The Ionian Sea boasts a number of beautiful islands. One of the finest is Lefkada, about 20 kilometers west of Vonitsa and easily reachable by car or public transportation. The scenery varies starkly between the east side and the west side of the island: the east coast has dense vegetation and smooth shores, while the west is steep and has long beaches, among the cleanest in the Mediterranean, with crystal- clear water. The town of Lefkada, on the island, is a popular destination for sailors and provides excellent opportunities for shopping. The village of Nidri is the most popular nightlife spot on the island. Vasiliki, also on Lefkada, attracts many surfers, and traditional houses that have become cafes, restaurants, and cozy hotels line the beach.
A ferry connects Lefkada to the islands of Meganisi and Ithaka, also worth visiting. Meganisi is tiny, beautiful, and unspoiled, with impressive caves and sandy beaches. The ferry arrives at the pretty fishing village of Vathi, whose harbor entrance is flanked by chapels. Ithaka, the home of the famous Odysseus (Ulysses), provides lovely spots for relaxation, natural beauty, and good food. On its coastline the verdant trees coming down to the sea mix their greenness with the color of the sea, creating a scene of wild beauty. Kefalonia, a nearby island with rugged landscapes, countless bays and inlets, and fine beaches, served as the setting of the book and movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Mount Ainos (1,626 meters) on Kefalonia is the third highest mountain in Greece. Even if one is not lucky enough to spot the last wild horses living on its southeastern slopes, the views of the island from the mountain are breathtaking.