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About Ionian Islands

The Ionian group, like their most famous member Corfu, are a cooler, more verdant version of Greece, with more cypresses and olive groves. They feel a bit more European. Until you get to the beaches, which are fine examples of the very best of white-sandy-turquoise-waters Greek island perfection. Each island in the group has an independent culture, which runs from the architecture to the food. And the best places to stay in the Ionian islands reflect these charming differences.

Corfu has long been a favourite of travellers who like their beach break with a side of culture. For about the last 130 years, people have travelled to this lushest of the Ionian islands, with its mountainous north of steep cliffs and pebbly coves, and its flatter, sandier south covered in cypress forests and farmland. The island's bounty has meant it's been historically wealthy, and this wealth has been expressed with the construction of great libraries and centres of learning and gorgeous villas.

Kefalonia is best known for its Caretta caretta - Loggerhead turtles which visit the lagoon just beyond the island's capital Argostoli - Myrtos Beach, voted 'Best Greek Beach' more than ten times, and as the location for Captain Corelli's Mandolin. The success of the book, and the film, haven't spoilt this unspoilt island, and the pretty villages of the story are still pretty - especially those of the charming, and sandy, Livatho Peninsula.

Ithaca could almost be described as two islands (it comprises two large pieces of land joined in the middle by a slim strip). Famous as the home of Odysseus (though historians and archaeologists are not so sure now), there's plenty of culture, plus lovely beaches, dramatic cliffs and wonderful views. It's a great destination for active sorts with loads of hiking and biking and fantastic sea-kayaking too.

Lefkada is called an Ionian island, but it's actually connected to mainland Greece via a narrow causeway and small bridge. But despite this easy access, and its beautiful beaches and cosmopolitan capital, Lefkada is still one of the least visited islands in the group.

Zante is situated to the south of Kefalonia and is reputed to have some of the most beautiful beaches in the region, surrounded by soaring cliffs and turquoise sparkling waters.

Kythira, positioned just south of the Peloponnese, is another of the 'less travelled' Ionian Islands. Sure, it's well set up for visitors, but it's not as popular as the beauty of its beaches and the variety of its attractions mean it could be. So its reputation is of being secluded and relaxing - just like its beaches.

As with most Greek destinations, the best places to stay in the Ionian Islands get quickly booked up in the busy summer season. So if you don't want to miss out, get organised and book early!

For the Greek Island Idyll

  • The Corfu Palace is just a 10 minute stroll from the centre of Corfu Town, yet it still has wonderful ocean views - right across to the mainland. The Corfu Palace was also one of the first hotels built on Corfu, so it's got something of the grand old dame about it with its private balconies and terraces.
  • Emelisse Hotel in Fiskardo, Kefalonia is a luxurious choice, with four poster beds, balconies with stunning views and if you stretch the budget you'll get your own pool!
  • Lefkada's San Nicolas Resort is one of the best places to stay in the Ionian Islands if you want to get away from it all, but still have luxurious contemporary surrounds and all the mod. cons.. Built right over a gentle cliff, this hotel has incredible sea views, a stunning pool and it's just a short stroll to the beach.
  • Delfino blu ticks all the boxes being located just above one of Corfu's most beautiful beaches but also close enough to happening Sidari so that you can 'visit' the nightlife.

For a Historic Holiday

  • Hotel Margarita on Kythira is traditional and cheerful. Converted from a 19th Century mansion, the hotel is all exposed flagstone floors and stone arches around a courtyard terrace with a beautiful view. Just off the narrow high street, this is ideal if you want to be close to the centre of town and to the beach. With twelve rooms starting from just £42 a night, this is also really good value.
  • Hidden away in the Corfu countryside, the Villa de Loulia is one of the best places to stay in the Ionian Islands if you want to experience some of their lesser known pleasures. Only 400metres from the nearest beach, you're also quite close to the mountains of Perithia and several interesting abandoned villages. This is also a great place for foodies - the gourmet restaurant serves local specialities.

For a Beach Break

  • Corfu's Marbella Beach Hotel is the perfect place for a beach break: five stars and right on a private beach, you have everything you need here and more. Including four different restaurants, watersports facilities galore, an extensive spa, pool and the opportunity to do some sailing or diving.

For Corfu Town

  • Corfu's Siorra Vittoria is in the heart of old Corfu Town, a gorgeous neo-classical building right by City Hall Square and the Ionian Parliament. Originally a mansion, this hotel is elegant and charming, a good choice for a romantic sunny-city-break.
  • The Bella Venezia is right by Corfu Town's 'Spianada', which is the main street, and within easy walking distance from the main attractions of the main town. It's also great value.

For families

  • If you're travelling with children we'd recommend the Petani Bay Hotel, overlooking the Ionian Sea on Kefalonia. Luxurious, yet not overpriced, it offers superb facilities including a children's pool, and they can arrange activities for all ages.

Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in the Ionian Islands, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.

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  • Aliki Hotel 22 rooms from $80

    Lefkada

    A delightful hotel on the beautiful island of Lefkada. Its stand alone feature is the phenomenal view it commands over the Ionian sea, which can be taken in from almost anywhere on the property. Perfect for a tranquil break on a Greek island.

    Romantic Break  -  With stunning sea views and comfortable rooms it's the ideal spot for a quiet, romantic break on the Greece island of Lefkada.
    Diving  -  Scuba diving enthusiasts will love some of the diving spots off Lefkada.
    Sights nearby  -  The hotel sits just three miles from Onassis Statue.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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  • San Nicolas Resort 17 rooms from $137

    Mikros Gialos, Lefkada

    A gorgeous contemporary classic hotel with stunning seaviews. Rooms and suites in white and pale blue have private balconies and all the mod cons. Stunning pool and relaxation area, and a short distance from the beach. For romantics and sun seekers.

    Views  -  Wonderful views over the bay
    Luxury
    Beach Life
    Romantic Break
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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See all » 1 hotel in Lefkada

  • Aliki Hotel 22 rooms from $80

    Lefkada

    A delightful hotel on the beautiful island of Lefkada. Its stand alone feature is the phenomenal view it commands over the Ionian sea, which can be taken in from almost anywhere on the property. Perfect for a tranquil break on a Greek island.

    Romantic Break  -  With stunning sea views and comfortable rooms it's the ideal spot for a quiet, romantic break on the Greece island of Lefkada.
    Diving  -  Scuba diving enthusiasts will love some of the diving spots off Lefkada.
    Sights nearby  -  The hotel sits just three miles from Onassis Statue.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Check prices
  • San Nicolas Resort 17 rooms from $137

    Mikros Gialos, Lefkada

    A gorgeous contemporary classic hotel with stunning seaviews. Rooms and suites in white and pale blue have private balconies and all the mod cons. Stunning pool and relaxation area, and a short distance from the beach. For romantics and sun seekers.

    Views  -  Wonderful views over the bay
    Luxury
    Beach Life
    Romantic Break
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
    Check prices