Ionian Islands

The Ionian islands are the western islands closest to Italy, boasting Italian influences.  Two of the largest, Zakynthos and Kefalonia are stunners. Ithaca is so charming. These islands are reachable via bus/car (4 hours) then ferry (1-2 hours) from the western port of Kyllini. Ferries also leave from Patras. Flights can be scheduled, too.

Insider’s Look at Kefalonia Island

Here’s my insider’s look at Kefalonia, one of the loveliest Ionian islands to explore in Greece.

Discover Off-the-Beaten-Path Zakynthos

Feel like discovering off-the-beaten-path Zakynthos?  There’s more to this island than meets the eye. Here’s a list by locals of some of the lesser-known things to experience on the island.

Abandoned Earthquake Villages of Kefalonia

The abandoned earthquake villages of Kefalonia are a fascinating look into the island’s past before an earthquake flattened the island and changed it forever.

Among the Wild Horses of Kefalonia

I didn’t think I’d even catch a glimpse of the famous wild horses of Kefalonia.  Turns out, it was my lucky day. I was surrounded by them!

Boating to the Blue Caves in Zakynthos

The Blue Caves in Zakynthos are part of the island’s picturesque rocky coastline, a natural wonder only accessible by boat.

Where to Eat on Zakynthos

Wondering where to eat on Zakynthos? Here’s a list of the restaurants with great local specialties, all recommended to me by Zakynthians.

The Petani Bay Hotel in Kefalonia

The Petani Bay Hotel in Kefalonia is tucked in a secluded corner of the island complete with a view that inspired me to just stop, sigh and relax.

Navagio Shipwreck Beach Experience

The Navagio Shipwreck Beach experience is a must when visiting Zakynthos. There’s a reason it is one of the most photographed beaches in the world.

Zakynthos Sea Caves, Turtles and Perfect Beaches

Zakynthos sea caves, sea turtles and perfect beaches. That summed up the great experiences I had on my first full day on the island.  

Best Beaches of Ithaca

The best beaches of Ithaca offer a beautiful calm feeling that you can only get on the smaller Greek islands.