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Zakynthos, Greece

Zakynthos, also Zante, the other form often used in English and in Italian, is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. It is the third largest of the Ionian Islands. Zakynthos is a separate regional unit of the Ionian Islands region, and its only municipality. It covers an area of 410 km2 and its coastline is roughly 123 km in length. The island is named after Zakynthos, the son of a legendary Arcadian chief Dardanus. The name, like all similar names ending in -nthos, is pre-Mycenaean or Pelasgian in origin. Zakynthos has a thriving tourism industry.

The most famous landmark of the island is the Navagio beach. It is a cove on the southwest shore, isolated by high cliffs and accessible only by boats. The beach and sea floor are made of white pebbles, and surrounded by turquoise waters. It is named after a shipwreck (MV Panagiotis) which sunk on the shore around 1980. The ridge area from Anafonitria has a small observation deck which overlooks the shipwreck and there is a monastery nearby.

Numerous "Blue Caves", are cut into cliffs around Cape Skinari, and accessible only by small boats. Sunrays reflect through blue sea water from white stones of cave bottoms and walls, creating interesting effects.[14] Keri is located in the far south of the island. It is a mountain village and has a lighthouse in the south. It includes a panorama of the southern part of the Ionian Sea. The whole western shore, from Keri to Skinari, contains numerous interesting rock formations, particularly arches.

Northern and eastern shores contain numerous wide sandy beaches, many of which are packed with tourists in summer months. The largest resort is Laganas, whose beach stretches around 10 km. Small Xigia beach in the north is noted for its underwater springs rich in sulphur, which gives it a characteristic odour.

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Zakynthos private accommodation, apartments, hotels...

Hotel Alexandra Beach Zakynthos Hotel Alexandra Beach

The hotel is located near the town of Zakynthos, on the nicest part of the beach in Tsilivi. Fantastic view that stretches from every corner of the ho...
Hotel Belvedere Luxury Suites Zakynthos Hotel Belvedere Luxury Suites

Situated on a hillside, only 5 minutes walk from the beach, Gerakas Belvedere Luxury Suites Hotel offers comfortable accommodation in apartments with ...
Hotel Diana Palace Zakynthos Hotel Diana Palace

Fully air-conditioned, this 4-star hotel is in a great location, a few minutes from the beach and only 3 km away from the town of Zakynthos. Guests ha...
Lesante Hotel & Spa Zakynthos Lesante Hotel & Spa

Lesante Hotel is 5 star hotel and is located just 80 meters from the beach in Tsilivi. It has 3 pools, 2 hot tubs and children's pool. stylish rooms...
Vassilikos Beach hotel Zakynthos Vassilikos Beach hotel

Vassilikos Beach Hotel is located in the Gulf of St. Nicholas, at 150 meters from two sandy beaches. It is surrounded by a beautiful garden and offers...
Zante Royal Resort Hotel  Zakynthos Zante Royal Resort Hotel

The hotel is located on a wooded hill above the beautiful beach. Distance from Zakynthos town is 15 km and 17 km from the airport. The hotel is orient...
Aparthotel Meridien Beach Zakynthos Aparthotel Meridien Beach

Location: 300 m from the sandy beach, 700 m from the center of Laganas. The hotel has 62 studios and apartments. Hotel facilities: swimming pool wit...
Eleana Hotel Zakynthos Eleana Hotel

Location: 250 m from the beach, in Argassi. The hotel has 44 rooms. Hotel facilities: Reception, safe deposit, swimming pool, bar, snack bar, parkin...

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Makris Gialos Beach Zakynthos Makris Gialos Beach

Makris Gialos Beach is situated 30 km to the north of Zakynthos town. The beach doesn’t usually get crowded in the summer, because it is not organized...
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Dafni Zakynthos: Unlike other beaches in the area, the road to Dafni is very bumpy and in pretty bad condition. It also goes on for quite a distance a...
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This restaurant provides a large variety of traditional Greek, vegetarian and international dishes. Pandesia boasts a unique decoration surrounded by beautiful gardens with colourful flowers.
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The Monastery of Panagia Skopiotissa
The Monastery of Panagia Skopiotissa
The Monastery of Panagia Skopiotissa is the oldest church on the island. It was built before the mid 15th century and in 1534 given to the family of nobles ‘Logotheton’ to whom it sill belongs today. The church was built in the shape of a c...
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Dafni Zakynthos: Unlike other beaches in the area, the road to Dafni is very bumpy and in pretty bad condition. It also goes on for quite a distance and there is a sharp descent near the end. At the bottom you find the pleasant beach of Daf...
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Keri village
Keri village
The traditional village of Keri is located 20 kilometres south-west from the capital city of Zakynthos, on the top of a hill.
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Park Hotel
Park Hotel is a stylish friendly hotel, renovated in 2010, located in Tsilivi (4km from Zakynthos town and 7km from the airport).
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