Internationally known and accredited local products such as ouzo and mastic, beautiful natural landscapes, a noble flair met in architectural style and the way of life, a strong nautical tradition and the all-embracing Greek sun are some of the elements that characterize the North-eastern Islands of Greece.
Limnos, Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Samothraki, Ikaria and other smaller islands form a group of islands in the North-Eastern Aegean Sea, which form Europe's traditional sea border with the east. Smaller islands include Fournoi, Oinousses, Psara, and Agios Efstratios. The island of Thassos is also often included in this group of islands although geographically it is actually part of the Eastern Macedonia region of North Greece. To the south of this group of islands are the Dodecanese and to the west are the Cyclades and Sporades islands. The islands do not form a physical chain or group, but are frequently grouped together for tourist or administrative purposes.
Isolated not only from the rest Aegean Islands but also from each other, the islands of the North-Eastern Aegean have developed their own architecture and culture. This is a result of the many nations having conquered the islands up to the early 20th century and the blossoming of trade among them and the cities of Minor Asia and the rest of Greece.