The Ionian Islands

Situated at the western end of modern Greece, these seven islands are the source of the stories that go back to Homer’s Odyssey. Since the 11th century, they have been ruled in turn by the Normans of Sicily and the Venetians, as can be seen in their architecture and citadels. From Corfu in the north to Zakynthos in the south, the natural scenery here is also quite exceptional, with very green islands covered with pine trees that shade the turquoise coves and crystal beaches. Sailing is extremely agreeable here especially in summer when the notorious Meltemi wind drops, and the sea is calm.