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Just to the west of mainland Greece, the Ionian Islands have an air of the mysterious etched into their rugged mountains, patchwork farmland, shimmering olive groves, and pristine beaches, all surrounded by an endless expanse of green or blue sea. Covetous invaders have conquered and re-conquered these isles: Venetians, British, French, and Russians have all left cultural and architectural fingerprints behind. Today the islands are a favorite among Western Europeans and ferry-hopping backpackers heading to Italy. Multicultural for millennia, each of the Ionian Islands possesses a unique identity and singular beauty.

Homer first sang Corfu's praise, writing of its "honied fig," "unctuous olive: and "boisterous waves"; since then, Goethe, Wilde, the Durrell brothers, Sisley, and Lear have all thrown in their two cents about Corfu's perfection. Handed down from the Franks to the Venetians to the British to today's tourist hordes, Corfu (also called Kerkyra) has captivated them all. As in most of Greece's beautiful places, those who stray from the beaten path encounter unspoiled, uncrowded beaches. Try the less frenetic resorts at Pelekas, Kalami, or Agios Stefanos, or make Corfu Town your daytripping base. Even party-central Corfu holds hidden mountain villages and traditional coastal towns, where olive groves blanket the hills and you can hear the leaves rustle in the absence of rumbling tour buses.

Thucydides reports that Lefkada was part of the mainland until 427 BC, when the inhabitants dug a canal and made their home an island. A modern bridge now con¬nects Lefkada to the mainland, just 50m away; it only recently replaced an archaic chain-operated ferry built by Emperor Augustus. Modern Lefkadians are devoted to the business of tourism. Souvenir shops and overpriced restaurants abound, especially in Nidri, which is mostly composed of tourist traps and a profusion of liquor stores. Still, miles of white-sand beaches and astonishing natural beauty remain; with a little effort, you can skirt the patches of tacky tourism and find the island's unspoiled secrets.

The least touristed and perhaps the most beautiful of the Ionian Islands, Ithaka retains a close-knit feel and is happily Greek amid heavily-touristed neighbors. Those who discover Ithaka delight in the island's undeveloped pebbled beaches, rocky hillsides and terraced olive groves. Tiny villages packed with colorful homes surround the many natural harbors on the island, where the ambling pace of local life creates a much more relaxing and quiet atmosphere than that found on nearby Kephalonia or Lefkada. Ithaka was the kingdom that Odysseus left behind to fight in the Trojan War (and to wander ten years on his way home). His wife Penelope faithfully waited 20 years for his return here, while crowds of suitors pressed for her hand-and Odysseus's kingdom. A glimpse of one of the isle's sparkling azure bays from the winding mountain roads makes it clear what all the fuss was about.

Massive mountains, subterranean lakes and rivers, caves, dense forests, and more than 250km of sand-and-pebble coastline make Kephalonia a nature lover's paradise. Its beauty has been fought over by the Byzantine, Frankish, Ottoman, Venetian, Napoleonic, and British Empires. During World War II, after Italy had abandoned the Axis, 9000 Italian soldiers occupying the island fought their exallies for seven days, as Germans invaded and killed all but 33 Italians. In 1953, a disastrous earthquake forced the island to rebuild, leaving only relatively undamaged Fiskardo with the Ionian pastel neoclassical look. Today, Kephalonia's beauty draws a diverse crowd, from the upscale yachting set to budget-conscious backpackers. Inconvenient bus schedules and a number of attractions make Kephalonia perfect for a longer stay.

The varied landscapes and seascapes of Zakynthos (also known as Zante) comprise an exceptionally subtle palette of colors-white cliffs rise from turquoise water, sun-bleached wheat waves in the shadow of evergreens, and magenta flowers frame the twisting streets. Known as the greenest of the Ionian Islands, Zakynthos is home to thousands of flower and plant species, some of them unique to the island. The island is also the home of a large population of loggerhead turtles, a source of pride to the islanders. Still, in Zakynthos Town or its neighboring beaches, you'll see the sweaty backs of other tourists more than the beauty of nature. Set out for the countryside to appreciate Zakynthos's natural sights, like its famous blue caves in the north. Those who venture there will understand why the Venetians christened it Fior di Levante-the flower of the east.


