One of the most popular destinations worldwide for sailing is the Ionian Sea which is the sea between the Greek and the Italian mainland. The main reasons are the incomparable beauty of the Ionian islands, the unique deep blue color of the seas and the moderate winds that prevail during the summer. Indeed, the north-west prevailing winds (maistro) are by far gentler than the north east prevailing winds (meltemi) in the the Aegean Sea.
The Greeks call the Ionian islands the Heptanese, which means the ‘Seven Islands’ (Greek: Ἑπτάνησα, Latin: Eptaneso). These seven islands, from north to south, are Corfu, Paxos, Lefkas, Ithaca, Kefalonia, Zante and Kythera. The largest island and the capital of Hepanese region is Corfu. Apart from the big seven islands, the Ionian Sea includes many smaller islands. The most well known are Kalamos, Kastos, Meganisi, Madouri and Skorpios, the island that Aristotle Onassis bought and spent his summers with Jackie Kennedy- Onassis.
The Ionian are not only famous for their beauty;they offer a variety of activities spanning from sightseeing and visiting ancient historical sites to dining out to nice restaurants and taverns. Additionally, most of them provide nightlife options for all kind of tastes.