7 Stunning Ionian Islands You Need to Explore

By far the lushest of all the Greek island chains, the Ionian Islands offer the most breathtaking cliff-backed beaches, with striking milky white sand that blends in beautifully with the azure turquoise sea.  

Featuring seven main islands that attract many visitors from around the world each year, the Ionian still retains a sense of authenticity and a mysterious allure waiting to be discovered. 

Here are the 7 main islands of the Ionian- that are all ideal for a summer getaway!  


Boasting crystal waters, a cosmopolitan Old Town, and remarkable landscapes, Corfu with its Venetian fortresses, British mansions, grand royal palaces and fine French arcades- is the perfect place to explore both day and night. The elegant Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, filled with monuments and museums; here you will feel as though you are taking a mini- stroll through Europe! Corfu is paradise who those that love the sea and can explore the Aqualand and the Corfu aquarium for water adventures and getting up close to sea life. 

Best beaches: Prasoudi, Voutoumi, Halikounas, Marathia; Glyfada Beach, Canal d’Amour, Paleokastritsa, Barbati, Issos, Agios Giorgios Agios Stefanos and Avlaki Beach should all be added to your list!  


By far one of the greenest islands, where lush emerald hills meet the bright blue Ionian sea- there is so much to see and do on this large island that’s filled with so many beautiful coves, great restaurants, luxury hotels and of course- the Navagio/ Shipwreck (the view is breathtaking from the cliffs) – one of the most famous beaches not only in Greece but in the world; you can’t visit Zakynthos without capturing a glimpse of this beauty. 

Best beaches: Marathonissi island (a small boat ride), Gerakas, Dafni, Limnionas, Porto Vromi, Porto Zorro, Banana, Makris Gialos (pebbly), Xyngia, Pelegaki. Best swimming caves: Blue Caves and Keri Caves. 

Note: much of the island’s south coast is a nature reserve due to endangered turtles who hatch in the sand. You can’t enter the turtle beaches, but there are so many beautiful coves to discover. From Keri, you can cast away for Marathonisi island, another turtle sanctuary.


Reachable by car, Lefkada is known for its gorgeous white sand beaches and turquoise waters; The island is a paradise for water babies –swimming,  windsurfing, kayaking and kite-surfing. This Ionian isle boasts remarkable natural landscapes, world-famous beaches, verdant mountains, delightful local cuisine, a noteworthy winemaking tradition, and an exciting range of things to see and do. 

Best beaches: Standouts are Porto Katsiki, Egremni, Kathisma, Perfkoulia, Agiofylu and to avoid the crowds head to the local faves: Mylos, Ammousa, Megali Petra and Avali Beach. 


Boasting spectacular azure waters and charming architecture, Paxos is one of Greece’s most beautiful islands. Boasting some of the most stunning and exotic beaches in the world; as well as a wonderful natural landscape with lush vegetation it combines a cosmopolitan feel with natural beauty. Popular with the yachting crowd, here you can rent a small boat and spend the day dipping in and out of the sea. 

Best beaches: Make sure to swim in the passage between Mongonissi and Kaltsonisi. Jump into the deep blue waters that are famous worldwide and enjoy the mesmerising beaches including Alati, Kaki Lagada, Kipiadi, Magonisi and Marmari. 

Tip: Take a day trip to Antipaxoi- this tiny unspoiled island boasts one of the most impressive natural landscapes; the most famous beaches of the island are Vrika and Voutoumi- pure paradise!

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The largest of the Ionian Isles, Kefalonia remains pure and protected from mass tourism. What makes this place so special is the pride locals take in keeping their island clean, fresh, modern, yet warm and inviting, all while encouraging its natural charm and authentic beauty to shine through. From the main town of Argostoli where you’ll find a range of eateries, bars, and boutiques through to gorgeous fishing villages and quaint towns, there’s so much to see and do on this lush island.

