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To the west of the Greek mainland, these islands have a cooler climate and more lush greenery than the Aegean Islands to the East – with abundant olive and cypress trees, and forested mountains.

Ionian Life

Venetian, French and British occupiers have all helped to shape the islands’ architecture, culture and cuisine, and contributed to the unique feel of Ionian life.

Most Popular Islands

The lovely islands of Corfu, Skiathos and Zakynthos (or Zante) are perhaps the best known, with their lush scenery and beautiful golden beaches.

Less-visited Islands

It’s worth considering the islands of Lefkada, Kefalonia and Paxos. Lefkada has some of Greece's finest beaches, and Kefalonia is adorned with vineyards and soaring mountains. And the Italianate harbour villages of Paxos are postcard pretty.



The Ionian Islands are absolutely beautiful and the food here is amazing. Seafood is a delicacy, with freshly caught fish used to produce traditional dishes such as Bianco (fish in a tasty white sauce) and Bourdeto (piquant fish stew). Delicious!


Join an Olive Oil Tasting and Tour in Corfu. There are numerous half day and full day tour options – and you can see beautiful inland scenery away from the beaches.

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