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The Island of Serenades

The Intoxicating Electric Shades of Blue Versus the Captivating Vibrant Shadows of Green Under the Mysteries of the Flower of the East
Gifted with crystalline waters and verdant vegetation, Zakynthos distinguishes for its natural beauty and its hospitable atmosphere. Homeland of Dionisios Solomos with intense vegetation and incomparable beauty, it is impossible this island to be left unnoticed. You will either love it or hate it. The beauty of this island is inexhaustible. Beyond the light blue waters of the Shipwreck, the Fioro di Levante hides millions of mysteries. From castles and fortresses to blooming hills and sheltered bays, you will be overwhelmed from the astonishing sunsets over the vertical cliffs of Zakynthos. The Italian temperament left a legacy to the flower of the east in all forms of art; particularly, the music tradition flows in the veins of Zakynthos since ancient times, worshiped from the god of music, Apollo, up to the Venetian times and the famous Zakynthian serenades. Zakynthos holds a perpetual roller coaster of pictures, landscapes and experiences; it will show you millions of faces, reserved only for the ones who are eager to discover them. Imposing views from the verdant hill of Strani, natural adventures on the king of the easternmost cape, glorious sunsets from the village of Keri and discovery dives into the crystalline waters of the Shipwreck beach will definitely captivate your eyes. Especially the hinterland, full of olive groves, vegetable gardens and vineyards, will try to show you the genuine traditional spirit of Zakynthos. Known as the Flower of the East from the Venetians, this island will find the way to enchant you, especially in spring. Every spring, Zakynthos is at its best; verdant landscapes with pine covered mountains and fertile plains, crystalline seashores, pleasant walks in the footsteps of history and festive customs of Easter will give a distinctive color to your journey. Alloy of wild beauty and sea saltiness, with a background mosaic of culture, Zakynthos is ready to unveil its mysteries to you! It is no coincidence that Homer used to call her Ylyessa, aka full of trees, as nature paints the sea and the mountains with breathtaking colours. Zakynthos ignites the imagination of the travellers since the prehistoric times; however, no one managed to conquer her as her mysteries are many! Are you ready, at least, to get to know her? Undoubtedly, it will be a bliss!

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The Capital of Zakynthos

The Town of Zakynthos is the capital and harbour of Zakynthos located on the east side of the island. The town used to have a unique architectural style influenced from the Venetians, the French and the British, but the majority of the buildings were destroyed following the devastating earthquakes of 1953. Solomos Square is one of the most beautiful parts of the town decorated with arched buildings while Agios Markos Square distinguishes for the neoclassical building of the museum of Dionisios Solomos, Andreas Kalvos and Other Eminent Zakynthian. It is worth visiting the village of Bohali for its spectacular views to the town of Zakynthos and the Ionian Sea, the Venetian Castle than once served as the capital of the island, the church of Agios Dionisios for its beautiful wall paintings and the Byzantine and Xenopoulos Museums.

The Blue Caves of Zakynthos

The Blue Caves of Zakynthos are one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the island. They were discovered from Antonio Komouto in 1897. The caves distinguish for their wild beauty and their striking colours that reflect on their surface from the reflections of the sunlight. The imposing arches of the caves have been created from erosion through the centuries. The blue caves of Zakynthos are only accessible by sea.

The Castle of Zakynthos

The Castle of Zakynthos is one of the most important monuments of the island that dominates the hill of Bohali above the town of Zakynthos. The castle was constructed on the foundations of the ancient acropolis of the island from the Venetians in 1646. During these times, the castle served as the seat of the Venetian Proveditor namely Iohannem Battista Grimani. Although the fortress was damaged from earthquakes and war attacks, it was reconstructed from the British in 1812. Today, one can admire traces of stone vaulted prisons, canons and traces of the church of San Salvatore, the church of Santa Barbara, the church of Virgin Laurentena and the church of Saint Francis within the walls of the castle. The fortress of Zakynthos offers panoramic views to the town of Zakynthos.

The District of Bohali

The District of Bohali is located on the east side of the island. The charming settlement has a picturesque atmosphere with fuchsia bougainvillea and whitewashed houses standing on the hill above the town of Zakynthos. It is certain that you will be amazed from the spectacular views of Bohali, a truly magical setting by the night. Dionisios Solomos, the famous Zakynthian poet, gained inspiration on the hill of Strani to write his famous poem Hymn to Liberty, which later became the Greek National Anthem. It is worth visiting the Venetian Castle of Bohali that once served as the capital of Zakynthos.

The National Marine Park of Zakynthos

The National Marine Park of Zakynthos is located on the bay of Laganas. The national park was established in order to preserve the natural environment and conserve the ecological balance of the marine area. The marine park of Zakynthos has been included in the European Network of Natura 2000 for its ecological value, as it serves as a breeding site of the Loggerhead Sea Turtle Caretta-Caretta. The nestling habitat comprises from the beaches of Dafni, Kalamaki, Marathonisi Isle, Gerakas and Sekania. It is the first national park that was established for the protection of the sea turtles in the Mediterranean.

The Shipwreck Beach of Zakynthos

The Shipwreck Beach of Zakynthos is one of the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean located on the western side of the island. The beach owes its name to the shipwreck of ship Panayiotis that transported illegal cigarettes in 1983. The vestiges of the ship can be seen on the middle of the white sandy beach with its turquoise waters. It is worth noting that the Shipwreck Beach is a famous base jumping location. The shipwreck beach is accessible by boat from the harbour of Porto Vromi.

The Village of Volimes

The Village of Volimes is a mountainous village located on the northern side of the island. The settlement consists from Ano Volimes, Meso Volimes and Kato Volimes. It is a scenic village that retains its traditional character with stone houses and narrow alleys. The natural beauty of the landscape will enchant you with its verdant vegetation full of pine trees, olive groves and vineyards. The sunset should not be missed from Volimes, as the view in the astonishing colours of the sunset is a great spectacle. Volimes is one of the best spots to start exploring the northern part of Zakynthos. Worth visiting places include Agios Nikolaos bay for its turquoise waters, Xigia beach for its sulphur springs and Makris Gialos beach for its beautiful sceneries. Volimes is famous for its local agricultural products and handicraft and its delicious taverns. The village offers spectacular views to the neighboring island of Kefalonia and the steep cliffs of Zakynthos.

Castles & Fortresses

The Castle of Zakynthos is one of the most important monuments of the island that dominates the hill of Bohali above the town of Zakynthos. The castle was constructed on the foundations of the ancient acropolis of the island from the Venetians in 1646. During these times, the castle served as the seat of the Venetian Proveditor namely Iohannem Battista Grimani. Although the fortress was damaged from earthquakes and war attacks, it was reconstructed from the British in 1812. Today, one can admire traces of stone vaulted prisons, canons and traces of the church of San Salvatore, the church of Santa Barbara, the church of Virgin Laurentena and the church of Saint Francis within the walls of the castle. The fortress of Zakynthos offers panoramic views to the town of Zakynthos.

Churches and Monasteries

The Church of Agia Mavra is one of the most important religious monuments of Zakynthos located in the village of Maherado. The church was constructed in the 14th century and distinguishes for its impressive Venetian bell tower. According to local tradition, the icon of Agia Mavra was moved from Egypt, the homeland of the saint, to Zakynthos. Inside the church, one can admire an imposing gold wooded carved temple and frescoes made from great painters. The church celebrates in honor of Agia Mavra on May 3.

