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Ionian islands news and views

Probably the most popular Greek island group, the Ionian are located on the west side of Greece with Corfu, Kefalonia, Zante and Lefkas featuring in most Greek island holiday brochures. The smaller islands of Paxos and Ithaca appeal offer quieter holidays while islets like Antipaxos, Meganissi and Kalamos are popular with day trippers. The Ionian islands have lush, green interiors thanks to relatively heavy winter rains and many have suffered heavily from earthquake damage.

kefalonia earthquake

A strong quake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale hit Kefalonia just before dawn today (Monday February 3) sending panicked residents running out into the streets right across the island.

kefalonia earthquake 2014

The Panhellenic Federation of Hoteliers says the vast majority of the hotel units on the island of Kefalonia are in a good condition after earthquakes caused major problems.

earthquake villa ruin

A state of emergency has been declared on the holiday island of Kefalonia after dozens of aftershocks followed a major earthquake tremor that shook the island at the weekend.

jet2holidays airplane

Fast growing airline and holiday company Jet2holidays is to target in 2014 with plans to increase holiday visitors by 50% in 2014 to fly 30,000 holidaymakers

strintzis ferries

Residents on Ithaca are pleading for help to restore a vital ferry service to Kefalonia and the mainland. Ferry services from Patras to Ithaca, via the port of Sami have been put on hold

Base jumping on Zante

As the last holiday flight leaves Zante at the end of the summer season, islanders are celebrating a record year in 2013. Latest figures will show more than 500,000 visited Zakynthos this year.

Ithaka Ithaca taverna

The island of Ithaca in the Ionian islands could become a playground of the rich and famous if developers get to build a huge luxury holiday complex that will attract Hollywood stars.

Fanari lighthouse on Kefalonia

Kefalonia has a large number of good ports to choose from with harbours dotted all around the island's long coastline from the main harbour at Argostoli to the tiny port at Pessada.

Bruce Willis

Holiday visitors to the island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea may soon be rubbing shoulders with even more celebrities. Rumours are rife that Bruce Willis has bought a summer island.

Zante loggerhead turtle caretta

Holiday tourists on Zante are helping to kill off one of the world's rarest turtles. Conservation experts warn against tourist turtle-viewing trips on Zante pleasure boats

Greece rubbish bins

Hotel owners on the are demanding a clean-up of island rubbish over fears for Corfu's reputation as a holiday destination. The Federation of Hotel Owners claims the issue of cleanliness is one of the most serious problems facing Corfu today.

Corfu Achilleion

One of the best known , the Achilleion or 'Sissy's Palace' is to get a major makeover. The old palace complex, which attracts thousands of Corfu holiday visitors each year, will get cash to restore and protect all four of its main buildings.

Zante Nagavio cliff diving

Taking photos of the famous Shipwreck Beach on Zante is a popular activity for many holiday visitors to the island. But this video shows what it must be like to jump from the near vertical cliffs.

What Happens In Kavos

A recent TV documentary on the antics of drunken Brits on holiday in Kavos Corfu has come under fire from a Greek tourism minister. The Channel 4 TV programme 'What Happens in Kavos' followed the drunken trail of Brits in the notorious Corfu party resort.

Skorpios island in the Ionian Sea

Holiday hoping to visit the nearby islet of Skorpios shouldn't hold their breath. The private Greek Islands, formerly owned by Greek shipping billionaire Aristotle Onassis, has been sealed off from tourists since it was sold to Russian oligarch Dmitri Rybolovlev

Kos douglas zeta-jones yacht

Hollywood superstars Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have arrived on the on a summer holiday tour of the Mediterranean. The most couple has chosen the Greek Islands to spend their holidays this summer.

Underwater finds at Alikanas Zante

An important new underwater archaeological site has been discovered off the Greek Island holiday coast of Zante. Impressive underwater remains have been found off the holiday resort of Alykanas.

Corfu Magloudes torpedo

There are many hidden Corfu holiday attractions for summer visitors to the island but few more curious than the ad-hoc monuments to the Second World War. Relics of the war can be found in some unusual places.

Painters in Zante 2013

Holiday visitors to Zante can get a taste of modern art as the island stages and International Art and Creation Festival. It is the second year running that Zante tourists get to see paintings from international artists.

Kos airport holiday arrivals

There are not enough airport police to deal with the holiday arrivals on Kos each year, the Greek government has been warned. Although Kos island has the same number of annual holiday arrivals as Corfu, it has three times fewer police officers.

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