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Greek Island Greece Travel Guide
Everyone dreams of holidaying in the Greek Islands Greece, beautiful beaches, hot days and warm nights and all that incredible food.
There are over 6000 islands scattered across the Aegean and Ionian seas with 227 islands inhabited. With this much choice there are islands to suit all budgets and tastes.
Ferry’s plough their way from island to island and some of the bigger more populated islands have small airports. If visiting the Islands out of the main peak tourist season be sure to check the ferry timetables as in slower times there are less ferries with some islands only getting a ferry once or twice a week.
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Lesvos in the Greek Islands Greece is in the northeastern Aegean sea just off the western Turkish coast and a popular stop off point for visitors travelling from Greece to Turkey.
Lesvos is the third largest island in Greece with over 300 kms of coastline – which means a number of stunning beaches.
The name Lesvos was from the mythical hero Lesvos who came from Thessaly and married Mythimna, daughter of the settler Makaras. During prehistoric times it was a significant cultural centre of the region, and flourished economically, commercially and culturally during Archaic times (7th – 6th century BC).
Lesvos is famous for its petrified forest, which is formed from the fossilised remains of plants. The Lesvos pertified forest is in western Lesvos.
It has wonderful olive groves producing olive oil and it is said the home of ouzo, the famous Greek spirit. We enjoyed excellent food and wine in the taverns of Lesvos.
Chios the fifth largest of the Greek islands Greece, situated in the Aegean Sea, 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) off the Anatolian coast.
The island is separated from Turkey by the Çeşme Strait. Chios is notable for its exports of mastic gum and its nickname is the Mastic Island.
Tourist attractions include its medieval villages and the 11th-century monastery of Nea Moni, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Santorini Greece – Greek Islands Greece
Santorini is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece with stunning views across the caldera and picture perfect villages it is hard to beat. Situated in the Aegean sea as part of the Cyclades group of Islands.
Santorini was the site of the biggest recorded volcanic eruption on the planet in the mid-second millennium BCE. The eruption devastated the island and created what is now the caldera with the core of the volcano in the centre.
I strongly suggest visiting Santorini outside the main tourist season as the island gets inundated with not only independant travellers but hoards of crusie ships. We were there in mid September and it was perfect, gorgeous weather and not that many people around.
You can get to Santorini either by ferry or by flying into the airport.
Samos Greece – Greek Islands Greece
Samos is just off the western coast of Turkey and a great jumping off point to the rest of the Greek islands if visiting Ephesus in Turkey.
In ancient times Samos was a powerful city state and famous for its wine and vineyards. Samian wine was well known in ancient times and is still produced on the island.
Samos is home to Pythagoreion and the Heraion of Samos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes the Eupalinian aqueduct.
Samos is the birthplace of the Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras, after whom the Pythagorean theorem is named, the philosopher Epicurus, and the astronomer Aristarchus of Samos, the first known person to propose that the Earth revolves around the sun.
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