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Tuesday 12 December 2017
Ionian Islands

_resized_240x183_kefalonia_island__1_cruises4greeceThe Ionian Islands are located off the west coast of Greece in the Ionian Sea. There are seven major islands: Corfu, Paxos, Lefkas, Ithaca, Kefalonia, Zakynthos, and Kythera (Cerigo) The islands are well known for their sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, scenic country sides that flourish with green, and the untouched charming villages. The movie Captain Corelli's Mandalin was filmed on the island of Kefalonia in one of its genuine villages. Visitors will feel like they are in another world as they walk through the narrow streets of old towns and come across the enchanting Venetian Monuments. Rumor has it that the Ionian wind has the power to make people enthusiastic and vivid, which might be the reason for the local bright faces. Cliffs with green peaks stretch out into the ocean forming naturally secluded sandy coves. The Ionian islands offer luxury hotels, and on the other end of the spectrum are the more local inns and 'bed-and-breakfasts'.



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Corfu

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Corfu has many faces; the loud nightlife, cheap booze, traditional fish n chips, and pot roast- and then there is the quieter side. Corfu is a very popular place for Western Europeans because it offers them a 'stay-cation', being on vacation with a home feel. The quieter character of the island offers romantic sunsets, natural wildlife, centuries old silver olive groves, sleepy lagoons, sizzling hot springs, and abandoned coves. Corfu really has something for everyone and is recommended for those who want a 'stay-cation' with the option of exploration.
Ithaca


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This island is a must for mythology lovers. Ithaca is the home of Odysseus and there are several archeological sites following Homer's story. Ithaca offers a variety of quiet vacation spots with scenic beaches and peaceful fishing villages. Great spot to vacation for those who want to stay away from the mass tourism.


Kefalonia

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Kefalonia is one of the most sought after Greek destinations world wide. The green mountains provide hikers with amazing view and the beautiful beaches make for some of the best swimming in the Mediterranean. Car rental is a must due to the widespread destinations. Kefalonia also offers some offbeat attractions like the caves Melisani and Drogorati. The film Captain Corelli's Mandalin was filmed on the island.

Kythera/Antikythera

_resized_240x157_kithira_Island_3_cruises4greeceKythera/Antikythera
Kythera Island is located south of Greece, at the crossroads of three seas (Aegean Sea, Ionian Sea and Cretan Sea).  In other terms, it is located between Peloponnese and Crete. From an administrative point of view the island belongs to the region of Attica (county of Piraeus) but historically speaking it is part of the Eptanissa (the seven islands of the Ionian Sea).





Lefkada

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Lefkada
Beautiful beaches, active night life, and the postcard scenery provide you with an everything included vacation. This island has it all, sightseeing during the day, followed by a fun night at the club, then chill out on the beach in the beautiful Mediterranean sun. The island is a great spot for wind surf and kite surf enthusiasts.

Paxi/Anti Paxi

_resized_240x177_Harbour_Paxoi_Island_2_cruises4greecePaxi/Anti Paxi
Paxi is home to over 300,000 olive trees and resembles a luscious green plant growing out of the sea. It is located just 12 km south of Corfu. This island is great for the nature lover and for those who enjoy a relaxing walk. The east coast has lots of abandoned beautiful coves and the west is more rocky and rugged. During the summer months, travel to Anti-Paxi, the neighboring isle, is available by caique, which is a wooden fishing boat found in Ionian waters. Anti-Paxi, unlike its neighbor, has superb sandy beaches and is home to some delicious wines.
Zakynthos


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Zakynthos
Zakynthos offers the kind of beaches that one sees in movies and questions their existence. Due to repeated earthquakes the geological structure of the island has been formed to offer sandy beaches within coves and small private bays surrounded by high cliffs. One downside of this island is that mass tourism has endangered the local sea-tortoise, because they seem to favor the beaches to lay their eggs. Zakynthos offers some great nightlife and for those who love to Scuba- this is it! Look no further! Zakynthos is a scuba paradise due to the landscape and its ecology. Car rental is recommended because the island is fairly big.

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