Ionian Island Holidays
The Ionian Islands are a small collection of islands off the west coast of Greece. Crowned by Corfu to the north, they differ from those of the Aegean by virtue of their greener, more mellow hues and often lush landscapes.
Ionian Island Holidays to Paxos
Visiting Paxos on a stay in a Greece holiday villa will take you to an island of sleepy fishing villages, centuries old olive groves and tiny coves where astonishingly clear water washes white pebbly beaches. Paxos retains a delightfully unhurried way of life and those on an Ionian Island holiday will find its friendly welcome and captivating scenery alluring.
Ionian Island Holidays to Lefkada
Little known Lefkas is joined to the mainland by the slightest of causeways but this mountainous and lush island feels remote and proudly independant. The beaches are sublime, the verdant landscape a delight and the island is a paradise for windsurfers and sailors as well as beach-lovers staying in a Greece holiday villa. Here you will still see the older generation in traditional costume and get a real taste of Greek island life.
Ionian Island Holidays to Meganisi
The tiny island of Meganisi is relatively untouched by tourism and is the perfect destination for a day trip for those on an Ionian Island holiday staying in Paxos. Pretty pastel-washed fishermen's houses line the little port of Vathi while elsewhere, deep bays of turquoise water and delightful coves will make you very reluctant to leave. Also, pay a visit to the nearby island of Kalamos when in your Greece holiday villa - it has only 20 inhabitants. Sample true escapism.
Ionian Island Holidays to Ithaca
Mythical Ithaca was the long-lost home of Odysseus and of Penelope who stoically awaited his return. The few Ionian Island holiday makers that make the voyage are rewarded with dramatic scenery interspersed with pockets of vineyards, olive groves and cypresses, as well as pretty villages and unpretentious bars and restaurants. When in a Greece holiday villa here you will find the side of the country where men play backgammon in the cafés and donkeys bear the crops from the fields. The Greece where sunsets are beautiful, days are tranquil and life is at its simplest. The small villages of Kioni and Frikes are a must-see on your Ionian Island holiday.
Ionian Island Holidays to Cephalonia
Mt Enos towers some 1520m above the island of Cephalonia, the largest of the Ionian islands which is pleasantly fragranced with the scents of herbs and wild flowers as you approach from the sea. Famed by Louis de Bernieres's novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, the island has many splendid beaches as well as rugged and relatively untracked ridges and valleys for you to explore while on an Ionian Island holiday here. Worth visiting is the old Venetian town of Fiskardo and the Mellisani cave near Sami.
Ionian Island Holidays to Zakynthos
The most fertile of all the Ionian islands, Zakynthos (otherwise known as Zante) is a vivid patchwork of colour: spring flowers give way to green and soft ochre in the summer. The Venetians named the island the 'Flower of the Levant', testimony to its exceptional natural beauty and outstanding beaches. Inland villages such as Gyrio and Maherado will allow you a picture of island life quite removed from the busy resorts on the coast on your Ionian Island holiday.