Ionian Islands

The Ionian Islands are a group of beautiful islands which are well known for their sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, charming villages and stunning scenic countryside which is verdant and flourishing with greenery and nature. They are also known for their great history and culture.
The Ionian Islands have been inhabited since 1,200 BC. The earliest inhabitants were believed to be Eretrians. Later they were replaced by Corinthians in around 734 BC. By the 4th century BC, they were ruled by the Kingdom of Macedonia until 146 BC, when they passed into Roman control.
After four hundred years of Roman rule, the Ionian Islands fell under the rule of the Byzantine Empire. From the 13th century, the Republic of Venice began to exert its rule over the Ionian Islands, beginning with Corfu until eventually all were under Venetian rule. They remain under Venetian rule even when the rest of Greece fell under Ottoman rule. After four hundred years of Roman rule, the Ionian Islands fell under the rule of the Byzantine Empire. From the 13th century, the Republic of Venice began to exert its rule over the Ionian Islands, beginning with Corfu until eventually all were under Venetian rule. They remained under Venetian rule even when the rest of Greece was under Ottoman rule. By the 18th century, the Ionian Islands became the base for nationalists seeking Greek independence. However, before independence could be tasted, the island came under French rule when Napoléon Bonaparte conquered Venice in 1797. The defeat of the French fleet by the British in Zakynthos in 1809 led to British rule of the islands. In 1864, finally the islands became part of Greek state again.

Recommended destinations in Ionian Islands:

Corfu
Paxi
Ithaki
Kefalonia
Zakynthos
Lefkada