Zakynthos is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. It is the third largest of the Ionian Islands. Zakynthos is a separate regional unit of the Ionian Islands region, and its only municipality. It covers an area of 410 km2 (158 sq mi) and its coastline is roughly 123 km (76 mi) in length. The island is named after Zakynthos, the son of a legendary Arcadian chief Dardanus. The name, like all similar names ending in -nthos, is pre-Mycenaean or Pelasgian in origin.
Zakynthos is a tourist destination, and has clubs and bars, and hosts events including The Rum and Raybands Boat Party, Total Karnage and The White Party. The island’s nickname is To fioro tou Levante given by the Venetians.
Navagio Beach or the Shipwreck, is an exposed cove, often referred to as ‘Smugglers Cove’, on the coast of Zakynthos, in the Ionian Islands of Greece and is the location of the wreck of the alleged smuggler ship Panagiotis.
In the north of the Greek Ionian island of Zakynthos at an area called Skinari you will find the magnificent Blue Caves. The Blue Caves are one of the islands most famous natural attractions and were discovered in 1897 by Antonio Komouto. The caves attract thousands of visitors each year and are located just below the lighthouse at Cape Skinari. The caves owe there name to the blue waters inside them. Objects below the water appear to turn blue. This includes people who can enter the water inside the caves to swim.
Porto Limnionas Beach
Some 25k from the town and just off Agios Leon in the West there is Limnionas a beautiful unspoiled lagoon with transparent and emerald green waters. There is no beach as such but plenty of flat rocks you can sunbathe on. The best experience is diving into the freezing cold waters of the bay a combination of sea currents and underwater streams. The scenic views are also enjoyed by the only taverna in the vicinity which serves fresh fish and other local delicacies.
Keri Caves, Limni Keri
The Keri Caves are located on the south west coast of Zante in the peninsula of Keri. These caves are characterised by high arches eroded from the limestone cliffs. The colour of the water here is a vivid azure blue, due to the reflection of the sun on the white pebble ground below the water.
The water is crystal clear and has amazing blue colours because of the sun light that is reflected inside the caves. Some are smaller and some are bigger allowing small boats to enter them. They are the habitat of many animals like the Monk Seal, the Caretta Caretta turtle and many kinds of fish. This makes them ideal for snorkelling.
Sunset at Shiza
Visit the small picturesque village of Kampi to the west of the island and follow the steep drive up to the top of the hill where a big cross memorial stands in honour of those murdered during the civil war in Greece (literally thrown off the cliff and sent to their deaths). On the way up you will find the Mycenaean cemetery with original tombs of that era. Once at the top of the cliff you find yourself standing some 300 meters above sea level. Get there early before sunset to get a good observation spot and watch the sun’s magical slow descent into the transformative seascape and colour formations in the early evening sky. Family run tavernas are available both at the foot and the top of the hill with good vantage points for you to enjoy the sunset over a delicious traditional meal.
Just 2 km from Zakynthos Town, at the top of the hill is Mpohali. Overlooking the port, neighbourhoods and streets below (as well as Argasi to the right) one can take in the wonderful views of the town and port below, the sea and beyond. Visit Mpohali in the morning to enjoy a relaxed breakfast and coffee or by night to indulge in a moonlit dinner or cocktails at the many beautiful lounge bars and cafeterias.
Strada Marina walk
Starting at Zakynthos Port on the Argasi side by the church and bell tower of Agios Dionysios take a slow walk on the sea front, also known as Strada Marina, and enjoy the beautiful scenes of fishermen and sailing boats, local shops, cafeterias and horse-drawn carriage tours. The walk will bring you to the big square of Dionysios Solomos (in front of the Byzantine Museum) which hosts the poet’s statue in honour of his ‘Hymn to Freedom’, which later became Greece’s national anthem. The square is surrounded by local sweet sellers and play activities for the young visitors. During the summer months there is also a local outdoor book exhibition. Whilst at the square you can also visit St Nicolas church and the cultural centre which hosts regular guest art exhibitions.
Marathonisi (Turtle Island), Laganas
During your holiday in Zakynthos it is well worth taking a boat trip to the famous Marathonisi ‘Turtle’ Island. This picturesque turtle shaped island lies in the middle of the Bay of Laganas, floating like a turtle in the sparkling seas. The main beach on Marathonisi is really spectacular, with white sands and turquoise seas – this is the Greek Islands at their best!
The magical island of Marathonisi is about five to ten minutes by speed boat from the shore of Laganas, Agios Sostis and Porto Koukla. You can visit Turtle island by renting a private boat and sailing over on your own or by taking part in an organized boat trip. There are many trips running daily throughout the summer months and you can often combine a bit of turtle spotting with your trip to Turtle Island.
Agios Dionysios (St.Denis) Church, Zakynthos Town
Agios Dionysios (Saint Dionysios) was born in 1547, in Zakynthos. His parents were wealthy people and gave full education to their son. Apart from Greek and Italian, he learnt ancient Greek and Latin. However, theology had always been his passion. When he was 20 years old, after his parents had died, Agios Dionysios donated all his fortune to his brother and became a monk in the monastery of Strofades, to the south of the island.
Anafonitria is a settlement on Zakynthos island, Greece. It is located in the northwestern part of the island, 2 km from the coast, 3 km south of Volimes and 23 km northwest of Zakynthos City. The Navagio bay is 3 km northwest of Anafonitria. The patron saint of Cephalonia, Agios Gerasimos, was known to have lived in Anafonitria as a hermit. The name of the settlement itself was derived from the Monastery of Anafonitria, which was constructed in the 14th century. The patron saint of Zakynthos, Saint Dionysius, was known to have spent his final years in the monastery.
Gerakas is a town and a former municipality in East Attica, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Pallini, of which it is the seat and a municipal unit.
In antiquity Gerakas constituted Attica’s deme of Gargittos of the Aegides tribe that was located at the mesogea land, according to the administrative model of Cleisthenes. Today, it is a rapidly developing city of the northern mesogea and the eastern gate to the Athens basin. It is known as the birthplace of the famous philosopher Epicurus.