The Church of Agios Dionisios is located close to the harbour of Zakynthos. Agios Dionisios is the patron saint of Zakynthos. The church has a Venetian architectural style and distinguishes for its impressive bell tower, an exact replica of the church of San Marco in Venice. On August 24, one of the largest traditional festivals of the island in honor of the saint is held in the church of Agios Dionisios.

The Church of Agios Nikolaos Kiliomenos is located in the village of Kiliomenos. The church stands out for its imposing architecture and its spectacular stone carved belfry.

The Church of Agios Nikolaos Molos stands on square of Solomos above the town of Zakynthos. The church was built from the Cooperation of the Sailormen of Zakynthos in 1561. Although the church was destroyed following the devastating earthquake of 1953, the church was renovated keeping its authentic Venetian character. The procession of Holy Friday starts from the church of Agios Nikolaos during Easter.

The Church of Panagia Skopiotissa is one of the oldest churches of Zakynthos located in the village of Argassi. The church was constructed on the foundations of the ancient temple of Artemis from the family of Logothetis in 1534. Inside the church, one can admire beautiful wall paintings and the icon of Panagia Skopiotissa. The views from the church to the eastern coastline are quite spectacular. On August 15, the church celebrates in honor of the saint.

The Monastery of Agios Georgios Gremon is located in the village of Volimes. The monastery was established from two monks in the 16th century. The imposing tower of the monastic complex was built in 1561 in order to protect it from pirate invasions. It is worth following the road towards Ano Volimes to reach the platform that offers breathtaking views to the Shipwreck beach.

The Monastery of Panagia Anafonitria is located in the village of Anafonitria. It is a byzantine monument with interesting architecture that was constructed in honor of Panagia Vrefokratousa in the 15th century. According to tradition, the icon was brought from Constantinople, when Zakynthos Town was dominated from the Ottomans. The monastery distinguishes for the impressive wall paintings of the main church located at the center of the monastic complex. Agios Dionisios, the patron saint of Zakynthos, became a monk and lived the last years of his life in the monastery of Panagia Anafonitria.

The Monastery of Panagia Eleftherotria is located in the village of Lagopodo. The monastery was established from the Archimandrite Chrisostomos Gelbesis, the spiritual father of the hermitage, in 1962. The exterior design resembles a fortified castle surrounded from turrets and towers. The views of the monastery to the surrounding mountains and valleys are spectacular. The nuns of the monastery are renowned for their textiles and rugs made with their traditional looms.

The Monastery of Panagia Keriotissa is located in the village of Keri. The church impresses with its huge Venetian bell tower that can be seen all around the village. Inside the church, one can admire many great works of art including a gold carved baroque iconostasis and the holy icon of Virgin Dexiokratoussa. On Holy Monday, the church celebrates in honor of the saint with a great feast.

The Monastery of Panagia Spiliotissa is located in the village of Orthonies. The monastery was constructed on the edge of a cliff in the 16th century. Although the monastery is not open for visitors, the surrounding verdant sceneries and the views of the sea will reward you. On September 8, the monastery celebrates in honor of the saint followed from a traditional feast in the churchyard of the monastery.

Monuments

The Exhibition Center of the Mediterranean Sea Turtle Caretta – Caretta is located in the village of Dafni. The center was established with the intention of informing the visitors for the protection of the endangered sea turtle. Inside the exhibition center, one will have the opportunity to discover informative material for the various species of the flora and fauna of Zakynthos.

The Hill of Strani is a verdurous place with panoramic views located above the town of Zakynthos. This was one of the favorite places of Dionisios Solomos, where he was inspired and wrote the poem Hymn to Liberty, that later became the Greek National Anthem.

The Lighthouse of Keri is built on the edge of a cliff of cape Marathia. The lighthouse was constructed in 1925 in order to help the ships avoid crashing from the sharp rocks of the area. From here, one can enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets of the Ionian Sea. The views to the imposing coasts and the steep coasts of the verdant mountainous scenery will forever stay in your mind.

The Mansion of Roma was the main residence of Roma family located in the town of Zakynthos. Roma family originated from Sicily in Italy and settled on the island in the 13th century, and made a name for itself as it took part in the cultural, military and political activities of Zakynthos. Alexandros Romas was one of the most notable family members who served as the Chairman of the Greek Parliament, Minister of Education and Minister of Justice. The historical mansion was used as the residence of the British Governor during the British occupation. Today, the mansion of Roma has been restored and has a rich library, beautiful paintings and historical items that depict the mentality of the generations of the Roma family.

Museums

The Agricultural Museum of Zakynthos is located in the village of Pigadakia. The museum displays the culture and traditions of the rural life of Zakynthos. Exhibits include the design of the old traditional Zakynthian house along with agricultural machinery.

The Byzantine Museum of Zakynthos is located at the square of Dionisios Solomos in the town of Zakynthos. The museum displays byzantine icons, wall paintings, sculptures and utilitarian vessels from the 15th to the 19th century.

The Museum of Dionisios Solomos, Andreas Kalvos and other Eminent Personalities of Zakynthos is located at the square of Agios Markos in the town of Zakynthos. The museum displays paintings, personal items and manuscripts of the great artists. One of the most notable exhibits is the statue of Dionisios Solomos made from sculptor Georgios Vroutos in 1902.

The Grigorios Xenopoulos Museum is located in the town of Zakynthos. Grigorios Xenopoulos was a Zakynthian poet and playwriter. The museum displays manuscripts, brochures, novels, leaflets and photographs of Xenopoulos. Today, Grigorios Xenopoulos is considered to be the leading personality of children literature in Greece.

The Natural History Museum of Helmis is located in the village of Agia Marina. The museum was founded with the private initiative of Panayiotis Helmis in 2000. It displays specimens from the rich flora and fauna and the rare ecosystem of Zakynthos.

The Milanio Maritime Museum is located in the village of Tsilivi. The museum was founded from Antonios Milanos, a great Greek painter and ship artist, in order to present the revolutionary path of the maritime history of the country from 2000 BC until today.

Natural Beauties

The Blue Caves of Zakynthos are one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the island. They were discovered from Antonio Komouto in 1897. The caves distinguish for their wild beauty and their striking colours that reflect on their surface from the reflections of the sunlight. The imposing arches of the caves have been created from erosion through the centuries. The blue caves of Zakynthos are only accessible by sea.

The Isle of Agios Sostis is the most charming spot of the bay of Laganas at the south side of the island. Following the devastating earthquake of 1633, the isle was separated from the mainland of Laganas. Agios Sostis Isle is connected with a large wooden bridge. A cafeteria and a club operate on the isle during the summer.

The Isle of Marathonisi is one of the most beautiful uninhabited isles of Zakynthos located on the bay of Laganas at the south side of the island. Marathonisi distinguishes for its natural beauty, its verdant vegetation and its marine life. In fact, the seashores of the island serve as a breeding site for the Mediterranean Sea Turtle Caretta – Caretta. Marathonisi is accessible by boat from the bay of Laganas and the village of Keri.

The National Marine Park of Zakynthos is located on the bay of Laganas. The national park was established in order to preserve the natural environment and conserve the ecological balance of the marine area. The marine park of Zakynthos has been included in the European Network of Natura 2000 for its ecological value, as it serves as a breeding site of the Loggerhead Sea Turtle Caretta-Caretta. The nestling habitat comprises from the beaches of Dafni, Kalamaki, Marathonisi Isle, Gerakas and Sekania. It is the first national park that was established for the protection of the sea turtles in the Mediterranean.

