7 Tips You Have to Know Before Going to the Beautiful Ionian Islands, Greece
Updated On: July 24, 2022
On Greece’s western coast are the Ionian islands. Greece and Italy are separated by this collection of Greek islands. Their name in Greek is Heptanisa, which translates to “seven islands.” The Corfu, Paxi, Lefkada, Kefalonia, Ithaca, Zante, and Kythira are the seven major islands of the Ionian Sea. The Ionian Sea contains a few smaller islands with sparse permanent populations. The Ionian islands are known for their vast bays with clear water and lush, verdant landscapes. Their vibrant nature contrasts sharply with the Cyclades’ rocky, arid landscape.
History of the Ionian Islands
The Ionian islands’ past has been lost to the mists of time. The first Ionian islanders arrived during the Paleolithic period and left the majority of their archaeological remains in Kefalonia and Corfu. Those islands were strongly linked to South Italy and Greece during the Neolithic era. According to archaeological evidence, the earliest Greeks may be found in the Bronze Age, and the Minoans were also drawn to the Ionian islands. The Homeric epics include the earliest mentions of Ionian history and culture.
The locations of Corfu Island and Lefkada Island are particularly associated with some of the descriptions in the Odyssey. In the past, Corfu had its colonies and was a powerful economic and maritime force. The islands fall under the control of the Roman Empire beginning in the second century BC, making them easy prey for pirates. The islands are governed by the Venetians from the 11th century until 1797, after which they come under French control in 1799. From 1476 until 1684, the Ottoman Empire only controlled Lefkada.
Kythira Island was the first island the Venetians took control over, and 23 years later Corfu deliberately adopted Venetian culture. After a century, they took over the islands of Zakynthos in 1485, Kefalonia in 1500, and Ithaca in 1503. With the capture of the island of Lefkada in 1797, the entire Ionian complex had been conquered. During that period, the Venetians constructed fortifications. The Ionian islands were given over to Russian Turks in 1799. Between 1815 and 1864, the islands were protected by the British. Ionian Academy, the first Greek university, reopens in Corfu during this time of cultural flourishing.
World War II caused a great deal of destruction and deaths after they joined Greece. It is undeniable that the west and the many invaders, particularly the Venetians, were able to leave enduring markers of their civilization like monuments, strongholds, and castles in Kefalonia, Lefkada, and Zakynthos, which had a significant influence on the Ionian culture. The best specimens, though, can be found in Corfu, the crowning achievement of Venetian design. In Corfu, British architecture is still present. The iconic song kantada, which is well-known in Corfu, showcases the Italian influence in the music.
History of some islands of the Ionian islands
Corfu Island: Greek for Corfu is Kerkyra, and the Nymph Korkira, the child of the River God Aesopos, is credited with giving the name. The sea god Poseidon allegedly fell in love with the nymph Korkira, abducted her, and transported her to this island. Archaeological research has shown that people have lived on the island since the Paleolithic period. The myth states that Corfu was where Odysseus landed on his way back to Ithaca from the island of the Phaeacians. The Phoenicians lived at Corfu, which was a very significant trading hub in antiquity. Corfu, now known as Paleopolis, was a significant colonial town and a strong naval power due to trade with all the Adriatic Sea cities. In Corfu Town, directly across from the Mon Repos Palace, are the remains of this ancient settlement. Around the island, other old temples, like the Artemis temple, have also been unearthed.
Corfu requested military assistance from Athens during the Peloponnesian War for a crucial conflict with Corinth. The alliance between Corfu and Athens lasted for a century before the Macedonians (ruled by King Philip II) invaded Corfu and took possession of the island in 338 BC after winning a significant battle. Spartans, Illyrians, and Romans all invaded and conquered Corfu starting in 300 BC.
The Romans remained on the island from 229 BC to 337 AD. The island was given some autonomy during the Roman era in exchange for the Romans’ use of the town’s harbour. Roads and public structures, including bathhouses, were built on the island by the Romans. The earliest Christian church on the island was built in 40 AD by Jason and Sossipatros, two of Saint Paul’s pupils, and it was dedicated to Saint Stephan.
In the Middle age, AgesCorfu joined the Eastern Roman Empire after the Roman Empire was divided. Barbarian, Goth, and Saracen invasions and assaults on the island occurred often during the Middle Ages. To defend the island, many towers were erected, including the Kassiopi Tower. Then the Normans took over, followed by the Venetians, who ushered in a prosperous era in Corfu’s history. When Charles of Anjou, a French king of Sicily, conquered the island in 1267, he made an effort to impose Catholicism as the new official religion.
