Ionian Islands

Take a chance to discover one more popular tourist destination, the Ionian Islands, or the ‘Heptanese’ -“the seven islands”, a group of islands in western Greece.
 
Feel free to contact us in order to plan your own itinerary, but here is a sample from Corfu to Athens.
 

 

Day 1 Corfu – Paxoi & Antipaxoi / 39 miles

Day 1 Corfu – Paxoi & Antipaxoi / 39 miles

The most popular of the Ionian Islands. It is a very green island and a mixture of the civilizations that have passed through at various times. The town of Corfu impresses and charms the visitor with its two forts, narrow streets, tall houses, arcades, Venetian-built Town Hall, church to Saint Spyridon, the Corfu island's patron saint, flower-filled gardens, and balconies with their superb wrought-iron fences. Flooded with sights, Corfu is a small paradise on Earth. From Paleokastritsa to Kanoni, from the Achillion to Pontikonissi and the Corfu's northern coast, one will find crystal water scenic coves greenery and vegetation that 'sinks' into the deep blue sea.

Ag. Georgios, Ag. Stephanos, Kaminaki, Dassia, Benitses, Agni, Arilas, Barbati are some of the beaches you must visit.The main visitors of the islands are coming with yachts, since the island is ideal for such a vacation. The main port of Paxoi, Gaios, has a very protected natural harbour that can host almost 200 boats, because of a small island that stands at the front, blocking the wind and the waves. The other two villages Loggos and Langada are also extremely beautiful and picturesque. Special mention must be made for the thousand of sea caves that you can visit either swimming or by boat. Close to Paxoi lies Antipaxoi with two very beautiful beaches. One more thing to notice when you come to Paxoi: forget sand, all the beaches are covered with round, white pebbles of various sizes.

Day 2 Paxoi – Lefkada/ 64 miles

Day 2 Paxoi – Lefkada/ 64 miles

It is the fourth largest island of the Ionians and has impressive landscapes, long golden sandy beaches with colour as if the blue of the sea was mixed with bleaching water, traditional villages, a charming capital, some animated beach resorts with many restaurants and bars, Byzantine churches, archaeological sites, perfect wind conditions for windsurfing and kite surfing.  Agios Nikitas, Porto Katsiki, Kathisma, Vassiliki are must – see beaches as they are some of the most beautiful beaches of the world.

Day 3 Lefkada – Ithaki/ 33 miles

Day 3 Lefkada – Ithaki/ 33 miles

Throughout the ages Ithaki has been known as the home of Odysseus. For years Homer's hero wandered before he finally returned to his island kingdom. The west coast of the island is steep and almost barren in contrast to the green, gentle shoreline on the east. The capital and largest settlement is Ithaki or Vathi: its red-roofed delightful houses set amidst enchanting scenery at the end of the deep closed bay of Molos.

Three kilometres to the northwest lies the so-called Cave of the Nymphs (Nimfon Cave). Also worth visiting is the medieval Monastery of the Archangels at Perahori. North of the capital and 600 metres above sea level, the Kathara Monastery (Moni Katharon). Kioni and Frikes, typically Ionian villages, on the northeast coast are unspoilt, wonderful places for a short excursion or an extended sojourn.

Day 4 Ithaki – Kefalonia/ 34 miles

Day 4 Ithaki – Kefalonia/ 34 miles

Kefallonia is the largest of the Ionian islands. The capital of the island is the town of Argostoli. It is a lively place, especially in the summer months, with much of the action taking place around its main square (panoramic view, will take you to external site). Argostoli is a modern town that offers many entertainment and shopping opportunities, while still maintaining its charm. Argostoli, as well as all the other towns and villages of the island, was completely rebuilt after the earthquake that struck in 1953.

The only area that was spared from the earthquake was Fiskardo. For this reason Fiskardo retains the old architecture, making it the most beautiful village on the island. The second largest town of Kefallonia is Lixouri, on the Pali peninsula. The Mellisani Cave is an underground seawater lake featured in most guidebooks because of the amazing colour of the sea.

Day 5 Kefalonia – Zakynthos/ 45 miles

Day 5 Kefalonia – Zakynthos/ 45 miles

Zante the third in size of the islands of the Ionian Sea, the green island of poetry, of song and love, the native land of D. Solomos, the writer of the Greek National Anthem but also that of St. Dennis, the Patron Saint. Rich in beauty and tradition, both historical and cultural, Zante is the "ideal" of any traveller with an exploring mind. Discovered in 1897 the blue caves can be found on the northern tip of Zante not far from Cape Skinari. Famous for their stunning shade of blue seas and rock formations. Smugglers

Cove also known as Navagio has to be the most famous beach on the island if not in Greece. At the famous bay of Laganas you can enjoy one of the longest and most sandy beaches in the Mediterranean. Greece is the only European country where the logger headed turtles (Caretta, Caretta) nest and Zante is the most important nesting area in the Mediterranean. The national marine park of Zante objective is to preserve the natural environment.

Day 6 Zakynthos – Nafpaktos/ 84 miles

Day 6 Zakynthos – Nafpaktos/ 84 miles

From the towering of the Venetian Castle on the hill above the city you can see all of Nafpaktos. Its expansive beaches, pastel buildings, set beside the Venetian Walls, and veil of pine, palm, orange, and elm, make it one of the most beautiful cites of the Gulf of Corinth. Green enough, plenty of waters, big old platans, clear sea, spotless yards with beautiful gardens, a marvelous fort and small port together, which is the smallest and most beautiful in all the Mediterranean, and its powerful castle that is a "testifier" of its adventurous history.

Day 7 Nafpaktos – Galaxidi/ 31 miles

Day 7 Nafpaktos – Galaxidi/ 31 miles

Noble, picturesque, it stands proudly at the west part of Crisaean Gulf, the historic G a l a x i d i with 1,400 inhabitants built on the site of the ancient town of Oianthi (or Halaion according to others), it is a nautical city that carries a heritage of 4,000 years and which reached a peak during the 1821 Liberation War. Many invaders tried to conquer Galaxidi during its history, such as Franks, Catalans, Knights of Rhodes, Turkish pirates. But the city resisted and nowadays it is one of the most attracting Greek resorts. Its sailing vessels travelled across the seas prior to the appearance of of the coastal navigation. It was the first nautical force

Day 8 Galaxidi – Athens / 77 miles

Day 8 Galaxidi – Athens / 77 miles

The Capital of Greece. Within the sprawling city of Athens it is easy to imagine the golden age of Greece when Pericles had the Parthenon (the most eminet monument of the ancient Greek architecture) built. Athens is built around the Acropolis and the pinnacled crag of Mt. Lycabettus, which the goddess Athena was said to have dropped from the heavens as a bulwark to defend the city. The suburbs have covered the barren plain in all directions and the city is packed with lively taverns and bustling shops.