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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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 Domes Miramare, a Luxury Collection Resort, Corfu
Domes Miramare, a Luxury Collection Resort, Corfu, Moraitika
Located in Moraḯtika, Domes Miramare, a Luxury Collection Resort, Corfu has a private beach area and free WiFi. Featuring a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. more...
 Corfu Imperial, Grecotel Exclusive Resort
Corfu Imperial, Grecotel Exclusive Resort, Kommeno
Standing on its private peninsula with unobstructed views of the Ionian Sea, Corfu Imperial, Grecotel Exclusive Resort features 4 private sandy beaches, a pebbly beach and a large outdoor pool. more...
 Diana Studios
Diana Studios, Trapezaki
The newly built Diana Studios is located in Trapezaki village, just 0.9 mi from the sandy beach. Offering a panoramic sea and mountain view, it features an outdoor pool. more...
 Labranda Sandy Beach
Labranda Sandy Beach, Agios Georgios
Situated on the sandy St George Beach in the south west of Corfu, the all-inclusive Labranda Sandy Beach offers extensive dining options and sports and entertainment facilities for adults and more...
 Kommeno Bella Vista
Kommeno Bella Vista, Kommeno
Set on an elevated position amid the lush Ionian countryside, Kommeno Bella Vista has a free-form swimming pool with panoramic sea views and a poolside bar. more...
 Nissaki Bay
Nissaki Bay, Nisakion
Set amid pine trees and just 98 feet from the pebbled Krouzeri Beach, Nissaki Bay offers self-catering accommodations with unobstructed sea views. more...
 Kefalonia Houses
Kefalonia Houses, Sarlata
Offering an outdoor pool, Kefalonia Houses is set in Sarláta, 5.6 mi from Argostoli and 1.2 mi from Lassi. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. more...
 Villa Rita & Helena
Villa Rita & Helena, Kalámi
Surrounded by palm trees, Villa Rita & Helena offers a sun terrace with BBQ facilities and free WiFi in public areas. It is located 66 feet from the beach Kalami in Corfu. more...
 Villa Petros
Villa Petros, Apraos
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...
 Folies
Folies, Lourdhata
Folies is located 1640 feet away from Lourdas Beach amid lush olive groves. more...
 Artemis
Artemis, Kastanéa
Featuring air-conditioned accommodations with a balcony, Artemis is located in Kastanéa. Guests can enjoy free WiFi. more...
 Spiti Antigoni
Spiti Antigoni, Agní
Located in Agní in the Corfu region, Spiti Antigoni has a terrace and sea views. This villa has air-conditioned accommodations with a balcony and free WiFi. more...
 Casa Kalami
Casa Kalami, Kalámi
Within 656 feet from the center of Kalami Village, Casa Kalami offers self-catering accommodations that open to a balcony with Ionian Sea views. Free WiFi access is available in all areas. more...
 Dionysos Apartments
Dionysos Apartments, Apraos
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...
 Armonia Boutique Hotel
Armonia Boutique Hotel, Meson Yerakarion
Armonia Boutique Hotel is located 197 feet from the sandy Psarou Beach in Zakynthos and offers spacious accommodations with free WiFi. more...


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