Explore the Ionian islands on your Greece sailing holiday
Beautiful, picturesque and colourful, the Greek Ionian islands capture the Mediterranean way of life perfectly. The seven islands, found halfway between Greece and Italy, are each different in their own way, yet quintessentially Greek. Teeming with vineyards, olive groves and fruit orchards, they are bursting with characteristic charm coupled with the characteristic laid-back and relaxed atmosphere you’ll find across all the Greek islands.
During your Greece sailing holiday, you can hop from island to island. Cephalonia is the largest, and perhaps most famous for being the setting for the iconic book, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. It’s also known for its beautiful beaches and is popular for fishing (one of the island’s main industries).
The next largest island is Corfu, and here you’ll find orange groves and green farmland – and plenty of nightlife, too. Popular with young tourists for its range of restaurants, bars and clubs, the island offers the best of both worlds for your visit. Zante is also a good choice if you’re looking for active nightlife, offering an array of places to enjoy your evening’s entertainment.
The smallest Ionian island is Paxos, which has just three villages, along with an abundance of olive trees, making it perfect for a quick, but relaxed, visit. Lefkas is the nearest to the mainland and offers visitors stunning sandy beaches to soak up the sun before a dip in the sea. Legendary Greek, Odysseus was from Ithaka, and the final island, Kythira, completes the set.
From pretty picturesque villages to buzzing nightspots, the Ionian islands are perfect for a daytime visit or an evening out.