The Ionian Islands FAQs

Below you will find the questions our clients most frequently ask us that relate specifically to the Ionian Islands. To see questions about other regions or to return to our general FAQ, please use the links below:

General FAQs
Sicily FAQs
Puglia FAQs
The Ionian Islands FAQs
The Sporades Islands FAQs
Corsica FAQs


Q. Do we need to rent a car?
A. For the majority of our villas, which are not easily accessible by any other means, we strongly advise you rent a car. This is also the case if you are intending to tour around and see the sights: public transport is often not terribly reliable or available. Most of our villas on Antipaxos have a car included in the rental price, please check details for each villa. If you prefer not to drive, take a look at our selection of villas within walking distance of shops and restaurants.

We can arrange car hire for Lefkada and Meganissi through Eurowheels. If you are staying on Corfu, Paxos or Antipaxos, we have a link to a  car hire search engine which will help you find the best prices and deals available. Alternatively our Experience specialists will be happy to assist you rent a car with a local supplier and it would also be possible to arrange delivery of the car to Corfu and Paxos. Most of our villas on Antipaxos have a car included in the rental price, please check details for each villa.

Q. Where can we fly to/from?
A.For Lefkada and Meganissi: The closest airport to Lefkada and Meganissi is Preveza, which is about 25 minute drive from Lefkas town. It is served by scheduled and charter flights from several European cities. Next closest is Araxos (Patras), which is also served from all over Europe, and is about 2 hours 40 minute drive from Lefkas town. After that come Athens and Thessaloniki on the Greek mainland, or flights to the Ionian Islands of Corfu or Kephalonia, followed by a ferry trip and a car transfer.

For Corfu, Paxos and Antipaxos: Corfu airport is the best airport for our villas in Paxos, Antipaxos as well as Corfu. Clients of the Thinking Traveller staying at any of our villas on Paxos and Antipaxos have return transfers between Corfu airport and their villa included in the rental price. The boat journey time from Corfu new Port to Paxos takes between 1hr-1hr30. Continuing from there on to Antipaxos is just a 15 minute crossing. Discover more information on getting to and from Paxos and Antipaxos.

For more information see our definitive list of flights to The Ionian Islands

Q. What's driving in Greece like?
A. In the areas we operate in, towns are not particularly large and so driving on public roads is not particularly challenging. Access to some villas can be along steep and/or unmade roads and where this arises we will always advise clients.

Q. How safe are the Ionian Islands?
A. Greece is a very safe place! Larger towns, such as Corfu Town, are fine as long as you take the normal precautions. In the smaller towns muggings or bag-snatching are virtually unheard of.

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