The Ionians are the most westerly group of Greek islands, located in the Ionian Sea close to mainland Greece, Albania and Italy. Many visitors find that a yacht charter or sailing holiday is the ideal way to explore these beautiful islands. Yacht charters tend to start from the centrally located island of Lefkas which is well known for its watersport facilities. However, the other islands including Corfu, Kefalonia and Paxos are home to a number of exciting places to visit for a day trip. We have detailed below our suggestions for the top five places you can visit during your Ionian sailing holiday.

Kassiopi, Corfu

The small harbour town of Kassiopi to the north of Corfu is a far cry from the non-stop nightlife in Kavos to the south. This village predates Roman times but was a Roman stronghold for many centuries, and those arriving by boat will walk in the footsteps of Emperor Nero, Marc Anthony, Tiberius and Cicero who all visited the town's Temple to Zeus. Today it's a refined holiday resort with a few shops, restaurants, cafes and bars and will mostly appeal to those looking for a tranquil holiday destination.

Venetian Lighthouse, Fiscardo, Kefalonia

At one of the most northerly harbours in Kefalonia, Fiscardo Bay is the ruins of a Venetian Lighthouse. From the main harbour in Fiscardo, it's a 15-minute walk to the Venetian Lighthouse which offers immense views and is also next to the ruins of the most significant pre-Christian basilica in the Ionian group of islands.

Paxos

The tiny island of Paxos can only be reached by boat which means that mainline tourism has failed to arrive here, making it an ideal stop during your sailing holiday. This beautiful island is home to the lovely towns of Gaios and Lakka. Stop for a seafood dinner in the harbour village of Laggos in one of the waterfront bars or tavernas. En route you can moor at the tiny sister island of Antipaxos, a famous location for wine growing and also the home of two of the best sandy beaches on the Ionian Sea.

Old Corfu Town

Corfu Town is home to a large number of the island group's main attractions. This includes the Venetian Well, the Venetian Old Fort and the Corfu Museum of Asian Art. Corfu Old Town is also a good place to moor up and enjoy an evening out, a good dinner, some music and a dance. It may be a busy town, but it's a more sophisticated and authentic choice than many of the other resorts.

Ithaka

Before your trip to the Ionian Islands, it's important to read Homer's Odyssey, the tale of Odysseus' journey around these seas. Ithaka is found just to the west of Kefalonia and is a wonderful place for lovers of Greek myths and literature. The island is the assumed home of Odysseus, King of Ithaka and the book tells the tale of the ten years it took him to return here from the Trojan War. An absolute must for your trip.

There are so many different places to explore that you are spoilt for choice! There is no better way to explore this beautiful part of the world than by sea. Charter a well-equipped sailing yacht either on a bareboat charter or with crew and simply explore this fantastic corner of the World – what an experience.