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Ferries to Ionian Islands

The Ionian archipelago sprawls down the west and south coast of Greece, comprising Kerkyra, Paxi, Lefkada, Ithaki, Kefalonia, Zakynthos and Kythira.

As soon as you step off the ferry, you’ll be immersed in their rich history, which is evident in the numerous landmarks and architecture.

Kerkyra, commonly known as ‘Corfu’, is the most visited and popular of the islands. One of the highlights is the Palace of St Michael and St George. Previously the residence of British High Commissioners, it’s now home to the world-renowned Museum of Asian Art. A tour around this gallery will show you over 10,000 priceless Asian artefacts.

Also on Corfu is the impressive Palaoi Frourio fortress, built in the 15th Century. It was used to successfully repelled all three major Ottoman Empire sieges in 1537, 1571 and 1716 and makes for a fascinating day out.

On Zakynthos, be sure to visit the Roma Family mansion in Zante Town. It was built in 1660 and was one of the few buildings to be left standing after the 1953 earthquake. It hosts stylish period furnishings and large, beautifully decorated rooms, giving you a real insight into its history.

Delve further into the islands’ past with a visit to the Venetian style castle, Kastro, on Kythira. It sits in front of an enormous cliff, offering breath taking coastal views.

There are many Ionian sites and landmarks referenced in Homer’s Iliad. One of the most popular is the Fountain of Arethousa on Ithaki, which is where Odysseus’ swineherd brought his pigs to drink. It’s well hidden amongst untouched landscape and the round trip takes around three hours, so bring plenty of water and something to eat.

The Ionian Islands are well connected by ferry, with crossings from mainland Greece and the Italian east coast as well.

The Greek departure points are in Kyllini, Ithaka and Kefalonia, with services running almost every day.

If travelling from Italy, you can depart from Ancona. This route is operated by Anek Lines Superfast Ferries, who offers a leisurely half day journey to Corfu.

You can also sail from Bari and Brindisi once and twice a week respectively. These journeys last about a day on high-speed, comfortable ferries.

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Ionian Islands reviews

  • "Excellent"

    The ferry departed on time but arrived one hour late due to bad weather conditions. 10 out of 10 for the toilet cleanliness and services provided in the bar,restaurant and reception. Thank you and keep it up.

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  • "Start of our return journey from Corfu to Home"

    From start to finish the ferry crossing was great. Driving on and off was stress free and the sun shone through the whole day so was able to sit on deck. Inside the seating was very comfortable and there was a good choice of menu for breakfast and dinner though we did find it expensive. We had an inside cabin which again was very comfortable and we slept very well though it's like a maze trying to find your cabin so just keep looking at the signs on the walls showing the numbers!!!! Will definitely use it again.

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  • "My journey"

    Customer service was brilliant, I will recommend this company to others.

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  • "Floating Comfort"

    I was so tired after a long drive from Turkey and fell asleep in my bunk fast. I had a bunk in a shared female dormitory and it was lovely to go to sleep feeling the slight rocking of the ferry. There was a good shower in the dormitory as well. I have tried the other lines that do this trip but will never go back to another company. Anek Lines are perfect; staff and facilities are professional. Thank you Anek!

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