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Eptanisos State

So called Eptanisos (7 islands) was the first independent Greek state (like a union of the Ionian Islands), founded in 1800. and it is known as a period of many pioneering developments on the Ionian Islands like the first University, the first Printing House, the first music school, the first philharmonic band, the Literal Club and Reading Society, the Historic Archive was established, etc. Later on in 1864, Ionian Islands were united with liberated Greece.

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Cephalonia

Long stretches of sand, huge white cliffs and the turquoise color of the sea make the experience of the lifetime to dive on the Cephalonian west coast, so make sure not to leave the Island without a photo with the Myrtos beach background. A walk in Cephalonia’s post card symbol Assos is also a must-do, because entrance from the sea side to this beautiful village, medieval castle and natural port is a priceless memory. At the same time, island’s east coast, just like the mirror of Ithaka, shows the power of lush greenery all around you, which reaches the blueness of the water. The places where romantic spirit of Captain’s Corelli story embraces every person that visits it. Picturesque villages, amazing geological phenomena, long history, organic tasty food… try everything! Or just hide from it all on many of the island’s hidden coves.

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Ithaca

“Always keep Ithaca in your mind. To arrive there is your final destination.

But do not rush the voyage in the least. Better it last for many years; and once you’re old, cast anchor on the isle, rich with all you’ve gained along the way, expecting not that Ithaca will give you wealth. Ithaca gave you the wondrous voyage: without her you’d never have set out….” C.P. Cavafy

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Lefkada

The Greek Caribbean for its beaches, but also a mountainous island, with several peaks over 1000m, still fertile with organic vegetables, vineyards and olive groves. Lefkada is also the place where poetess Sappho supposedly leapt to her death after Phao’s rejection, imitating the actions of the goddess Aphrodite when her lover Adonis died. Nowadays, as a tradition, young hang gliders still jump off the edge. Another interesting thing is that the island is separated from the mainland only by a narrow canal, 50m wide. There is a long pedestrian road and a floating bridge connecting Lefkada with land, which makes it the only Ionian island accessible by car. Not to forget its loveable architecture that suffered a few earthquakes – the houses were rebuilt in a unique style with upper floors of painted sheet metal in order to survive future earthquakes.

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Meganisi

Cruising to Meganisi you will surely see many other islands around, since the neighboring island Lefkada is surrounded by nine satellite islands, among which Meganisi is the biggest and Skorpios the most famous. From the time Ulysses gave his fleet to Mentor, the Meganisi king at the time, locals say there haven’t been many changes here. Lush greenery and emerald water, three villages and just a few cars make this island a Greek favorite escape of stress and busy life. West coast beaches Ai.Ioanni with the small chapel and Barbarezou are some of the Meganisi’s must-swim, pebbled, wild bays.

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Skorpios

Bought by Aristotle Onassis in 1963, for about today’s £10,000. Imported sand from the Salamis Island, planted around 200 varieties of trees, built a family residence and port facilities for his beloved yacht “Christina”. A party paradise, playground for the rich and famous, a love nest with a beautiful diva Maria Callas and then a place where Aristotle Onassis married Jackie Kennedy, was sold in 2013 to a Russian billionaire for £100mil.

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Kastos

Probably the skipper’s favorite, definitely (still) undiscovered, with only 50 permanent residents and one village where every resident has his own small boat. The best description of Kastos is “Charmer Island”, 8km long and narrow with the widest part of 900m, surrounded by opal seas and green hills not higher than 150m. This Island, perfect for the safe mooring, will hug you with hospitality like all its faithful fans that come here each summer to spend a few peaceful days in clean and unpolluted bays.

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Kalamos

One of those Greek islands untouched by mass tourism, quiet but not sleepy, organic food and calm sea, hidden paradise of A.Onassis and J.Kenedi . Tall mountain which floats in the sea, surrounded by very rare pine forest. East side of the island is “soft”, so it is a paradise for sailors and swimmers. On the west side, from the main island port of Kalamos, while tasting a different species of fish (the island ecosystem is fortunately still untouched by human disturbance) you will not only enjoy the unexpected blueness but also the view of the mainland of Greece and neighboring island of Kastos from which it is separated by a deep channel.

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Atokos

Just 4 miles east of Ithaca, belongs to another greek shipowner family. The Island’s 334m high hill protects caves from the winds and waves, and crystal clear blue bays in contrast with the green land and white rocks, makes all the features of the paradise island. One house, a church and goats (also known as „Goat Island“ and there is a shepherd, who goes to the island every 4 days) that's all that Atokos has. One of few private islands in Greece where anchoring is allowed, so don’t miss the chance to visit it before it’s sold (for €45mil., shhh!)

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Zakinthos

The third largest island of the Ionian Sea, after Corfu and Kefalonia, is situated just 8.5 nautical miles south of Kefallonia. The landscape diversity of Zakinthos offers different types of beaches, sandy and with pebbles on one side and yet high cliffs on the other side. One of the most photographed landscapes in Greece and probably the most famous spot of Zakinthos is the Navagio beach (or the Shipwreck Beach) that was initially called Agios Georgios but owes its new name to the shipwreck of a boat that was pulled ashore and with the exotic blue water and the rocky surroundings which now attracts a lot of people. The same happens with the Laganas beach, Carreta Carreta turtle’s breeding place and Blue Caves with their amazing pictures projecting the sun’s reflection on the blue waters. The rich vegetation has resulted in its nickname -Fior di Levante (Flower of the East) as there are over 7,000 species of flowers on Zakinthos.

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Paxoi/Antipaxoi

The entire islands of Paxos and Antipaxos are under the Programme Natura 2000 due to their biodiversity and richflora. Exceptional parts of the Ionian nature are caves and many of them you can find on the west side of Paxos. The pictures natural harbors of Gaios, Logos and Lakka offer stops for Greek nature lovers. Paxos and Antipaxos are favorite sailing spot and some of them argue that they are the most beautiful too, we will leave it to you to decide. 22km2, 26 beaches… Small Islands, big thrills!

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Corfu

What makes one typical Greek island? 94 beaches, 5 fortresses, 800 churches, 5 million olive trees. The island where Lawrence and Gerald Durrell choose to live and to write their memorable books, since what is a bigger blessing than to live surrounded with stunning natural beauty in historic traditional towns, swim in crystal clear waters and enjoy the Mediterranean diet. While cruising to the Corfu Island, it’s a shame not to visit some places on the Island like the Old Town of Corfu (a Monument of the World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO), the church of St.Spyridon, the patron saint of the Island, the two fortresses in Corfu town (the Old and the New), the museum of Achilleion palace built by the Empress Sissy of Austria with its gorgeous gardens and an impressive statue of Achilles, or one of 104 villages… How else would you try Corfu’s wonderful cuisine pastitsada, sofrito, sweet kumquat… A beautiful and interesting blend of history, culture and distinct nature is waiting out there!

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