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Greek Islands in pictures + Corfu
In brief +
The Greek Islands are a collection of over 6,000 islands and islets. Only 227 of the islands are inhabited, and only 78 of those have more than 100 inhabitants. The largest Greek island is Crete, followed by Euboea, Lesbos and Rhodes. The rest of the islands are about two-thirds of the area of Rhodes, or smaller.The islands are grouped into the following clusters: the Argo-Saronic Islands in the Saronic gulf near Athens, the Cyclades, the North Aegean Islands, a loose grouping off the west coast of Turkey, the Dodecanese, between Crete and Turkey, the Sporades, off the coast of Euboea, and the Ionian Islands.There are also many islands, islets and rocks that surround the coast of Crete.
The Cyclades islands are by far the best, followed by Corfu and Rhodes. It is very difficult not to be compelled by the Greek lifestyle: swimming in crystal clear waters, drinking locally made wine, and living in round white houses, surrounded by scenic villages with charming streets and alleys.
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