How would you like to live on your own Greek island? Just the idea of living on an isolated island sounds too good to be true. You might be surprised to learn that some Greeks are living this dream and actually live on islands inhabited by as few as five to as much as around 200 people! Let’s look at some of the islands in Greece that have so few people, that the mode of transportation is by donkey, not taxi!
This island has only 5 inhabitants! This enchanting island is only 355 square kilometers located east of Patmos and has an untouched coastline of 4 kilometers. It was inhabited by the Emilianos family back in 1977, who created a small hotel and restaurant for visitors who stop by the island during the summer months.
Irakleia is an island with a population of only 141 inhabitants. The island is 17.795 square kilometers and it is located between the islands of Naxos and Ios. This small island may have only just over 100 inhabitants, but it has something really big — the biggest caves in the Cyclades! Besides this, the island has a rich history and has been inhabited from early antiquity as evidence of many mysterious rock paintings on the island date back to some 5,000 years! Irakleia can be reached by ferries from Athens, Naxos and Paros.
The island of Donousa has only 167 inhabitants and an area of 13.75 square kilometers. It is located between Naxos and Amorgos and is one of the smallest islands in the Small Cyclades. It can be reached by ferry from Piraeus or with a local boat from Naxos or Amorgos. This island remains unspoiled by tourists and has little means of transportation which means that when you are on Donousa you can walk around, and enjoy the beaches — most which are accessible by foot. Just pack an umbrella since the beaches on this island are not organized and have no proper facilities.
Agathonisi is small island located in the northernmost point of the Dodecanese in Greece. A 1920’s census showed that the island had only 80 inhabitants at that time, most of whom were farmers and shepherds. Nowadays, there are 185 inhabitants on the 13.5 square kilometer island. Many people come here for the secluded beaches, and to visit the two quaint villages on the island called Megálo Chorió, or “Big Village,” and Mikró Chorió, meaning “Small Village.” The Municipality of Agathonisi includes an archipelago of uninhabited offshore islets including Gláros, Kounéli, Nerá, and Psathonísio.