Zakynthos, or Fior di Levante is one of the most beautiful islands of the Ionian Sea, famous for its sandy beaches, the warm hospitality, the unspoiled natural environment and nightlife harmoniously blending the authentic tradition and cosmopolitan atmosphere. This enchanting island is also known for some of the local products such as olive oil, wine, grapes, melons, the wild strawberries, the "water onion", myzithra cheese, fritoura desserts, nougats and sesame bars that everyone must try. As an ideal destination for families, couples and alternative travelers, Zakynthos offers a variety of activities for all ages such as watersports, horse riding, island excursions and tours in historical sites, remote beaches and attractions. Some of the places that one must visit are:
The city of Zakynthos
The city and the capital of Zakynthos is a charming town with older and neoclassical buildings influenced by the Venetians, the English and the French. Solomos square, the Church of St Dionysios, protector of the island, the ruins of the Venetian castle, the cultural center, the public library, the Church of St. Nicholas of Molos and the museums of post-Byzantine art and Gregory Xenopoulos adorn this atmospheric city.
Saint Mark's Square
A square with a special historical significance as it used to be a meeting point for the literate and intellectuals.
Tsilivi is one of the most frequented resorts on the island combining quality service and tranquility. Planos-Tsilivi is a picturesque village famous for its heartwarming Zakynthian hospitality. The sandy beach, watersports and plenty of activities as well as the numerous cafes, restaurants, bars and shops along the main street cover the needs even for the most demanding of travelers.
Keri is a traditional picturesque village with stone houses and narrow cobblestone streets with a central square offering breathtaking views to the Ionian Sea. The Church of Panagia Keriotissa is said to house a miraculous icon. The lighthouse of Keri is an equally remarkable attraction.
The blue caves in Volimes are one of the major attractions of the island and can only be visited by rented boats. As their name indicates their blue waters are simply spectacular.
Bohali is the most famous area of Zakynthos, 2 km. over the capital is a picturesque place with breathtaking views to the Ionian Sea featuring narrow streets, fragrant trees and a traditional square with shops, restaurants and cafes as well as the old church of Zoodochos Pigi hosting a Byzantine icon of Virgin Mary. The Venetian castle stands tall on the hill of Bohali keeping alive the history of the island.
Marathonissi is a verdant islet with two incredible beaches in the Gulf of Laganas, which occasionally hosts the loggerhead Caretta-Caretta sea turtles and Monachus-Monachus seals.
National Marine Park of Zakynthos
Created for the preservation of the natural heritage and eco balance of the region it is one of the most important breeding habitats of loggerhead turtles and Monachus-monachus seals throughout the Mediterranean.