Holidays to the Ionian Islands throw up plenty of options. And, whether you opt for Corfu, Kefalonia or Zante, top beaches and a Mediterranean climate come as standard.
A Greek favourite
The Ionian Islands are clustered together just off the west coast of mainland Greece. While each island has its own personality, they all tick off great beaches, spectacular scenery and textbook Greek towns.
Known as the Emerald Isle thanks to its lush interior, Corfu is one of Greece’s most popular holiday spots. Resort-wise, you’ve got everything from sleepy seaside towns like Acharavi, to 24-7 party resorts like Kavos.
Kefalonia’s claim to fame is its Hollywood credentials – Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was filmed here back in the year 2000. And its big-screen allure is still evident today – expect to see pine-backed beaches, zig-zagging vineyards, and tree-studded hills. In terms of resorts, Skala and Lassi are the most popular, thanks to their sandy beaches and lively town centres.
Despite its small size, Zante packs a punch on the holiday front. The whole island is wrapped in soft, sandy beaches, and it offers the full spectrum of holiday resorts. You’ve got quiet spots like Alykanas, family favourites like Tsilivi, and party playgrounds like Laganas.