There are perhaps dozens of private islands for sale in Greece. To own a private island is a dream of countless people around the world, but it can come true only for the lucky millionaires.
Millions visit the Greek islands every year, soaking in the hot sun and swimming in the clear blue waters, wishing their holidays will never end.
But imagine having all that for an unlimited amount of time, any time you want, any season, and for any reason.
There is a total of roughly 6,000 islands and islets in Greece, but only 227 of them are inhabited.
Since the economic crisis hit Greece really hard in 2010, several of the uninhabited islets in the Aegean and the Ionian Sea that are state property are put on the market.
Of course the most famous private island in Greece is Skorpios in the Ionian, the former paradise of Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis, one of the first to have an island of his own.
Now the islet is owned by another tycoon, Russian Dmitry Rybolovlev who is geared to turn it into an ultra-luxury resort for the ultra-rich.
Others would prefer to buy an island and make it their private resort, or sanctuary, and enjoy it only with their family and friends.
The majority of private islands for sale in Greece are uninhabited, and those are classified as either “with restrictions” or “without restrictions.”
The private islands with restrictions fall under special legislation or agreements. In order to build on these islands you would need a special permit from the Greek State.
The private islands for sale without restrictions are much more buyer-friendly. You can indeed build on these islands under existing Greek building laws.
There are several real estate agencies offering private Greek islands for sale. Usually, the asking price is not revealed.
Ten private island for sale in the Greek sea
Trinity island is a true gem, both for its natural beauty, its prime location and its vivid, historical past.
Located close to Athens, the little islet has hosted many important figures in the past, such as Winston Churchill and the Beatles.
Trinity used to belong to the former Keeper of the Royal Privy Purse of the three Kings of Greece since 1958.
It is ideally located in the southern gulf of Evia and can be reached easily within 1.5 hours from Athens by car and in just 10 minutes from Athens by helicopter. Yet, it offers total privacy.
Trinity island is green, with an abundance of ornamental and crop vegetation, including olive trees, pistachio trees, pine and cypress forests and a variety of fruit trees.
A jewel in the Ionian Sea, Nissos Sofia (Sofia island in Greek) is a beautiful 43.5 acre undeveloped private island in Greece within the popular Echinades Island Group.
The island offers great privacy and tranquility as it enjoys being within a RAMSAR designated National Park.
Nissos Sofia has a long stretch of shoreline, and shares the characteristics of Ionian islands such as lush vegetation and crystal clear waters.
Ready for development, there is already an application submitted for permission to pertinent authorities to build six homes with 80 sqm each and is pending approval.
The Isle of Patroklos is in Lavreotiki, relatively close to Athens as it belongs to the Attica Region. It is across Sounio Cape where the emblematic Temple of Poseidon stands.
The 643-acre islet has been coveted by investors for years. It has over 5,000 olive trees as well as pine trees and a number of dense bushy areas.
A family living on the island raises goats while there are about 275 acres of cultivable land on the northern part of the islet.
A real bargain listed at a little over $11 million, Spalathronisi is a 26.4-acre islet located in the Halkidiki region of northern Greece.
It is off the southwestern coast of the middle peninsula known as Sithonia and boasts some of the cleanest beaches in the world.
At the same time, green forests slope over the beaches, making Spalathronisi a real hidden paradise.
Stroggilo means round in Greek and it is a perfect way to name this island in the North Dodecanese, close to Lipsi and popular Patmos.
Marathi island, located just 50 meters away from Stroggilo, is well-known for its sheltered anchorage, sandy beach and clear waters.
The 800m x 470m island boasts three great beaches, it is uninhabited and has great potential to become your private sanctuary. For a mere $ 2.5 million.
A rocky island set in the Amvrakikos Gulf in the northern part of Greece, Vouvalos (Buffalo in Greek) is a 31.63-acre verdant island graced with beautiful beaches.
The island includes several natural harbors, as well as a picturesque lagoon in its center.
Due to its unusual shape, Vouvalos provides several natural harbors. Dolphins often play in the clear waters around the isle that boasts beautiful sandy beaches.
The beautiful islet of Agios Athanasios lies in the Gulf of Corinth, 2.5 km (1.5 miles) from the city of Itea and a short distance from Delphi in Central Greece.
The vegetation on this small, private island of 10,811 sqm has pine and olive trees and there is a small sandy beach along the northwestern coast.
The waters are crystal clear and you can admire the sea life at the bottom. The surroundings are beautiful and serene.
This unique place offer all the peace and quiet one expects to find on a private island in Greece with the added bonus that one can build a comfortable residence.
The extra bonus is that Agios Athanasios has a full and unrestricted freehold title, as well as all necessary supporting documents from various public authorities.
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Kato Antikeri is located in the Cyclades near Amorgos. At 272 acres, it is a perfect size for either a private residence or larger development.
Unlike its neighboring rocky islands, Kato Antikeri’s terrain is flat, which makes it well-suited for major construction projects.
The particular private island in Greece already has two harbors, electricity and telephone lines, two houses and a small church.
Tragonisi literally means the island of male goats. It is in the Saronikos Gulf and belongs to Peloponnese.
The 90-acre islet has bright blue seas and a long shore while it is only 45 minutes away from the Greek capital.
Just a 15 minute trip by sea one can find the charming harbor village of Korfos, a quaint place with white shops and traditional tavernas.
This little islet can become a lovely sanctuary and a unique personal hideaway.
Makri is one private island in the center of the Ionian Sea. It is one of the southern Echinades, called the Ouniades or Oxeiae, in the Ionian Islands group.
Located on the southeast side of the Gulf of Makri, in 1920 the British had described it as having the finest natural harbor in Asia Minor and noted its beautiful forests.
Today, Makri is a private island in Greece with a total surface of 993,900 sqm and an amazing seashore, whose perimeter has been measured at 7,280 m.
Makri has been granted special planning/building regulations. Under full development, it can be home to a luxury hotel and luxurious private villas.
For the purpose of this piece, we used information from two real estate websites that advertise private islands for sale in Greece: www.vladi-private-islands.de and www.privateislandsonline.com