It's a land full of mystery, legends, and explorers. Philosophy, poetry, and art were brought to life in ancient Greece and today that beauty still resonates in the country.

Corfu and Zante are popular destinations for those who want to take in the beautiful scenery. They're only two of the Ionian Islands, and the ultimate trip is sailing to each of them and experiencing what each has to offer.

There are so many sites to see, and the best way to do this is to make use of a Greece boat charter. You'll get to sail around the different islands and be comfortable in the fact that you won't miss a single thing. With excellent seafood, diving trips, monuments and cultural events, it's essential to experience all of the Ionian Islands.

The Islands

Corfu, Ithaca, Kefalonia, Paxi, Lefkada, and Zakynthos are the six major Ionian islands, with several other smaller islands. The stunning shores and ragged beaches include the deepest waters in the Mediterranean, with a depth of 4,406 metres.

The warm temperature remains all year round, and the climate makes the islands home to many internationally acclaimed windsurfing centres. The islands have been inhabited as far back as the Paleolithic times and even had their own nobility until the 18th Century.

Things to do

The many islands all offer something unique, so travelling by boat to see them is the best way to make the most of your holiday.

Corfu is one of the prettiest places in the world, and its abundance of olive trees, and greenery earned it the nickname 'The Emerald Isle'. With palaces and waterparks, it's perfect for combining history with pleasure. There's also some fantastic nightlife, and quiet restaurants suitable for everyone.

Zante has a traditional greek feel, providing cafes and tavernas that have a relaxed vibe. Zante Town restaurants give a beautiful view of the harbour. There's also plenty of nightlife, and Laganas is filled with neon-lit bars and nightclubs. The Blue Grotto is amazing for scuba diving and its gorgeous white rock formations and stunning sea life make it irresistible.

If you enjoyed the film Captain Corelli's Mandolin, you'd want to see where it was filmed. Kefalonia has charming towns and gorgeous beaches which are a favourite of Hollywood. The Drogarati Cave is more than 150 million years old, and combined with the Monastery, there are plenty of historical sites to see.

Many other smaller islands are just as beautiful and need to be witnessed. Ithaki was made famous by Homer's tale of Odysseus and has many museums including the Archaeological Museum.

Paxi can only be reached by boat and has a vast range of luxury boutiques and resorts. It's also home to the ancient venetian fortress of Agios Nikolaos. With 40 sea caves to explore, it's a tiny island offering an abundance of surprises.

Making the most of your trip

With so many sites to see, it's pointless just visiting one of the Ionian Islands when each offers something different. Using a Greece boat charter enables you to set sail and visit a world of history and culture. It's the trip of a lifetime, and nothing can quite compare to seeing one of the world's most ancient lands in all its glory.