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The islands that are part of the Northeastern Aegean archipelago are located east from the Sporades and north from the Cyclades and the Dodecanese, some of which are very close to the Turkish coast. The islands that are part of the archipelago are Lesbos (the biggest and most populous), Chios, Samos, Lemnos, Ikaria, Agios Efstratios, Psara, Fourni, Oinousses, Thassos and Samotracia.
The most popular of the northeast Aegean islands is Samos, a wonderful island that is famous for its lush nature and marvelous beaches. Also Thassos, the northernmost island of the Aegean sea, is very popular among tourists. Lesbos and Chios are famous for their lovely landscapes and family atmosphere while Ikaria and Limnos are considered a bit more alternative destinations.
Sandy beaches and tropical waters
There are wonderful beaches throughout all of the islands. Tsamadou and Lemonakia in Samos, Livadi and Messakti in Ikaria besides Golden and Paradise Beach, the two most beautiful beaches of all the islands of the north-eastern Aegean archipelago thanks to their tropical like waters.
All the other islands also have beautiful beaches but most of them aren’t as famous as the ones previously mentioned. Chios, for example, is mostly famous for its medieval villages rather than for its coasts.
Limnos instead has large and beautiful beaches that unfortunately are rather difficult to reach. Samos is very green and lush besides being the most popular and visited island of the north-eastern Aegean sea. Ikaria in the west part is still rather untouched while in Chios you will find a lot more cultural and historical sites compared to the other islands surrounding it.
Lesbos may not appear to be anything really special as soon as you see it but once you explore it you will certainly fall in love with its old and dated style. Agios Efstratios isn’t very common among tourists as it is very tiny and not many people live on it. In the northern most part of the archipelago you will find Samotracia where you will find some of the most beautiful landscapes and some of the most important archeological sites. Thassos has a lot more variety to choose from thanks to its beaches, villages and archeological sites.
How to reach the islands of the North-eastern Aegean archipelago
By plane: There are airports in Chios, Lesbos, Limnos, Samos and Ikaria in the eastern Aegean sea. The airport of Samos receives charger flights during the summer while all the other airports only receive national flights from Athens and Thessaloniki.
By ferry: There are the regular ferries that leave from the port of Piraeus in Athens for the islands of Chios, Lesbos, Samos and Ikaria. The ferries for Lemnos only set from the southernmost area of Attica called Lavrion while the ferries for Thassos leave from Kavala.