THE IONIAN ISLANDS
Visit this site for all the information you need on the islands
of the IONIAN with
maps and pictures of each island
International airports and direct charter flights from Athens at
Corfu, Zakynthos and city of Preveza. .
Bases in the Ionian Islands:
Marina Map. click to enlarge
Suggested 1 and 2 weeks itineraries
Ask us for charter specific sailing routes to meet
individual requests and interests
from Gouvia Marina in Corfu
|Corfu to Paxoi
|Paxoi to Lefkas
|Lefkas to Argostoli
|Argostoli to Zante
|Zante to Ithaka
|Ithaka to Phiskardo
|Phiskardo to Meganissi
|Meganissi to Preveza
|Preveza to Parga
|Parga to Sivota
|Sivota to Corfu
guide to Zakynthos island in the Ionian complex in Greece.
The best beaches in the Mediterranean sea
|Corfu to Paxoi
|Paxoi to Lefkas
|Lefkas to Ithaka
|Ithaka to Nidri
|Nidri to Parga
|Parga to Sivota
|Sivota to Corfu
wooded isle of the Phaeacians, Odysseeus' last stop on his long journey home to
Ithaca, is the best known of the lonian islands. It owes its sophistication and
charm to the meshing of the different civilizations that have occupied the
island and to the natural beauty with which it is so abundantly endowed. On this
cosmopolitan island, you'll be able to combine relaxation with good times and a
full nightlife, for Corfu is an international tourist centre which can satisfy
the demands of the most difficult visitor.
The capital of the island is also called Corfu (Kerkira). It is built on a
promontory that projects into the sea and is separated into a northern and a
southern section. East of the northern part lies the Old Fortress, cut
off from the town by a moat. For centuries all the popular of Corfu lived within
this citadel, which was founded by the Byzantines but greatly expanded and
strengthened by the Venetians. The town of Corfu is made up of completely
dissimilar elements, left over from different civilizations. It presents an
enchanting picture with its broad streets and spacious squares, the popular
Spianada – the town "green" contrasting with its narrow back alleys
paved with blocks of stone (known as "Kantounia"), houses with a B
Italian influence, the famous Liston, a French arcade, traditional Georgian
mansions, a Byzantine church, Venetian monuments, balconies with wrought-iron
railings and window grilles.
Sightseeing in Town|
The Archaeological Museum: tel.: 2661030680, the Byzantine Museum
housed in the Church of the Panayia Antivouniotissa (closed for' the time
being); the Museum of Oriental Art: tel.: 2661023124 in the English Palace of
St.. Michael and St. George; the Town Hall, a superb example of Venetian
architecture built in 1663; the Byzantine church of St.. Jason and Sosipater
(12th century) with fine frescoes; the church of Corfu's patron Saint Spyridon
with its valuable icons and collection of Angelokastro,
Paleokastritsa, a Byzantine fortress dating from the 13th century. Pelekas, 13 kilometers
west of the town, a lovely village set on a rocky hill, whose summit –
according to the Corfiots say – is the best place to watch the sun go down.
Not far from Pelekas in the Ropa Valley is situated Corfu's excellent golf
course. Kanoni, 4 kilometers south of town is the most popular spot on the
- Here a narrow causeway leads across the water to the Monastery of
Vlacherna and from there one can take a caique to visit delightful
Pondikonissi and its 13th century church. Gastouri, a picturesque hill
village, is the site of the Achillion, the summer palace of the Empress
Elisabeth of Austria and the last Kaiser, now a casino in the summer and a
part of it a museum. Its gardens are well worth a stroll.
Other sights not to be missed include, on the east side of the island
Kassiopi, Ipsos, Dassia, Gouvia, Benitses, Moraitika and Messongi On its
west side Lake Korission (Limni Korission), the only lake on the island. In
the northern part of the island are the resorts of Sidari, with its sandy
beach, and Roda, whose beach is even longer. From Sidari you can take a boat
to the three picturesque offshore islands of Erikoussa, Mathraki and Othoni.
Their sheltered anchorages are ideal for swimming and sunbathing. But Corfu
also has another side: a vital traditional facet to its personality still
very much alive in the costumes of its village women and in its local
festivals. Fine examples of folk art and crafts are displayed in shops all
over the island: hand-woven textiles and embroideries with intricate
designs, objects of all kinds carved out of olive wood, silver utensils and
How to get there
By bus from Athens or Thessaloniki (via Igoumenitsa)
Information: Bus Terminal Athens 100, Kifissou St., tel.: 210 5129443
- By Plane: Information: El. Venizelos, tel.: 210 3530000
- By ferry-boat: From Patras (10 hours), From Igoumenitsa (2 hours),
From Sagiada (1 hour), From Italy (Bari, Ancona, Brindisi, Otranto)
Itineraries sailing from Lefkada(Lefkas)
Fiscardo Agia Efimia/Kefallonia
Vathi Porto Leone/Kalamos
Porto Leone Lefkas
Lefkas Lefkas Town
Transportation to Lefkas by Car or Bus
The distance Lefkas-Athens is 385 kilometers. You
can reach Lefkas by your own car, via the bridge that connects Lefkas with
Etoloakarnania, without transporting your car with the car-ferry boat.
Alternatively, if you do not want to drive, you can reach Lefkas by KTEL buses,
that leave from the big Greek cities, Athens, Thessalonica, Patras, Giannena.
From Athens, bus service is daily and the travel lasts 5 hours, while the
bus-connection to Thessalonica is 2 times per week and the travel lasts 7 hours.
The sub-marine tunnel Preveza-Aktio and the bridge Rio-Antirio have facilitated
a lot the access to the island of Lefkas.
Alternatives to reach Lefkas:
book a flight directly to Aktion/Preveza airport. The transfer
from Aktion Airport with a minivan (12 pax capacity) would cost – one-way – 100
euro. Trip duration is 25 min.
Every year, the available flights appear around March/April.
transfer to Lefkas from
the Athens Airport with a minivan (12 pax capacity). Cost – one-way - is 660
euro (driver, fuel, toll fees). Trip duration is 4 h. 30 min. A taxi
for 4 persons maximum is Euro 400.
alternate embarkation port.
It is a picturesque, out-of-the bitten track small city, half-located on canals,
with lagoon complexes on the west http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messolonghi
It is an alternative port of embarkation
23’ 0’’ N, 21o 26’ 0’’ E )
being closer to Athens, and on the opening to the Ionian, and is especially
suitable if they wish to explore the mid-southern Ionian.
The transfer to Messolonghi from Athens Airport with a minivan (12 pax capacity)
would cost – one-way – 550 euro. Trip duration is 2 h 45 min. A taxi for 4
persons maximum is Euro 360.
If clients fly to Corfu, taxis take
them to the ferries, and across to Igoumenitsa (1h 15 min trip, cost 10 euro
pp). A minivan will be waiting for them at the port, and transfer them to
Lefkas – cost appx 330 euro one-way, trip duration from Igoumenitsa 1h 30 min.
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