What about a holiday with your loved ones to Zakynthos island? You wouldn’t love to miss it for anything. I can tell you that it will be the perfect place to enjoy a great time together with your loved ones. The island is a top tourist destination, it has an international airport served by charter flights from numerous countries.
The island’s nickname is To fioro tou Levante (Italian: Il fiore di Levante, English: The flower of the East), given by the Venetians who were in possession of Zakynthos from 1484–1797. It offers a little bit of everything and you can experience a dreamy summer holiday. Zakynthos is well-known for the Navagio beach and the sandy beaches with the turquoise waters, while many tourists visit the island to see from close the Caretta-Caretta turtles.Come share this wonderful experience so as to intensify the love bond within your family
– Is one of the most famous beaches in the world. It is named after a shipwreck (MV Panagiotis), which sunk on the shore around 1980. The scenery is unique because there is a beach of white pebbles, with turquoise waters, surrounded by steep cliffs. This beach is accessible only by boat. You can book a boat tour from Zakynthos town, from Porto Vromi or from Agios Nicolas Port in Volimes.
You can also see Navagio from the top of the cliff and enjoy the breathtaking view. You will have the chance to take the best “selfie” ever. Bohalli hill, Zakynthos town, the beach of Gerakas, Marathonisi, Keri, Keri Caves and the beach of Marathias, Blue Caves and the Limnionas beach are also places that you should visit…
The sea turtles caretta – caretta
Come see the wonders of the Caretta Caretta also known as loggerhead sea turtle. The Carettas are the most important species of turtles in Greece. During the night hours from June till September, the carettas come out to the shore where they make their nests and lay about 100 eggs each into the sand. The breeding area is around the bay of Lagana, then after two months, the eggs hatch and the new born sea turtles make their way to the sea. one reason why it is always delightful to see the Carettas is that you can’t just find them anywhere, they are hard to spot, this is because they are very vulnerable and easily frightened by noise and bright lights. For their protection many beaches are closed at night and guarded by volunteers of the Sea Turtle Protection Society. Few decades ago, the Carettas are listed as part of the endangered species of turtles, so they are very precious. You can’t afford to miss the chance to see these wonderful creatures
When it comes to tourism and everything that makes a tourist visit an experience of a lifetime, it’s difficult to find a better place than the Zakynthos town. Zakynthos is a busy town with a wide range of choices for dining or entertainment, shopping souvenirs and a great variety of cultural attractions. It is worth visiting the statue of Dionysios Solomos in Solomos Square and the town hall Library.
The Church of Saint Dennis (Agios Dionysios), the Saint protector of the island and Saint Marcos Square with the Catholic Church and the Venetian style clock. You can also visit the Byzantine Museum and the Solomos and Kalvos Museum. You might have seen some beautiful picture of places that looked like they could only exist in heaven, some of them can be found at the Zakynthos town. You will find it pleasurable walking around the port of the town while enjoying the beautiful view. Don’t miss the chance for anything in the world.
Is a village on top of the hill that stands above Zakynthos offering a panoramic view of the town and the port. The place is really amazing as you can relax, admire the view and take pictures.
The view from up there is breathtaking especially during the sunset and night time. Bohali is termed the happening place of the island when it comes to merriment and parties. There are cafes, bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a drink, a meal, an ice cream or the famous traditional sweet “frigania”. There is a castle in Bohali called Bohali castle. In history, it was the hiding place for noble people when the Bohali town was attacked a long time ago.
Another part of the island is known as Marathonisi. It is a tiny uninhabited island in Laganas Gulf, with exotic beauty, white sand, crystal clear waters and it is visited by the caretta – caretta turtles! It is preferred by the turtles to lay their eggs. For humans, it is the most restricted area on the island, because it is the place where the turtles go to reproduce in the summer, so any human appearance can threaten them. That’s why even when humans come for sight-seeing, they are expected to stay within the range of about 5-meters of a small beach. It also looks like a turtle and therefore it is known as the turtle island.
Marathonisi is part of the national marine park and it contains tropical vegetation, turquoise waters and sea caves. The remoteness of the island offers peacefulness. To visit Marathonisi book a boat trip from Laganas, Agios Sostis, Porto Koukla, Keri or rent a boat to explore the coast. No one is allowed to build anything on this island, every human activity is very much restricted to safe-guard the Caretta Caretta.
GerakasGerakas beach offer another different enjoyable moment on this island, it is located on the south of Zakynthos and is part of the national marine park. There is a huge sandy beach of exotic beauty with warm, shallow sea water. The Caretta turtles lay their eggs there too. There are a few umbrellas and sunbeds. Gerakas is ideal for those who wish to spend their day relaxing in a peaceful beach. This is a nice place to let your mind escape every form of stress, the sight is relieving and the air is refreshing
Limnionas can be called the hidden beauty that is truly conserved only for those who would try to visit. It is one of the most hidden places of the island and perhaps for this reason, it is seen as more beautiful and a wild part of the entire island.
To get there you have to pass through the mountains village of Agios Leon and from there following the signs, driving down a recently asphalted road running down to the sea and ending in a small square where you can park. From there getting down a few steps carved in the rock, you reach a real fiord stupefying the visitor for the clearness and colours of the waters. Beautiful, Blue, clear and calm water. The bay is natural, small, quiet and unspoilt by tourism. Obviously one of the places anyone on this island would want to visit without hesitation
A visit to this island won’t be complete without exploring the Blue Caves, situated on the northern tip of the island, near the port of Agios Nicolas (Saint Nicolas). Numerous natural “Blue Caves”, are cut into cliffs around Cape Skinari. Nothing comes close to the beauty of a blue natural water, the possibility of seeing beyond just the surface of the water is really intriguing.
These natural arches and water-caves that have been cut out by tides over thousands of years are accessible only by small boats.
The experience of getting to this part of the island will make you feel like you are in the olden days where people could have lived in caves and find their ways through water to reach such places that they called home. Sunrays reflect through blue sea water from white stones of cave bottoms and walls, creating visual lighting effects.
Swim and explore the caves. Snorkeling and diving are also suggested so that you have a unique experience viewing the rich underwater life. It’s an experience that the best storyteller can’t describe, you need to be there.