Couples or families wanting a quiet getaway and vast swathes of empty beach should look to Meganisi. Set between Lefkada and the west mainland, it’s a pristine island characterised by peaceful villages and traditional fishing ports. Helen Denman, product and commercial executive at Monarch, says: “Meganisi is one of the more traditional Ionian Islands, pretty much still untouched by mass tourism with quaint stone houses, traditional cobbled streets and a very warm welcome from the locals.”
For the best beach on the island, she recommends Agios Ioannis, a long stretch of unspoilt shoreline on the west coast, which takes its name from the nearby chapel. It’s set right by a historic village, and for nature lovers there are several limestone caves along the coast to explore. The most famous is Papanikolis, the second biggest of its kind in Greece and, according to rumours, a hideout for submarines during the Second World.