The Shipwreck Beach of Zakynthos is one of the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean located on the western side of the island. The beach owes its name to the shipwreck of ship Panayiotis that transported illegal cigarettes in 1983. The vestiges of the ship can be seen on the middle of the white sandy beach with its turquoise waters. It is worth noting that the Shipwreck Beach is a famous base jumping location. The shipwreck beach is accessible by boat from the harbour of Porto Vromi.

The Stone Park of Askos is a forest reserve and a wildlife sanctuary located on the north part of the island. Askos Stone Park was established with a private collaboration in 2002. The entire park is filled with stone structures including walls, pavements and cellars made six hundred years ago. One fifth of the park is open for visitors while the rest of the area is the habitat of free animals of the park and the cultivation of fruit trees. One will have the opportunity to discover the rich flora and fauna of Zakynthos within the premises of Askos Park.

Promenades and Villages

Agalas is a mountainous village located on the southwest side of the island. The lovely settlement distinguishes for its old stone houses and its narrow streets. Hidden between pine trees and olive groves, Agalas is a beautiful rural settlement ideal for those looking for tranquility and isolation. The surrounding area of the village is suitable for hiking and nature lovers. Some of the most interesting spots for exploration include the cave of Damianos for its impressive stalactites and stalagmites and the twelve stone wells built in traditional style that still provide fresh water to Agalas. Worth visiting the art gallery and museum of the village that displays paintings of a local artist. The sunset should not be missed from the village, as the view in the astonishing colours of the sunset is a great spectacle.

Agios Leon is a mountainous village located on the west side of the island. The lovely settlement has managed to maintain its traditional character with red tiled roofed houses and narrow alleys. The surrounding scenic countryside is ideal for hiking and natural explorations to the secluded beaches of the western coastline of Zakynthos. Agios Leon is an ideal destination for those looking for tranquility and isolation.

Anafonitria is a mountainous village located on the west side of the island. The lovely settlement has managed to maintain its traditional architecture with old houses and narrow alleys. According to local tradition, the icon of Virgin Mary was found from the locals following the sinking of a cargo ship during the fall of Constantinople; the icon was emitting a flickering light crying out to be found. To this extend, the village was named Anafonitria meaning the one who cries out. It is worth visiting the monastery of Panagia Anafonitria, one of the few religious monuments that survived from the devastating earthquake of 1953. Another place one should visit is the platform that offers spectacular views of the Shipwreck Beach. Anafonitria village is famous for its fine agricultural products including honey, olive oil and traditional handwork.

Argassi is a seaside village located on the east side of the island. It is one of the most popular resorts of Zakynthos with numerous amenities. Argassi is the liveliest place of the island famous for its nightlife. The main beach of the settlement, with its golden sand and its shallow turquoise waters, offers all kinds of amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, water sports centers and taverns while it usually gets crowded in the summer. Due to its close proximity to Zakynthos Town, Argassi is one of most well known destinations of the island.

Bohali is a mountainous village located on the east side of the island. The charming settlement has a picturesque atmosphere with fuchsia bougainvillea and whitewashed houses standing on the hill above the town of Zakynthos. It is certain that you will be amazed from the spectacular views of Bohali, a truly magical setting by the night. Dionisios Solomos, the famous Zakynthian poet, gained inspiration on the hill of Strani to write his famous poem Hymn to Liberty, which later became the Greek National Anthem. It is worth visiting the Venetian Castle of Bohali that once served as the capital of Zakynthos.

Exo Hora is a mountainous village located on the northwest side of the island. It is one of the most traditional villages of Zakynthos that has managed to preserve the authentic Zakynthian architecture, one of the few villages that have survived from the devastating earthquakes of 1953. Exo Hora is a beautiful settlement with traditional houses and glooming gardens with flowers and plants. In the central square, one can enjoy his coffee surrounded from the tranquility of nature. Worth visiting sights include the church of Agios Nikolaos for its remarkable icon that dates back to 1700. One can also follow the dirt road that leads to the Italian Observatory to enjoy the spectacular views.

Gyri is a mountainous village located on the central part of the island. It is the highest village of Zakynthos distinguished for its spectacular views and its verdurous vegetation. Gyri has managed to maintain its traditional character with old stone houses and narrow alleys. Lovers of adventure will be thrilled from the scenic countryside of the village while hiking lovers can follow the trail that leads to Vrahionas Mount at an altitude of 753 meters. Gyri is an ideal place for those looking for tranquility and relaxation.

Kallithea is a mountainous village located on the central part of the island. Nestling between plane trees and vineyards, the traditional settlement offers stunning views of the mountain scenery of Zakynthos. Kallithea stands out for the hospitality of the locals and the lush green vegetation. Worth visiting sights include the church of Agia Marina for its imposing bell tower. Adventure lovers can ascend to Vrahionas Mount at an altitude of 753 meters to enjoy the panoramic views.

Kambi is a mountainous village located on the west side of the island. The picturesque settlement stands out for its traditional character and its great views. The sunset should not be missed from Kambi, as the view in the astonishing colours of the sunset is a great spectacle. Indeed, Kambi village is famed as one of the best places to enjoy the sunset in Zakynthos. Lovers of adventure can follow the trail that leads to the large cross of Shiza Mount. The cross was erected to honor the soldiers who lost their lives in the Greek Civil War and the Second World War.

Katastari is a mountainous village located on the east side of the island. It is the largest village of Zakynthos surrounded from olive groves and vineyards offering spectacular views. Katastari has retained its traditional character and stands out for its natural beauty. It is worth visiting the monastery of Agios Ioannis Baptistes for its spectacular views to the bay of Alikes and the folklore museum for its interesting collection of traditional furniture and agricultural tools. Katastari village is famous for its traditional festivals.

Keri is a mountainous village located on the south side of the island. The charming settlement has retained its traditional character with stone houses and narrow alleys. The central square of Keri is the most charming spot of the village that stands out for its spectacular views to the Ionian Sea. Keri is famous for the best olive oil and wine of Zakynthos. The lighthouse of Keri offers one of the most spectacular sunset views of the island. The haven of the village is the harbour of Limni that offers shelter to sailboats and yachts. From here, one can visit the exotic isle of Marathonisi and the Blue Caves of Zakynthos through excursion boats. Worth visiting sights include the church of Panagia Keriotissa for its impressive bell tower.

Kiliomenos is a mountainous village located on the southern side of the island. The charming settlement stands out for the traditional stone architecture with houses that have been built in the traditional Zakynthian way. The surrounding scenic countryside is ideal for hiking and natural explorations, rich with vegetation and full of cypress and pine trees. It is highly recommended to visit the Agricultural Cooperative of Melissiotises that is famed for its fine agricultural products including olive oil, wine and honey. Worth visiting sights include the church of Agios Nikolaos that stands out for its gothic architecture and its impressive bell tower.

Korithi is a mountainous village located on the northernmost side of the island. It is one of the most authentic villages of Zakynthos with stunning mountain sceneries combine with the deep blue of the Ionian Sea. The surrounding area is rich in flora and fauna, making it an ideal place for walking enthusiasts. The most important monuments of Korithi include the blue caves of Zakynthos, the Shipwreck beach and the lighthouse of Skinari, which are accessible only by sea. Hop into a boat to visit the natural wonders of Zakynthos!

