Ionian Islands of Greece

Corfu ©d.werteropoulos/flickr

Corfu ©d.werteropoulos/flickr

For the Ionian Islands, which are traditionally called the Heptanese or the Seven Islands are made up of a group of islands. Let’s first start with the Cephalonia which is a clean and green island. Besides, it is a majestic place with many idyllic and fascinating sights. There is always something new to discover here. For it has a rich history, from the Roman and Byzantine Rule, to the Venetian rule. Then the Napoleonic era, followed by the British then the Greek rule. It went through the World War II. And in the summer of 1953, there was an earthquake of 7.1 magnitude that happened in August.

Corfu

Corfu is one of the major communities in the Ionian Islands. It has a long tradition in the fine arts that made the Philharmonic Society of Corfu a tradition, or better to say a community band. In Corfu, you must see the Achillon Palace which was a summer residence of Empress Elisabeth of Austria. It was named by the Sissi after her favourite classical hero, the Achilles. Next is the Pantocrator mountain that has a splendid view of the bay as well as Albania. If you haven’t seen the mountain orchids, here there are interesting hawks and falcons, eagles and vultures other than the unique flora. When you are there in Corfu, the other village you should see is the Palia Perithia. There is also a Monastery of the Paleokastritsa with the ancient ruins of Angelokastro. A protected lake called the Korision Lake is a special sight too. It has a strip of sand dunes other than Kingfishers Warblers and special birds like waterfowl and egrets. Then, you should see the Mon repos-Paliopoli and the Kanoni-Pontikonissi.

Ithaca

Ithaca ©chrissusieking/flickr

Ithaca ©chrissusieking/flickr

As this is a rich site with ltos of archeological sights to be seen, you can be sure to learn a lot about its history while you are traveling in Ithaca. The Aetos, the ancient Alalcomai on the hill above Piso Aetos has interesting ruins of the acropolis remains from the 6th century B.C. Other highlights like the Spring of Aretousa, the Homers school, the Monastery of Katharon, the Monastery of Taxiarchi, Cave of the Nymphs and the Polis Cave. There are also early Helladic settlement with visible prehistoric shards remains of ancient circuit wall, so you can discover a lot about the Mycenaean pottery as well as the Minyan pottery.

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