Avoid the Crowds on These Tranquil Greek Islands (photos)

How would you like to visit a beautiful Greek island inhabited by as few as five to as many as around 200 people? In fact, some of the islands we are about to look at have so few people, that the mode of transportation is by donkey, not taxi!Here are some suggestions to check out while you travel Greece this summer.

Marathi

This is the island to visit when you want total seclusion from the rest of the world and to return to the natural beauty of unspoiled Greece. Marathi has only five inhabitants!
This enchanting island is only 355 square kilometers located east of Patmos and has an untouched coastline of four 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

Irakleia is an island with a population of only 141 inhabitants and is perfect for tourists wishing to explore nature and history.

The island is 17.795 square kilometers and it is located between the islands of Naxos and Ios andcan be reached by ferries from Athens, Naxos and Paros.

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!
Donousa

Want to visit a small island? Check out the island of Donousa which has only 167 inhabitants and an area of 13.75 square kilometers.

Donousa is located between Naxos and Amorgos and is one of the smallest islands in the 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

Relax on a secluded beach and escape all the tourists this summer by visiting the Greek island of Agathonisi.

This small island is located in the northernmost point of the Dodecanese in Greece.

A 1920s 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 Megalo Chorio, or Big Village, and Mikro Chorio, meaning Small Village. The Municipality of Agathonisi includes an archipelago of uninhabited offshore islets including Glaros, Kouneli, Nera, and Psathonisio.