Nissia Ioniou - Ionian Islands - Eptanissia - Seven Islands
The Ionian Islands are numerous Islands at the western coastline of Greece, in
the the southern end of the Adriatic Sea.
The Greeks call it Eptanissia (Seven Islands) which resembles a short
period around 1800 when seven islands formed an independend republic.
The main Ionian Islands are from the north to the south:
- Corfu (Kérkyra), the biggest island with 592km² and
This island is very tourist, but has no show caves.
- Paxi and Antipaxi are two small island, south of Korfu.
There are many rather small sea caves along the west coast of Antipaxi,
which are called graves.
- Lefkáda, (also Lefkas, Leukas) a small island whith a very young
This island is originally a peninsula which is separated from the mainland
by a channel since Roman times, for strategic reasons.
No show caves, but the second biggest sea cave of Greece.
- Kefalonia, where all the karst features are.
On Kefalonia are many caves, most of them around Sami.
There are two show caves and numerous wild caves, which are pretty big, but
hard to find.
And here is maybe the strangest karst phenomenon of the world, the
Kathavothres, where sea water flows into swallow holes.
- Ithaki (Ithaka), probably the home of Odysseus.
There is one show cave on the island called Marmarospilia.
- Zakynthos is the southernmost island and rather big.
At the northern end is a small sea cave, called Blue Grotto, which
is a popular tourist destination.
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