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All you need to know to plan your ideal Greek Islands trip

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While many of the Greek islands have airports, not all of them are international

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There are more than 200 inhabited Greek isles (and about 6,000 islands total). Each inhabited island has its own character,

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Traveling by ferry makes island hopping simple, especially if you're staying within one archipelago.

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May, June, and September are great months to visit the Grecian isles

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Overall, Greece has six main island groups, plus a significant stand-alone: Crete.

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The Cyclades Islands This archipelago is the most common first stop for American travelers in Greece, with two of the most-visited islands: Mykonos and Santorini

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Crete The largest Greek island  Crete could be a country unto itself, with its own customs, climate, accent, and cuisine.

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Saronic Gulf Islands The closest island group to Athens is also home to some of the most scenic, under-the-radar isles

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The Ionian Islands ush and green, the Ionian Islands  offer unique local culture, music, art, cuisine, and architecture.

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The Sporades Islands There are 24 of these green islands off of the northeastern coast of mainland Greece, but only four are inhabited

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The Northeast Aegean Islands This collection of 13 islands are the area of Greece closest to Turkey.

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The Dodecanese Islands This archipelago gets its name from the Greek number 12 (dodeca) because it contains — you guessed it — 12 main islands and multiple smaller ones.