In the boundless blue of the Ionian Sea, the Ionian Islands stand out like precious jewels, with their marvelous nature, abundant waters, exceptional cities and towns, mild climate, splendid beaches with well-protected gulfs and crystal-clear sea, and interesting archaeological sites.
These are the eleven islands of the archipelago, small and large, scattered along the western coasts of mainland Greece and known as the Ionian Islands. The six largest are: Zakynthos, Ithaca, Corfu, Kefalonia, Lefkada and Paxi, while the smaller ones are Antipaxi, Erikousa, Mathraki, Othoni, Meganisi and the group of deserted islets of Strofades south of Zakynthos.
In the depths of the millennia lies the remote past of the Ionian Islands, first known through the verses of Homer’s Odyssey. In Ithaca lived and worked the brilliant Ulysses, ruler of the island, and in the Ionian Sea took place part of the adventures of the hero: Corfu is identified with the Homeric island of the Phaeacians. In addition, the easy access, the modern tourist infrastructure, the various cultural and folklore events, the possibility of practicing sports and opportunities for entertainment, the social atmosphere and especially the friendly and hospitable inhabitants, complete their enviable advantages.