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Greece and the Greek islands

Greece located in southern Europe in the south of the Balkan Peninsula, Greece has an area of 131957 sq km and is mostly a mountainous country with many islands
To the north Greece borders with Albania, FYROM, Bulgaria and Turkey to the north east.
Greece has more than 3000 islands and islets, of which only 130 are inhabited. Most of the islands are located in the Aegean, the sea that separates Greece and Europe from Asia Minor. The other islands are located on the other side of the Greek mainland in the Ionian Sea. At the southernmost the Aegean archipelago is Crete, the largest island in Greece.

The mainland of Greece has a large mountainous territory with highest mountain the Mount Olympus 2917 meters high.  According to the mythology the Mount of Olympus was the house of the Greek Gods. The Greek mountains are in fact a continuation of the Alps to the south east over the Balkan peninsula. 
The continental Greece is divided into different regions. As we can see in the map of Greece to the further south is the Peloponnesus peninsula with the beautiful sea resorts and towns like Patras, Nafplio, Corinth, the historical sites of Mycenae, Epidaurus and Olympia, Greece connected with Peloponnese with the channel of Corinth (Isthmus of Corinth). Central Greece is divided into three regions: Epirus, Thessaly and Sterea Ellada
Northern Greece is divided into two regions: Thrace and Macedonia.

The islands of Greece are very different, some are word known as major tourist destinations, others unknown, some small, others large, some inhabited, other uninhabited, some with a magnificent lush vegetation, others are rocky and arid. One thing in common, however, they all have the blue sea and the sun
The Greek islands divided as follows. The islands of the Saronic gulf the Argosaronic islands are very close to Athens and is the place where many Athenians have their holiday house due to the vicinity from the Greek Capital. The islands of the Saronic are Salamina, Aegina, Agistri, Poros, Hydra and Spetses.

In the Ionian Sea, are the Ionian islands Corfu, Kefalonia, Zakynthos, Paxi, Lefkada. The Ionian islands are among the most popular holiday destinations for British and Italians. Due to their vicinity with many Italian ports every summer thousands of holiday makers visiting those beautiful islands, many of them by car from Ancona and other ports in Italy.

In the Aegean are the islands of the Cyclades with the famous Santorini , Mykonos, Naxos and other less touristy islands. The Dodecanese islands like Patmos, Leros, Kalymnos, Kos, Rhodes and many other smaller islands ,scattered along the coast of Asia minor the Northern Aegean Islands and finally Evia and the Sporades islands with the green islands of  Skiathos, Alonissos , Skopelos and Skyros located to the east of the Sterea Ellas.
Further south in the Aegean at the Crete sea is the island of Crete, which with its 8305 sq km, dominates the entire Greek archipelago.

Greece map


Athens Greece Guide 2003-2007

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