, Mykonos, Ios, Naxos, Paros and Tino are the most popular. However the most spectacular, apart from Santorini lie outside these big 5 hotspots of the Aegean Sea. These are Amorgos, Milos, Kea and Folegandros.
The popular Ionian Islands are the perfect holiday getaway and are extremely popular with tourists from around the world. They are the largest islands in the Ionian Sea and include the famous Eptanissa – seven islands, Zakynthos, Ithaca, Corfu, Kefallonia, Lefkada, Paxi, and Kythira. In Ioania, the climate is fantastic year round, the waters are calm and inviting, the mountains are lush and the history and culture is intriguing.
The Dodecannese in south-eastern Aegean is made up of 12 major islands and more than 150 smaller islands, with the main tourist stops being Astypalaia, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kasos, Kastellorizo, Kos, Lipsi, Leros, Nisyros, Patmos, Rhodes, Symi, Tilos and Chalki.
Crete is the largest island in Greece and is divided in to four regions - Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion and Lasithi. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe due to the soft, sandy beaches, bright blue Mediterranean Sea and its history as the home of the Minoan civilization.