There is an elongated embayment of the Mediterranean Sea between Europe and Asia called the Aegean Sea. Located between the Balkans and Anatolia, it covers an area of about 215,000 square kilometers.
The straits of the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus connect the Aegean to the Marmara Sea and the Black Sea in the north.
Some of the Aegean Islands bind the sea on its southern periphery, including Crete and Rhodes.
To the east of Crete, the sea reaches a maximum depth of 3,544 meters. The main subdivisions of the Aegean Sea are the Thracian Sea and the Sea of Crete.
The Aegean Islands are divided into several groups, including the Dodecanese, the Cyclades, the Sporades, the Saronic Islands, and North Aegean Islands, as well as Crete and its surrounding islands.
To the southeast are the Dodecanese islands of Rhodes, Kos, and Patmos; to the south, the Cyclades include the islands of Delos and Naxos.
Lesbos belongs to the North Aegean Islands. Despite being administered as a part of Central Greece, Euboea is located in the Aegean.
The sea is bordered by nine of the twelve administrative regions of Greece, as well as the Turkish provinces of Edirne, Canakkale, Bal*kesir, Izmir, Ayd*n, and Mu*la.
Imbros, Tenedos, Cunda Island, and Foça Islands are some of the Turkish islands in the sea.
In the past, the Aegean Sea has been of historical importance, especially in regard to the civilization of Ancient Greece, which inhabited the area around the coast of the Aegean Sea and the Aegean islands.
The Aegean islands facilitated contact between the people of the area and between Europe and Asia.
Along with the Greeks, Thracians lived on the northern coast.
The Romans conquered the area under the Roman Empire, and later the Byzantine Empire held it against advances by the First Bulgarian Empire.
The Fourth Crusade weakened Byzantine control of the area, and it was eventually conquered by the Ottoman Empire, with the exception of Crete, which was a Venetian colony until 1669. The Greek War of Independence allowed a Greek state on the coast of the Aegean from 1829 onwards.
The Ottoman Empire held a presence over the sea for over 500 years, until it was replaced by modern Turkey.
The rocks making up the floor of the Aegean are mainly limestone, though often greatly altered by volcanic activity that has convulsed the region is relatively recent geologic times.
Of particular interest are the richly colored sediments in the region of the islands of Santorini and Milos, in the south Aegean.
Notable cities on the Aegean coastline include Athens, Thessaloniki, Volos, Kavala, and Heraklion in Greece, and İzmir and Bodrum in Turkey.
The Aegean Sea groundwater itself has a high salinity content leading one to think that the soil would be infertile due to the volcanic region, but actually has an equilibrium with its soil content structure making it able to grow fertile crops on land that would seem infertile.
A number of issues concerning sovereignty within the Aegean Sea are disputed between Greece and Turkey.
The Aegean dispute has had a large effect on Greek-Turkish relations since the 1970s.
Issues include the delimitation of territorial waters, national airspace, exclusive economic zones, and flight information regions.
🏨 Hotels Near Aegean coast
|Phoenix Sun Hotel||📍 Gümbet, Oramiral Kemal Kayacan Cd. No:2, 48400 Bodrum/Muğla, Turkey||Bodrum||📞 +90 252 424 09 83||phoenixsunbodrum.com/|
|Forever Club||📍 Kumbahçe, Atatürk Cd. No:187, 48400 Bodrum/Muğla, Turkey||Bodrum||📞 +90 252 313 55 55||foreverclub.com/|
|GQ Hotel & Club||📍 1, 25th March Street, Rhodes Town, Greece||Rhodes Town||📞 +30 2241 071815||gqhotel.eu/|
|Olira Boutique Hotel&SPA||📍 Yalı Mevki Gündoğan No:66, 48400 Bodrum/Muğla, Turkey||Bodrum||📞 +90 252 387 87 14||olirahotel.com/|
|Delfinia Hotel & Bungalows||📍 Molyvos (Mythimna), Molyvos (Mythimna), Lesvos 811 08, Greece||Molyvos (Mythimna), Lesvos||📞 +30 2253 071315||hoteldelfinia.com/|
|StoneHouses||📍 Kontias 814 01, Greece Κοντιας 814 01||Kontias||📞 +30 697 767 9664||stonehouses.gr/|
|Birds Bay||📍 Avlaki,, Petra 811 09, Greece||Petra||📞 +30 697 432 8808||birdsbay.gr/|
|Eleia Seafront Villas||📍 Avlaki, Petra, Petra, Greece||Petra||📞 +30 697 762 1208||eleiavillas.gr/|
|Bodrum Park Resort||📍 Yalı, Mumcular-Bodrum Yolu, 48410 Bodrum/Muğla, Turkey||Bodrum||📞 +90 252 241 24 25||bodrumparkresort.com/|
|Sunrise Resort Hotel||📍 Eftalou, Mithimna 811 08, Greece Eftalou, Μήθυμνα 811 08||Mithymna||📞 +30 2253 071713||sunrisehotel-lesvos.com/|
🎉 Tourist attractions Near Aegean coast
|Çeşme Poseidon Tekne Turları||📍 16 Eylül, Hürriyet Cd., 35930 Çeşme/İzmir, Turkey||Çeşme||Boat tour agency|
|A&S Travel||📍 Armutalan, Yunus Nadi Cd. no:34/B, 48706 Marmaris/Muğla, Turkey||Marmaris||Tour agency|
|Laren Safari Park||📍 Atatürk, Atatürk Cd., 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey||Selçuk||Horseback riding service|
|Eski Doganbey Houses||📍 Eski Doganbey Koyu, Doğanbey, 09220, Turkey||Söke||Historical landmark|
|Alaçatı Çarşı||📍 Alaçatı, 1057. Sk. No:7, 35930 Çeşme/İzmir, Turkey||Çeşme||Tourist attraction|
|Oren Beach||📍 Ören, 10700 Burhaniye/Balıkesir, Turkey||Burhaniye||Public beach|
|Karia Princess Museum||📍 Çarşı, 48400 Bodrum/Muğla, Turkey||Bodrum||Museum|
|Kazdagi Museum||📍 Güre, 10300 Edremit/Balıkesir, Turkey||Edremit||Museum|
|Zeus Cave||📍 Güzelçamlı, 09430 Kuşadası/Aydın, Turkey||Kuşadası||Historical landmark|
|Seyit Onbaşı Memorial||📍 İsmetpaşa, İstiklal Cd. 63a, 17900 Eceabat/Çanakkale, Turkey||Eceabat||Monument|