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The emerald waters of Paxi island
The beach of Porto Katsiki on Lefkada island
The waterfalls of Nydri on Lefkada island
With wonderful nature and family atmosphere, the Ionian islands provide gorgeous settings to discover. Things to see & do in the Ionian islands will bring you to gorgeous beaches, Medieval castles, picturesque villages and hilltops with a breathtaking view.
The islands of the Ionian Sea can easily be combined for holidays as they are connected by ferry or flight. A popular combination is an island hopping from Kefalonia to Corfu. There is no ferry between Kefalonia and Corfu but there is a charter flight by SkyExpress in summer. Also, Corfu can be easily combined with holidays to Paxi.
Kefalonia can be combined for holidays with Lefkada, Ithaca, and Zakynthos as there is a regular ferry connection between these four islands. Ferries depart from Fiscardo in Kefalonia and go to Vassiliki in Lefkada and Frikes in Ithaca. Ferries to Pisaetos in Ithaca leave from Sami in Kefalonia. Ferries from Pessada in Kefalonia go to Agios Nikolaos Shinari in Zakynthos.
Corfu, Kefalonia, and Zakynthos are large islands that offer many chances for excursions. From Corfu, there are popular boat tours to Parga and Paxi, while occasionally there are also boat tours to Albania. Frequent boats also depart from Paleokastritsa to close caves and secluded beaches. The island is great to explore by car and has many nice places to see. For example, the ghost village of Old Perithia in northern Corfu is a lovely destination.
Chances for excursions in Kefalonia are many. The most beautiful beaches to swim are Myrtos, Antisamos, Xi, Lourdas, and Skala. Beautiful sightseeings are the Lake Cave of Melissani, the Cave of Drogarati, castles, and monasteries. Crossed by old footsteps, the island of Kefalonia is a great place for hiking. Actually, most hiking trails are signposted and lead to abandoned villages, watchtowers, beaches and hilltops with a breathtaking view of the sea.
The boat tour to Navagio and Blue Caves is the most popular in Zakynthos. Boat tours are also organized to Marathonisi, the island of the Caretta-caretta. However, as this is an island where this endangered sea turtle goes to reproduce, visitors are asked to respect the region. Bus excursions around Zakynthos are also organized so that visitors see the beautiful villages and old monasteries of the island.