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About Ionian Islands
From Zakynthos in the south to Corfu in the north, the Ionian islands are a refreshingly lush alternative to the stark, sun-scorched landscapes of the Aegean.
You’ll find a distinctly Italian atmosphere to these islands, coupled with a curiously British feel - the legacy of both influences. Homer’s ‘rich and beautiful land’ Corfu is the most popular island among the chain. To the northeast you’ll find an enclave hailed as ‘Kensington-on-Sea’ for its upmarket feel and popularity with British visitors. Steep green hills descend into idyllic coves and bays, pebble beaches caressed by pristine waters. Charter a boat and drift from bay to bay, pausing at one of the pretty tavernas that line the water's edge. Further inland you’ll find a wild interior, the soaring peak of Mount Pantokrator, winding up around its serpentine road for panoramic views out over Corfu and to Albania beyond.
Or venture to quieter Kefalonia, where chalky cliffs sink into crescent bays, ringed with gently dappled turquoise waters. The setting for Louis de Bernières’ Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, despite her fame Kefalonia has retained her unspoiled landscapes and sleepy, rural villages. Whether you’re strolling the silky sands of Myrtos, one of the world’s most photographed beaches, or dining in one of Fiskardo’s swanky harbourside restaurants, you’ll find Kefalonia’s quiet charms never fail to captivate.
For low-key luxury, head to Lefkada, where bountiful beaches and spectacular mountain vistas await. From traditional Greek villages, to white cliffs at Cape Lefkatas on the southernmost tip of the island, the scenery here is both dramatic and delightfully diverse. Discover hidden beaches, explore medieval Venetian castles, marvel at tumbling waterfalls, or take to the turquoise waters - imposing cliffs rising up around you.