Patra, on the west coast, is Greece’s window to the Ionian Islands. Its attractive squares, neoclassical buildings of which the Apollo Theatre – a replica of “La Scala”, the Pantocrator Church and the ruins of a castle on top of a hill, add charm to this working harbour city, which is the fourth largest in Greece.Enchanting shores drowning in eucalyptus and acorn bushes, indigo waters and a vast sandy beach at Kilini, known since antiquity for its spas
Πάτρα – Ζάκυνθος
The southernmost island of the Ionian, almost triangular in shape, owes its name to the son of Dardanos, the King of Troy who according to myth built the first city there (Homer’s Iliad). The endangered sea turtle “Caretta – Caretta” has chosen the sandy beaches of Laganas, Vassilikos and Gerakas to lay her eggs there. It is not easy to forget the emerald sea, the pine covered hills, or the hospitable and openhearted inhabitants of Zante, as it is otherwise called. Churches are everywhere in the city of St. Dionysus, the island’s patron saint. Small coffee shops and picturesque villages are to be found among the olive and almond trees, in or around fields planted with vines and vegetables.
Ζάκυνθος – Κεφαλλονιά
The largest of the Ionian Islands. Green rocks plunge suddenly into the deep blue waters. Kefalonia has been justly called the island of contrasts: Romans, Venetian and Byzantize ruins, side by side with famous beaches. The capital Argostoli is where the sea pours into spectacular swallow holes (Katavothres) and disappears endlessly into subterranean tunnels forming a rare geological phenomenon.
Κεφαλλονιά – Λευκάδα
The eastern side of the island has dense vegetation and smooth shores. On the west, the coast is steep though there are many long sandy beaches. But the sea everywhere is that deep blue. Lefkas is a distinguished island with its impressive Venetian Castle and the Monastery of Phaneromeni.
Λευκάδα – Πρέβεζα
is a commercial port, which “guards” the entrance to the Amvrakic Gulf. This uniquely beautiful town is close to ancient Nikopolis (1st century B.C.) built by Octavian to commemorate his victory over Antony in the Battle of Actium.
Πρέβεζα – Μεγανήσι – Ιθάκη
Known to the world as being Odysseys’ homeland. Its enchanting coves turn it into paradise on earth despite its small size and mountainous nature. The west side of the island is steep and bare in contrast with the east, which is verdant and slopes gently down to the sea. The island is open to strolls and explorations.
Σάμη – Πάτρα