Captain Corelli may have long since strummed the strings of his mandolin but the love affair with the Ionian Island he made his own is getting more powerful by the year. Kefalonia is the largest of the seven-island Ionian group. It has been slow to bite the tourism apple and as a result, the islanders learnt a lot from other people’s mistakes.
Home of Odysseus, and perhaps Homer, this tiny island attracts sailors and holidaymakers from all over the world. It is very beautiful, and is surrounded by some of the clearest waters in Greece. Ithaca is truly a magical place, and stands for the homecoming. Odysseus sailed for a decade to reach his home, and many sailors believe Ithaca is the ultimate goal. Its friendly people will do their best to make you feel welcome, and it is no coincidence that many return here year after year.
It is said that Lefkada has the best beaches in the Meditteranean Sea, with crystal water and steep rocky surroundings. Porto Katsiki, Kathisma and Egremni are of great natural beauty, while Agios Ioannis and Vassiliki are the best windsurfing spots. Drop anchor off Nidri. From here a short tender journey will take you to the port of Nidri and Kalamos Island.
Such a stunning and relatively unspoilt place is hard to find but Syvota, facing the islands of Corfu and Paxos, fits that bill perfectly. Lush undeveloped landscape, small villages, deserted beaches with a dramatic mountain backdrop, this is one of those beautiful locations that it is quite conceivable you may wish to come back to and stay forever!!
Paxos is an island of endless olive groves and Anti Paxos one large vineyard. The eastern coastline of the islands is gentle compared to the west coast which is bold and abrupt, with caves, arches and sheer cliffs. The capital of Paxos is Gaios a picturesque village built around a port which is protected by two small islands Agios Nikolas and Panagia. On the Northern side is the village of Lakka and on the east side is the very charming village of Loggos. You will find the pace is still unhurried, very relaxing with genuine friendly Greek hospitality at its best.
Countess Flamburiari has said - ‘Corfu town is Venice and Naples, a touch of France and more than a dash of England, apart of course from being Greek’ -. The town is a maze of narrow streets dominated by the 16th century fortress. Around every corner you can you find a chapel, old mansion or secret garden square. The café at the Liston: built by the French in the same style as those in Rue de Rivoli, Paris; is probably the place to ‘people watch’ while enjoying a Ginger beer. The narrow streets radiating off from the Liston, house small shops of every commercial nature. Dominated by the ‘gold shops’. Corfiot craftsmen excel at designing and making Greek jewelry in gold so make sure to look for hidden treasures.
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