The entire church was converted to become Catholic as a result of the persecution of the Christian Orthodox. Corfu was once again ruled by the Venetians in 1386 after the conversion attempt failed. For four centuries, Corfu was ruled by the Venetians, and during that time, a large number of buildings, monuments, and other structures were constructed, becoming the epitome of Venetian architecture in Greece.
Due to the exploitation of the nobles, numerous insurrections were bursting but were violently suppressed. After Napoleon Bonaparte overthrew Venice, Corfu joined the French State in 1797. The Golden Book, which listed the privileges of the Nobles, was set ablaze by Napoleon, who arrived as a liberator. The English, Russian, and Turkish allied fleet disembarked on the island of Corfu in 1799. They occupied the entire island after slaughtering the Mandouki locals in the harbour.
The Septinsular Republic was intended to be founded from the Constantinople-based Ionian State, but this attempt failed, and Corfu returned to being ruled by France in 1807. Following that was a prosperous time marked by significant advancements in agriculture and society. At that time, public services were restructured, the Ionian Academy was established, and schools were constructed.
Nowadays When the British arrived in Corfu in 1815, they had already started to rule the Ionian Islands. Because the Greek language was made official, new roads were built, the water supply system was renovated, and the first Greek University was established in 1824, Corfu enjoyed prosperity during the English administration. Despite never being under Turkish rule, Corfu’s residents provided financial support for the rest of Greece during the Greek Revolution.
The Ionian Islands were given to the new King of Greece by the British on May 21, 1864. Corfu took part in both World Wars in the 20th century and sustained significant losses. In reality, the German bombing in 1943 completely damaged the Ionian Academy, the Public Library, and the Municipal Theatre, but they were later rebuilt.
Paxi Island: According to folklore, Paxi was created when Poseidon struck Corfu with his trident, causing the island’s southern point to break off and create this tiny island. Following this, Paxi became his preferred refugee because he could conceal his illicit relationship with the nymph Amphitrite there. According to actual historical records, the island of Paxi has been inhabited since the beginning of time. It is thought that Phoenicians were the initial settlers.
It has since experienced numerous foreign occupations. Due to their proximity, Paxi and Corfu’s histories are closely intertwined. The United fleet of Paxi and Corfu supported the Corinthians during the Peloponnesian War. Before the sea battle of Aktio in 31 BC, Antonio and Cleopatra took sanctuary on this tiny island. The Romans conquered Paxi and Corfu in the second century BC. After that, for seven hundred years, this island was a part of the Byzantine Empire.
Paxi saw several pirate invasions during these centuries, which led to the abduction of locals, their sale as enslaved people, and the theft of valuables. The Venetians took control of Paxi in the 13th century and governed it for almost 400 years. Churches and the remnants of oil presses from that time are examples of how their impact may still be seen today. In actuality, the Venetians began a significant programme of olive cultivation and planting. In 1537, the Venetians repelled the Turkish fleet that was attempting to seize Paxi, and in retaliation, the pirate Barbarosa pillaged the island.
Napoleon Bonaparte took over Paxi after the Venetians handed the island to the French in 1797. However, the French occupation only lasted for a year until the Russian-Turkish fleet seized control of the island and annexed Paxi to the Ionian State. Following the Treaty of Paris, the island had a second change of government in 1814 and was ruled by the British. For the next 50 years, Paxi experienced some stability while the British significantly raised the standard of living.
The locals participated in the Greek War of Independence in 1821, but it wasn’t until 1864 that the Ionian islands—and specifically Paxi—were unified with Greece. The island took in a large number of refugees in 1922 as a result of Asia Minor’s destruction. The Ionian Islands were occupied by Italy during the Second World War, but the oil trade brought riches to the population and kept them out of the dire circumstances that other Greek locations were experiencing. Many locals were compelled to leave during the 1950s and 1960s to acquire financial resources.
Lefkada Island: The white (Lefkos in Greek) rocks that are distinctive of the island’s southernmost point, the cape of Lefkada, gave the region of Lefkada its name. Lefkada, an ancient city, was given the name initially, and afterwards the entire island. The poet Sappho is said to have leapt to her death from these white cliffs into the sea because she was unable to bear the agony of her love for Phaon. Lefkada became an island when the Corinthians colonised it in the seventh century BC, constructed the modern town of Lefkas, and began constructing the canal that separates it from the mainland in 650 BC.
The island at this time was home to numerous independent cities that continued to grow over time. Lefkada took involved in wars with other Greek cities and played a significant role in the Persian Wars. The island provided 800 soldiers to participate in the Battle of Plataea and three ships to assist in the infamous Battle of Salamina in 480 BC.
