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IONIAN ISLANDS

You can start your magical sailing holiday to the Ionian Islands from our bases in Corfu or Lefkas.

"As you set out for Ithaca, hope your road is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery."

Konstantinos Kavafis.

GEOGRAPHY & HISTORY

The Ionian Islands are part of Greece and lie off the country’s west coast, in the Ionian Sea. The northernmost island, Corfu, has an old town with Renaissance, baroque and classical architecture. Corfu also features the 19th-century Liston, a promenade on the central square, with arcades and cafes.

 

Scattered along the western coastline of Central Greece, the Ionian Islands are an island cluster comprising twelve small and large islands whose total surface area comes to 2,200 square kilometers. Zakynthos, Ithaca, Corfu (Kerkyra), Kefalonia, Lefkada, and Paxos are the six, large Ionian Islands.

Antipaxos, Erikousa, Mathraki, Othoni, Meganisi and the deserted islets of Strofades south of Zakynthos are the smaller Ionian Islands.

The Ionian Islands are world famous for their exotic beaches that are frequently included among the best beaches in the world. Navagio in Zakynthos, Myrtos in Kefalonia, Agios Gordis in Corfu and Porto Katsiki in Lefkada are only few of these beaches that amaze visitors with their natural beauty and the fabulous waters.

Every beach in Ionian Sea is a unique experience and offers something new.

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CLIMATE AND CUISINE

The Ionian Islands have a Mediterranean climate, with mild, rainy winters and hot, sunny summers. The temperature of the sea is high enough for pleasant swimming from June to September and, often, even later in the year.

Their products include herbs and spices, honey, wine, cheese, fruit, wheat, olive oil, and a large variety of vegetables. Each island has their own specialties to be discovered and their traditional recipes which can't be found anywhere else.

The Cuisine of the Ionian islands or Heptanesean cuisine is the cuisine of the Ionian Islands region. It has more influences from Italian cuisine than can be found in any other part of Greece, due to the long period of Venetian rule in the Ionian Islands. There are many local recipes to discover, such as the Kefalonia's famous pies.

ACTIVITIES AND DISCOVERY

The temperate climate, the gentle winds, the crystal clear waters, the amazing swimming spots, the mountains, the lush vegetation, the cultural heritage, and the hospitable inhabitants, make the Ionian Islands the ideal destination for first time sailing holiday as well as for rest and relaxation.

What is more, the traits of the Ionian Islands are perfectly combined with a flawless tourism infrastructure, excellent hotel accommodations, restaurants, diving centers, sea sports, cultural events, and a multitude of sights, historic monuments and museums which guarantee a week full of discovery and fun.

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Island Selections: Seven-day Itineraries to the Ionian Islands

FROM LEFKADA

  • Day 1: Lefkada – Meganisi (Spartohori)
  • Day 2: Meganisi – Atokos – Vathi (Ithaka)
  • Day 3: Ithaka – Fiskardo (Kefallonia)
  • Day 4: Fiskardo – Myrtos Beach – Assos (Kefalonia)
  • Day 5: Assos – Egremi Beach – Sivota (Lefkada)
  • Day 6: Sivota – Kastos – Kalamos
  • Day 7: Kalamos – Meganissi – Lefkada

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FROM CORFU

  • Day 1: Corfu – Mourtos
  • Day 2: Mourtos – Paxoi
  • Day 3: Paxoi – Lefkada
  • Day 4: Lefkada – Kefalonia
  • Day 5: Kefalonia – Kalamos
  • Day 6: Kalamos – Parga
  • Day 7: Parga – Corfu

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FROM LEFKADA

  • Day 1: Lefkada – Meganisi (Spartohori)
  • Day 2: Meganisi – Atokos – Vathi (Ithaka)
  • Day 3: Ithaka – Fiskardo (Kefallonia)
  • Day 4: Fiskardo – Myrtos Beach – Assos (Kefalonia)
  • Day 5: Assos – Egremi Beach – Sivota (Lefkada)
  • Day 6: Sivota – Kastos – Kalamos
  • Day 7: Kalamos – Meganissi – Lefkada

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FROM CORFU

  • Day 1: Corfu – Mourtos
  • Day 2: Mourtos – Paxoi
  • Day 3: Paxoi – Lefkada
  • Day 4: Lefkada – Kefalonia
  • Day 5: Kefalonia – Kalamos
  • Day 6: Kalamos – Parga
  • Day 7: Parga – Corfu

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Island Selection No. 01: Seven days around the Ionian Islands

 

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