The Ionian Islands are not a typical Mediterranean chain, as they feature far more greenery and flora than do the bulk of the Aegean Islands. They also have a slightly different spin on culture and style that gives them appeal apart from the rest of Greece. The two most popular islands are Corfu and Kefalonia.
Corfu offers thick groves of olive trees and swimming for every taste, from rocky coves to sandy beaches to secluded bays. But the island is also much more than just sand and surf. The town of Kerkyra has touches of Old Italy and flourishes of French design among its labyrinth of streets and shops, chapels, gardens and mansions. Travelers never miss the city's old fort, St. Spiridon's Church, or the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, a British-built manor which has regularly hosted foreign dignitaries and international events.
If travelers want a break from the beach, a road trip around the island uncovers several treasures. Achillion Palace offers stunning ironwork, winding staircases, terraced gardens and endless statues fill the grounds. Paleokastritsa, a secluded cove of untold beauty, is perennially filled with luxury yachts and is a beautiful sight by day and night due to its azure water and green backdrop. And for a hint of mystery, visit Perithia, a largely deserted mountain town. Leave the mountains after your adventure and you'll find plenty of Corfiot tavernas with excellent cuisine and a sumptuous wine list.
Kefalonia is growing in its popularity due to its stunning panoramas from atop Mount Enos. Churches and monasteries populate the heights around the island and are seemingly perched on rocky outcropping at great heights. Move inland, and you'll find beautiful dense forests.
Wherever your adventure takes you, end your day in one of the properties we feature, many designed in the distinctly local style.
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