Lefkada assisted its mother city Corinth, which supported the Spartans, during the Peloponnesian War (431–404 BC). The island joined forces with the Athenians in 343 BC to resist Philip II’s Macedonians, but Athens was defeated and Lefkada came under Macedonian dominion. In 312 BC, the island gained its independence. Lefkada Island and a portion of the mainland joined the Acarnanian Federation in the third century BC.
The island joined forces with the Macedonians in 230 BC to repel Roman raids, but the Romans prevailed, and in 198 BC the island came under Roman rule and was included in the Roman province of Nikopolis. During the Byzantine Period, Lefkada joined the province of Achaia and, as a result of its advantageous location, experienced several pirate invasions. Lefkada was a part of the “Scheme of Kefalonia” during the sixth century AD and afterwards joined the Dominion of Epirus after being briefly overthrown by the crusaders.
Venetian era: When Napoleon Bonaparte and his forces overcame Venice in 1797, the Venetian rule came to an end. Lefkada joined the French State as a result of the Treaty of Kamboformio. The Turkish, Russian, and English fleets defeated the French and seized Lefkada in 1799. To establish the Septinsular Republic, the Ionian State was founded in Constantinople in March 1800.
The attempt in 1807 was unsuccessful since France regained control of the island. For the island, this was a time of prosperity and significant agricultural advancements. The English began to take control of the other Ionian Islands in the interim and succeeded in taking control of Lefkada in 1810. With the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1815, this occupation gained formal status.
Nowadays The attempt in 1807 was unsuccessful since France regained control of the island. For the island, this was a time of prosperity and significant agricultural advancements. The English began to take control of the other Ionian Islands in the interim and succeeded in taking control of Lefkada in 1810. With the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1815, this occupation gained formal status. Many writers, including Yakumo Koizumi, later known as Lafcadio Hearn, and Angelos Sikelianos, found inspiration during this time. A treaty was signed on May 21st, 1864, announcing the merger of the Ionian Islands—among which is Lefkada—with the newly independent Greek State.
Kefalonia Island: Kephalos, the region’s first ruler during the Palaeolithic age, is responsible for giving the island its name. The four major cities on the island—Sami, Pahli, Krani, and Pronnoi—were allegedly created by this king, who gave them their respective names in honour of his sons. This explains why the island was known during this time as Tetrapolis (Four Towns). These four cities had their governments, and currency, and were autonomous and independent. Kefalonia has several Mycenaean remnants but few Cyclopean walls.
Kefalonia took part in the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars in antiquity, supporting both Sparta and Athens. In 218 BC, Philip of Macedon attempted to invade the island. They were able to vanquish him with the aid of the Athenians. After months of conflict with the islanders’ resistance, the Romans finally conquered the island in 187 BC. The Ancient Acropolis of Sami was destroyed during that time. The island served as a strategic location for the Romans to assist them to conquer the mainland. As a result, they made Kefalonia a significant naval base. The island saw invasions and pirate incursions frequently and severely throughout this time.
In the Middle Age, Throughout the Byzantine era, the threat posed by pirates grew (from the 4th century AD). The Saracens were the most perilous group of pirates. The island was ruled by the Franks in the eleventh century, marking the end of the Byzantine era. Following that, the Normans, Orsini’s, Andeans, and Toucans all invaded Kefalonia. The renowned Ahmed Pasha launched the initial Turkish assault in 1480. For a brief time, the island was ruled by Pasha and his troops, who left the island in ruins.
Kefalonia, which shared the same religion as the other Ionian Islands, was ruled by the Venetians and the Spanish. The Fortress of Saint George and the Castle of Assos, devastated by an earthquake in 1757, served as the island’s political and military hubs throughout this time. During those times, many island residents—including renowned sailor Juan de Fuca—left the island in quest of a better life at sea.
The capital relocated to Argostoli, where it remains now. The island’s society was separated into three groups under the Venetian occupation, which led to some tension. The aristocratic class possessed all the rights and exploited them against the other social classes since it was the richest and most powerful. With Napoleon’s vow to free them (and the rest of the Ionian Islands) from the oligarchic system established by the Venetians, the Venetian era came to an end in 1797 with the arrival of the French. The French were heartily welcomed by the locals.
The Golden Book, which contained the titles and privileges of the nobility, was set ablaze in public by the French. The united fleet of the Russians, Turks, and English later routed the French. The Sultan oversaw the establishment of the Ionian State, which was established in Constantinople in 1800. The island’s nobility reclaimed their privileges.
Nowadays Democratic elections were held in 1802 and a new Constitution was adopted in 1803 as a result of intense public demand. In 1807, the island was once more ruled by France, but the new Constitution was upheld. The Ionian Islands came under English control following the Treaty of Paris in 1809, and the Ionian State was created. The Drapanos British Cemetery, the De Bosset Bridge in Argostoli, the Lighthouse of Saint Theodori, and the spectacular Municipal Theatre of Kefalonia were only a few of the significant public works completed during the English era.
