The allure of the Ionian Islands is an impossibility to resist. From Kefalonia to Corfu, Lefkada to Zakinthos, each have a magic of their own.
Among the 3000 inhabited islands of Greece, there is a small group of seven that make up the Ionian Islands. Their captivating landscapes of rugged mountain backdrops and turquoise waters inviting stripped-back island living that is less assuming and equally as inviting.
The Iconic Islands
Corfu and Kefalonia are the two iconic of the Ionian Islands. Corfu, one of the most well known of the chain invites superyacht travellers to its remote mountain villages, secluded bays and awe-inspiring archaeological sites. Kefalonia on the other hand is island of equal paradise. As one of the largest of the Ionian Islands, there is something special for everyone; striking mountains, green valleys and some of the most sought after beaches in Greece. For many seeking a sandy haven, the much loved Antisamos Beach is truly a must-visit. Both islands iconic beauty is down to their mountain backdrops, picture-perfect coastlines and Grecian hospitality, showcasing the Ionian Islands at their best.
Eastern favourites of the Ionian Islands may be smaller and lesser known, but its captivating beauty and remoteness are a plus for superyacht travellers. Lefkada is known for its state-of-the-art marinas, and is a region rich with green pine forests and azure waters, perfect to berth and discover surrounding natural beauty. The island of Ithaka is another Eastern jewel. Though it may appear rugged, it showcases the rustic allure of the Eastern Mediterranean at its best.
Paxos is also known as an Ionian Island favourite. Known as the ‘island of olives’, visitors can discover hidden coves and untouched farmland, making it a real treasure of the sprawling Ionian Islands. However nothing says picture-perfect like the island of Zakynthos. Perfect for snorkeling its electric blue waters, it is a place where lush greenery meets with crystal blue seas, idyllic for an Ionian Island escape.
For those seeking privacy and seclusion, adventure to a lesser known Ionian Island such as Meganisi. Measuring only 20 sq km with a population of around 1,000, its character and charm encapsulates the Ionian ethos; a world where tradition and tranquility combine to create a paradise unknown.