Sailing around the Ionian islands

Crete, Mykonos, Santorini,… : the islands around Greece are plentiful and there’s never a lack of sunshine and good food, no matter where you go! I chose to sail around the Ionian islands because most of them are still relatively unknown! The most famous ones are Zante and Corfu, but who wants to go where everybody else is going, right? I concentrated on the five lesser known islands:  Ithaca, Kefalonia, Lefkada, Paxos and Meganisi. Two weeks of pure Greek bliss and slow Continue Reading

Authentic Greek flavours in the heart of Athens

Moussaka, slouvaki, Greek salad, … is this what comes to mind when you think of Greek food? Think again! Even if there’s a lot of chance that you will come across these on your Greek trip, the Greek cuisine is so much more varied than this!  It’s 9am on a sunny Wednesday morning and I am ready to embark on a food tour of Athens! Despina, tour guide and co-founder of Athens Walking Tours, starts with a historical lesson about the world of food and how the different Mediterranean Continue Reading

Lefkada island, the gateway to the Ionian Sea

I am on a sailing trip in the Ionian Sea and my first stop is the island of Lefkada. Even though it is attached to the mainland by a causeway and a mobile bridge, Lefkada is still considered an island and is the gateway to the Ionian Sea. The bridge only opens once every hour to let the boats through, so you’d better get your timing right! At the entrance of the canal and just next to the bridge stands the fortress of Agia Mavra. First established by the crusaders, its remains mainly Continue Reading

The clear blue waters and pine-covered slopes of Kefalonia

Kefalonia, with its green, pine-covered slopes and Mount Ainos majestically towering over the surrounding azure blue waters, is the biggest island of the Ionian Sea. Does its name ring a bell? Very possible! The island of Kefalonia was the setting for the 2001 movie “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”, in which Nicolas Cage played an Italian captain during WWII who fell in love with a young Greek girl, played by Penelope Cruz. The choice for Cage to play an Italian captain might be debatable, Continue Reading

Travel into the footsteps of Odysseus on Ithaca

Who hasn’t heard of Odysseus? Or Ulysses, as he is also known by his Roman name. He’s the hero of Homer’s epic poem “The Odyssey”. According to that poem, Odysseus was the king of the island of Ithaca, a small Greek island in the Ionian Sea. Having fought in the Trojan war, Odysseus tried to return home to Ithaca after a 10 year-long journey. The whole of Ithaca is drenched in Odysseus’ spirit with cafés, bars and hotels named after him and archaeologists trying to match the Continue Reading

Meganisi: the Greek island tourism forgot

Never heard of Meganisi? Don’t worry; before I set off on a sailing trip across the Ionian islands, neither had I! Its name means “big island”, although it only has 3 villages, is about 20km² and has no more than 1000 inhabitants! Up to the 20th century the island was a pirate hunt and until recently it was known for cigarette smuggling to Italy! Pretty adventurous for such a small place, hey? My first port of call is the small harbour of Vathi, an enchanting little town where children Continue Reading