Kefalonia’s residents contributed financially to the Greek Revolution for independence from the Ottomans who were in charge of the rest of Greece, even though Kefalonia, like the other Ionian Islands, remained under English authority and avoided the Turkish tyranny. In 1864, at the same time as the other Ionian Islands, Kefalonia was ultimately joined to the rest of sovereign Greece. A massive earthquake that struck Kefalonia in August 1953 completely devastated the majority of the island’s communities.
The settlements in the middle and southern parts of Kefalonia were almost destroyed by the earthquake, with Fiscardo being the only unaffected area. The majority of the homes in Lixouri were built recently because it was the town that was most severely damaged by the earthquake.
Ithaca Island: Although the palace of Odysseus has not yet been found, Ithaca’s history is unquestionably closely tied to the myth of Odysseus. Like the other Ionian islands, Ithaca has been inhabited from the beginning of time. The shards discovered in Pilikata, which bear an old Linear A inscription, provide evidence of early life in ancient Ithaca. Due to their frequent invasions, primarily as a result of their location in commerce, all seven of the Ionian Islands suffered from the same problem.
The kingdom of Ithaca, which included all of the Ionian Islands and a portion of the coast of Acarnania on the Greek mainland, was when the island of Ithaca had its height of grandeur approximately 1000 BC. The Mycenaeans were the first ancient occupants to control the Ionians, and they left behind a lot of evidence. Alalcomenae is thought to have served as the island’s ancient capital.
There were several autonomous city-states in Ithaca and across the Ionians during the Classical era. These city-states ultimately joined one of the major leagues governed by Corinth, Athens, and Sparta. In 431 BC, those league divisions led to the start of the Peloponnesian War. Invasion attempts by the Macedonians posed a threat to all the Ionian Islands during the Hellenistic period. In 187 BC, the Romans at last succeeded in gaining authority in the area.
Ithaca was a member of the Eparchy of Illyria during the Roman era. Ithaca joined the Byzantine Empire after Emperor Constantine divided the Roman Empire in the fourth century AD. It remained under Byzantine rule until it was conquered by the Normans in 1185 and the Angevins in the thirteenth century. Ithaca was given to the Orsini family in the 12th century and thereafter to the Tocchi Family.
The island of Ithaca became an independent state with a fully stocked army and navy thanks to the assistance of the Tocchi family. Through trade and numerous magnificent buildings, the remains of which may still be seen in the area, the Venetians demonstrated their influence up to 1479. The Venetians eventually fled Ithaca due to their dread of the Turkish annexation of the Ionian Islands and their overwhelming might. The same year, Ithaca was taken over by Turks, who massacred the locals and destroyed the settlements.
Fearing the Turkish occupants, the majority of the island’s residents fled their homes. The mountains provided safety for those who stayed. The authority of the Ionians continued to be a source of contention between the Turks and the Venetians for the next five years. Finally, the Turkish Empire received the islands. However, the Venetians were able to assemble and expand their navy, and in 1499 they began a war with the Turks. In 1500 A.D., the Ionians were once again under Venetian control, and the Turks agreed to a treaty. indicating that Leukada remained under Turkish administration, while Ithaca, Kefalonia, and Zakynthos belonged to the Venetians.
The population of Ithaca increased during the Venetian control after having declined due to frequent pirate assaults and Turkish attacks, and Vathy was made the island’s capital. Ithaca’s residents’ economic status improved thanks to the cultivation of raisins, and the construction of ships to fight off the pirates fueled the growth and power of the island’s shipping industry and contributed to social advancement.
There were no socioeconomic classes on the island, which was governed by a liberal form of democracy. The Ionians were still ruled by Venice until it was overthrown by Napoleon in 1797, at which point the French Democrats took power. Kefalonia’s honorary capital was Ithaca. A portion of the Greek mainland and Lefkada. In 1798, the French were superseded by their allies, Russia and Turkey, and Corfu became the Ionian States’ capital.
Nowadays Following a deal with Turkey, the Ionian Islands were once again ruled by France in 1807, who fortified Vathy, the country’s capital, to defend itself against the mighty English fleet. Ithaca was represented by one member of the Ionian State, which was established in 1809 after the Ionian Islands came under English authority (in the Ionian Senate). Ithaca provided accommodation and medical attention to the revolutionaries during the years of the Greek Revolution against the Turks, and also took part in the Hellenic Revolutionary navy in the War of Independence in 1821.
