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Ionian Islands are the treasure of Mediterranean

The Ionian Islands are not a typical Mediterranean chain, as they feature far more greenery and flora than do the bulk of the Aegean Islands. They also have a slightly different spin on culture and style that gives them appeal apart from the rest of Greece. The two most popular islands are Corfu and Kefalonia. If travelers want a break from the beach, a road trip around the island uncovers several treasures. Achillion Palace offers stunning ironwork, winding staircases, terraced gardens and endless statues fill the grounds. Paleokastritsa, a secluded cove of untold beauty, is perennially filled with luxury yachts and is a beautiful sight by day and night due to its azure water and green backdrop. And for a hint of mystery, visit Perithia, a largely deserted mountain town. Leave the mountains after your adventure and you'll find plenty of Corfiot tavernas with excellent cuisine and a sumptuous wine list.

Kefalonia is growing in its popularity due to its stunning panoramas from atop Mount Enos. Churches and monasteries populate the heights around the island and are seemingly perched on rocky outcropping at great heights. Move inland, and you'll find beautiful dense forests. Wherever your adventure takes you, end your day in one of the properties we feature, many designed in the distinctly local style.

The most northern of the Ionian Islands and resting at the entrance of the Adriatic Sea, Corfu was one of the first of the Greek islands to build a tourist infrastructure. An island of contrasts, the north of the island is wider and more mountainous while the coastal areas are well developed with good, pebbly beaches sprinkled with umbrellas, cafes and nightclubs. Benitses in particular is a must see—a former fishing village it has grown into a lively coastal town that pleases even the most demanding tourist. Corfu’s hallmarks are the village of Nymphes’ waterfalls where nymphs are supposedly still drawn to the area’s astounding beauty, the old mansions and churches of Kynopiastes and the Achilleion Palace built by a Greek Empress obsessed with perfection. Corfu offers thick groves of olive trees and swimming for every taste, from rocky coves to sandy beaches to secluded bays. But the island is also much more than just sand and surf. The town of Kerkyra has touches of Old Italy and flourishes of French design among its labyrinth of streets and shops, chapels, gardens and mansions. Travelers never miss the city's old fort, St. Spiridon's Church, or the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, a British-built manor which has regularly hosted foreign dignitaries and international events.

The proposed range of real estate on the island of Corfu, is various as well as on other islands. Here you can find apartments, maisonettes or detached houses and luxury villas. But the architecture of the properties on the island of Corfu has its own style and personality. Architecture and design of houses is different outside and inside, there is more preferred to comply with the traditional style. Despite the wide range of properties, the elite houses are more on. On Corfu Island anyone can find a home that meets the highest standards of luxury talking about the first class properties. The cost per square meter in this category can range from 1.000 euro to 10.000 euro. And it is not expensive. Over the past 2 years, unstable economic situation in the country has led to an incredible drop in prices. Luxury real estate became available. Today, a luxury villa on the coast valued at 2.500.000 euro, is available for 1.500.000 euro. The apartment in the prestigious area of ​​the island of the value of 250.000 will be 30% -40%cheaper. This is a unique opportunity to buy.

George Sipilidis

Head of the Corfu office.