Best beaches: The most famous beach of Kefalonia is Myrtos, which you have to see, however depending on where the wind is blowing it may not be perfect for swimming. Also head to Antisamos and local favourite Petani (with the most amazing little tavern). For families, we recommend Platis Gialos, Makris Gialos, and Lassi. If you want to stay away from the crowds head to Gradakia and Xi beach with its orange sand. And you can’t leave without having a dip in the most stunning emerald waters of Assos. 


Ithaca island the birthplace of Odysseus, is set in the Ionian Sea and flies very much under the radar compared to its neighbouring islands Kefalonia and Zakynthos, however, we suggest you put Ithaca at the top of your Greek island holiday list. Boasting stunning blue beaches, verdant green landscapes, charming villages, breathtaking views, and Venetian architecture; there is plenty to see and do when visiting the island home of Homer’s mythical hero who found peace on an island that also leaves its visitors feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after spending time here. 

Best beaches: There are so many beautiful beaches and bays on Ithaca and some of our favourites include: Filatro (organised beach with sunbeds), Skinos (a gorgeous secluded beach), Gidaki (which can only be reached by boat), as well as Aetos, Agios Ioannis and Sarakiniko.

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This undiscovered island is filled with rich history, secret caves, medieval architecture, wonderful natural setting and amazing beaches. Located off the south coast of the Peloponnese, one of our favourite spots here is Avlemonas, a traditional fishing settlement built in Cycladic style and boasts stunning gulfs and lush vegetation that create a beautiful natural backdrop. The whitewashed houses and lush gardens draw visitors here each summer, as they take a quick dip in the sea. 

Best beaches: Paleopoli, Kapsali, Fyri Ammos, Kaladai, Melidioni, Likodimou, or Chalkos and Kombonada- you can’t go wrong!  

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10 Best Beaches in Lefkada

Some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are found on Lefkada island- making this Ionian isle world-famous thanks to its stunning white cliffs, beautiful sandy spots and azure turquoise waters.

So, if you are planning a summer holiday for 2022- simply based on diving into paradise- we’ve rounded up the best beaches in Lefkada, that guarantee an unforgettable swim every time!

Porto Katsiki

No trip to Lefkada is complete without a swim at Porto Katsiki and if you think the photos are filtered- no chance. Once you arrive, you’ll quickly realise that it’s even better in real life as this beach really is a slice of heaven. Striking white cliffs form a rusticly beautiful backdrop to the deep blue waters- creating one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. Porto Katsiki can be reached by car, boat cruise, taxi boat, or private yacht and here you’ll find numerous sunbeds and umbrellas lined across the famous sandy beach; as well as a few shaded spots for a bit more privacy. At the top of the stairs, you’ll also discover a beach bar and small shops where you can grab some drinks, light snacks, sunscreen and other beach items.

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The natural beauty of Egremni has made it one of the most photographed places in Greece, with this long white sandy beach boasting crystal-clear waters and stunning surroundings. There is an organised section with sun loungers on one side and on the other, you’ll find plenty of quiet spots for some peace and privacy. Egremni is located 38 km southwest of Lefkada Town and can be reached by boat cruise or a private yacht.

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This is by far one of the most stunning beaches of Lefkada, located 17 km southeast of the main town, Kathisma is one of the longest beaches on the island and features fine white sand and different shades of turquoise waters. The beach is surrounded by an idyllic mountain backdrop, which offers a feeling of total privacy. There’s also an organised section with sunbeds and umbrellas too.

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This is a wonderful large sandy beach located 10 km southwest of Lefkada Town (close to the fishing village of Agios Nikitas). The waters at Pefkoulia Beach feature a wonderful turquoise colour and it’s loved by locals and international visitors alike, thanks to its natural beauty. Easily accessible by car, there are quite a few taverns nearby too.

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Located about 40 km south of Lefkada Town, Agiofili is another brilliant beach in Lefkada, with crystal clear waters and white soft sand. Surrounded by white stone cliffs that create a beautiful setting; the best way to get here is by boat. Tip: during peak season make sure you arrive early to grab a spot, as it really does get packed throughout the day.


