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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.

Bags of rubbish in streets of Corfu

Holiday visitors to Corfu are promised clean beaches despite a waste dumping war that is engulfing the island after villagers of Temploni blocked the island landfill site.

Azimut ferry Joy

A new ferry route to link all the Ionian islands for the first time looks ready to set sail daily, except Sunday, from May 1 and run right through the summer season until the end of October.

hellenic seaplanes

Seaplane test flights on Corfu only show what slow progress has been made in a project bogged down in Greek red tape.

Loggerhead turtles in danger

Baby turtles on Zante left UK holidaymakers stranded in the airport. Engineers were unable to fly in and fix a fault because of a night-time ban on flights to the island.

Kassiopi harbour Corfu

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.

Corfu Achilleion

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.

Egremni beach Lefkas

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.

lefkas porto karsiki beach

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.

hellenic seaplanes otter

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.

Achilleion Palace Sissi Corfu

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.

Ithaka luxury resort

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.

zante nagavio shipwreck

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.

cruise ship costa fascino corfu

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.

deep blue yacht

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?

hellenic seaplanes otter2

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.

map kefalonia quake

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.

Corfu's Paleokastritsa loses its Blue Flag

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

kefalonia earthquake

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.

corfu-world-travel-awards 2014

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

Zante loggerhead turtle caretta

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.

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