6 Reasons to Visit the Greek Island of Zakynthos
08 November, 2019
The island of Zakynthos (otherwise known as Zante) is the southernmost Ionian Island. It was called the Flower of the East (Fiore di Levante) by the Venetians and has become famous for its stunning white sand beaches and lively nightlife. But the island has much more to offer travellers. From watching the endangered Caretta Caretta sea turtles laying their eggs, to visiting shipwrecks, watching sunsets, and experiencing the rich local culture, Zakynthos is waiting to provide you with memories that will last a lifetime. If you’re yet to be convinced, here are six reasons to visit the Greek Ionian island of Zakynthos.
- Stay in luxury accommodation
For the most luxurious experience, book your stay in one of the stunning villas in Zakynthos. Whether you’re looking for a villa with a pool, somewhere within walking distance of a beach, a villa near the amenities and nightlife of town, or a villa with multiple bedrooms for a large family, there is sure to be one to suit your needs.
- Breath-taking beaches
Zakynthos is the perfect destination for beach lovers as it boasts some of the best sands in all of Greece, including Lagana, Tsilivi, Argassi, Gerakas, Vasilikos, Marathonisi, the Blue Caves Kalamaki, Alykes and Shipwreck Beach. Whether you want to take a relaxing swim in the crystal blue waters, to sunbathe on the white sand, or to try some water sports, you will find your paradise here.
- The National Marine Park
The coast and sea around Zakynthos make up a marine park, which protects a wide range of marine life, including the endangered Caretta Caretta (loggerhead sea turtles). These sea turtles come to the island from the southern Adriatic Sea and the Libyan Sea to lay their eggs on the sandy beaches. If you are there at the right time of year, you may be able see the wonderful sight with your own eyes, although it’s important that you don’t disturb them.
- Explore the town of Bokhali
The pretty town of Bokhali, with its traditional alleys and houses, is a great place for a gentle stroll. You’ll be able to enjoy incredible views of the harbour and the Bay of Laganas. There is also a castle which is hidden away by plants.
- See the Church of St Dionysios
The Church of St Dionysios, the patron saint of the island, is a Greek Orthodox pilgrimage site that holds many religious relics which attract visitors all the year round. It was built in 1926 and luckily was largely unharmed by a severe earthquake in 1953. Many believers claim this is proof of its religious significance.
- Explore the Strofades Islets
There are two mysterious islets 37 miles off the coast of Zakynthos which are rarely visited by locals or tourists. On one of the Strofades Islets is a 15th century fortified monastery, which holds an icon of the Virgin. It was supposedly washed up there after being thrown into the sea by 13th century Orthodox Christians in Constantinople. The story goes that they threw it into the sea to save it from the Iconoclasts who were destroying paintings depicting human figures and landed on the islet with no damage.