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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.

Kavos rapist
Beast of Kavos

A Greek rapist who attacked at least seven British women on the holiday island of Corfu has been jailed for a total of 52 years. The 39-year-old man, Dimitris Aspiotis, was known as the 'Beast of Kavos'

Laganas nightclub strip
Killed in Zante

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 . . .

Bruce Willis
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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EU cash aid for Kefalonia

Cash help could be on the way for the Ionian island of Kefalonia hit earlier this year by a 5.8 earthquake and several dozen severe aftershocks that made local people homeless.

Achilleion Palace Sissi Corfu
Corfu palace monument

Thousand of holiday visitors to Corfu take time off from the island's golden sand beaches to visit one of the many museums and historic sites.

Corfu beach painting
Corfu beach nudes

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 . . .

Corfu wildfire blaze spreads
Corfu blaze alert

Firefighters are struggling to contain a wildfire outbreak on the popular holiday island of Corfu close to major beach resorts. Fire broke out on hillsides along the north coast of Corfu at the weekend and holidaymakers in Corfu beach holiday resorts . . .

Sidari resort Corfu
Corfucash find

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 . . .

Paleokastritsa beach Corfu
Corfu alert

UK tourists on holiday in Corfu have been warned to take extra care after a number of cases of Legionnaires' disease has come to light. Health workers say they know of nine cases of the disease found in holiday visitors to Corfu . . .

Costume jewellery on display in Pelekas
Holidays in Pelekas

The Corfu holiday resort of Pelekas has always been a little off the main island tourist trail, and there's nothing wrong in that. This attractive hilltop holiday village sits on the west coast of Corfu almost opposite the island capital of Corfu Town . . .

Swiss photographer Fred Baissonnas
Corfu photos

Those taking a late holiday break in Corfu Town can escape the late summer showers with a visit to the Banknote Museum and an exhibition of some remarkable photographs. Swiss-born photographer Fred Boissonnas (1858-1946), first visited Greece ...

Kassiopi beach
Corfu beach sold

Holiday visitors to the Kassiopi beach resort on Corfu may find access to the sands blocked by US developers. The cash-strapped Greek government is believed to have sold off a prime stretch of beach to a New York-based company for €23 million.

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Corfu seaplanes latest

Corfu may be on track to launch its new seaplane services this year but officials are concerned about exactly where they will be allowed to land. Seaplane flights got a boost last year when the Greek government decided to fast-track applications to build seaplane strips.

Plane lands at Corfu
Corfu spells out holiday hopes

Corfu is confident that Greek Island holidays will remain popular next year despite the economic problems in Greece and the Eurozone. Officials of Corfu's tourist department remained optimistic on figures for the Corfu holiday season . . .

Solar panels
Sunshine on sale

Regular visitors to the Corfu holiday resort of Pelekas may well have noticed just how 'green' it is as solar panels go up in their hundreds. But olive trees are hacked down to make way for them.

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Corfu takes top Euro beach title

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

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