Destinations, Ionian Islands

Zante (Zakynthos)

Zante (Zakynthos)

Zante, “the Flower of Levante”, as the Venetians called it who ruled Zante from 1484 to 1797 because of the great variety of flowers found on the island.

The Venetian influence is reflected in its architecture, despite all the destructions it has suffered because of earthquakes. After the catastrophic earthquake of 1953 and the subsequent fire, historical buildings and churches were lost. Among their remains also disappeared the treasures that they received. The city of Zante was rebuilt following especially strict anti-seismic standards, while its old architectural character was largely restored.

The beaches of Zante

Zante or Zakynthos is the third-largest island of the Ionian Sea after Corfu and Kefalonia, it is a very green island just like the rest of the Ionian ones with landscapes and beautiful beaches that satisfy all tastes.

On the west coast of the island of Zante, you will find the most spectacular beaches for their wild landscape, the rocks and the deep blue color of the sea. The vast majority are accessible only by sea. Among them are the Shipwreck (or Navagio), the most photographed beach in Greece, Porto Limniona, Porto Stenitis, Plakaki, Porto Roxa and Porto Vromi.

On the east coast, the beaches are sandy, with quiet and more accessible coves such as Makris Gialos beach, Alikes, Psarou, Porto Zoro and Plaka.

It covers an area of ​​405 square kilometers where some 35,000 inhabitants live. Zakynthos has a temperate Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and cool summers; the generous rainfall in winter favors the development of rich vegetation and ensures a remarkable water reserve for the summer season.

The very warm waters that bathe the coast made Zakynthos an object of international interest, especially since the southern part of the island reproduces the Caretta Caretta turtles and along the rocky coast, the Monachus Monachus seal is reproduced.

Along with the wonderful natural landscape, Zakynthos offers the opportunity to visit numerous small deserted islands that surround it like Pelouzo and Marathonissi in Laganas Bay, San Juan opposite Porto Vromi and the Strofades, two small islands 27 nautical miles south of the island of unique beauty.

In recent years, tourism on the island of Zakynthos has grown a lot and offers tourists modern infrastructures, but still conserves, among small villages, the taverns on the beach and the hospitality of the people and its traditional character that conquers the visitor from the first moment.

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