For a gorgeous little bay that’s perfect for the whole family, make your way to Ammousa, which is found 37 km from the town. Featuring green surroundings and the clearest waters, you can enjoy the entire day here swimming, sunbathing on one of the sunbeds, or making your way over to the bar or amazing little tavern for some incredible local summer dishes. 

Megali Petra

This is by far a local favourite and for a good reason! Located 25 km west of Chora, Megali Petra (large rock) is partly organised with sunbeds and umbrellas scattered between the rocks. The rustic yet beautiful landscape of Megali Petra offers a wonderful feeling of peace and privacy.

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Offering amazing natural scenery, surrounded by lush vegetation on the slopes of the mountains, Avali can be reached by car; and although the road that leads here is quite narrow, the effort really is worth the visit! Featuring a cool beach bar, here you can enjoy some nice local food and drinks, as you take in the incredible views of the beach.


This hidden gem to the south of Agios Nikitas village is nowhere near as known as the other beaches making it appealing to those who enjoy privacy. Located 15 km southwest of Lefkada Town, it’s surrounded by striking green cliffs that offer a beautiful backdrop. It’s not an organised beach and has no facilities nearby, so make sure you come prepared with drinks, food, and a sun umbrella. 

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Located on a picturesque fishing village 38 km southwest of Lefkada Town, Vasiliki Beach is famous for its windsurfing and sailing conditions. Offering endless water sports facilities, here you can swim all day or enjoy some kayaking, sailing and windsurfing. 

Visiting Assos, Kefalonia’s Prettiest Village

This pretty seaside village in Kefalonia will undoubtedly steal your heart. Filled with beautiful bougainvillaea and colourful villas- as well as a small little bay that’s surrounded by a handful of seafood taverns- Assos is the perfect spot to spend some time over the summer. 

If you are looking for a spot that offers relaxation and stunning scenery, add Assos to your list. And don’t worry if you decide to stay elsewhere on the island, just make sure you set some time aside to visit- as it’s the perfect day trip that can easily be combined with a stop off to popular Myrtos Beach, which is close by. 

Assos Beach 

There are only two beaches in Assos and the clear waters make them both ideal for snorkelling. The larger one of the two is organised with umbrellas, loungers and there is also a shower and changing facilities. Two footsteps away there is a small eatery that offers a casual lunch menu including burgers, chips, and club sandwiches; there is also a little store that sells sunscreen, water toys, and other souvenirs. The smaller bay is completely unorganised and by far less crowded- perfect if you are after a spot that offers some privacy. They are both pebble beaches and boast stunning views over the bay. What makes Assos so picturesque is its crystal clear waters contrasting with the beautiful backdrop of the bright villas that line the naturally shaped harbour.

Sail Around 

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Visit nearby beaches by boat

We highly recommend you hire a boat and sail around the little village. Hiring one on your own allows you to explore the gorgeous surrounding beaches that are remote and only accessible by sea. However, if you do not feel confident enough to sail on your own, there are also many great tour options available and you can book them from travel agents in Argosotoli (the main town in Kefalonia) or through locals in the village. 

Ammos tou Grammatikou

One of the most stunning secluded beaches close to Assos village is Ammos tou Grammatikou and you can get there either by a short swim (easier if you are travelling without kids) or otherwise, as mentioned above, there are also boats available for rental through a travel agent. You can also ask some of the local fishermen on Assos, who combine the tour with some fishing. Speed boats are also available and offer parachute gliding that land on the local beach- making it a really memorable experience. 

Village Square 

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French-inspired Town Square

The village square may be tiny but it’s packed with charm and boasts traditional Ionian architecture. There is quite a bit of Parisian influence here thanks to the French that came to help the locals rebuild their houses after the catastrophic 1953 earthquakes. In fact, the square is dedicated to the French, and is referred to as “Paris Square.” The village square is centrally located near the waterfront where you will also discover the village war memorial, as well as an anchor and an old cannon honouring the French. 


