- Top Ten Biggest Greek Islands
Biggest Greek Islands
The Top Ten Biggest Greek Islands, the largest in size, are listed by Greece Travel Secrets and include Crete, Evia, Lesbos, and Rhodes.
The Lasithi Plateau on Crete, the Biggest Greek Island
What are the ten biggest Greek islands? If
you're planning a visit to Greece then it can help to know how big or small an
island is, when figuring out how long to stay. We once spent six weeks on the
largest island, Crete, while researching a guidebook and we could have spent
six months. On the other hand, sometimes you want to visit a small island and
just get away from it all.
How Many Greek Islands Are There?
According to Wikipedia, estimates of the
number of Greek islands range from about 1,200 up to 6,000 or more – depending on
how big a lump of rock in the sea has to be before you can call it an island.
Of these you can more safely say that
about 200 are inhabited. This number also varies as some are only inhabited in
the summer. There are also a number of privately-owned islands which may just
be home to one family, who may be there for only a few months of the year.
Evia, Second Biggest Greek Island
How Big are the Largest Greek Islands?
To provide some sense of scale, Crete is the biggest island at 3,219 square miles (see the table below for size in square kilometres). This would make it only the 49th largest US state, bigger than Delaware but much smaller than Connecticut. The next biggest is Evia, which is slightly smaller than the smallest US state, Rhode Island.
For UK readers, all ten of the biggest islands in Greece would comfortably fit into Wales. The four biggest islands together are slightly larger than Northern Ireland.
The Ten Biggest Greek Islands
This, then, is the list of the ten largest
islands in Greece.
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