 

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 N&L VILLAS
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, N&L VILLAS is set in Corfu Town, 6.2 mi from Vido Island. Port of Corfu is 6.8 mi away. Free private parking is available on site. more...
 Villa Malama
Featuring a garden, Villa Malama is a detached villa located in Pyrgi. The property features views of the sea and is 7 miles from Corfu Town. The kitchen is equipped with a dishwasher. more...
 Villa Luisa
Located in Pyrgi in the region of Corfu, this detached villa and is 7 miles from Corfu Town. The property features views of the sea and is 9 miles from Glyfada. There is a dining area and a kitchen. more...
 Natura Studios
Located only 1.6 mi away from the main town of Fiscardo, Natura Studios offers fully equipped accommodations with furnished balconies overlooking the scenic landscape of K efallonia. more...
 Maniata Holiday Apartments
Maniata Holiday Apartments has garden views, free WiFi and free private parking, located in Andipáta Erísou, a 13-minute walk from Dafnoudi beach. more...
 Dionysos Apartments
Featuring an outdoor pool, Dionysos Apartments offers a garden and sun terrace. Located in Corfu, it features apartments with free WiFi and a balcony overlooking the sea. more...
 Bella Vista Apartments
Only 656 feet from Pelekas Beach, Bella Vista offers accomodation with views to the Ionian Sea from their private balcony or patio. The on-site restaurant serves home-cooked, Greek and local dishes. more...
 Villa Petros
Set in a quiet location and surrounded by lush trees, Villa Petros offers spacious accommodations with views over the Ionian Sea. The sandy beach of Apraos is just 328 feet away. more...
 Dimoulitsa Villas
Located in Doukádes, Dimoulitsa Villas provides accommodations with an outdoor pool, free WiFi, a shared lounge and a garden. Some units are air-conditioned and include a seating and/or dining area. more...
 Sun 'n Chill
Located in Melíkia, Sun 'n Chill offers accommodations with free WiFi and flat-screen TV, as well as barbecue facilities and a garden. A shared outdoor pool is also available. more...
 Suzanne's Apartment
Located in Glyfada, just a few steps from Glyfada Beach, Suzanne's Apartment has beachfront accommodations with a restaurant, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a bar and free WiFi. more...
 Vigla
Perched on a green hill overlooking the Ionian Sea, the family-run Vigla is located in Agios Nikolaos of Volimes, within 0.6 mi from the beach. more...
 Eucalyptus Apartments
Just 33 feet from the sea, Eucalyptus Apartments offer modernly decorated accommodations in the traditional village of Karavomylos. The property also features an outdoor pool. Sami Town is 1.2 mi more...
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Located in Tragaki, 4.3 mi from Zakynthos Town, Lesante Blu Exclusive Beach resort features a private beach area, infinity pools and a spa center. more...
 Linardos Apartments
Linardos Apartments is located 49 feet from the beach of Asos in Kefalonia. more...
 Olive Bay Hotel
Situated only 165 ft from the beach of Agia Efimia in Kefalonia, Olive Bay Hotel features air-conditioned studios with free Wi-Fi and views of the Ionian Sea. more...
 LUXURY JUST FOR 2
Featuring pool views, LUXURY JUST FOR 2 provides accommodations with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a patio, around a 15-minute walk from Halikounas Beach. more...
 Rokamare
Offering garden views, Rokamare in Liapades has accommodations, a restaurant, a garden and a terrace. Both WiFi and private parking are available at the apartment free of charge. more...
 Ionian Emerald Resort
Combining a beautiful location in Karavomylos with excellent spa and leisure facilities and a fully equipped business center, Ionian Emerald is an excellent choice for holidays in Kefalonia. more...
 Fiscardo Studios
Just 33 feet from the scenic harbor and 164 feet from Fiscardo Bay Beach, this property offers a restaurant and bar. more...
 Villas Muscalas by Konnect
Located in Lákka, an 18-minute walk from Marmari Beach and 1.1 miles from Kipos Beach, Villas Muscalas by Konnect has accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning and access to a garden with an more...
 Waterside Apartments
Located right on the seafront, Waterside Apartments offers self-catering accommodations with free Wi-Fi and a furnished balcony. more...
 Alegria Kefalonia
Within 1.2 mi of Monastery of Virgin Fidousas, Alegria Kefalonia features free WiFi and a seasonal outdoor swimming pool. Guests have a private balcony. more...
 Apartments MARGARITA Kaizer Bridge
Located in Achílleion, a few steps from Kaiser Bridge Beach and a 4-minute walk from Aeolos Beach, Apartments MARGARITA Kaizer Bridge offers a terrace and air conditioning. more...
 Emerald Villas
Within 984 feet from Agios Nikolaos Beach, Emerald offers luxurious villas with private swimming pools enjoying panoramic views over the Ionian Sea. more...


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