Off Greece’s coast you can find the Ionian Islands, a set of seven isles resting easily in the Ionian Sea. Six of the islands are found relatively close together, all grouped together on Greece’s western shoreline. Down south, a single island lies between the tip of the Grecian peninsula and the large island of Crete.
Greek settlers have lived on these islands since ancient times. They were, however, a world apart from the heavily political society of the time, and remained a peaceful and idyllic retreat. The islands were highly affected by the conquests of the Roman and Napoleonic Empires, often becoming a buffer zone between the sea and the mainland.
Today, the islands still form a sort of buffer zone. Tourism has taken off, and many visitors stop by one of the islands on their way into the country.
Be sure to stop into the island of Kerkyra, where some of the region’s most profound diversity can be encountered. There are castles, ruins, and a phenomenal harbor to explore. Check to see what festivals are going on during your stay!
Climb up to one of the tallest points in the city of Zakynthos to look out over the city, sea, and rolling island landscape beyond.
After getting to the mainland of Greece, you can either fly or take the ferry to the Ionian Islands. While on the islands be sure to take advantage of the public transportation that is available.