Rough Guide to Greek Islands

The Rough Guide to Greek Islands
  New full-colour features explore the Greek Islandís highlights, including the best Greek Island beaches and the Greek Islandís finest cuisine. Find detailed practical advice on local products, sections exploring history, music, archaeology and wildlife, combined with information on living in Greece, navigating your way around the Greek Islandís extensive ferry network and comprehensive coverage of the Greek Islandsí glittering festivals. Make the most of your holiday with The Rough Guide to Greek Islands. More information and prices from:
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Greek Islands

Greek Islands (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide)
by Marc Dubin
  The DK Eyewitness Travel Guide to the Greek Islands will lead you straight to the best attractions the Greek islandsí have to offer. With over 1000 detailed maps, illustrations and colour photographs, this best-selling guidebook gives detailed background information on the best things to do, from magical island cruises and scenic walks and tours to the best beach resorts for a family holiday in the Greek Islands. More information and prices from:
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The Greek Islands

Skopelos

Skopelos, Sporades Islands

There are some 1400 islands around Greece of which 169 are inhabited. In fact, more than a fifth of Greece's land area is made up of islands. Most of the islands are spread throughout the Aegean between mainland Greece and the Turkish coast. There are two large islands in the Aegean: Crete and Evia. The remaining islands are in four main groups: the Cyclades, the Dodecanese, the islands of the north-east Aegean, and the Sporades. Away from the Aegean the other two groups are: the Saronic Gulf islands south of Athens and the Peloponese; and the Ionian islands between Greece and Italy.

The Saronic Gulf islands are very close to Piraeus, the main Athens ferry port and attract many Greek holidaymakers. The four major islands are Aegina, Poros, Hydra and Spetses. Hydra has an attractive port and has long attracted artists and musicians, including (at one time) the Canadian poet Leonard Cohen. Spetses has attractive beaches and a lush interior.

Crete is the largest of all the Greek islands with a long and important history in the mediterranean.The ancient Minoan capital of Knossos has been (somewhat garishly) restored but is a definite must-see for anyone with an appreciation of the past.