The Ionian Sea is part of the Mediterranean Sea and lies in-between Southern Italy, Sicily and the west coast of Greece. The sea covers a surface area of 169,000 km2 and is home to the Greek Ionian Islands, the main ones being Corfu and Kefalonia. The name comes from the Greek language, but its origin is unknown. It might be named after the Ionians who sailed to the west, or the ancient Greek myth of Io. While the sea is one of world’s most seismically active areas, the bordering coastlines have pristine beaches and beautiful rock formations, making them attractive tourist destinations.