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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...
 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...
 Suzanne's Apartment
Suzanne's Apartment is located in Glyfada. Located on the beachfront, this property has a restaurant, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a bar and free WiFi. more...
 villa Marianthi
Featuring air-conditioned accommodations with a balcony, villa Marianthi is located in Nisaki. more...
 Lesante Blu - The Leading Hotels of the World
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...
 Casa D' Ionio
Just 492 feet from the sandy Skala Beach in Kefalonia, Casa D’ Ionio offers self-catering accommodations with free Wi-Fi and a balcony overlooking the Ionian Sea, the mountain or the village. more...
 Corfu Imperial, Grecotel Exclusive Resort
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...
 Casa del Mar
Located in Mpoukaris in the Corfu region, Casa del Mar has accommodations with free WiFi and free private parking. The apartment has a terrace. 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...
 Telesilla Hotel
Telesilla Hotel is located in Kontokali, a short walk from the sandy beach, next to Gouvia Marina, and a short drive from Corfu Town and port. Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport is at 3.7 mi. 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...
 Lithies Boutique Hotel
Located in the area of Skinari, Lithies offers elegant self-catering rooms built within beautiful gardens. It features a swimming pool with panoramic sea views and provides free Wi-Fi access. more...
 Elite Corfu - Adults Friendly
Set in Kommeno, Elite Corfu has a garden, terrace and bar. Featuring housekeeping service, this property also provides guests with an outdoor pool. more...
 Kommeno Bella Vista
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...
 Fiscardo Studios
Just 33 feet from the scenic harbor and 164 feet from Fiscardo Bay Beach, this property offers a restaurant and bar. 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...
 Lofos Soilis
Set amid lush olive groves, in the area of Tragaki, Lofos Soilis is a complex of self-catering units offering views over the Ionian Sea. more...
 Ionion Apartments
Offering free WiFi and a terrace, Ionion Apartments are located in Skala Kefalonias, 984 feet from Skala Beach. Opening to a terrace or balcony, each apartment features a fully equipped kitchen. more...
 Nissaki Bay
Set amid pine trees and just 98 feet from the pebbled Krouzeri Beach, Nissaki Bay offers self-catering accommodations with unobstructed sea views. more...
 Louis Plagos Beach
Surrounded by beautiful bougainvilleas and paved pathways, the 4-star Louis Plagos Beach features a range of entertainment, sports and leisure facilities coupled with all-inclusive meals and 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...
 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...
 Akron Luxury Suites
Boasting a seasonal outdoor pool and sea views, Akron Luxury Suites is located in Korithi of Zakynthos. Guests staying at this property have access to a fully equipped kitchen and a patio. more...
 Thomas Art Hotel
Located in Pélekas of Corfu, Thomas Hotel offers a bar-restaurant with a sea-view sun terrace, and a blossomed garden with BBQ facilities. It offers bright rooms overlooking the Ionian Sea. more...
 Waterside Apartments
Located right on the seafront, Waterside Apartments offers self-catering accommodations with free Wi-Fi and a furnished balcony. more...


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