Swimming in Ionian Islands


You’ll feel like you’re swimming right to the edge of a lush green forest when you take a dip in Foki.
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This is one of Corfu’s most beautiful beaches. Hugged by low hills, the traditional fishing village of Gardenos on the southwest coast boasts an idyllic sandy beach which has become a closely-guarded secret among the locals.
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This beach is a perennial favourite.
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If you’re looking for an exotic but secluded sandy beach, this was made for you. You must follow a path from Vasiliki to reach this gem of a beach. From here, you can also enjoy a dip in Ammousa bay.
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Visit this sandy beach as it’s popular with families.
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If you like sandy beaches with a lot of action and water sports, this beach is for you.
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Lush dark sand and blue-green waters invite you to enjoy a quiet swim.
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If you love sandy beaches and exotic seas, this beach is a must for you. It’s quiet and offers you beautiful views of pine and olive groves. If you like to explore while swimming, there are underwater rocks that make for interesting dives.
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You can swim to a small island opposite this beach if you’re adventurous or go for a dip after birdwatching at the Lagoon.
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This quiet cove offers crystal-clear waters and the opportunity for a relaxing swim.
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This white sand beach with crystal clear water makes for a refreshing dip in the deep sea. Although very close to town, this 4km beach looks stunningly exotic. With a breath-taking view, it’s also popular with kite-surfers. Explore the remains of old windmills in the area.
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Locals and visitors alike are always stunned by the beauty of this beach. Clear blue waves lap up against a white pebble shore that’s framed by lush green forests and countryside. If you love water sports, this is the place to go.
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You won’t forget this beautiful beach on the north-west coast. Families enjoy splashing in the crystal-clear waters and end up spending the day lounging on golden stretches of sand.
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If your ideal swimming spot consists of a beautiful white-sand beach and aqua-marine water, Atheras is a must-see. It’s kept a secret by the locals, and as such you’ll feel like you’re the only person there. Visit St. Spyridon Church nearby.
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Barbati is a large Blue-Flag beach that’s popular with families.
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Locals love this sandy beach with shallow waters.
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Shallow waters and a sandy beach make this ideal for everyone. Visit the Nordland shipwreck here.
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Also popular but very idyllic with its sandy beaches, lush green landscape and deep blue waters. Although it requires a trek down a dizzying number of steep stone steps, you’ll be able to swim against a backdrop of sheer cliffs in an almost exotic golden-sand locale.
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This beautiful beach is surrounded by olive groves and pine trees and leads to secluded coves.
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Bright-red pebbles make this stunning beach unique.
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This is another beach that offers perfect privacy. It’s small and quiet and you’ll have your choice of sand or pebbles.
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Corfu’s most popular beach, it offers all the services associated with its Blue-Flag status.
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This organised sandy beach is a favourite for water-sports fans.
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This isolated and rugged beach is perfect for adventurers. You’ll have to hike down a difficult path from Halkes Springs in order to reach this beautiful white-pebbled beach. But the cool sparkling waters that hide a very interesting seascape will make it more than worthwhile.
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If you want to feel like you’re the only person on the island, head to Kalami beach. Accessible from Virgin Mary of the Orphan monastery, it features stark white pebbles and light green waters.
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Close to a canyon, this beach is known for its rugged landscape, huge boulders and wide stretches of sand.
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This trio of quiet coves will stun you with beautiful sandy beaches, blue-green waters, and embroidery-like boulders that create an interesting landscape. Catch the sunset or dive off the rocks into a crystal-clear turquoise sea.
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You’ll feel like you stumbled off Kefallonia and onto a deserted island when you find this beach. Take a short walk from Emblisi to find it. Isolated but beautiful, quiet but enchanting, make it a point to dive into the crystal-clear blue waters as you enjoy the uniqueness of this beach.
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You’ll be able to walk from Xi beach to Langadakia beach, and the contrast is enormous. Langadakia beach is isolated, quiet, pebbled with crystal clear blue waters that are deeper than they look, so if you’re an adrenalin junkie, dive underwater and explore the seascape.
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This hidden gem awaits you - go for a swim at sunset.
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Combine cave exploration with swimming at this gorgeous beach. Make sure you go at sunset and you’ll be impressed.
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Visit the beach where Helen of Troy and Paris first met and fell in love. Fine sand and beautiful blue water will invite you in for a refreshing dip.
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If you’re looking for a quiet place to swim, this is it. This quaint sandy beach boasts stunning blue waters and is popular with the locals. The low green hills that surround this white-sand beach makes for a spectacular contrast with the exotic blues and greens of the sea.
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Go for a swim surrounded by eucalyptus trees.
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This spectacular beach is famous all over the world for its sparkling white pebbles and turquoise water against a dramatic backdrop of sheer white cliffs. You’ll have to drive down a steep winding road to get there, but the effort is well worth the reward.
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Paleokastritsa, composed of a series of coves, never fails to enchant locals and tourists. Agia Triada and Alipas beaches are favourites.
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A pebbled beach with deep-blue, crystal-clear waters offers a unique sight – rocks that look like Swiss cheese. If you continue swimming, you can access the next bay as well.
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This tiny gem of a beach is usually quiet and always beautiful. If you enjoy a wilder landscape, you’ve found the beach you’re looking for as it boasts a pebbled shore dotted with boulders and surrounded by low-hanging trees.
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This isolated beach combines a pebbled and sandy shore.
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You’ll be stunned the views and beauty of this beach. Although it’s not easily accessible – you’ll have to walk and then descend 330 steps that have been chiseled into the side of the cliff – the bright white shore coupled with crystal-clear azure water will make the trek worthwhile. It’s secluded and quiet so take advantage.
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If you’re a surfer looking for an adrenalin high, this is the place to be. Wind-swept but still enchanting, you’ll think you stepped into another world where an exotic beach meets the allure of blue-green waves.
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Although it’s very popular in the summer, this white-sand beach with stunning blue-green water beneath white cliffs is worth visiting. It’s been voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. You’ll have to take steep stone steps cut into the cliff-side to get to this fairy-tale beach.
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When you’re done exploring Moudari Lighthouse, take a dip in the sparkling waters of St. Nicholas beach.
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This stunning but popular beach is great for kids and a must-see for surfers. Its pebbled shores are met with exotic Caribbean-hued shallow waters making this a favorite amongst locals, families and surfing aficionados.
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Take a dip against a backdrop of lush green pine trees.
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