The Ionian Islands suffered severe damage in August 1953 as a result of many powerful earthquakes that mostly destroyed the buildings there. With the financial support of Europe and the United States, the reconstruction process began right away following the earthquakes. The Ionian Islands and Ithaca began to see a rise in tourism in the 1960s. By constructing a new road, boosting ferry service, and enhancing the island’s tourist amenities, the island was made ready to receive visitors. The major sources of income for Ithaca’s citizens nowadays are fishing and tourism.
Kythira Island: According to Greek mythology, the goddess Aphrodite was born on Kythira, which is why the island had a shrine dedicated to her. The Minoans, who used Kythira as a stopover on their journeys to the West, are credited with beginning the city’s existence (3000–1200 BC). They established the old Skandia settlement as a result. Due to its location in a very important area of the Mediterranean Sea, Kythira in ancient times was mostly under the hands of Sparta but was also periodically invaded by the Athenians. According to archaeological discoveries from the Hellenistic and Roman periods, the island lost its significance with Sparta and Athens’ fall but remained to be inhabited.
In the Middle age, The Bishop’s residence was at Kythira during the Byzantine era. The island was a gift by the Byzantine emperor Constantinos to the Pope in the seventh century AD, who afterwards transferred it to the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Kythira joined Monemvasia in the 10th–11th century and was regarded as a significant force at the time. Many Byzantine churches and monasteries were constructed during the period.
The Franks ruled various islands and Constantinople in 1204. In 1207, Markos Venieris took control of Kythira and was made the Marquis of Kythira. The island was given the new name Tsirigo under the Venetian occupation, and it was split into three provinces: Milopotamos, Agios Dimitrios (now known as Paleochora), and Kapsali. Venetians were aware of the island’s advantageous location, therefore They made their home there and began to surround it with several defences. One of them is the sturdy castle that formerly stood over Chora and still stands today.
The locals were dissatisfied with the enforced feudal system and the regular pirate incursions, which led to a significant decline in population. The Algerian pirates of Haiderin Barbarossa destroyed the Agios Dimitrios capital in 1537. Kythira was under Venetian rule until 1797, with a brief interruption when the island was taken over by the Russians in an alliance with the Turks. This occupancy had an impact on both language and architecture.
The islanders revolted against Venetian repression in 1780. Like the other Ionian Islands, Kythira came under French rule on June 28, 1797. The French erected a democratic government, giving the populace hope for justice and freedom. However, a year later they were invaded once more by Russians with Turkish help. whomever it was that drove the French off the island.
Nowadays Treaty of Constantinople established the semi-independent Ionian State (which also included Kythira) on May 21st, 1800, under the Sultan’s rule. The gentry maintained its advantages, nevertheless. On July 22, 1800, the bourgeoisie and peasants seized the little castle of Kastro in a revolt and took it over. The Period of Anarchy is the name given to this era. With the signing of the Treaty of Tilsit in 1807, Kythira was under French rule until 1809, when England annexed it. The Ionian State was founded by the Treaty of Paris on November 5th, 1815, legalising the English occupation.
The people of Kythira participated in the Greek Revolution against Turkish rule. Two of the most well-known fighters from Kythira were Georgios Mormons and Kosmas Panaretos. The Ionian Islands were included with the rest of Greece on May 21st, 1864. At the start of the 20th century, when people were migrating in great numbers to America and Australia, the tide of emigration grew stronger.
Kythira participated in Venizelos’ political revolution during the First World War, established an independent government, and bolstered the Allied Forces. Italian and German occupation during the Second World War boosted emigration, which grew much more after the war. There are currently 60,000 people of Kythirian descent living in Australia, and thousands of Kythirians have settled in Athens and Piraeus, where they are contributing members of contemporary society.
Weather in the Ionian islands
Information about the weather in the Greek Ionian Islands as well as information on the forecast and average temperatures for various islands in the same group Mild winters and cool summers are characteristics of the Ionian islands’ climate. Numerous visitors come to these islands every year because of their nice weather, which makes them perfect for summertime sports and sailing adventures in the Ionian Sea. Even in January, the cold is not very harsh, and temperatures seldom ever drop below zero.
The luxuriant vegetation that makes up the islands is a result of the regular rains. However, snowfall is uncommon. Even on the warmest summer days, the temperature seldom reaches over 39 degrees Celsius. Due to the regular rains and southeastern breezes that characterise all of the Ionian islands, the islands have high levels of humidity. These climatic factors encourage the productivity of the soil and produce stunning natural scenery. Corfu is one of the islands with the heaviest rainfall.
