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54Isea&iISPRING-SUMMER 2011

SPRING-SUMMER 2011I sea&iI55Artistic heritage, mythical wonder and enchantingculture have become irrevocably entwined withthe archipelagos of Greece. All are suffused withintrigue, adorned with whitewashed houses andbeautiful beaches, and lapped by the constant wash of the sea.But as the archipelagos are so vast, you ideally need to singleout just one group to explore during each visit. One of the most popular is the Ionian island chain, locatedoff the northwest coast of mainland Greece. Once home tolegendary Greek king - and pioneering island-hopper -Odysseus, these islands deliver mythic grandeur inspades, with plenty of secluded beaches and hiddencoves for you to create a remarkable journeyof your own. The seven Ionian islands run from the basin of the Adriaticto the Peloponnese. The archipelago encapsulates the beautyof the Greek countryside and, thanks to its proximity to Italy,combines this with a distinct Venetian flavour. These are themost verdant islands in the region - Cyprus trees, firs andolives are kept green by the winter rainfall, while the summer'sblue skies and stiff afternoon breezes enhance some of the bestsailing waters in the Mediterranean. From the bustling fishingharbours of Corfu and Zakinthos to the tranquil fishing villagesof Ithaca and Levkas, island hop and discover secludedbeaches, welcoming locals and some fascinatingarchitecturaland archaeological sites. The ideal place to begin your Ionian cruise is Corfu. The mostnorthern island in this archipelago, it has a history rich with?Fit for the godsaboardashoreionian islandsEach of the Ionian islands is a tiny unique world suffused with its own rhythmand charm. As such this Mediterranean island chain is a charterer'sparadise, providing endless compelling cruising itineraries ByMiriam Cain