Private islands in Greece
Greece is the only country on the European continent that is comprised of 6 000 islands and islets that are scattered throughout the Aegean and Ionian Seas, which is a unique phenomenon for the European continent. Only 227 of these islands are inhabited. Approximately 140 islands out of the 6 000 islands are private. The purchase of an island and its tourist development will attract a high calibre of tourism without comparison or competition with other countries on an international level.
The majority of the private islands in Greece are uninhabited and they are classified under 2 categories:
Private islands for sale with restrictions and Private islands for sale without restrictions
The private islands 'with restrictions' are the islands that fall under special legislation or agreements and are defined as: Unique Beauty / NATURA 2000 / RAMSAR / Special Protection Areas /Corine / etc. In order to build on these islands you need a special permit from the Greek State that will provide for the removal of existing restrictive encumbrances, which in some cases requires a law to be passed in the Greek Parliament.
The private islands 'without restrictions': You can build on these islands under the existing building laws.