What Excites You in the Beautiful Zakynthos Island?

The beautiful Zakynthos Island is one the most beautiful islands on the Ionian Sea group of Islands. It is small Ionian Island. Have you ever been at the beautiful Zakinthos Island? Read or share your vision.

The beautiful Zakynthos Island or Zante attracts travellers to Greece by its natural beautify, wonderful coastline and beautiful beaches that open into each other along the eastern coast.

The people call it the Island of Zante and it takes the name of the Oriental Flower since the era of the Venetians when they occupied it with other islands.

Zante covers 410 square kilometres of land area. It lies on the Ionian Sea, west of Greece and south of Kefallonia Island. There are more than 41,472 inhabitants in the entire island.

The capital of the island and the main port is Zakynthos, Zakinthos Town or Zante Town and it is on the southeastern part of the island. See beautiful towns in the beautiful Zakynthos Island at beautiful Zante towns.

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Sunrise View of Waterfront, Zakynthos, Ionian Islands, Greece
Walter Bibikow
The beautiful Zakynthos Island is the 11th largest island in Greece and the 3rd largest island in the Ionian group of islands.

The first tenth largest Greek islands in all groups of islands respectively are Crete, Evia, the beautiful Lesvos Island, the beautiful Rhodes Island, the beautiful Chios Island, the beautiful Kefallonia Island, the beautiful Corfu Island, the beautiful Limnos Island, the beautiful Samos Island and the beautiful Naxos Island.

Flights between the capital city of the beautiful Zakynthos Island and Athens, the capital city of Greece are daily. The International airport of Zakynthos referred to it as Dionysios Solomos' airport is about 4.3 kilometres at the southwest of the capital city and it takes about 7 minutes drive by a taxi and about 50 minutes by foot.

Frequent buses shuttle between Zakynthos and the main towns starting from the local bus station one block behind the waterfront on Filita 42. They run to Alikes, Argasi, Kalamaki, Laganas and Tsilivi. Other villages in the beautiful Zakynthos Island, however, have rare connection.

Some car rentals and motorcycle rentals are on the main squares such as Plateia Agiou Markou and the main streets such as Makri and Dimokratias in the capital city.

Ferries and buses link the island of Zakynthos to Greece and ferries link it with Brindisi in the southeast of Italy and other islands in the area through Kefallonia. About seven daily ferries run between Zakynthos, the main port of the island and Kyllini in the Peloponnes in the high summer season.

Ferries run also in this season between the port of Agios Nikolaos at the north of the beautiful Zakynthos Island and Pesada in the Municipality of Livathou at the south-western coast of Cephalonia Island. See the municipalities of Kefalonia at municipalities of Kefalonia.

Agios Nikolaos is about 18.9 miles away from Zakinthos Town and it takes about 39 minutes in your own vehicle. However, this is not a destination to take until something has developed in regards to public transportation. Boats also run on trips around the beautiful Zakynthos Island and they run by local small trades.

There are six municipalities in the beautiful Zakynthos Island. Those municipalities in an alphabetical order are Alykon Municipality or Alikon Municipality, Arkadyon Municipality or Arkadion Municipality, Artemision Municipality, Elation Municipality or Elatia Municipality, Laganas Municipality and Zakynthos Municipality or Zakinthos Municipality.

See the municipalities of the beautiful Zakynthos Island at Zante Municipalities or on the second section below the form.

The beautiful Zakynthos Island is one of two nesting grounds of the loggerhead turtles in the Ionian Sea region. The other nesting ground of the endangered loggerhead turtle is in Kefallonia. See beautiful Kefallonia Island. Only two species out of seven species of the turtles breed in the area of the Peloponnes and Crete since hundred millions of years.

In Zante, they nest on the shores of Laganas Bay at the southern coast of Zante Island. This area has annual average of 1,300 nests on the beaches of Daphni, Gerakas, Kalamaki, Laganas, Marathonisi and Sekania; almost half the nests in Greece, so it is the most important nesting ground in the country. See beautiful Zante beaches.

However, the development of tourism is a second factor that affects the livelihood and endangers the loggerhead turtles, forcing more than 3,000 of immigrating loggerhead turtles to abandon their nesting grounds on the shores of the beautiful Zakynthos Island, Kefalonia and other Greek nesting grounds as well. See the second section of beautiful Zakynthos Island below the form.

The beautiful Island of Zakynthos has shared the same history with the other beautiful Greek islands since 12,000 BC. Landmarks and other remains point to this history. See the second section of the page and the useful resources.

Some museums display the historical and cultural items and other historical attractions in the beautiful Zakynthos Island. Those are the Byzantine Museum or Zakynthos Museum, the Maritime Museum, the Museum of Solomos and Kastro Venetian Castle.

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Morning Town View from Venetian Kastro Castle, Zakynthos, Ionian Islands, Greece
Walter Bibikow
The island has several real estates companies, plenty of hotels, rooms, apartments, studios and villas in the main resorts, such as Mirabelle Hotel, Hotel Alba, Palatino Hotel, Tsamis Zante Spa Resort, Yria Hotel, Mediterranean Beach Resort Hotel, Diana Palace Hotel, Alexandra Beach Hotel and Hotel Maistrali Apartments. See beautiful Zante hotels.

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Zakynthos: Complete Guide with Walks

This is a general guide to the beautiful Zakynthos Island, but with special emphasis on the island's countryside and the National Marine Park.

The author is a biologist who has lived on the island for over a decade, working with various non-governmental organisations and the Marine National Park

She is particularly interested in sea turtle research and conservation of the island's many habitats.

The Complete Zante Guide with Walks covers getting there and getting about, recommended accommodation and restaurants (with price guides), practicalities A-Z, history, customs and traditions, religious festivals, and all the major sights.

There are five car tours (with foldout touring maps), highlighting places where you can stop for a walk or just a stroll to a lovely picnic setting.

Much of the book is devoted to over 20 main walks, each with several variations and charmingly 'mapped out' with the author's own 3D drawings. But even non-walkers will appreciate the walking section: each walk is followed by two facing pages focussing on the island's geology, habitats, agriculture, flora and wildlife all illustrated (10 photographs for each walk).



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