Greece

The Ionian Islands

Recommended
The Ionian Islands
The Essential
Recommended
Their axial location near Greek, Albanian and Italian coasts partly explains their tumultuous history. Colonised by Corinthians, conquered by Venetians and then Turks, the region is also Ulysses's homeland. Dotted with cypresses, vines, olives and lemon trees, the landscape resembles parts of Italy. Corfu is verdant, Paxos tiny and rocky, Lefkada more mountainous, Kefalonia jagged, Kythera arid. Finally, Zakynthos is made up of two distinct regions, one ringed by cliffs, the other a fertile plain. A mild climate, turqoise seas and white sandy beaches make these islands simply idyllic.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for The Ionian Islands

Shipwreck Bay Shipwreck Bay
Shipwreck Bay
Zákynthos
4:00
Corfu Old Citadel Corfu Old Citadel
Corfu Old Citadel
Kérkyra
1:30
Zakynthos Beaches and Coast Zakynthos Beaches and Coast
Zakynthos Beaches and Coast
Zákynthos
4:00
Petani Beach Petani Beach
Petani Beach
Lixoúri
4:00
Paliohora Paliohora
Paliohora
Kýthira
0:30
Kythera Kythera
Kythera
Kýthira
4:00