Nightlife on Ionian Island
On the Ionian islands, there are both wild and upscale nightlife options. Corfu and Zakynthos are two of the Ionian Islands’ most lively Greek islands. These two islands are perfect for wild evenings out since they offer all-night bars with loud music. The busiest bars in Zakynthos are Laganas, Tsilivi, Alykanas, and Alykes, whereas the busiest resorts in Corfu include Corfu Town, Kavos, Dasia, Acharavi, and Sidari. The Ionian Sea’s other islands lack this vibrant nightlife. A more unique way to spend the night on any of the islands is to attempt a lengthy meal at one of the many coastal taverns. Lounge bars on Kefalonia and Lefkada islands stay open until 2 or 3 in the morning. Let’s speak about some island’s nightlife
Corfu Nightlife: One of the most diverse Greek islands, Corfu is well known for its exciting nightlife. The traditional pubs with the delectable regional fare, especially in the Old Town, are just a few locations Corfu Town recommends for you to start your evening. When night strikes, several hot locations can help you get in the mood. You may then continue with a drink at Liston. The town is filled with lounge bars, but the area of Emporio, adjacent to the island’s harbour, is lined with all-night clubs if you’re looking for noisy parties.
Numerous resorts on the island, including Paleokastritsa, Sidari, Benitses, Dasia, and Acharavi, have these types of pubs and clubs. These places have a variety of musical performances and are open till the wee hours. In addition, Kavos, a popular destination among British tourists in southern Corfu, has a lot of clubs. Have a leisurely supper in one of the numerous restaurants in the Corfu area for a more tranquil evening out. There are many different types of eateries on this island, from opulent establishments to conventional pubs.
Best restaurants on Corfu Island:
Corfu Akron Bar & Restaurant: On “Agia Triada” beach near Paleokastritsa, Corfu, is where you can find Akron. The lunch menu at Akron offers a broad selection of mouthwatering meals, fresh fish, salads, and light snacks. Furthermore, you may sip on cool beverages and cocktails all day long. While taking in a stunning view of the sea, relax in a romantic setting.
Corfu Ampelonas Restaurant: Ambelonas Corfu, which is perched on a mountaintop, provides a breathtaking, expansive view of Central Corfu. The estate has a permanent display of tools and farm machinery, a vineyard filled with regional wine types, and a large area of uncultivated wild flora. Three days a week, the a la carte restaurant in Ambelonas Corfu is open. Events and parties are held there, as well as tours, workshops, and tastings of unlabeled wines from the vineyards.
Corfu Venetian Well Restaurant: One of Corfu Town’s most stunning eateries, The Venetian Well is located in front of the old Venetian well. Its warm, tastefully designed interior skillfully melds superb design with the structure’s past. Enjoy mouthwatering Mediterranean cuisine while facing the lovely Kremasti Square in a setting with a romantic, evocative atmosphere.
Paxi Nightlife: You shouldn’t go to Paxi if you want a rowdy evening. Only a handful of the lounge bars on the island stay up until a little after midnight, and the majority of them are in Gaios, the island’s capital. There are a few of these pubs in Lakka and Logos as well. As an alternative, you can savour a leisurely supper in one of Paxi’s many pubs by the sea that is open till late at night.
Best restaurants on Paxi Island:
Paxi La Vista: is positioned in a quiet area, only a few metres from the ocean. It specialises in serving seafood, with fresh fish and mussels always being among the top selections. Ask the staff for any fresh suggestions and additions to the daily menu because the menu frequently changes. Excellent draught beer and soft drinks are available in La Vista to go along beautifully with your meals.
Paxi Carnayo: The best spot to unwind and experience a kind welcome is Carnayo. A lovely garden full of flowers and olive trees surrounds the classic structure, which has wooden and stone accents. Numerous regional dishes from Paxos and Corfu are offered on the menu, all of which are expertly made using top-notch ingredients. Greek wines may be found in plenty at the Carnayo cellar, and the staff is always open to ideas on wine varietals.
Paxi Akis Fish Bar & Restaurant: Akis Fish Bar & Restaurant is situated just a few meters from the sea, at a beautiful location on Lakka harbour. Its menu is full of Mediterranean flavours, like fresh seafood, octopus carpaccio, grilled fish and a variety of homemade pasta. Apart from the delicious dinner or lunch options, here you can choose from delicious desserts like tiramisu, cheesecake, creme brulee or amazing chocolate tarts.
Lefkada Nightlife: Nice bars in the island’s tourist resorts are the only places to go out at night in Lefkada. Lefkada Town, Nydri, and Vassiliki all have lounge bars. Nydri also has a few clubs with loud music. The majority of bars remain open until approximately 2 or 3 in the morning. Try a leisurely meal at one of the numerous pubs on the island, both at the coast and on the hillside, for a more tranquil evening out.
