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Make a holiday rental, home or villa in the Ionian Islands your home away from home

Ionian Islands, Greece

The Ionian Islands are a group of seven main islands off the west coast of Greece, from the Albanian coast to the southern tip of the Peloponnesus. These are lush islands brimming with Venetian flavour and great self catering holiday accommodation. The islands are renowned for the stunning beaches and charming villages, which have made these islands the second most popular of all the Greek islands.

Places to holiday in the Ionian Islands, Greece

Corfu (Korfu), boasts an unrivalled mix of spectacular beaches and archaeological treasures. The island is the second largest of the Ionian Islands, and is a cosmopolitan tourist centre, so can provide all the facilities, bars, restaurants and sports required by an international tourist. However, it does this with a back drop of beautiful scenery and top-class beaches. There is a wealth of sites to enjoy, from the serene resorts of the north to the 18-30 party town of Kavos.

Kefallonia (Cephalonia) is an island of wild beauty, and great for magestic holidays in the Ionian Islands. Breathtaking mountains reach down to the majestic beaches of the coast. Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands, and like many of the Ionian Islands, it has a huge wealth of historical sites to be discovered. The village of Fiscardo is defiantly worth a visit on an Ionian Island holiday as it was the only village to survive the 1953 earthquake in tact.

Zakynthos (Zante) is a tourist’s dream, with long sandy beaches, hidden coves in shear white cliffs, turquoise seas and iconic architecture. Zante also houses the Byzantine Museum.

Lefkada (Lefkas) was only separated from the mainland when the Corinthians cut a canal through sandbanks in 600BC. The island missed the package tourist boom, so remains wild and beautiful, with beaches no less impressive than those of the more popular islands remaining blissfully empty for much of the year.

Paxi (Paxos) is a tiny island, perfect for a relaxing, quiet holiday. The snorkelling is spectacular, and there are day trips to other islands, especially Corfu, but a holiday rental here means you can return to the peace of Paxi each day.

Things to do in the Ionian Islands

There is an enormous variety of activities to participate in the Ionian Islands. Each island offers different specialities to self catering holiday makers, including many historical sites, water sports and nature, but all offer remarkable beaches.

Sailing around the Ionian Islands is hugely popular, and getting a sailing holiday based from an Ionian rental villa means you can really discover the best parts of the islands at your own pace, including the secluded deserted beaches hidden at the base of white cliffs.

Weather in the Ionian Islands, Greece

The Ionian Islands have a steady maritime climate, with summer temperatures of between 28°C and 34°C, with cooling afternoon breezes.

Travel to the Ionian Islands, Greece

Flights to the Ionian Islands typically take around 3 hours from the UK. There are airports on Corfu (CFU), Kefalonia (EFL) and Zante (ZTH), and regular flights to each go from 14 UK airports from a number of providers.

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                                                                                                    Well presented and maintained Villa within 5 minutes walk of Fiskardo harbour for shops and tavernas

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                                                                                                    The 2 bedroom 2 bathroom Villa with additional ground floor shower room suited our family perfectly and it was clean and well maintained with daily maid and pool service. Being so close to Fiskardo harbour really heightened the experience as we all had a great time looking at the various boats, visiting the shops and eating in the numerous tavernas and bars. An amazing relaxing holiday and we recommend the local speedboat hire for an exhilarating day out visiting Ithaca and various bays on Fiskardo ( and you don't need a licence!).
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                    Ideal retreat

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                                                                                                    We really enjoyed our stay at The Mayflower. There was plenty of shade on either front or rear balconies (perfect for relaxing and reading) and a very nice pool for getting some sun and cooling off. Nice little touches such as a fridge by the poolside, items for sale that saved a walk to the shops, figs we could help ourselves to (many thanks!), etc. The gardens are lovingly cared for, and trees and plants help create shade. The apartments felt like a return to the Greece of old. A walk to the old town found some very nice tavernas, our favourite being the Bella Vista for its views. Moraitika beach and sea front wasn't so much to our taste (but that's a personal view). If returning I would hire a car (driving license required) for getting to and from the airport as the taxi isn't cheap and the buses complicated. The worth keeping the car for a few days for access to some of the nicer beaches and sites around the Island. Diana is a font of knowledge and can recommend where to go depending on your needs. The boat trip to the blue lagoon and mainland was really good value - especially for those who enjoy swimming/snorkeling. Corfu old town is beautiful, and there is a hop on/off bus for visiting places like the old fort.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                    Absolutely perfect!

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                                                                                                    The villa and destination was blissful. Everything was superb from the villa, to the location and the choice of excellent tavernas to eat.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Aug 2016