A holiday on islands offers a unique blend of fun and relaxation amidst natural beauty. One not only gets diverse experiences that provide complete relaxation and rejuvenation but also plenty of opportunities for exciting activities. It is time to discover the hidden gems of the Greek Ionian Islands that have become perennially popular choices for vacations. Enjoy island hopping to discover and enjoy the major attractions of each island, their unique architecture, and the charming Ionian villages and towns with breathtaking seafront.

Ionian Island holidays at some amazing locations and some more secluded islands are known to attract the most visitors from all over the world. With more than twenty islands, it is a must explore some of the must-see spots such as Ithaca, Paxi, Zakynthos, Kefalonia, Corfu, and Lefkada, which are well-developed touristically. Summer is the best time to explore the Ionian islands because of the crystal-clear turquoise waters and white sandy beaches set against the backdrop of dense vegetation.

 Let us look at some of the most fun things to do on this archipelago that is like a paradise of sun, sea, and culture. Whether you're looking for complete relaxation, a thrilling adventure, or a taste of Greek culture, there is something for everyone on the Ionian Islands.

 Explore the breathtaking Petani Beach 

 Petani Beach is one of the best beaches in the Ionian Islands. Enjoy the spectacular white sandy beach on the beautiful peninsula of Paliki. You are sure to get awed by the stunning landscape of vast verdant cliffs and stunning landscape that reaches across to the blue sea. The magnificent beach is surrounded by mountains and is just a few km away from Lixouri.

 What you can do-

  • Beachcomb is a kilometer-long beach covered with sand and colorful pebbles along the shore.

  • Plan a picnic here with your family, away from the crowds, and enjoy the beautiful watercolors and peacefulness.

  • Wait for the evening to catch the magical moment of the sunset, and do not forget to take your camera.

  • If you love water sports, you will find some great sites for scuba diving and sea dips from the larger rocks.

  • Enjoy local delicacies and drinks at the taverns and cafeterias lined along the sandy beach.

 Visit the Old Town of Corfu

Beach Cliff Bay
(Photo : Máté Markovics from Pixabay)

Corfu Island is renowned for its stunning beaches and the historic Old Town. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a must to explore the Old Town with Venetian-inspired architecture. Destroyed by German bombers during the Second World War, the urban ensemble of Corfu is an architectural example of its authenticity and integrity.

 What you can do-

  • Walk through narrow cobblestone streets with vibrant local markets and admire the impressive Old Fortress and other buildings. Enjoy the panoramic views of the town and the sea.

  • Explore one of the largest squares in Europe, the charming Spianada Square, and enjoy some traditional Greek cuisine at local tavernas, cafés and restaurants.

  • Visit the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art to learn about the rich history of Corfu' and the unique Oriental art.

  • It is a must to see the Orthodox churches in Corfu Town, such as the Church of St. Spyridon, the Orthodox Cathedral, St. Sosipater, and the Byzantine Church of St. Jason.

 The wonderful and magical Marathonisi Island

Île Marathonisi, Zakynthos, Grèce
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  Also known as Turtle Island, Marathonisi Island has become significant as it is the last remaining breeding park of the endangered loggerhead turtles. With crystal-clear blue sea and a great bathing beach, one can enjoy a perfect harmony with nature. The rocky and dramatic shoreline of the island is well known for some huge sea caves and dense vegetation of olive and pine groves. The island offers one the chance to experience the primitive beauty as it is completely covered in dense vegetation.

What you can do-

  • Get an excellent chance to spot loggerhead turtles on the main beach and witness the tiny hatchlings taking their first steps toward the water.

  • Snorkeling around the island is possible but be wary of the many boats around that can be a danger. However, there are some excellent spots for snorkeling and scuba diving.

  • Explore the Marathonisi Caves on small-sized boats, and it is indeed an unforgettable experience to see the sunlight reflecting from the white walls of the caves into the crystal blue waters.

Visit Zakynthos - the most exotic of the Ionian islands

Beach Cliff Bay
(Photo : Pantea Adrian from Pixabay)

Located right in the middle of the mesmerizing Ionian, Zakynthos Island is well known for its magical beaches and wonderful natural landscape. This is our chance to discover picturesque villages, amazing natural landscapes, and traditional monasteries. You may have seen the pictures and postcards of the island, but the reality is far more picturesque as the island is surrounded by white sandy beaches with turquoise waters set against the backdrop of dramatic towering cliffs.

What you can do-

  • Visit the capital of the island, Zakynthos Town, with an architecture influenced by the Venetians. Some key tourist attractions include Solomos Square, Venetian Castle, and the Post-Byzantine Museum.

  • Explore the renowned Shipwreck Beach and some other popular beaches such as Gerakas, Vasilikos, Laganas, and Spiantza.

  • Take a dip in the enticingly clear water and relax on the beautiful beaches covered with golden white sands and surrounded by an unspoiled natural landscape.

  • Embark on a boat tour from the island's port to see the mesmerizing Blue Caves, with geological formations that create a magical interplay of colors for a surreal experience.

 Experience the wonderful culture of Ithaca

 If you are looking for an escape from the bustling crowds, then head straight for the legendary home of Odysseus, Ithaca. Ithaca is an iconic island and has loads to offer its visitors because of its exotic beaches, charming quaint villages, and lush greenery.

 What you can do-

  • Immerse yourself in Greek culture and get familiar with the laid-back way of life in the charming villages and towns of the island.

  • Visit Vathy, the capital, with its picturesque harbor and traditional tavernas, where you can savour local delicacies.

  • Explore some of the most picturesque villages here, namely Vathy, Kioni, and Frikes, that still carry their traditional identity and activities.

  • Some of the best beaches with exotic settings are Filiatro, Sarakiniko, and Agios Ioannis, where you can spend a relaxing day with your family and friends.

  • Other must-visit places on the island include the Katharon Monastery, Loizos Cave, Cave of Nymphs, and the medieval village of Anogi.

  • Hike to the summit of Mount Neritos to enjoy the panoramic views of the Ionian Sea and the stunning scenery around.

 As you can see, the Greek Ionian Islands provide a unique blend of natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture. Whether it is the hidden beaches, the historic streets, or the unique architecture, there is a diverse range of experiences for all travelers with various interests. Look forward to a great vacation in the Ionian Islands to explore all the wonders and create some lifetime memories in this Mediterranean paradise.