There are only about a handful of eateries in Assos and most of them specialise in seafood dishes (it is a seaside village after all). There are also two cafes with splendid views of the harbour and Assos Castle, which is set on the opposite side of the hill. No matter which one you decide to try, you will be able to select from a menu that includes a range of fish, octopus, calamari, vegetarian dishes and fresh salads- the perfect way to end your day after a long swim! 

Assos Castle 

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Traditional Ionian villas

Assos’ historical 1570’s castle is a fine example of Venetian architecture and although visiting the site requires effort (it’s a long walk) it is worth the visit (just make sure you don’t go during the peak of the day while it’s still very warm). The hike will take you through olive tree forests to an arched entrance, which is well-preserved. Set right on top of the village, from here you can enjoy some of the best views of the island.  Tip: We recommend you try and get there just before sunset to enjoy the beautiful shades of the Ionian. 

Getting there 

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Stroll through the village

The easiest way to visit Assos village is by car, or you can also arrive by taxi. If you opt to hire a boat or sail on a yacht, you are also able to enjoy the many small and private beaches nearby. Assos is located around 40 km from Argostoli Town and within 48 km of Kefalonia International Airport. Mytros Beach is only 10 km away, while Fiskardo Village (also worth a visit) is 20 km away. Note: Assos is located at the bottom of a very steep and windy hill and there’s only one main road in and out. There is a large parking space when you get to the end of the road, however, it does get packed over summer, so you may need to try to park your car on the side of the road. 

Staying in Assos

What makes Assos even more special is there are no major hotels or resorts as of yet. However, there is a range of apartments and stunning villas available- both right on the water and more towards the town square.  Tucked away in the spectacular cliffs of the west coast of the island, you will find small, family-owned luxury villas including Assos View and Braunis Horio Villas. 

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Exploring the Splendid Archeron River 

The Acheron River, set 25km from Parga, is a local gem that supplies the entire area with refreshing H2O. With abundant vegetation and crystal clear water, it’s surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape. 


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Its springs are located in Ioannina, on the mount Tomaros, at an altitude of 1600 m. The river runs through Preveza and Thesprotia and flows into the Ionian Sea, to the village of Ammoudia. The springs of the Acheron River are an area of outstanding natural beauty are close to the villages of Kanalaki and Glyki.

Getting there

The best way is by car and the area is easily accessible through motorways. From the village of Gliki, you can follow the road signs for “Acheron Springs.” If you haven’t hired a car, you can book a trip with a local travel agent and visit with a tour group. 


Apart from the natural beauty, the springs of Acheron are known worldwide for their mythological contents. In Ancient Greek mythology, Acheron was one of the five rivers of the Greek underworld. According to tradition, Zeus was devastated when the Titans drank from the water, and the ancient Olympian god of the sky condemned the river to remain eternally under the earth while its water became darker. 

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What you will find here

In many parts of the river where the water flow is normal, there are lakes and water pits that are home to a range of amphibians and fish. In other locations, the river flows through steep and high cliffs. In the rocky side slopes of Acheron, there are many birds of prey that nest in the forest slopes of the canyon.

Acheron River is worth the visit for its magnificent transparent water and
the surrounding rocky landscape. It should definitely be on the list when visiting Parga or any of its nearby areas, as it retains its unspoiled natural beauty and secret energy. Exploring the flows from the mountains of Souli Epirus until it reaches the Ionian Sea in Ammoudia Beach is a memorable experience. 


Just a few km away from the sea, there is a forest with exotic-looking plants growing in the water. After you cross the forest, you will see the edge of the river, reaching the imposing Roman bridge, where you can sit and have lunch. Today, the Acheron River is an ecosystem that is recognised and a protected area by the Natura 2000 Network.

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What to do 

Apart from exploring the natural wonders, you can also enjoy some great local dishes at one of the nearby restaurants. For adventurous types, along the river is pathways for hiking and rafting activities. The landscape is hilly and green with surrounding elm and oak trees. And for those who don’t mind the cool temperature, make sure you take an unforgettable dip in the extremely cold crystal clear waters at any given opportunity.

