Off the western shores of Greece lie the mythically beautiful Ionian Islands known to have drawn curious seafarers for centuries since the protagonist of Homer’s Odysseus found refuge there. A variety of cultures have left footprints on these lands and their people while the islands are bordered by crystalline cerulean waters that are the perfect cruising grounds for any luxury charter yacht. Golden sun-kissed beaches, luxuriant olive groves with sparkling leaves, secluded coves, quaint harbors and charming villages to explore are only some of the reasons to visit the region. Not to mention delicious Greek food served in traditional taverns, including hot souvlaki which is meat served on skewers or in pita bread and traditional white wine known as retsina. These gorgeous islands boasting of magnificent green flora all summer long were named after Io, a nymph and mistress of Zeus.