Ionian Islands

Ionian islands (νησιά του Ιονίου ή επτάνησα) are the most western group of islands in Greece, stretching along the west coast of Greece in the Ionian Sea. They are traditionally called the Heptanese, i.e. “the Seven Islands” but the group includes many smaller islands as well as the seven principal ones.

The seven islands from north to south are:

1) Kerkyra (Κέρκυρα) usually known as Corfu in English and Corfu in Italian
2) Paxi (Παξοί) also known as Paxos in English
3) Lefkada (Λευκάδα) also known as Lefkas in English
4) Ithaki (Ιθάκη) usually known as Ithaca in English
5) Kefalonia (Κεφαλονιά) often known as Kefalonia, Cephalonia and Kefallinia in English
6) Zakynthos (Ζάκυνθος) sometimes known as Zante in English and Italian
7) Kythira (Κύθηρα) usually known as Cythera and Cerigo in English. It not part of the region of the Ionian Islands anymore, as it is included in the region of Attica.

Dodecanese map

The rest of them are smaller but they have a unique charm on their own. Although some of them are uninhabited, we can mention some honorable islands worth to visit from north to south such as: Ereikousa, Othonoi, Mathraki, Antipaxi, Meganisi, Kalamos, Kastos, Megalo Fermekoulo, Mikro Fermekoulo, Atokos, Echinades group of islands, Arpia, Stamfani and Antikythera.