Uncharted Paradise: Uninhabited Island Destinations in Greece

KoufonisiaWhen people come to Greece for holiday they tour the mainland and then venture off to the islands. How cool would it be to bring back photos and the memories to share with friends and family of your trip to otherwise unknown’ islands? The country is made up of a half a dozen archipelagos making it easy to see how there are a plethora of amazing uninhabited islands around Greece that you can add to your list of places to visit on your Grecian holiday.

keros-beachKeros island is located northwest of Amorgos. In ancient times it was called Keria. It is a part of the Koufonissia islands and boasts and important archaeological sites as excavations have uncovered ruins from the Early Cycladic period 3200-2000 BC. The beaches are white sand and the waters turquoise. You may visit the island on your own boat or by hiring an excursion boat. Overnight stays are not permitted by the Archaeological Authority that watches over the island.

Lihadonisia beachLihadonisia is an island complex located across from Kamena Vourla in Evia. The islands are dotted with beaches created by volcanic inlets. Often referred to as the “Maldives” of Greece, the islands emerged as a result of a massive earthquake thousands of years ago and volcanic activity during the Cenozoic century. Thought to have been named after the servant of the God Hercules, Lihas, the islands can be reached via boat excursions operating from the harbor of Kavos in Evia.

armathiaThe municipality of Kasos includes several uninhabited and untouched offshore islands, the largest of which are Armathia and Makronisi. Located in the southern Aegean between Crete and is part of the Karpathos regional unit in the Dodecanese. The island of Armathia had 8 inhabitants according to a 1951 census, but has since become totally uninhabited. At the inlet of Armathia you will find the amazing beach, Marmara. There are regular boat trips scheduled to the island.

Gramvousa._islet_Gramvousa is a part of the Cretan islands archipelago. The two islands it refers to are Imeri and Agria Gramvousa, literally “tame” and “wild” Gramvousa. You can take a one day boat trip leaving in the morning and returning at night from Kissamos port and arriving at Gramvousa and Balos beach & lagoon. Day tours are available from May to October. Known for spectacular beaches, flora and fauna and the remains of the Venetian castle and fort that tops Imeri Gramvousa peaks, these two islands are not to be missed.

RheniaIf you are vacationing in Mykonos, why not take a one day yacht cruise to the uninhabited island of Rhenia? The island boasts unspoiled beaches and is only around a one hour trip by yacht from Mykonos. Rhenia was originally part of the sacred island of Delos. Today, Delos and Rhenia are separated by a very narrow sea strait and has much historical relevance and natural allure making this secluded island an ideal break from the crowded beaches of Mykonos!