Ionian islands are a group of islands spread along the western coast of Greece. This archipelago is washed by the Ionic sea and it consists of seven big and numerous smaller islands, some of them are desert spots. People began to settle down here in ancient times and the islands are famous for their rich historical and cultural heritage. Venetia owned them for several centuries as well, and this fact left an evident trace in local architecture. Still, Ionics feature their own style and individuality.
What makes these islands unique is their mild climate and luxuriant Mediterranean vegetation. Swimming season is long here: water becomes warm enough for swimming in May and it stays this way till October. Due to its lavish vegetation Ionic summer is never too hot: even on hottest days the temperature never goes up above +39C. All islands are easy to reach: you can take a ferry from Piraeus seaport (Athens), or a plane – there’s an airport in each of the islands. You consider buying property in the Ionian islands? – great choice! Madonna and Bruce Willis also own land in Corfu, and they are planning to have their villas constructed there quite soon. Royalty and top politicians also love it here, and they often spend their vacation on some island. Ionic real estate is a good investment that buys you a piece of your own paradise.
Kerkira (Corfu) is Ionian Islands’ most northern island and it is famous all over the world for its natural beauty. In ancient times Kerkira was a source of inspiration for numerous artists and poets. No heart can stay untouched by its romantic landscapes, old cypress and olive trees, magnificent beaches and purest blue sea. Here you can see ancient Greek and Venetian ruins, old castles and churches neighboring each other. The island attracts a lot of tourists, and it has a highly developed infrastructure, but its old peaceful villages managed to survive and to preserve their authentic style and traditions.
Kefalonia is the largest island of Ionic archipelago. Its natural beauty and historical heritage make it a good rival to Kerkira. Its pine forests, sunny beaches and secluded coves are ideal for hiking. You can visit its unique Melissani lake which is located inside a natural cave. Its roof fell inside long ago, but the lake’s beauty leaves an ever lasting impression. Other sights of Kefalonia island include Mycenean crypts and an ancient fortress in Fiskardo town. Every year, when the locals celebrate the Assumption of our Lady, you can see an astonishing sight: lots of snakes gather inside a church in Markopulo village. Each snake wears a crescent shaped mark on its head, and they never bite a single person. Local Myrtos beach is a real paradise: its white sand, steep rocks and crystal clear water leave and indelible impression.
Lefkada island is much loved by both tourists and locals. Its magnificent comfortable beaches are surrounded with bars and clubs: young people club and dance here all night long. Good local roads are easy to travel, and the island offers its visitors lots of historical sites: the Faneroneni Monastery, ancient temple ruins and the rock ancient Greek poetess Sappho chose for jumping into the sea to commit a suicide. To gain a full impression of the island, make sure you visit Karia village in its mountains: hospitable villagers will serve you their traditional food and treats.
Zakinthos landscape doesn’t differ much from that of other Ionian islands: steep rocks on its western coast and sloping shore in its east. Just like other Ionics, Zakintos was much influenced by the Turks, French, Italians and British, and each nation left its trace in Zakinthos architecture and style. Zakinthos is home to numerous rare plants, and it’s the only place in Europe where you can see Kareta-Kareta sea turtles. Ancient churches and museums, beautiful caves and azure sea make Zakinthos a very popular tourist destination.
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