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.
A deal to develop a massive hotel complex on Corfu looks likely following the sell-off of a huge plot of public land to private developers for &euro23 million.
Despite being one of the favourite Greek island holiday destinations for Brits, the delights of Corfu are splashed across the latest Spanish edition of a leading travel magazine InStyle.
The award-winning beach of Egremni on the Ionian island of Lefkas, noted for its long sweep of sand and impressive rock formations, has been lost. It is thought a 6.1 tremor triggered landslides.
But geologist are concerned over keeping the beach of Porto Katsiki on Lefkas open to the public this year because of the danger posed by rocks falling onto the beach from the high cliffs above. A team of specialists from Athens University has carried out an analysis of the cliffs.
Corfu was one of the first to apply for a license to operate seaplane services from the main port to other islands in the Ionian Sea such as Paxos, Kefalonia,Lefkas and Zakynthos but other Greek Islands in the Ionian have not been as swift as Corfu with seaplane landing strips.
Built in 1890 for Elizabeth (Sissi), the Empress of Austria, Achilleion Palace became her summer retreat with manicured gardens and picturesque views over the Ionian sea.
Developers hope to get the go-ahead this year for a multi-million-euro tourism scheme on Ithaka under the Greek 'Fast Track' law to speed up licensing procedures for private-public investments.
The beached wreck at Smugglers Cove features on Zante island holiday brochures and makes a favourite snap for the holiday photo album. Excursion boats make daily trips to the beach where holidaymakers can clamber over the rusting wreck.
New cruise holiday routes will be opened up to the Italian Adriatic port resorts of Brindisi, nearby Bari on the southern tip of the Italian Adristic coast and the eastern seaport of Ancona, not far from Rome.
The main benefit of charting your own sailing boat in the Greek islands is that it creates an absolute and rare sense of freedom. Why limit yourself to just a few of these beautiful islands?
The agreement to build a seaplane water airport on Corfu should pave the way for up to 100 seaplane services to Greek islands across the Aegean, providing tourist visitors with quick and easy access to holiday resorts.
Scientists report a strong 5.1 magnitude tremor under the Ionian Sea just west of the Greek holiday island of Kefalonia at the weekend following a 4.7 magnitude quake recorded off the coast of the island on the previous Friday.
Some beaches on popular Greek island holiday destinations like Corfu, Crete, Lesvos and Zante will not be able to fly the Blue Flag after spot checks led to their being withdrawn
European ministers have earmarked €3.7 million from the European Union Solidarity Fund towards clean-up costs following the series of earth tremors that struck the island in January.
The popular Greek holiday island of Corfu has taken the top title as Europe's Leading Beach Destination in this year's World Travel Awards 2014. The island took over the honour from last year's winner, the Algarve in Portugal, in a gala ceremony in Athens. The award, known as the 'Oscars' of the tra
The European court also ruled that Greece also violated its obligations on the preservation of the environment and endangered species and faces a heavy fine.
The most famous beach in Zakynthos, Navagio beach, attracts thousands of tourist visitors each year may have been sold off to a property company that has strong links to the Emir of Qatar.
Experts say new beaches are the result of a series of earthquakes that rocked Kefalonia earlier this year. Geologists say some parts of the island have been raised by as much as 20cm
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.
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.