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.
High prices are putting off tourists on the Greek island of Ithaca, near Kefalonia. Locals have been warned to charge less as the number of visitors arriving by ferry dropped dramatically. Ithaca has seen a big fall in tourist arrivals . . .
As temperatures have soared in Greece, the hot summer weather has sparked wildfires on several Greek islands this year. Hardest hit have been forest areas on Zakynthos where wildfires have been ravaging the countryside all week . . .
A 19-year-old British holidaymaker has been killed and four of his friends injured in a knife attack in Laganas on the Greek island of Zante. Two Greek taxi drivers are being held by police after the attack in the early hours . . .
Horse carriages owners on the holiday island of Zante are to be told to clean up their act. The horse carriages rides are very popular with tourists in a number of resorts on the islanincluding the capital port of Zakynthos Town . . .
Naturists sunbathing on a nudist beach in Corfu is the subject of a huge painting at this year's BP portrait awards in London. The huge work, which measures 2m by 6m is believed to be the biggest ever shown at the show. American artist Paul Beel . . .
Policing the popular holiday tourist strip of Laganas, Zante, looks set to remain a problem after locals failed to reach agreement on cracking down on late-night hooligans.
Everyone enjoys a few glasses of wine when on holiday and what better than to taste wine that has been grown in Greek Island vineyards of Kefalonia.
A British woman on holiday in Corfu reportedly found €30,000 in cash lying in the street. The 59-year-old holidaymaker came across the cash stuffed in a briefcase that was lying in the side of the road. When she opened it she found €30,000 . . .
Shop, bar and taverna owners on the island of Zante, are up in arms at the recent growth of all-inclusive holiday packages to the Greek islands. They say shops are deserted and restaurant tables remain empty as all inclusive package tourists . . .
Alykanas is one of Zante's most popular Greek beach holiday resorts and located about 18km north-west of Zakynthos Town and very close to the equally popular beach resort of Alykes.
The hotspot Greek island holiday resort of Laganas on Zante (Zakynthos) attracts thousands of holidaymakers each year with scores of happy hour cocktail bars and neon-lit nightclubs.