Louha is a mountainous village located on the west side of the island. It is one of the highest villages of Zakynthos that has managed to maintain its traditional character. Louha is one of the few villages that have survived from the devastating earthquakes of 1953. The surrounding scenic countryside is ideal for hiking and natural explorations. The location of the village is quite stunning, as it nestles between vineyards and olive groves. Louha village is an ideal place for those looking for tranquility and relaxation.

Maherado is a mountainous village located on the southern side of the island. Characterized as one of the most beautiful villages of Zakynthos, the lovely settlement has a traditional character and an authentic atmosphere. The surrounding scenic countryside is full of cypress and pine trees ideal for walking enthusiasts. Worth visiting sights include the church of Agia Mavra for its impressive Venetian bell tower and its beautiful wall paintings. During the first weekend of July, celebrations in honor of Agia Mavra take place in the village followed from traditional customs.

Maries is a mountainous village located on the west side of the island. The lovely settlement has an authentic traditional character with stone houses and narrow alleys. The central square of Maries is the most charming spot of the village that stands out for its spectacular views to the Ionian Sea. The sunset should not be missed from Maries, as the view in the astonishing colours of the sunset is a great spectacle. Boats depart to the imposing cove of Porto Vromi, the Blue Caves of Zakynthos and the Shipwreck beach from the harbour of Maries; it is undoubtedly a must excursion!

Orthonies is a mountainous village located on the northern side of the island. Characterized as one of the most beautiful villages of Zakynthos, the road to the lovely settlement provides excellent views to the Ionian Sea. It is worth visiting the monastery of Panagia Spiliotissa for its verdant sceneries and its spectacular views. On September 8, the monastery celebrates in honor of the saint followed from a traditional feast in the churchyard of the monastery.

Volimes is a mountainous village located on the northern side of the island. The settlement consists from Ano Volimes, Meso Volimes and Kato Volimes. It is a scenic village that retains its traditional character with stone houses and narrow alleys. The natural beauty of the landscape will enchant you with its verdant vegetation full of pine trees, olive groves and vineyards. The sunset should not be missed from Volimes, as the view in the astonishing colours of the sunset is a great spectacle. Volimes is one of the best spots to start exploring the northern part of Zakynthos. Worth visiting places include Agios Nikolaos bay for its turquoise waters, Xigia beach for its sulphur springs and Makris Gialos beach for its beautiful sceneries. Volimes is famous for its local agricultural products and handicraft and its delicious taverns. The village offers spectacular views to the neighboring island of Kefalonia and the steep cliffs of Zakynthos.

Zakynthos Town is the capital and harbour of Zakynthos located on the east side of the island. The town used to have a unique architectural style influenced from the Venetians, the French and the British, but the majority of the buildings were destroyed following the devastating earthquakes of 1953. Solomos Square is one of the most beautiful parts of the town decorated with arched buildings while Agios Markos Square distinguishes for the neoclassical building of the museum of Dionisios Solomos, Andreas Kalvos and Other Eminent Zakynthian. It is worth visiting the village of Bohali for its spectacular views to the town of Zakynthos and the Ionian Sea, the Venetian Castle than once served as the capital of the island, the church of Agios Dionisios for its beautiful wall paintings and the Byzantine and Xenopoulos Museums.

Sunset Spots

Spot: Shipwreck Beach, West Zakynthos

Spot: Lighthouse of Keri, South Zakynthos

Spot: Lighthouse of Volimes, North Zakynthos

Spot: Village of Agalas, Southwest Zakynthos

Spot: Village of Kambi, West Zakynthos

Spot: Village of Maries, West Zakynthos

Excursions

Boat Trip: The Island of Corfu needs no recommendations. Conquered from mortals and immortals, it is undeniable that Corfu possesses its own exceptional beauty, a true jewel in the Ionian Sea. Interweaved with the Adriatic Sea, the land of the Phaecians, the last destination of Odysseus, is the crossroads between the East and the West. Notorious for its verdant vegetation and its endless sea, Corfu refers to other levels of aristocracy. Just a promenade to the cobblestone alleys and the imposing squares of the duchess of the Ionian promises a nostalgic journey through the centuries. Corfu is a natural wonder itself, a mysterious island that combines the old with the new, the mountains with the sea, the classic spirit with the eccentric soul. The jewel of the island, the Old Town of Corfu, is just an echo of the Byzantine splendor of the East and the geometry grandeur of the West, a confluence of cultures in the very depths of the genuine soul of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cobblestone alleys perfumed with the air of the Venetian nobility, monumental legacies of the British and imposing arcades of the French blend in a mosaic of cultures. Exotic sceneries and turquoise waters, pictorial villages and Venetian aristocratism, verdant valleys and natural wonders; grasp your keys and start driving to the endless beauties of Corfu. And the scenario of your journey begins. Beauty is incomparable in the villages of Corfu distinguished for their distinctive character of another, bygone area while endless beaches with emerald, sapphire and turquoise waters guarantee dives into paradisiacal sceneries. Corfu will not try to conquest your soul. Just like this, she will leave you discover all of her secrets on your own time. An alluring amalgamation of aristocratic elements proves that Corfu is an island with millions of faces. How would it be possible to fall in love with Corfu at the first sight? And when you journey will come to an end, you will definitely travel back again to discover the other mysteries of Corfu, because there will always be a next time. Inspired for its spectacular sunsets over Homer’s rich land, Corfu will never let you go, an escape to a genuine utopia of serenity!

Boat Trip: The Island of Kefalonia is a divine paradise. Rarely one has the opportunity to discover a harmonic collage of pristine beaches with imposing mountains, beautiful villages with traditional character and medieval trails with archaeological sites of historical significance blessed with rich cultural and spiritual heritage. Blessed with the true spirit of philoxenia, the genuine Kefalonians, all of them, share their excessive love for their island. Kefalonia has an undeniable personality with dramatic contrasts of indescribable beauty. Adventurous, just like its local people, with an exclusive ability to be distinguished on every single edge of the world. Kefalonia is the beginning of your journey, a place where the dream is just in front of you. So, don’t close your eyes, and start dreaming with your eyes wide open for the first time! Immersed in the whirlwinds of colours and scents with mountainous and seaside sceneries, reminiscent of the palette of Botticelli, Kefalonia will show you all the shades of blue and green that will intoxicate you. The emerald, sapphire and turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea surrounded from olive groves and vineyards emit scents that arouse even the most dormant human senses. A divine inspiration! Your journey might have ended in the mysterious world of Kefalonia; however, you will never say aurevoire to this island, as you will keep Kefalonia always deep in your heart!

Activities

Base Jumping: Are you in the mood for adventures? Travellers seek for alternative ways to spend their days in Greece. From bunjee jumping, diving, paragliding, sailing and rock climbing to hiking, mountain biking, mountaineering, rafting and trekking, Greece has it for you! Shipwreck Beach is one of the most popular spots for base jumping.

Bicycling: The countryside of Zakynthos is an ideal place for cycling lovers. One of the most beautiful routes starts from the village of Anafonitria and leads to the village of Volimes. Another interesting place for cycling is the salt lake of Alikes. There are numerous bicycle rentals on the island where you can rent a bicycle and discover the beaches and villages of Zakynthos.

