The legendary Zakynthos (Zakynthos, Zante) is the most southern of six large ionic islands, lies 15 km of South Kefalinia and 18 km from the West Coast Peloponnese.
The island is quite clearly divided into three distinct areas from each other: Besle-free mountainous northwest, fertile central plain and resort regions of the eastern and southern shores. A pronounced contrast between the unspoiled natural beauty of the northern regions and the inadvertent commercialization of the south and is the main distinguishing feature of Zakynthos.
The capital of the island, as well as him, is called Zakynthos, then Zakynthos. For many centuries wearing status "Venice of the East" (Islanders themselves prefer a romantic name "FiR-di Levante" – " Levant flower"), he was almost completely restored after the 1953 earthquake.
In the city, there are no particularly good beaches, but it’s easy to get along the coastal road to the beaches of the southeast of the Vasilicos Peninsula with its modern resort Argation (Argasion), