10 Best Things To Do in The Ionian Islands, Greece [with Suggested Tours]

By Fatima Turla July 16th, 2020 Posted in Destination, Europe Travel Blog, Travel Blog, Travel Guides No comments

Are you planning to travel to the Ionian Islands, Greece soon? Read our tips below on the things to do in the Ionian Islands with suggested tours!

10 Best Things to do in the Ionian Islands, Greece
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The Ionian Islands in Greece is consist of 7 most popular and largest islands namely Zakynthos, Ithaca, Corfu, Kefalonia/Cephalonia, Lefkada, Paxi/Paxos, and Kythira. Each of these islands offers different experiences but the same tranquility and atmosphere. To explore these islands, tourists have to take a ferry which is already an adventure. To know more about what to see and the things to do here, we made you a little guide that will serve as your future reference.

List of Best Things to do in the Ionian Islands, Greece

1. Paleokastritsa Monastery

10 Best Things to do in Corfu, Greece
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A very well-known monastery on the island of Corfu. The visit here is absolutely worthwhile. The view is magnificent and there is also a cute monastery shop where you can buy regional products such as olive oil, wine, soaps, and jams. Paleokastritsa Monastery is the ideal place to find peace.

Suggested Tour: Best of Corfu Private Minibus Tour

2. Porto Limnionas Beach

10 Best Things to do in Zakynthos, Greece
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The trip to Porto Limnionas is definitely recommended. It is located in the island of Zakynthos. There is a tavern with enough loungers that offer a wonderful view of the sea and the bay. However, this is not a beach but rocks, perfect for swimming and diving, crystal clear water, and pure idyll.

3. Egremni Beach

10 Best Things to do in the Ionian Islands, Greece
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Egremni Beach is probably one of the most beautiful beaches in Lefkada. You can get here by boat. Beautiful sea and the crystalline color is what you should expect to see there. The beach itself is spacious and wild.

4. Corfu Old Town

10 Best Things to do in Corfu, Greece
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Corfu town can be explored well in one day and even if many people are on the go you can still find quite cozy places. Turn into the alleys where there is not one shop at another. If you are looking for Greek alcoholic beverages, olive wood products, and clothing, you will definitely find it here.

Suggested Tour: Corfu Town: Guided Walking Tour and Local Food Tastings

5. Myrtos Beach

10 Best Things to do in the Ionian Islands, Greece
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A beautiful white pebble beach with turquoise blue water located in Cephalonia/Kefalonia. This fantastic beach in the middle of this great mountain landscape is simply amazing and definitely worth a visit! Myrtos Beach is rightly considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. You should never miss this when you’re in the Ionian Islands.

Suggested Tour: Kefalonia Island Tour

6. Porto Katsiki

10 Best Things to do in the Ionian Islands, Greece
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Located in Lefkada, the way here at Porto Katsiki may be very arduous and exhausting because you have to drive a car through mountains with sharp curves on older roads. BUT the beach is 100% worth it. The water is crystal clear, the pebbles and the rock on the bay give the place a breathtaking view. A trip to Lefkada is not complete without seeing this place.

7. Marathonisi (Turtle Island)

10 Best Things to do in Zakynthos, Greece
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A beautiful island in the crystal clear blue sea. See a wonderful bathing beach that also serves as a breeding ground for the sea turtles. You can also snorkel nicely on the shore around the islands. Just enjoy it there in harmony with nature.

Suggested Tour: Boat Trip to Keri Caves and Loggerhead Turtle Watching

8. Paleokastritsa Beach

10 Best Things to do in Corfu, Greece
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This is a very pretty little beach, with clear water. Here, you can sunbathe or go snorkeling. Not only that but you can also try a private boat tour to the caves. If you are looking for crystal clear water, beautiful bays, and a place to relax, this is the place for you.

Suggested Tour: Paleokastritsa and Corfu Old Town Private Tour

9. Canal D’Amour

10 Best Things to do in the Ionian Islands, Greece
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The Canal D’Amour is the main attraction in Sidari/Peroulades. There are many small, picturesque bays with partly turquoise-blue water, a mostly small sandy section of the beach, magnificent rock formation, and shallow water.

10. Melissani Cave

10 Best Things to do in the Ionian Islands, Greece
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When preparing for travel to Cephalonia, one comes across pictures of this lake, of course, because this is at the top of the wish list for excursions. The stalactite cave of Melissani is one of the sights on the island. What nature has to offer here is really fantastic. The blue shimmering water in the Melissani cave is beautiful. The boat tour inside the cave would only take you for 10 minutes.

Suggested Tour: Argostolio: Melissani Lake, Myrtos Beach, and Fiscardo Tour

Where to stay in the Ionian Islands, Greece

Budget Hotel

Avra Studios

10 Best Things to do in the Ionian Islands, Greece

Avra Studios offers accommodation with a bar, free private parking, and a garden. The air-conditioned rooms provide a pool view and come with a wardrobe and free WiFi. At the hotel, all rooms include a balcony. With a private bathroom, rooms at Avra Studios also have a garden view. The nearest airport is Zakynthos International “Dionysios Solomos” Airport, 18 km from the hotel.

Price: Starts at $57 per night for Double Room with Pool View, includes taxes and charges, add $9 for breakfast (optional), and it’s partially refundable.

Luxury Hotel

The Seasons

10 Best Things to do in the Ionian Islands, Greece

The Seasons offers elegant, split-level villas with panoramic views over Ai Heli Beach. Free WiFi access is provided and free parking is available on site. Featuring a balcony, the accommodation is fitted with a dining area and a seating area with a satellite flat-screen TV. Some units feature a terrace and/or patio with sea or mountain views. Every unit features a private bathroom with a bath or shower and a hairdryer. Bike hire is available at the property and the area is popular for horse riding. The nearest airport is Kefalonia Airport, 2 km from the property.

Price: Starts at $368 per night for a Two-Bedroom Villa, includes taxes and charges, and it offers a free cancellation.

These are the possible things you can do in the Ionian Islands, Greece. So if you are ready to have a fun and exciting trip, you know what to do and where to go! So pack your things now and prepare yourself for a wonderful adventure in the Ionian Islands.

How to go to the Ionian Islands, Greece from London

Via Aegean Airlines: (one way with one-stop)

*From London Heathrow –  Athens Airport – Zakynthos (Dionisios Solomos Airport)

Ticket Price: £154.92

Via Aegean Airlines: (one way with one-stop)

*From London Heathrow –  Athens Airport – Kerkyra Airport (Corfu)

Ticket Price: £115.51

Via Ryanair: (one way with one-stop)

*From London Stansted –  Athens Airport – Kerkyra Airport (Corfu)

Ticket Price: £119.66

Via EasyJet: (one way with one-stop)

*From London Gatwick –  Athens Airport – Kerkyra Airport (Corfu)

Ticket Price: £127.11

*Prices are subject to change. You can visit Skyscanner for more details about the ticket prices.

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Fatima Turla2Hi there! I’m Fatima. My first major travel was in 2016 in the beautiful city of Cebu. After that, I got interested in traveling. Now I enjoy learning languages and other country’s cultures. My goal is to visit at least one country each year and to share my experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness my journey by following me on Instagram.

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Written by Fatima Turla

Fatima is a full-time writer of Two Monkeys Travel. Her first major trip was in 2016 and got really interested in traveling. She also enjoys learning languages and other country’s cultures. She has a goal to visit at least one country each year and share her experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness her journey by following her on Instagram.

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