Bird Watching: The flora and fauna of Corfu is quite remarkable. The island has the perfect environment for thousands native and migratory birds. In fact, Corfu has many areas with high ecological value that serve as major stations and shelters for migratory birds. One will have the opportunity to encounter numerous bird species including Golden Orioles, Sylvia Melanocephala, Lanius Senators, Otus Scops, Turtle Doves, Warblers, Goldfinches, Lesser Kestrels, Mediterranean Shags, Wood Sandpipers, Night Herons, Collared Doves, House Sparrows, Stonechats, Little Egrets, Robins and Blackbirds. The most popular areas of Zakynthos for bird watching include the saltpans of Alikes, the lighthouse of Keri, the castle of Bohali, the bay of Makris Gialos and the Strofades Isles.

Camping: Are you a camping lover? You will find campsites at the beaches of Laganas and Psarou and the villages of Alikes, Lithakia and Tragaki.

Diving: The varied coastline of Zakynthos offers numerous exciting explorations for diving enthusiasts. The reefs of Barracuda, Elephant and Octopus, the isles of Marathia and Marathonisi, the caves of Keri, the arch of Triumph and the cave of Poseidon are some of the most interesting diving spots. One will find diving centers at the beaches of Argassi, Alikanas, Laganas, Limni Keri, Tsilivi and Vasilikos.

Hiking: Zakynthos hosts numerous paths ideal for lovers of hiking. The surrounding scenic beauty of the villages of Kiliomenos, Lithakia, Keri and Maherado are considered to be the best for hiking explorations. (1) One of the most beautiful routes starts from the village of Argassi towards the beach of Vasilikos that leads to Skopos Mount with panoramic views to the southern coastline of Zakynthos. (2) Another interesting trail starts from the village of Kiliomenos to the monastery Yperagathou. From there, you can continue to the villages of Louha, Kambi and Exo Hora. (3) It is also worth following the route that starts from the village of Ano Volimes that leads to the lighthouse of Volimes; the views will definitely reward you. (4) The trail from the beach of Keri to the lighthouse of Keri is also quite interesting. Choose the time of the sunset in order to admire one of the most spectacular sunset views of Zakynthos. (5) A promenade into the forest above Vasilikos will lead you to the beautiful beach of Gerakas, the nestling site of the Loggerhead Turtle Caretta Caretta.

Horse Riding: Zakynthos offers invigorating experiences for lovers of horse riding. You can find riding schools at the villages of Laganas and Tsilivi.

Kayaking: The opportunity to practice kayak in Zakynthos is definitely an unforgettable experience. You will have the chance to admire spectacular rocky formations and the beautiful beaches of the island. The Blue Caves of Zakynthos is one of the most interesting spots you can explore by sea kayaking. One will find kayaking rental facilities at the town of Zakynthos.

Mountain Biking: The rich natural diversity of Zakynthos is highly suitable for mountain biking. Exciting trails from rural roads to specially designed cycling routes are available in various parts of the island. (1) One of the most beautiful routes runs around the lighthouse of Keri towards the western coastline of the island. It is a beautiful ride that goes through a pine forest, traditional cottages with panoramic views to the National Marine Park of Zakynthos. (2) Another interesting trail follows the route towards the abandoned monastery of Yperagathou on the west side of Vrahionas Mount. From there, one will have the opportunity to discover the beautiful villages of Kiliomenos and Louha through magnificent vineyards and spectacular views of the western coastline of the island. (3) It is also worth following the route that ascends to the top of Skopos Mount on the southeast side of the island. On the summit, one will find the temple of Panagia Skopiotissa that offers magnificent views to the bay of Laganas. (4) The trail from north side of Zakynthos to Mount Vrahionas is also quite interesting. It is a difficult route that climbs up to the highest peak of the island, namely Atheras Mount, and descends to the southeast side of the island. Riders will have the opportunity to discover landscapes of verdant vegetation, authentic villages with traditional spirit and gorgeous views of the mountains and the sea.

Off Road: Lovers of off road driving can follow the dirt roads leading to the mountains of the island in order to explore the mysterious beauties of Zakynthos. (1) One of the most beautiful routes starts from the village of Keri leading to the lighthouse of Keri. The trail is made up mostly from a dirt road passing through impressive sceneries with panoramic views to the Ionian Sea. (2) Another interesting trail starts from the village of Gyri leading to Vrahionas Mount, an intriguing route made from dirt roads that offers panoramic views to the coastlines of Zakynthos. (3) The dirt road from Exo Hora village to the Italian Observatory is also quite interesting. Although the route is difficult, the views will reward you. Make sure you always check the maps of Zakynthos before you get into your car!

Paragliding: Are you eager to experience the thrill of free flying in the beautiful land of Zakynthos? Live the unique experience of a real take-off, touch the clouds and stimulate your adrenaline! The perfect climate conditions of Greece are ideal for paragliding experiences, since the drier the climate the better for the development of the sport. One will find paragliding facilities at the beach of Tsilivi.

Sailing: Zakynthos is a paradise for sailing enthusiasts. It is the third largest island of the Ionian Islands located on the southernmost part of the Ionian Islands. Zakynthos has a coastline of 123 kilometers with some of the most beautiful beaches of Greece. The main harbour of Zakynthos provides good shelter from the prevailing northwest winds. On the south side, the bay of Keri provides an excellent shelter from the prevailing northwest winds while the cove of Agios Nikolaos is also an ideal anchorage spot on the northeast side. Porto Vromi, on the west side, provides a reasonable shelter from the prevailing northwest winds. Other mooring locations include the bays of Agios Sostis and Alikes. Keep in mind that the bay of Laganas is restricted for anchorage, as it constitutes the breeding side of the endangered loggerhead sea turtles Caretta Caretta.

Windsurfing: Zakynthos is ideal for lovers of windsurfing. Strong winds blow the shores of the island in the summer ranging from 15 to 25 knots per hour. The winds are normally not strong; however, the afternoon gale winds can reach 5 Beaufort. Windsurfing is mostly located off the northeastern beaches of Planos and Tsilivi.

Beaches

Alikanas is a sandy and pebbled beach with turquoise waters located on the north side of the island. It is one of the most popular beaches of Zakynthos with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, water sports facilities, taverns and beach bars.

Agios Nikolaos is a sandy beach with crystalline waters located on the southeast side of the island. It is one of the most popular beaches of Zakynthos with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, water sport facilities and beach bars.

Agios Sostis is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the south side of the island. It is the most charming spot of the bay of Laganas. Following the devastating earthquake of 1633, the isle was separated from the mainland of Laganas. Agios Sostis Isle is connected with a large wooden bridge. A cafeteria and a club operate on the isle during the summer.

Alikes is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the north side of the island. It is one of the most popular beaches of Zakynthos with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, water sports facilities, taverns and beach bars.

Amboula is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the east side of the island. It is a beautiful beach ideal for those looking for relaxation and tranquility. Amboula beach is partially organized with sunbeds and umbrellas.

Banana is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the southeast side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Zakynthos that distinguishes for its exotic sceneries. Banana beach is fully organized with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, water sport facilities and beach bars.

Dafni is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the southern side of the island. It is a very beautiful beach that stands out for its rocky coastline, its exotic sceneries and its verdant vegetation. Dafni beach is ideal for those looking for tranquility and relaxation.

Gerakas is a sandy beach with crystalline waters located on the southeast side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Zakynthos distinguishes for its unspoilt nature. Gerakas beach offers shelter to the endangered loggerhead sea turtle Caretta Caretta. The beach is partially organized with sunbeds and umbrellas while there are numerous rocky formations for the ones looking for isolation.

