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Les iles ioniennes

The temperate climate; the deep and cool sea waters; the mountains; the lush vegetation; the cultural heritage; and the cheerfulness of the inhabitants, make the Ionian Islands the ideal place for a holiday as well as rest and relaxation. 

 What is more, the traits of the Ionian Islands are perfectly combined with a flawless tourism infrastructure, excellent hotel accommodations, restaurants, diving centers, sea sports, cultural events, and a multitude of sights, historic monuments and museums worth visiting. 

Scattered along the western coastline of Central Greece, the Ionian Islands as they are known, are an island cluster comprising twelve small and large islands whose total surface area comes to 2,200 square kilometers. Zakynthos, Ithaki, Kerkyra (Corfu), Kefalonia, Lefkada, and Paxoi are the six, large Ionian Islands.  Antipaxi, Erikousa, Mathraki, Othoni, Meganisi and the deserted islets of Strofades south of Zakynthos are the smaller Ionian Islands.

Together with the island of Kythira and the neighboring Antikythira the islands form the island cluster of Eptanisa. Nevertheless it should be noted that Kythira and Antikythira are completely cut off from the rest of the Ionian islands situated as they are across southern Peloponnese and the coast of Laconia.  

The Ionian islands have a mild and temperate climate which makes them the ideal location for vacation or residence.  In winter, the mountains of Central Greece stop the cold northern winds from reaching the islands while, in summer, the heat is tempered by the meltemia, the soft, northwestern winds, and the sea breezes.  Due to the air currents prevalent on the Ionian islands, many of the island beaches have developed into internationally acclaimed windsurfing centers.

Corfou, l'ile benie des Dieux ! Corfou la romantique, la plus belle des iles Ioniennes, melange savoureux de Grece et d'Italie, l'ile est riche d'un passe prestigieux. La legende la dite benie des Dieux : oliviers, orangers et citronniers, cypres et platanes, lauriers, myrtes et lentisques ont trouve ici le climat et la terre propices a leur epanouissement. Face a l'Epire, tout au long de la partie orientale de l'ile, s'etend une rade splendide aux mille et une plages, bordees de criques isolees.
Majestueuse, verte, propre, fascinante et idyllique ne sont que quelques mots qui viennent a l'esprit. Il s'agit d'une ile, mais vous pourrez y retourner encore et encore, et vous y decouvrirez toujours quelque chose de nouveau.
Zakynthos est une ile riche en vegetation et le meilleur moment pour la visiter est au printemps, avant l'arrivee des groupes de voyages organises. L'ile a cette epoque est pleine de fleurs et de couleurs, et peut-etre pour cette raison, elle a deja ete nommee Fioro de Levante (la fleur levante).
cette ile est le lieu de naissance d'Aphrodite, la deesse grecque de la beaute, mais aussi celui du suicide de Sappho, la celebre poete lesbienne qui se serait jetee des falaises de Cape Lefkada. Lefkas is the sort of place you hear about on the grapevine rather than in the Sunday travel supplements. It’s one of Greece’s below-the-radar islands, and you’ll find it off the coast of the Preveza region, on the west coast of the Greek mainland.
The littlest Ionian island As far as Greek Islands go, Paxos is a case study in best practice. Measuring just 10 kilometres by 4 kilometres, it’s not big enough to have an airport, so it’s never been developed to cater for planes full of passengers. Instead, discerning travellers head over here by hydrofoil from Corfu, to explore a coast contoured with secluded pebble bays and coves, and an interior covered with some of the oldest olive groves in Greece.
The island has been inhabited since the 2nd millennium BC. It may have been the capital of Cephalonia during the Mycenaean period, and the capital-state of the kingdom ruled by Odysseus. The Romans occupied the island in the 2nd century BC, and later it became part of the Byzantine Empire. The Normans ruled Ithaca in the 13th century, and after a short Turkish rule, it fell into Venetian hands (Ionian Islands under Venetian rule).

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