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Uninhabited Island Destinations in Greece: Uncharted Paradise

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Greece is home to thousands of islands, and only around 200 are currently inhabited. The rest are uninhabited Greek island paradises. These secluded destinations are the perfect travel spots for tourists looking to go off the beaten path.

Keros, an archaeological treasure trove

Koufonisi Beach
Koufonisi Beach. Crédit: Sisyphos23 – Own work, Public Domain

Keros island is located northwest of Amorgos, and in ancient times it was called Keria. It is a part of the Koufonissia island group and boasts many important archaeological sites. Excavations on the uninhabited Greek island have uncovered ruins from the Early Cycladic period 3200-2000 BC.

The beaches on the pristine island are full of white sand and the waters are 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, Island Complex in Kamena Vourla in Evia

Lihadonisia 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.

Kasos, home to uninhabited Greek islands Armathia and Makronisi

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Marmara. Crédit: Srđan Mijatov, CC BY 3.0

The municipality of Kasos includes several uninhabited and untouched offshore islands, the largest of which are Armathia and Makronisi. Kasos is located in the southern Aegean 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.

Gramvoussa, Uninhabited Part of Cretan Island Archipelago

Gramvousa Island
This photo shows the Gramvousa island with its crystal color water and beauty. Crédit: Anastasia Ture – Own work, CC BY 4.0

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.

Rineia

If you are vacationing on Mykonos, why not take a one day yacht cruise to the nearby uninhabited Greek island of Rineia?

The island boasts unspoiled beaches and is only around a one hour trip by yacht from Mykonos. Rineia was originally part of the sacred island of Delos, and served as a quarantine site in ancient times.

Today, Delos and Rineia 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!

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