Kalamaki is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the south side of the island. As the beach nestles on the bay of Laganas, it is part of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos. Kalamaki beach is a quite popular beach with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas and a bar.

Laganas is a sandy bay with crystalline waters located on the south side of the island. It is one of the most popular beaches of Zakynthos with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, water sports facilities, taverns and beach bars. Laganas beach is protected from the Greek government, as it serves as a breeding site for the endangered loggerhead sea turtle Caretta Caretta and it is a part of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos.

Limni Keri is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the south side of the island. It is a beautiful beach ideal for those looking for relaxation. Limni Keri offers panoramic views to Marathonisi isle. From here, one can visit the Blue Caves of Zakynthos through excursion boats.

Limnionas is a large bay with with turquoise waters located on the west side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful spots of Zakynthos that stands out for its rocky formations and its impressive caves. Limnionas is not a beach; however, there is a platform where people can enjoy dives into the crystalline waters.

Makris Gialos is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the northeast side of the island. It is a beautiful beach ideal for those looking for tranquility and relaxation.

Marathia is a sandy beach with emerald waters located on the southern side of the island. It is a secluded beach ideal for those looking for tranquility and isolation. Marathia beach distinguishes for its verdant vegetation and its exotic sceneries.

Marathonisi is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the homonymous isle. It is one of the most beautiful uninhabited isles of Zakynthos located on the bay of Laganas at the south side of the island. Marathonisi distinguishes for its natural beauty, its verdant vegetation and its marine life. In fact, the seashores of the island serve as a breeding site for the Mediterranean Sea Turtle Caretta – Caretta. Marathonisi is accessible by boat from the bay of Laganas and the village of Keri.

Navagio, else known as Shipwreck Beach, is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the northwest side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean that owes its name to the shipwreck of ship Panayiotis that transported illegal cigarettes in 1983. The vestiges of the ship can be seen on the middle of the beach. It is worth noting that the Shipwreck Beach is a famous base jumping location. The shipwreck beach is accessible by boat from the harbour of Porto Vromi.

Planos is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the east side of the island. It is one of the most popular beaches of Zakynthos with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, water sports facilities, taverns and beach bars.

Porto Kaminia is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the southern side of the island. The beach stands out for its verdant vegetation and its crystalline waters. Porto Kaminia beach is well organized with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas and a beach bar.

Porto Roma is a sandy beach with crystalline waters located on the southeast side of the island. It is a beautiful beach with lush greenery ideal for those looking for relaxation and tranquility.

Porto Vromi is a sandy and pebbled cove with turquoise waters located on the west side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Zakynthos that distinguishes for its verdurous vegetation and its exotic sceneries.

Porto Zoro is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the east side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Zakynthos that stands out for its impressive rocky formations and its exotic sceneries. Porto Zoro beach is fully organized with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas and a hotel complex.

Spanzia is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the southeast side of the island. It is one of the longest beaches of Zakynthos and one of the most popular beaches of Zakynthos with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, water sports facilities and beach bars.

Xigia is a pebbled beach with turquoise waters located on the northeast side of the island. It is a beautiful beach that distinguishes for its rocky sceneries and its verdant vegetation. The most intriguing part of Xigia beach is the unique water quality coming from the neighboring caves that stand out for its therapeutic properties.

Tsilivi is a sandy beach with crystalline waters located on the east side of the island. It is one of the most popular resorts of Zakynthos with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, water sport facilities, taverns, beach bars and restaurants.

Coffee Corners, Gastronomic Delights and Cocktail Inspirations

Coffee Corners

Base: Coffee and Drinks, Zakynthos Town

Botega Cafe Museum: Coffee, Orthonies

Casino: Coffee and Drinks, Zakynthos Town

El Sueno: Coffee, Volimes

Latas Cafe Bistrot: Coffee, Bochali

Mahogany Art Cafe: Coffee, Agios Nikolaos Volimes

Piero’s Gelateria Italiani: Ice Cream, Zakynthos Town

Gastronomic Delights

Adelfos Tou Kosta: Zakynthian Cuisine, Vasilikos

Aeras: Greek Cuisine, Porto Vromi

Alitzerinoi: Greek Cuisine, Kiliomenos

Aperitto Resto Bar: Mediterranean Cuisine, Agios Sostis

Diahroniko: Zakynthian Cuisine, Skoulikado

Taverna Pou Legame “Theodoritsis”: Greek Cuisine, Argassi

Taverna Stavros/Cross: Zakynthian Cuisine, Kambi

La Bruschetta: Italian Cuisine, Keri

Malanos: Ouzo and Meze, Zakynthos Town

Nionios: Zakynthian Cuisine, Lakka

Porto Limnionas: Greek Cuisine, Agios Leon

Portokali: Mediterranean Cuisine, Argassi

Skartsofoli: Greek Cuisine, Vasilikos

To Kafenio Tis Louhas: Ouzo and Meze, Louha

Votsalo Taverna: Greek Cuisine, Marathias

Cocktail Inspirations

Barrage: Cocktails and Drinks, Argassi

Base: Cocktails and Drinks, Zakynthos Town

Cameo Club: Cocktails and Drinks, Agios Sostis

Island: Cocktails and Drinks, Argassi

Movida: Cocktails and Drinks, Bochali

Local Products & Specialties

The local products of the island include an excellent variety of agricultural products. The most famous products include currants, honey, ladotiri cheese, olive oil and wine. Zakynthos is also renowned for its mouth watering sweets of mandolato and pasteli made with caramelized sesame seeds and honey.

The local specialties of the island include hiromeri, a traditional Easter dish made of salted pork dried under the sun, skordostoubi, a spicy dish made with aubergines, stifado, a dish made with veal, tomato, olive oil, onions and garlic, sartsa, a dish made with veal and ladotiri cheese cooked in the casserole and stuffed chicken with pasta.

Events & Festivals

The Zakynthian Carnival is quite remarkable. With a long traditional in music, songs and poetry, the island organizes glorious festivities in the carnival period. The feasts begin with the Carnival Bike Ride departing from Solomos Square to Mouzaki village. Other festivities include the children’s masquerade parade known as Piccolo, the play of Hidden Treasure, the theatrical performances of Omilies, the traditional feasts of Bagordes, performances of Kantada, a type of the traditional Ionian serenades and the revival of the Venetian Wedding. The carnival period ends with the great Carnival Parade led from the Carnival King.

Agios Dionisios is the patron saint of Zakynthos who celebrates two times every year, on August 24 and December 17. The feasts last three days consisting from numerous religious ceremonies followed from traditional dances and music.

Every 3rd of May, the traditional celebration in honor of Agia Mavra takes place in the homonymous church in the village of Maherado. The feast is followed from traditional dances and music.

Every June, the Backgammon Festival of Zakynthos takes place on the island. The festival usually takes place in the end of June and early July.

Every July, the Zakynthos Jazz Festival takes place on the island.

Every 26th of July, the traditional celebration in honor of Agia Paraskevi takes place in the villages of Agios Leon, Belousi and Volimes. The feasts are followed from numerous feasts for two days.

Every 31st of July, the Malliari Custom takes place at the district of Ammos in the town of Zakynthos, where locals dive into the sea at midnight to catch the weedy stones, a symbol of good luck.

Every August, the Zakynthos Music Festival takes place on the island.

