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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.

Base jumping on Zante
Zante beach sale shock

Alarm bells are ringing over reports that the famous 'Shipwreck' holiday beach of Navagio on Zante may have been sold off to a property company with links to the Emir of Qatar.

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New beaches for Kefalonia

Kefalonia is enjoying a surprise boom in beaches with new stretches of golden sand appearing along the island's coastline almost every month following a series of earthquakes

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More shocks for Kefalonia

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.

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Hotels pledge on quake

Hotel owners on the holiday island of Kefalonia have rushed to insist there is no danger for tourists after the island was hit by several large earthquakes and aftershocks.

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Earthquake hits Kefalonia

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.

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Jet2 sets sights on Corfu

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

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Ithaca ferry plea

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
Zante has a record season

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.

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Ithaca luxury holidays

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.

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Praise for Kefalonia's ports

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.

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Bruce on Corfu

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 holiday villa on Corfu island.

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Zante beach turtle threat

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

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Corfu clean-up

Hotel owners on the island of Corfu 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.

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Corfu palace gets revamp

One of the best known tourist attractions on Corfu, 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.

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Zante 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
Corfu holiday show

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.

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