Best restaurants on Lefkada Island:
The Barrel Restaurant: The Barrel is a family restaurant that concentrates on the diversity of cuisines, and it is situated directly on the shoreline of Nidri, the busiest area of Lefkada. The Barrel offers delectable regional and international cuisine and stands out for its prompt service and genuine flavour. This fish restaurant is run by Anestis Mavromatis, and the entire crew makes an effort to make it a pleasant place to be. Numerous travel books, including the British Rough Guide and the Lonely Planet guide, have praised the restaurant because it offers a wide selection of wines from the island and around Greece.
Rachi Restaurant: The Rachi restaurant is situated in the Lefkada mountain town of Exanthia. Rachi welcomes you to dine on delicious specialities on its patio while taking in the spectacular view of the Ionian Sea and the setting sun. There are so many selections on the menu that you won’t know where to start. Homemade delicacies prepared in a wood-fired oven, freshly harvested veggies from the owners’ garden, and local meat are just a few of them. In the evenings, you may go there for a beverage or some coffee. Molos Restaurant: In Mikros Gialos, close to the hamlet of Poros, you may discover the Molos restaurant in front of the port. In the summer, Molos is open 24 hours a day. The majority of the menu consists of handcrafted traditional meals including shellfish. All meals are made from scratch with premium, fresh ingredients.
Kefalonia Nightlife: is not crazy, but it does have several beautiful lounges where you can have a good time. Fiscardo is the most cosmopolitan area of Kefalonia, with a shoreline lined with fish restaurants, classy cafes, and pubs. There are also a few loud music-playing clubs outside of Fiscardo. Additionally, Skala and Lassi, two bustling resorts with lounge bars, have a lot of bars. There are pubs in Argostoli’s main plaza that remain open till about two or three in the morning.
Try one of the great taverns that can be found all across Kefalonia for a quieter night out. For the lovely vistas, choose the coastal taverns. The charming restaurants on Lourdas Beach and the several nearby beaches on the island
Best Restaurants on Kefalonia Island:
Tassia Restaurant: Tassia’s Restaurant has been a resounding draw to Fiscardo for the past three decades. Greek traditional cuisine is the speciality of Tassia’s restaurant, which is renowned worldwide for its fresh fish. The ceramic-coloured walls and the stunning Fiscardo Bay as a backdrop conjure images of a more romantic era.
Ampelaki Restaurant: At the further end of Argostoli’s picturesque waterfront sits the little eatery Ampelaki. Due to the restaurant’s proximity to the ferry terminal, customers may enjoy stunning views of the sea and the yachts and ferries that enter and exit the harbour. It is located in a wonderful, well-decorated apartment complex. The cuisine at the restaurant is properly prepared and shows the chef’s talent in the kitchen. The personnel is kind and efficient, putting the needs of the client first. The best reasons to visit this restaurant are the excellent food and the welcoming ambience. More significantly, the restaurant provides access and
necessary amenities for those with disabilities out of respect for all of its patrons.
The Flamingo Restaurant: Eastern Kefalonia’s Skala is home to the quaint restaurant known as Flamingo. If you want to try authentic Greek food, this is a terrific restaurant. At the end of the main street, it is positioned close to the pine trees, creating a wonderful setting. Outside, there are tables with a nice view of the Mediterranean Sea. The cuisine is pretty diverse and features meals with a Greek flair. Your path to the main course will undoubtedly be established by the delicious and interesting appetisers. There is also a fantastic selection of wines to go with your culinary treats. Try the fruit-flavoured ice cream and take in the relaxing ambience of the wonderful garden area.
Ithaca Nightlife: is confined to a few lounge bars and taverns. A romantic ambience is created by the abundance of great restaurants and taverns that surround the waterfronts of Vathy, Frikes, and Kioni. These establishments are typically open until a little after midnight. These pubs are also present in Ithaca’s mountain communities. The cafeterias in Ithaca typically transform into lounge bars in the evening and remain open until just after midnight. Ithaca nights are often calm and enchanting.
Best Restaurants on Ithaca Island::
Dona Lefki: Dona Lefki is located in a lovely area with views of the Ionian Sea’s emerald-blue seas and the magnificent sunset gently setting over the harbour. You may eat delectable delicacies that are based on Greek cuisine here. For recipes that are more luscious and soft, Dona Lefki vacuum-cooks meats using the Sous Vide method. Choose a glass of wine from among the many top-notch Greek brands to go with your dinner.
Ageri: You may enjoy delicious meals and fine wine during your trip to a Greek island at the Ageri Restaurant in Frikes Ithaca. Ageri has a beautiful position with views of the sea and mountains. Yachts passing by, local fishing boats arriving with their catch, the water shimmering beneath the clear Ithacan sky, or the moon rising above the windmill are all things you might observe. Ageri offers contemporary iterations of classic Greek cuisine made with fresh, regional ingredients.