Every 15th of August, the traditional celebration in honor of Virgin Mary takes place in the monastery of Panagia Anafonitria. The feast is followed from traditional dances and music.

Every September, the Wine Festival of Zakynthos takes place in the town of Zakynthos.

Every 8th of September, the traditional celebration in honor of Panagia Spiliotissa takes place in the village of Orthonies. The feast is followed from traditional dances and music.

History & Mythology

Mythology

According to mythology, Zakynthos, the son of Dardanos who was the king of Troy, was the first inhabitant of the island. In fact, Homer first mentioned the island in the Iliad and Odyssey, who stated that the son of King Dardanos and his men colonized the island around 1.500 BC.

History

Archaeological excavations show that the island has been inhabited since the Neolithic times. Homer first mentioned the island in the Iliad and Odyssey, who stated that the son of King Dardanos, Zakynthos, and his men colonized the island around 1.500 BC. Thereafter, the island was dominated from King Arkeisos of Kefalonia, grandfather of Odysseus from Ithaca, who became the next king of Zakynthos. Due to the strategic geographical position of the island and its fertile land, the Zakynthians became wealthy and established numerous colonies in the islands of Crete and Paros. During the Persian Wars, the island remained neutral while it took part in the Athenian Alliance during the Peloponnesian War. However, Zakynthos fell under the Lacedemonians who established an oligarchic political system, following the fall of the Athenians in the expedition against Sicily in Italy. Nonetheless, the Zakynthians managed to restore their democratic political system. After the Macedonian Wars, the island fell under the domination of the Macedonians followed from the Roman Empire. At that time, Zakynthos enjoyed a great cultural development, as the governor granted the right to the inhabitants to be governed from their own laws, parliament, legislature and currency. In 34 AD, Maria Magdalene brought Christianity to the island during the rise of the Byzantine Empire. Zakynthos along with the other Ionian Islands fell under the domination of the Venetians and the Franks, followed from the rule of the King of Naples and the Prince of Florence. The Venetians reconstructed the island in an impressive architectural style, calling it the Florence of Greece and the Flower of the East. The Venetians managed to protect Zakynthos from the Ottoman Empire, as it was a feudal aristocratic oligarchic political system. Although the French republicans tried to change the political system (1789), oligarchy was established again from the Russians and the Ottomans in 1798. The French managed to re-conquer Zakynthos followed from the British domination in 1809. Zakynthos along with the other Ionian Islands became a part of the Greek State on the 21st of May of 1864. During the Second World War, the Germans and the Italians occupied Zakynthos until its liberation of September of 1944.

Travel & Transport

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By Air: Zakynthos has an international airport with scheduled flights on an annual basis. From April to October, there are charter flights from numerous countries of Europe. The journey from Athens usually lasts forty five minutes to one hour. Book your tickets with AirTickets.com!

By Boat (82 Nautical Miles): Zakynthos is accessible by boat from the harbour of Killini in Peloponnese. The journey usually lasts one to two hours. Agios Nikolaos port in Volimes is connected with Pessada harbour in Kefalonia. During the summer, Patra receives ferries from the harbors of Ancona, Bari, Brindisi and Venice in Italy. Book your tickets with FerriesinGreece.com !

By Bus: KTEL Buses operate routes from the Kiffisos Station in the city of Athens to the cities of Killini in Peloponnese on a daily basis. The journey usually lasts three hours. From Killini, there are daily boat routes to Zakynthos.

By Car (287 kilometers): In order to get to Killini, you will have to follow the National Road of Athens to Patra. After crossing the Isthmus of Corinth, you keep driving on the right side in order to get to the National Road of Corinth to Patra. Shortly before entering Patra, follow the signs towards the Highway of Patra to Pyrgos following the signs to Killini. The journey usually lasts four to five hours.

Mysterious Greece Tips

Agrotourism on Zakynthos

Are you looking for simplicity, harmony, clean air, warm hospitality and relaxed atmosphere? The excellence of travelling to none other than Mother Nature is definitely a unique experience. Participating in farm life goes beyond an experience actually, as it blends with the rich tradition of Greece! The diverse nature of Zakynthos combined with its exceptional culture and tradition offer abundant opportunities for lovers of authentic experiences! You will find a variety of accommodation with traditional architecture on the island.

Avoid the Crowds

It is highly recommended to avoid visiting the area of Laganas in the summer, as it is one of the main tourist resorts of Zakynthos.

Base Jumping on Shipwreck Beach

Are you in the mood for adventures? Travellers seek for alternative ways to spend their days in Greece. From bunjee jumping, diving, paragliding, sailing and rock climbing to hiking, mountain biking, mountaineering, rafting and trekking, Greece has it for you! Shipwreck Beach is one of the most popular spots for base jumping that will accelerate your adrenaline!

Caribbean VS Ionian

Blessed with the finest of nature, Zakynthos hosts some of the most beautiful beaches of the world. Whether you are looking for azure, cerulean, emerald, sapphire or turquoise waters, Zakynthos has it for you! Cosmopolitan and organized, secluded and isolated, sheltered and windy, you will find everything you need in Zakynthos. The west side of the island is ideal for those looking for secluded beaches while the east side of the island is ideal for those looking for organized beaches. Shipwreck beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean, accessible only by boat. Make sure you visit the beach of Marathonisi Isle that stands out for its exotic sceneries. Ammoudi, Bouka, Dafni, Porto Roma, Porto Stenitis and Porto Vromi are ideal for those looking for seclusion and isolation whereas Xigia beach is known for its sulphur elements with therapeutic properties. Porto Limnionas is famous for its wild sceneries. Argassi, Alikanas and Tsilivi are known for their extensive water sports facilities while Agios Nikolaos and Limni Keri are of the best for scuba diving enthusiasts. If you want to avoid the crowds, make sure to avoid the beach of Laganas. Also, keep in mind that Gerakas and Sekania beaches are breeding sites of the endangered loggerhead sea turtle Caretta Caretta.

Driving Explorations

If you want to explore the beautiful hinterland of Zakynthos, grab your keys and start driving! One of the most beautiful driving routes starts from the town of Zakynthos towards the village of Keri; the sunset views from the lighthouse of Keri will definitely take your breath away. If you walk straight to the sea, you will discover numerous points of view overlooking the impressive spectacle of Mizithres Rocks. Another interesting driving route will give you the opportunity to explore the verdant sceneries and the traditional settlements of Zakynthos. The route starts from the town of Zakynthos towards the village of Maherado with the imposing bell tower of Agia Mavra. In a short distance, you can also drive to the village of Kiliomenos that distinguishes for its traditional Zakynthian architecture. The surrounding scenic countryside of Kiliomenos is ideal for hiking and natural explorations. Make sure you visit Korakonisi, a rock connected to the mainland with a weird cave; it is an amazing scenery of wild beauty! It is also worth following the seaside route that leads the village of Volimes. It is a verdurous driving route with beautiful sceneries. The road to Orthonies village is also quite spectacular with marvelous views.

Eco At Its Best: Askos Stone Park

Thirty kilometers away from the hustle and bustle of Zakynthos Town, one will have the opportunity to discover the finest of nature; the Stone Park of Askos is a forest reserve and a wildlife sanctuary that was established with a private collaboration in 2002. The entire park is filled with stone structures including walls, pavements and cellars made six hundred years ago. One fifth of the park is open for visitors while the rest of the area is the habitat of free animals of the park and the cultivation of fruit trees. Are you eager enough to discover the rich flora and fauna of Zakynthos within the premises of Askos Park?

