Introducing Ionian Islands
The Ionian Islands (Τα Ιόνια Νησιά) stand apart from mainstream Greek life. With their cooler climate, abundant olive groves, cypress trees and beautifully forested mountains, the Ionians are a lighter, greener version of Greece. The Venetians, French and British have shaped the architecture, culture and (excellent) cuisine, and the unique feel of Ionian life has been evoked from Homer to the Durrells.
Though the islands appear linked in a chain down the west coast of mainlaind Greece (with the exception of Kythira, which sits at the southern tip of the Peloponnese), each has a distinct landscape and cultural history. Corfu Town has Parisian-style arcades, Venetian alleyways and Italian-inspired delicacies. Kefallonia, Paxi and Ithaki preserve wild terrain and a relaxed feel. Lefkada has some of the best beaches in Greece, if not the world. Kythira feels off-the-beaten-path, and full of surprises. The Ionians offer something for adventure seekers, food lovers, culture vultures and beach bums alike.
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