Ionian Islands - Beach Information - Fun Things to Do - Tips
Green and lush, home to breathtaking landscapes and facing the Italian and Albanian coasts, the Ionian Islands are a popular vacation destination in Greece for many European residents who choose them for their convenient characteristics. Most of the Ionian Islands are easy to reach with a direct flight from many European capitals, often saving a trip to Athens and a ferry trip in the Aegean. Besides, most of the islands in this cluster are good family destinations, offer affordable accommodation facilities, great restaurants, and tons of entertainment. Although island hopping in the Ionian is not as popular as it can be in the Cyclades or the Dodecanese, it is fairly easy to design your own itinerary with a map, a good and trustworthy ferry search engine. There are seven main islands in this western archipelago. There are also many smaller ones you can visit in less than a day. The most important islands in the Greek Ionian are Corfu, Zakynthos, Kefalonia, Lefkada, Ithaka, Meganisi, and Kythira. While the first four are very popular and often overcrowded in summer, the last three are lesser-known, more tranquil, and less visited. The smaller islands in the Ionian are Antipaxos, Syvota, and Antikythira, among others.