Enjoy Your Cocktail at Movida

Movida in Bohali district of Zakynthos Town is one of the best places to enjoy your cocktail with panoramic views of the town of Zakynthos!

Exclusively for Photographers

The natural diversity and the hidden hinterland of Zakynthos offer numerous astonishing sceneries to capture with your eyes! But it would be a shame not to remember those beautiful landscapes, wouldn’t it? So, make sure you bring your camera with you!

Explore the Unexplored: Mysterious Zakynthos

Away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds, Zakynthos hides mysterious beauties reserved only for the ones eager to discover them. The island consists from rocky mountains on the west and fertile valleys on the southeast, while the north part of the island is one of the most remote places of Zakynthos ideal for driving and natural explorations. Due to the numerous mountainous regions, the western side of Zakynthos is considered to be the most beautiful part of the island. However, the hinterland hides millions of secrets scattered with numerous traditional settlements and natural wonders. Visit Volimes village famous for its traditional handicraft and its agricultural products and head to the traditional settlements of Orthonies, Maries and Kambi. Head up to Ano Gerakari to enjoy panoramic views from the church of Agios Nikolaos and discover the lush olive groves of Katastari and the verdant sceneries of Louha. Pay your respects to the church of Agia Mavra with its exceptional Venetian bell tower in Maherado and explore the traditional village of Agalas with impressive views to the Ionian Sea. Admire one of the most beautiful sunsets of Greece at the lighthouse of Keri and discover the traditional settlement of Kiliomenos. Visit the village of Kambi for its authentic character and its rich tradition in winemaking and continue to the village of Exo Hora to enjoy your coffee under a huge plane tree at the central square. Make sure you visit the platform that overlooks the Shipwreck beach in Anafonitria village and stopover the other lighthouse of Zakynthos at Cape Shinari. Grab your keys and start exploring!

From Zakynthos With Love: The Raisins of Zakynthos

The fertile land of Zakynthos is famous for its agricultural products, especially for its black raisins. The Raisins of Zakynthos is one of the most nutritious agricultural products of Greece that has been classified as a product with protected designation of origin (PDO) from the European Union. Before you leave from Zakynthos, make sure you buy them from a local shop.

Hiking Higher than Highest

In the village of Kambi, a huge cross dominates the top of Shiza Mount that was built in the memory of those who lost their lives in the Greek Civil War and the Second World War. The sunset views from there are astonishing!

Hire A Motorboat

Hiring a boat can offer a unique opportunity to explore the magnificent coastline of Zakynthos. As the most beautiful beaches of the island are inaccessible from land, you will require a boat to visit them. One will find boat rental facilities in the villages of Alikanas, Kalamaki and Limni Keri. Keep in mind that no boat license is required to rent a motorboat.

In the Sounds of the Musical Tradition of Zakynthos

Influenced from the Venetians, the eternal lyricism of the Flower of the East is evident in every image, smell and taste of Zakynthos. Indeed, the first philharmonic orchestra of Greece was established at Zakynthos in 1815. The arekia, the kantades and the serenades are the most representative music forms that were developed in Zakynthos. Arekia were playful couplets sung without instruments with the main objective to tease the aristocrats while kantades and serenades were lyrical songs that celebrated love and nature accompanied by a guitar or a mandolin. Some of the most important Zakynthian composers include Georgios Kostis, Panayiotis Gritzanis, Fragiskos Domeneginis and Antonios Kapnisis. Up until today, the kantades songs stay alive in Zakynthos!

It’s Sunset Time

One will have the opportunity to admire one of the best sunsets of Greece at the lighthouse of Keri!

Mountain Biking Experiences

The rich natural diversity of Zakynthos is highly suitable for mountain biking. Exciting trails from rural roads to specially designed cycling routes are available in various parts of the island. (1) One of the most beautiful routes runs around the lighthouse of Keri towards the western coastline of the island. It is a beautiful ride that goes through a pine forest, traditional cottages with panoramic views to the National Marine Park of Zakynthos. (2) Another interesting trail follows the route towards the abandoned monastery of Yperagathou on the west side of Vrahionas Mount. From there, one will have the opportunity to discover the beautiful villages of Kiliomenos and Louha through magnificent vineyards and spectacular views of the western coastline of the island. (3) It is also worth following the route that ascends to the top of Skopos Mount on the southeast side of the island. On the summit, one will find the temple of Panagia Skopiotissa that offers magnificent views to the bay of Laganas. (4) The trail from north side of Zakynthos to Mount Vrahionas is also quite interesting. It is a difficult route that climbs up to the highest peak of the island, namely Atheras Mount, and descends to the southeast side of the island. Riders will have the opportunity to discover landscapes of verdant vegetation, authentic villages with traditional spirit and gorgeous views of the mountains and the sea. Discover more information from the Cycling Center of Podilatiko.

Natural Mud Spa at Xigia Beach

Xigia beach is a pebbled beach with turquoise waters located on the northeast side of the island that distinguishes for its rocky sceneries and its verdant vegetation. The most intriguing part of Xigia beach is the unique water quality coming from the neighboring caves that stand out for their sulphur waters that have therapeutic properties.

Observing Like An Olympian God

Zakynthos hosts some of the best places to enjoy panoramic views to the Ionian Sea. Strani Hill and Skopiotissa Monastery offer spectacular views to the town of Zakynthos while Agios Nikolaos Church in Ano Gerakari provides excellent view to the mountains and the sea of the island. Spiliotissa Monastery in Orthonies also offers spectacular views to the verdurous sceneries of the northern part of Zakynthos and Eleftherotria Monastery on the outskirts of Maherado provides excellent views to the hinterland of the island. If you want to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the western coast of Zakynthos, hike up to Vrahionas Mount at an altitude of 700 meters.

Splish Splash at the Water Slides and Splash Pads of Zakynthos

From spectacular rides and water slides to unique splash pools, the waterparks in Greece is all about keeping the fun alive! If you are one of the travellers looking for waterparks, Zakynthos has it for you! The island has two waterparks located in the villages of Sarakinado and Tsilivi.

Wine Experiences

Zakynthos has been famous for its excellent wine varieties since the Venetian times. The island has many vineyards that produce different varieties that distinguish for their special aroma, colours and taste. The traditional wine variety of Zakynthos is the white Verdea. Others include Avgoustiatis, Katsakoulis, Pavlos, Robola, Skiadopoulos and Xynomavro. Today, there are five major wineries on the island that are Callinico, Grampsa, Komoutos, Mouzakis and Oenolpi.

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Agios Nikolaos Isle: Shutterstock

Agios Sostis Isle: Shutterstock

Blue Caves of Zakynthos: Shutterstock

Caretta Caretta: Shutterstock

Castle of Zakynthos: Fotogake by Flickr

Gerakas Beach: Shutterstock

Kambi Sunset: Spyros Kapsaskis by Flickr

Marathonisi Isle: Shutterstock

Mizithres Rocks: Shutterstock

Olive Trees: Shutterstock

Porto Limnionas: Maczopikczo I Martka by Panoramio

Shipwreck Beach: Shutterstock

Spectacular Sceneries: Shutterstock

Verdant Vegetation: Shutterstock

View from Exo Hora: Smurphos by Panoramio

View from Keri Lighthouse: Shutterstock

Xigia Beach: Pavlos Voutos by Panoramio

Zakynthos Town: Mysterious Greece