The steamboats that started serving the islands in the early XIX. century facilitated access to the islands, and the population started to increase rapidly when schools and hotels were built. The four larger islands grouped close to each other are covered with summer residences, villas and pine groves, and are famous for their beaches and picnic areas. The islands are crowded between May and late September, but deserted in other times. The residential areas have developed mostly around the piers and those sides of the islands facing the city. The only means of transport on the islands are horse-drawn phaetons. During the summer season and particularly on holidays, the bays and beaches attract private yachts and motorboats.
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