Greece has been enjoying fantastic weather even in the first week of November; as Athens basks in 20 sunny degrees celsius, reality confirms that Greece is the perennial summerlike destination. It is on days like these, when your mind wanders to pristine shores, to fabulous beaches and stunning summerlike places that promise to take your breathe away, and offer uninterrupted horizons of epic vistas. For this reason, let’s make a quick wander to the Ionian and discover its green cave treasures!
The Ionian cluster is mainly made up of 7 beautiful islands: Corfu, Paxi or Paxos, Lefkada, Ithaca, Kefalonia, Zakynthos and Kythira that all share some stunning turquoise, azure waters. Distinctly different from the Aegean sea, the Ionian is known for having a more …exotic side in both appearance and culture.
The Italian flair these islands share in their architecture is based in their history and although Venetian & British influences being quite apparent, they are fully integrated as part of their cultural identity. Setting that aside, it is actually the striking waters that transcend visitors to a completely different ….set of coordinates and make them forget all about the graver issues associated with the Ionian such as history, empires, conquests and colonies.
A visit to the Ionian should not remiss Corfu, and especially the idyllic coast of Agios Gordios, on the western side of the island. There you’ll find the sensational La Grotta Verde Resort, literally meaning ‘the green cave’ although you could easily also name it ‘La Mare Verde’ (the green sea).
The lush mountainous background landscape is the perfect complement to the stunning golden shore, which is kissed by transparent waters of an almost emerald hue. Rocky boulders protrude from the sand, and decorate the perimeter of the bay, reinforcing the sense of a cavelike cove. The Agios Gordios beach is one of Corfu’s most enticing ones, making it a strong candidate for your next summer destination, combining amenities and natural beauty.
For the more adventurous travellers, a sailing trip around the gorgeous islands of Paxi or Paxos, is perhaps a better fit. Just below Corfu, the sister islands (Paxi & Antipaxi) provide ample opportunity to discover some amazing green (or blue) caves on their lacey coasts! Marine crypts, underwater tunnels, watery caverns and dome-like caves are found practically one after the other, predominantly on the western sides of the islands. Only accessible via ship, sailing enthusiasts should not miss the chance to expand their …marine horizons and consider a Greek cruising holiday.