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Saronic islands map

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The Saronic Islands are discovered in the Saronic Gulf just to the south of the Greek capital of Athens. The primary islands in this group are Aegina, Agistri, Poros, Methana and Salamis.

The island destinations of Hydra and Spetses are often included in this group even though they aren’t in the Saronic Gulf correct but closer to the Argolic Gulf. For this cause the group is occasionally known to as the Argo-Saronic.

The main lived on islands of the Saronic team are Salamis (the famous site where the historic Greek navy conquered the Persians), Aegina, Angistri, and Poros. Salamis, in spite of its intimate background is now virtually an professional suburb of Piraeus and, even though it has a couple of beaches, has few overseas visitors.

Many landmass Greeks have vacation houses in the Saronic Islands, which are frequently offered by ferries through Piraeus and the Peloponnese.

Ionian Islands map

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The Ionian Islands are is one of the most widely used holiday destinations in Greece. There are about 25 islands in this team but only a small number are of interest to the average holidaymaker. Corfu, Kefalonia, Zante and, more recently Lefkas, have all become big hitters in the Greek island holiday stakes.

The smaller islands of Paxi and Ithaca tend to appeal to those seeking a quiet retreat but they are relatively difficult to get to as inter-island ferries are not as frequent as in other island groups. Islets such as Antipaxos, Kalamos and Skorpios are appropriate only for day trip visits.

The Ionian islands are the closest to the United kingdom for flight times and have lush, green interiors thanks to fairly heavy winter rains – Corfu gets twice as much winter season rain as London.

The the southern area of Ionian islands have suffered seriously from earthquake damage and little is left of their executive heritage. The prevailing historical impact is from the West – the Venetians, French and British. Today, the vacationers are mainly British and Italian. And although popular with package tour providers offering rock-bottom prices there is a lot of room in the Ionian island for those who shun mass tourism.

Even the most popular Ionian islands of Corfu and Zante have their peaceful, hideaway corners and some of the outlying islets, such as Ithaca and Meganissi, are incredible, tranquil backwaters.