Interesting Ionian Islands to Visit
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The Ionian Islands are a group of Greek islands in the Ionian Sea. The year-round temperate climate, rich history, and breathtaking beauty make these islands a dream destination. Here’s what you should know about seven of the Ionian Islands.
Corfu is the northernmost of the Ionian Islands. Corfu has a close connection to the mythology and history of ancient Greece. The island has a tourism history that goes back more than 130 years and with its picturesque beaches and resorts, it’s no wonder. Corfu has diverse architectural and cultural influences including Roman, Byzantine, Ventian, and French. Historic sites on Corfu include Saint Michael and George Palace and the 15th-century Old Fortress and Spianada.
Paxi is one of the smaller Ionian islands and can only be reached by boat. The feel of this island is very cosmopolitan. There are many luxury resorts, boutiques, and attractions as well as the gorgeous beaches and many sea caves on the south coast to explore. Historical sites include the ancient Venetian fortress of Agios Nikolaos.
The exotic blue waters of Lefkada Island make it considered the Caribbean of Greece. Lefkada connects to the mainland of Greece by a long causeway and floating pontoon bridge and is surrounded by two dozen islets. The beaches, impressive landscape, and natural and cultural attractions mean there is something for everyone.
The island of Ithaca is linked to Homer’s tale of Oddyseus, which is considered home to the famous hero. The lush greenery, torquise water, and laid-back atmosphere make it the perfect place for families to explore, swim, and relax on the beach. Vathy, capital of the island, boasts attractions such as the Folklore and Maritime Museum and theCatherdral of Panaghia. Just a walk from Vathy is the Cave of the Nymphs.
Kefalonia is the largest of the islands. It’s beaches include: Skala, Lourdas, Antisamos, and Myrtos to name a few. The Melissani Lake cavern is a natural attraction located near the islands main port. There are also monastries and medieval castles on the island of Kefalonia. The movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was filmed on the island.
Zakynthos is an island known for its varied landscape. There are sandy beaches, cliffs, and caves. Beaches on the south side include: Vassilikos, Gerakas, and Spiantza. Loggerhead sea turtles are known to use these beaches as breeding spots due to the soft sand and clean water. If you want to view the Blue Caves, you can do so by taking a boat.
Thanks to its long history, Kythira is home to many interesting sites, some of which include: 13th-century Byzantine frescoes found in a cave in Mylopotamos, a Venetian castle, the water mills of Mylopotamos, and the Cave of Agia Sophia. A few beaches on Kythira are Kombonada Beach, Melidoni Beach, and Kalami Beach.
The Ionian Islands are a group of beautiful Greek islands that offer plenty of swimming, sunning, adventure, and exploration.
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