The Ionian Islands make up one of the favorite island areas in Greece. Greece has over 6,000 islands, and of these islands, 7 can be found in the Ionian Sea. These stunning islands have an all year round favorable weather condition, deep azure waters and a scenic landscape. These are the most beautiful Ionian Islands.
Kythira is located very close to the Peloponnese peninsula and was formerly a business area which attracted traders from all walks of life in the ancient times. Due to these trades, Kythira has a culture which differs from the other Ionian Islands. There are breathtaking frescoes on the walls of the Mylopotamos caves and beautiful statues made of bronze that were made during the time the Minoan lived in Greece.
Paxi is one of the tiniest Ionian Islands. It is a favorite stop spot for yachts. Paxi is also called Paxos or Paxoi and visitors who troop to this island always get exclusive treatment. There are many beautiful beaches you can enjoy, and there are over 40 caves you can explore. One other side attraction in Paxi is the fortress of Agios Nikolaos.
Lefkada is a unique island that is surrounded by 24 islets. It is directly linked to the Greek Mainland by a bridge. For this reason, it is one of the most easily accessible islands in Greece. Lefkada is an incredible tourist destination, and it offers visitors more fun than they bargain for. Holidaymakers who are on the look-out for having a wonderful recreational time while they explore nature and the rich culture of Greece should visit Lefkada. An important tourist attraction in Lefkada is the Agia Mavra fort that was built in the 12th century.
Ithaki is a famous island because it is the birthplace of Greek poet, Homer who wrote the popular poem “The Odyssey”. Ithaki is also referred to as Ithaca. Ithaki offers visitors so many breathtaking sites to see such as Vathy. If you take a trip to Vathy, you will be amazed to find the Folklore and Maritime Museum, the cathedral of Panaghia and the Archeological museum.
Kefalonia or Cephalonia is the largest of all Ionian Islands. This scenic island offers visitors so much to see. The Melissani lake cavern is one of the attractions on the Island; it was once used as a shrine for the mythical god, Pan. Sami and Myrtos beaches are also worth visiting. They boasts of snow-white sands and deep Mediterranean blue waters. If you love to be by yourself while at a beach, Sami should be your top pick.
Zakynthos is very close to Kefalonia and is the third largest of all the Ionian Islands. Zakynthos is also known as Zante, and it is loved for its rugged coastline and golden sand beaches that are always sheltered. One of the most beautiful places to visit in Zante is the Blue Cave and the shipwreck beach. The azure color of the seas is reflected very early in the mornings at this cave.
Corfu is the queen of the Ionian Islands and remarkably the most beautiful. Corfu is also known as Kerkyra, and it has been a tourist mecca for over a century. Corfu is popular because it was the Island where Odysseus made a brief stop before he returned to Ithaca. The ancient Island has some of the most beautiful sites in Greece which include; Saint Michael and George Palace, the Spaniada and a fortress that was built in the 15th century.