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Zakynthos Travel Guide

by our Greece expert Paul Baderman
 
Paul BadermanZakynthos, which is also known by its Italian name of Zante, is one of the larger Ionian islands west of the Greek mainland. Homer mentions it in the Odyssey and it has been inhabited for thousands of years. It is now an attractive combination of natural beauty with a lively holiday atmosphere and is one of the most popular destinations in the region – though more solitude is available if you travel out of the main towns/resorts. ‘An emerald dropped into a sapphire sea’ is a flowery but entirely accurate description as it is large enough to have beautiful natural resources off the coast as well as the obvious ones on it. Lush green wooded areas back long sandy beaches, with pine woods and mountains further in. There are memories of an earthquake in 1953 and some recent tremors, but seismologists insist the area is not due anything major for many years. The relative solitude of Kalamaki Bay within the Marine Park of Zakynthos encourages the endangered loggerhead turtle to breed on the island. For the rest there are superb beaches and excellent diving facilities – as well as the turtles there are Moray eels, monk seals and countless tropical fish. Many beaches are interspersed with rocky headlands and islets making the island a must-go destination for divers - two major schools and some fabulous underwater caves, with good ‘visi’ waters almost every day. Zakynthos Town itself is a great place to stay; others around the island include the pair of Alikanas and Alikes, Argassi, Kalamaki, famous/notorious Laganas, Vasilikos, and Tsilivi. Neighbouring Kefalonia.is just a ferry ride away.
 

Greece Facts

National Flag: Greek Flag
Language(s): Greek
Currency: Euro
Dialling Code: +30
Time Zone: GMT + 2
Tourism Website:
http://www.gnto.gr

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Zakynthos Town Weather Forecast

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