Traditionally referred to as the Heptanese Islands (meaning ‘Seven Islands’), the Ionian Islands are made up of seven principal islands and numerous smaller ones. The seven include: Corfu, Paxos, Lefkas, Ithaca, Kefalonia, Zante and Kythira. The largest of these is Kefalonia which is known for its idyllic beaches and for the film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, which was shot at various locations on the island. Corfu is the second largest and most populated of the group and attracts a great deal of Italian visitors due to its proximity to the East coast of Italy. Zante offers something for all visitors, with families heading to resorts such as Tsilivi and Alykes with their child friendly beaches, and the party crowds preferring the resort of Laganas with its late night bars and clubs. The smaller islands of Ithaca and Paxos offer a more laid-back traditional environment which attracts visitors in search of a more tranquil holiday.
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