Located in the Aegean Sea, this group of islands are spread over quite a large area with many of them positioned just off the coast of Turkey. The main islands that make up this group include; Lesvos, Thassos, Samos, Limnos, Samothraki, Chios and Ikaria. Although not as popular with tourists as the other island groups such as the Dodecanese or Cyclades, the islands of Samos, Lesvos and Thassos still attract a loyal following of holidaymakers who return year after year. Samos is a popular package holiday destination and offers a variety of sand and pebble beaches with the biggest resort on the island being Pythagorion. Thassos is the most northerly of the islands and closest to the Greek mainland. It has maintained a great deal of its original Greek character and has shunned the rowdy nightlife that can be found on the likes of Mykonos and Zante, in favour of live music and dancing venues. The island of Ikaria has relatively few beaches but benefits from underground thermal springs which are recognised as some of the best therapeutic mineral springs in the world.