Rementzo: You may get wonderful cuisine, handcrafted pies, and pastries at Rementzo Restaurant and Cafe. Additionally, they provide vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free menu selections to accommodate unique dietary requirements. Additionally, Charcoal Grill is a speciality of Rementzo Restaurant.
The Best Hotels for Accommodation in Ionia, Greece
Corfu Delfino Blu Wellness Boutique Hotel: is conveniently located in the northeastern Corfu town of Agios Stefanos. Numerous shops and transit options are close to the accommodation by foot. Studios, flats, and suites, including a Honeymoon Suite, are available for guests to choose from. All accommodations have air conditioning, a Jacuzzi, an LCD satellite TV, a laptop, a CD and DVD player, a direct-dial phone, and a safe. They also have a kitchenette with a microwave, toaster, coffee maker, and hot plate. There are also baby cots available.
The Corfu hotel Delfino Blu Wellness Boutique provides a variety of amenities and services. A few of them are a restaurant, a breakfast area, a TV lounge, a library, a pool with a poolside bar, a playground for kids, a pool for adults with a sauna, and a fitness centre with pool tables. The helpful staff at the Delfino Blu Wellness Boutique Hotel in Corfu can help with vehicle rentals, excursions and tours, as well as transportation to and from the port and the airport. In addition, they will arrange for wake-up calls, room service, postal and fax services, laundry services, and more for hotel guests.
Corfu Dreams Corfu Resort And Spa: The region of Gouvia, conveniently situated on the east coast of Corfu Island, was formerly a small fishing village and an old Venetian shipyard. Today, it has evolved into a well-known vacation destination that draws millions of travellers each summer. This fantastic location, surrounded by fragrant flowers, forest trees, and calm beaches with crystal-clear seas, is where you’ll find Dreams Corfu Resort & Spa in Corfu. The resort provides breathtaking vistas of the distinctive Ionian Sea in the distance.
From basic rooms to cottages, Dreams Corfu Resort & Spa in Corfu provides a range of lodging options. All of them provide a comfortable and delightful stay with all the essential facilities, including a balcony, a fridge, a minibar, a safe-deposit box, and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Aside from bars, restaurants, a pool, and a kids’ play area, the hotel also has sections for table tennis, mini golf, volleyball, tennis, and basketball. Dreams Corfu Resort & Spa may provide extra amenities and services like a parking lot and bicycle rental for a fee.
Lefkada Idilli Villas: On a lush, rocky slope with stunning views of the Ionian Sea, Lefkada’s opulent Idilli Villas are ideally situated. The picturesque sea and the historic hamlet of Agios Nikitas, which is surrounded by eateries, taverns, and tourist stores, are close to the villas and can be seen from the verandas. Comfort is provided in roomy bedrooms with plush Cocomat beds and en-suite separate bathrooms in seven magnificent villas, each with its distinctive flair.
There are two 150 square metre villas that sleep up to 6 people and 5 80m2 villas that sleep up to 4 people each. Each villa has a spacious living area that is elegantly furnished with a fireplace and an American-style kitchen that is completely furnished and has all the necessary amenities. All bedrooms have remote-controlled air ceiling fans with the newest technology, and there is air conditioning on the top floor. Laundry facilities and dishwashers are available in each of the 7 villas (4 private pools and 3 common pools). Excellent views of Agios Nikitas and the stone-tiled verandas are provided by the large windows.
Every residence at Idilli Villas has a sizable patio that is furnished and equipped with a private barbecue. Both the two large and the two little villas have their private pools. Each private pool has a 4 x 8-metre size. The other three little homes share a huge infinity pool that measures 16 x 8 metres. All of our visitors have access to private parking spaces on the property. For our small buddies, there are baby cribs and baby chairs. There is a TV in the Junior and Superior small villas, and a 50″ TV in the big Exclusive villas. Accept the use of the free wifi.
Kythira Kythea Resort: The Resort is located in the northern section of the island, 5 minutes from Agia Pelagia and 30 minutes from Kapsali, nestled on a hillside overlooking the serene bay of Agia Pelagia. The hotel’s position is regarded as the ideal starting point for exploring the entire island. Elegantly furnished, spacious rooms with a dressing table and a large bathroom, as well as a double or twin bed.
Every accommodation has a gorgeous balcony where you can take in a breathtaking sunrise or a starry night. They have a private bathroom with either a shower stall or a bathtub, satellite TV, an LCD screen, free wireless internet access, a minibar, FRETTE linen, eco-friendly mattresses, premium cotton towels and slippers, and premium bathroom amenities. Breakfast buffet, lunch and supper à la carte.