TOP 10 MOST BEAUTIFUL GREEK ISLANDS

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Top 10 Most Beautiful Greek Islands

Did you know that there are about 6,000 Greek islands spread around the mainland? Only a small part – to be exactly 227 islands – has been inhabited. And form a perfect base for a sunlit vacation. Where you find miles of sandy beaches on one island, the other is relatively green. There are also great climate differences between the islands. In this list you will read all about the 10 most beautiful Greek islands.

10. Skiathos

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The Greek island of Skiathos is part of the Sporades island group. It lies north of Evia and east of Pilion.Striking on Skiathos is the dense vegetation: the island is full of pine forests. Along the coast you hit long sandy beaches. The combination of clear sea water, white beaches and green pine trees produces a colorful picture. Among the tourists there are also many wine lovers. The wines of Skiathos enjoy worldwide fame. Especially the dark red Skiathos wine, the sweet moschato wine and the alypiako wine are eagerly deducted.

9. Elafonisos

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Elafonisos – an island in the Ionian sea – lies between Kythira and the Peloponnese. In administrative terms, Elafonisos is part of the latter region. The name of this island is immediately the name of a municipality, to which more islands belong. Elafonisos is the largest island with 625 inhabitants. On the neighboring island of Kapari only six people live. Besides shipbuilding and fishing, tourism forms an important source of income for the inhabitants of Elafonisos. Most tourists come here for the quiet beaches.

8. Naxos

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Compared to Elafonisos, the island of Naxos is on the other side of the mainland. In the Aegean Sea, to be precise. Like Mykonos and Paros, Naxos is part of the Cyclades. With an area of ​​448 km2, Naxos is the largest island of this island group. Remarkably on this island is the rugged mountainous landscape.Here are many sheep and goats. Cheese is therefore an important export item. In the fertile valleys, mainly olive, grape and citrus fruits are grown. Traditionally, Naxos is famous for the wines and liqueurs. And for the beautiful marble! Until today, the inhabitants are marching out. The Zas is worth mentioning: this mountain range – which extends over 1,000 meters above sea level – is visible everywhere on the island.

7. Corfu

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The Greek island of Corfu – also known as Corfu – is near Albania. That is on the northern side of Greece.Due to this location, there is relatively much rainfall. Corfu is therefore quite green. This fertile soil – combined with the favorable climate – is a great base for olive trees. Incidentally, this has another cause: in the Venetian times, the inhabitants received one gold piece for every 10 olive trees they planted. At that time there was a great need for oil. That is why you now find olive trees on the island everywhere. And still olive oil is an important export item. In fact, Corfu produces very good oil. The famous English department store Harrods only sells olive oil, which is made on this island.

6. Mykonos

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Mykonos belongs to the Cyclades. This archipelago is distinguished by an unbelievably pure beauty.Mykonos is mainly made up of granite: the island is hilly, bare and dry. Here there is always a shortage of water. For this reason, the houses have flat roofs: this helps the inhabitants when catching rainwater.Compared with the other islands belonging to the Cyclades, Mykonos has not played a significant role in history. You will not find traces of ancient civilizations. Nevertheless, the island has an unprecedented appeal to tourists. And this is because of the special landscape, which is almost surrealistic.

5. Cephalonia

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The name of the Greek island of Cephalonia is written in many different ways. Think of: Kefalonia, Kefallinia, Kefallonia, Cephallenia and Cephallonia. Either way, this island is in the Ionian Sea. That is the western part of Greece. Cephalonia is known as a relatively quiet island. With many beautiful vistas on the surrounding islands. There are tourists who come especially for the turtles. It is well known that there are four tortoises that come to Argostoli every day between 8 and 12 hours. There they eat of the fish remnants that throw fishermen overboard.

4. Rhodes

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Rhodes is just a few kilometers from Turkey. And you’ll see the flora and fauna on this Greek island.Thus, the interior is quite mountainous, dense with forests and sparsely populated. The change of sand and cauliflower also reflects the Turkish coastline. It is worth mentioning that Rhodes is the fourth largest Greek island: the area is 1,398 km2. Perhaps more interesting is that Rhodes is mentioned in Greek mythology. At the time Zeus, according to a myth, forgot to offer an island to Solod Helios, Rhodes rose from the sea. This island came to Helios. From Minoans, Romans, Achaeans, Guys, Persians and Arabs, throughout the centuries, Rhodes has been occupied by many different peoples.The island is characterized by rich art history.

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3. Zakynthos

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If you think of Zakynthos, then the image of the shipwreck appears on the pale white beach surrounded by turquoise blue water on your retina. Nowhere else are so many pictures taken as at this location! Besides, Zakynthos is known for its wonderful climate: during the summer months there is a cooling wind. It comes from the east. For that reason, the Romans – and later also the Venetians – Zakynthos also called ‘il fiore di Levante’. That means: flower from the east. If we further summarize the history, it becomes clear that the name of the island comes from the son of Dardanus. He was called Zakynthos. According to a myth, Dardanus laid the foundation under the first city of the island.

2. Crete

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Did you know that Crete is bigger than the provinces of South and North Holland? This island is the largest of all Greek islands. It is 250 kilometers long and – at certain points – 60 kilometers wide. Due to its size, Crete is divided into four provinces. Each province is characterized by beautiful nature, a nice climate, a beautiful coastline and many cultural treasures. And that’s not that strange: Crete has a rich history. According to the stories, they last for 9,000 years. About 7,000 BC were the first inhabitants in Crete. Also worth mentioning is that the coastline of Crete covers more than 1,000 kilometers. Either way, wherever you look, you see the sea. And that makes Crete a particularly popular holiday destination.

1. Santorini

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Santorini is located between the islands of Naxos and Crete. In fact, this Greek island consists of six small islands, namely Thira, Thirasia, Aspronisi, Paléa Kaméni, Néa Kaméni and Christiani. This landscape has arisen after a series of eruptions of a volcano, which lies exactly in the middle of this small island group. Experts speak of an annular archipelago. Meanwhile, Santorini is part of the 16 ‘Decade Volcanoes’, such as the IAVCEI – an international volcanology association – which has appointed. These volcanoes share a history of great eruptions. One very impressive landscape.

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