The Ionian Islands are definitely the best known of Greece’s 6,000 islands. These islands are famous for their year-round temperate climate and starling beauty, but also for their rich history. Here, you can find deep Mediterranean blue waters, rugged shorelines and soaring mountains. The Ionian Islands are filled with cultural attractions that offer visitors an overview on Greece’s historic and mythological past. These islands are also known for their outdoor activities and with a modern infrastructure, they are perfect for tourists who are looking for relaxation. Here are three beautiful Ionian Islands that you must visit:
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Corfu is the most popular and northernmost of the Ionian Islands. This beautiful island is closely linked to the mythology and history of Ancient Greece. Also recognized as Kerkyra, the island has a tourism and tradition that dates more than 120 years back. Corfu Island is the place where Odysseus stopped before returning to Ithaca. While wondering around this island, you will notice that Corfu reflects the diverse cultural and architectural influences of several foreign empires that ruled it down throughout the centuries from Roman to Venetian, Byzantine, French and Britain empires.
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Ithaky is well-known from Homer’s tale of Odysseus. Ithaki is also called Ithaca and it is known to be the home of the famous Greek hero. Some of the sights in Ithaki mentioned in the ancient folklore are the Cave of the Nymphs and Arethoussa. The capital of the city is Vathy, which is also the place where you can find great cultural attractions, including the Maritime Museum, the Folklore, the cathedral of Panaghia and the Archaeological Museum.
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Paxi is the smallest island of the Ionian Islands. This island can only be reached by boat and it actually has only 13 km in length. Also known as Paxoi or Paxos, this island is a popular stopping point for yachts and offers visitors, boutique shops, luxury resorts and plenty of other attractions. In Paxi you can find gorgeous beaches, approximately 40 sea caves to explore and the ancient Venetian fortress of Agios Nikolaos.
The Ionian Islands are some of the most famous tourist destinations in Greece and also in Europe. Choose the perfect destination spend there this year’s vacation! Have you ever been on Paxi Island?