It’s on the smaller Greek Ionian Islands where Greek traditional life is alive and well. Where older women are still dressed all in black, Greek Orthodox Priests scurry along with robes flapping to minister to their flock as everyone on the island is Greek Orthodox religion, and children play in the town piazzas under the watchful eyes of grandparents sitting knitting, mending, playing backgammon or bocce, or enjoying octopus and ouzo in front of the Taverna. Behind walls, citrus and pomegranate trees flourish, while bougainvillea grows wildly with bright hued flowers. In the small harbors, colorfully painted little fishing boats bob, while the fishermen mend their nets on the quay. This is traditional Greek island life; unchanged for decades, and still found in the Ionian Islands.
As an added bonus, the Ionian Islands have the nicest beaches in Greece, including famous Shipwreck Beach on Zakynthos Island. And not to be outdone by other Greek Islands, there are plenty of ancient sites for the history buffs, many of which are virtually unknown, so no crowds. Often sites can be wandered through without anyone else around, as if the sites are “ruins in the wild”, with a feel of just being stumbled upon after centuries of being lost and abandoned to grazing goats and sheep.
The Ionian Islands have their own unmistakable beauty and are very green islands. Imagine the ever-changing hues of the blues and greens of the water of the Adriatic Sea, on which are sprinkled emerald green islands with white stone cliffs sparkling in the sun, and many white sand beaches. As the stone is mainly forms of carbonate, easily eroded by sea waves, the islands have caves and grottos worn into seaside cliff-sides, which are great fun to explore by ship’s tender to see the ever-changing blue colors of water inside the caves.
However, a final bonus of the Greek Ionian Islands, not to be overlooked, are the always calm waters, as the Ionian Islands are protected from the Meltemi Winds and the sea conditions are always perfect for a yacht charter cruising through these amazing islands.
If you would like a yacht charter in Greece where you know your charter will be in flat, calm waters, that are beautiful shades of blue and green reflected against white cliffs and beaches, where traditional Greek Island life still thrives, consider the Greek Ionian Islands.