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Greece and its surrounding islands have always been a popular holiday destination for people looking for glorious beach holidays. Popularity increased dramatically in 2008 after the release of Mamma Mia! The Movie and with Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again recently released at cinemas, and tourism is likely to boom once again. Here is Monster.travels guide to what makes this a perfect holiday getaway.

There are an estimated 6000 islands and islets that make up the Greek Islands and only 227 of those are inhabited. Many of the islands are found in the Aegean Sea, these islands are divided into the following seven groups.

The Northeastern Aegean Islands

The islands that make up this group are Agios Efstratios, Thasos, Lesbos, Psara, Ikaria, Limnos, Inoises, Samothrace, Chios and Samos.

There is so much rich, historical cultural within all of these islands as well as unspoiled landscapes, ancient cities, olive groves, stunning beaches, hot springs and fortress villages. The islands are birthplaces to Greek Myths such as Icarus and Daealus, mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras and astronomer Aristarchus of Samos who was the first to propose that the earth revolves around the sun.

The Sporades

The Sporades are made up of Alonissis Skiathos, Skopelos and Skyros.

Skopelos is probably one of the best all-rounder of the Sporades islands and is where most of the filming for Mamma Mia took place, although the film was actually set in the fictitious town of Kalokairo. As with most of the Sporades, Skopelos shows little evidence of ancient times but does features some rural monasteries and quaint villages.

Evia

The island of Evia is the second largest of all the Greek Islands. Evia is one of the closest islands to Athens and most tourists drive there. It is a popular tourist destination for Canadians, Australians, Greeks and Greek-Americans.

Wherever you choose to stay when in Evia you will find plenty to do. Explore the old monasteries and beautiful settlements, take in the imposing mountains and waterfalls and ravines or discover the many gorgeous beaches.

Islands of Argosaronic

Angistri, Methana, Hydra, Aegena, Poros, Salamina and Speeses are the islands of Argosaronic. These islands are known to be rocky and volcanic and again are close to the capital, Athens. The natural beauty of these islands make them the perfect romantic getaway. Watch the sunset on one of the many boat trips on offer or take in the views after hiking on any of the trails that lead you up the sleeping volcano of Methana.

The Cyclades

This is a group of 56 islands that include popular islands Mykonos, Santorini and Ios.

One of the most famous vistas in the world can found in the Santorini village of Oia. The view from the cliffs is truly spectacular.

Mykonos is a popular, high energy island with plenty going on day and night.

The Dodecanse

Kos and Rhodes are just two of the islands within the Dodecanse. Other than these popular holiday spots you will find Kalymnos, fast becoming a rock climbing destination, Patmos, full of spiritual charisma and Leros, a fantastic place for diving. The other 10 islands of the Dodescanse are smaller in size.

Crete

Crete is the largest of all the Greek islands and possibly one of the more popular islands for people to visit. Like all of the other islands, Crete is brimming full with culture and history. You will find museums and classical architecture, palaces and ancient treasures as well as the scenic harbour and lets not forget the numerous stunning beaches.

 

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