Adventure sports

• Horse-riding at Piges

• Paragliding at Paramythia

• Rafting, kayak, canoe-kayak at Stena

• Mountain-bike along the river

• Canyoning at Stena

• A caique mini cruise at the Acheron estuary

• Swimming in the cold waters of the river

Nearby discoveries

• The historical villages of Souli

• The beautiful town of Parga

• The necromantic oracle of Acheron

• The remains and the Museum of the Ancient Nikopolis

• The town of Preveza

• The Ancient Theatre of Dodoni and Ancient Kassiopi

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An Adults Only Oasis in the Ioanian Sea

Ah, serenity. If peace and quiet are high on your list of holiday priorities for 2021, this luxurious resort in Kefalonia is the perfect setting for the ultimate wellbeing escape.

It comes as no surprise that the trend at the moment among couples, business people, retirees, and parents is to search for a getaway that offers complete rest and relaxation. F Zeen, located on this stunning Ionian island is an adults-only resort that boasts chill-out zones, gourmet restaurants, and a simplistic and natural approach to all its services and facilities- with incredible attention to detail! 

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Overlooking the serene bay of Lourdas in Southern Kefalonia, Argostoli, the island’s capital, is 30 minutes drive from the resort and it’s just 20 minutes from the International airport. F Zeen is found on the quieter south-west coast of the island; with mountains and the sea nearby, you have the best of both worlds right here.

Style & Character

Showcasing culture and a relaxed Greek island lifestyle, the family-run retreat places a huge emphasis on natural beauty, health and wellbeing. Here you will find a mix of modern, luxurious, and rustic design and decor, engulfed by nature. Make the most of the facilities whether that be relaxing by the pool, simply walking along the beach, participating in the daily yoga, fitness, and meditation classes, or indulging in organic dishes prepared with fresh local ingredients. At F Zeen you will always find something to do. Or you can simply choose to do nothing at all apart from taking in the spectacular natural surroundings.

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Room Types

The resort comprises of four intimate Kefalonian style buildings built amongst nature. The 54 rooms consist of Classic Garden Retreat, Classic Retreat, Superior Retreat, Luxury Retreat, Terraced Penthouse Suites, Superior Raw Retreat with Side Sea View, Superior Raw Retreat, Superior Raw Retreat with Pool, and 3 Bedroom Villas with Private Pool. We must mention
that the cozy rooms are filled with materials and furniture that have been sourced from around Greece.


Boasting three beautiful freshwater swimming pools, two holistic spas, an outdoor gym and yoga decks, two bars, two restaurants as well as a boutique shop at the resort, here you will also find an outdoor cinema and a vegetable garden. Daily fitness classes are offered in the outdoor gym and on the yoga decks. Throughout the season there is also a wide variety of health retreats that encourage relaxation and healing of both the body and the mind.

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Food & Drinks

You can enjoy freshly caught fish and a range of seafood, as well as fresh fruit, vegetables, and herbs handpicked each morning from the in-house vegetable gardens. The resort has two restaurants and bars, ‘Gaia’ meaning Earth and ‘Selini’ meaning moon in Ancient Greek. Both offer great dishes prepared by some of Greece’s top chefs. Selini has an exceptional dinner menu with fresh Specials each day, whereas Gaia is the more casual spot out of the two. 

Ideal for…

Couples who are after a romantic escape, those in search of a luxurious wellbeing retreat, and anyone who is making sustainability a priority, as no plastic is used in the hotel and all paper is recycled. F Zeen is also great for those wanting to take part in a range of activities including kayaking, hiking, and jeep safari to name a few.

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  • Lockers
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Concierge service
  • ATM/cash machine on site
  • Luggage storage
  • Ticket service
  • Tour desk
  • Currency exchange
  • Express check-in/check-out
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Free parking
  • Free WIFI 
  • Business Centre