The North Aegean Islands, actually are a group of disconnected islands located in the North Aegean Sea. In fact, they are nine islands in total and specifically, they are the Lesvos, Chios, Psara, Oinousses, Ikaria, Fournoi, Lemnos, Agios Efstratios and Samos.
Although they are far from mainland Greece and despite the fact that they are not as popular as other Greek islands such as the Cyclades or the Dodecanese, they still remain a favourite destination for summer vacations. What makes the North Aegean Islands distinct from the other Aegean Islands, is their unique character! They have preserved the Greek culture and traditions, which gives you the opportunity to get to know the Greek element and Greek hospitality deeply if you ever decide to visit one of them.
Lesvos is one of the most popular North Aegean Islands and is widely known for its top-quality ouzo and the traditional villages. Not only the capital of the island Mytilene but also other regions such as Assomatos, Vatousa, Plomari and other, worth a visit due to their unspoilt nature and the golden beaches, while the hot springs of Thermi, Eftalou and Gera will definitely amaze you!
Chios island is known as the “mastic island” because it is the only one that cultivates natural resin or mastic. If you ever visit this place, do not miss passing by the famous Mastichochoria, a group of mythical villages built in the 14th century and of great beauty. If you are seeking a quiet summer destination, then you will definitely choose Oinousses. A cluster of nine small islands with impressive stoned houses and beautiful nature.
Another one North Aegean Island which is highly preferred for summer vacation is Ikaria. Also known as the Greek Seychelles, Ikaria includes some terrific waters and exotic beaches. If you are in the mood of laid back holidays, then you can visit Lemnos or Psara. Both are ideal for relaxation while they offer superb fresh fish and lobster dishes.
What about travelling back in time? Fournoi is the place where you will lose track of time. The architecture of the buildings along with the aesthetics, the windmills, the history of the island as well as the ancient findings take you back in Classical and Hellenistic times. In the same vein, Agios Efstratios is another charming island of North Aegean outstanding for the volcanic grey beach with warm waters and the serene natural landscape. Last but not least, is Samos, a beautiful green island with great beaches and fine sand. The island is also known for its high-quality sweet wine and the UNESCO monuments of Pythagoreion.
Don’t miss the chance to explore the unique wild beauty of Greece’s North Aegean Islands!