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Viral Illustration of the 20 Largest Greek Islands Gets One Wrong

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The illustration with the largest Greek islands gets one wrong. Credit: u/GergoliShellos/Reddit

An illustration of the largest Greek islands at Reddit got one completely wrong. Given that Greece has many islands with estimates ranging from somewhere around 1,200 to 6,000, depending on the minimum size taken into account, the mistake could be forgivable.

The number of inhabited islands is variously cited as between 166 and 227.

The largest Greek island by area is Crete, located at the southern edge of the Aegean Sea. The second-largest island is Evia, which is separated from the mainland by the 60m-wide Euripus Strait and is administered as part of the Central Greece region.

After the third and fourth-largest Greek islands, Lesvos and Rhodes, the rest of the islands are two-thirds of the area of Rhodes, or smaller.

Illustration on largest Greek islands gets one wrong

The above illustration was posted on Reddit, an American social news aggregation, web content rating, and discussion website. It compared the size of the twenty biggest Greek islands.

However, some of the information is incorrect. Lefkada is actually not the sixth largest island as pictured; rather, it is its northern, larger neighbor in the Ionian Sea, Kefalonia or Cephalonia, that is the sixth largest.

The beautiful island of Kefalonia, is the largest in the Ionian Sea. The island, chosen for the filming of the Hollywood movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, is as diverse as it is vast.

From the farmland and vineyards of the Paliki Peninsula to the sheer cliffs and rocky shoreline of the north, Kefalonia is filled with surprises.

The inhabitants of Kefalonia have a reputation for being the wittiest Greeks—always ready with a joke—but also with a smile and a helping hand.

The island boasts the highest peak in the Ionian, Mt Enos which takes its name from the black pine (Abies cephalonica) that once covered it completely and grows nowhere else.

It has been a national park since 1962, known for its wealth of wildflowers. It’s also home to a special breed of pony, Equus cabalus.

The beaches of Kefalonia are amongst the most gorgeous in the Mediterranean. Their waters cover the entire range of blue and green, lapping against pure white sand or smooth round pebbles.

Myrtos, perhaps the most spectacular, lies at the bottom of a towering limestone cliff. But don’t miss Petani, Skala, or Poros, where the forest is reflected in the Ionian Sea, intensifying the color. Makri Gialos, whose turquoise waters rock to the music of beach bars, provides for a cosmopolitan touch. And Xi, where pale green waves meet fine red sand, offers an unforgettable change of pace.

The fifty shades of turquoise in underground Lake Melissani are mesmerizing. As you explore it by boat, you’ll think you’re floating in space. With sunlight filtering in from above, the cavern reminds you of a cathedral.

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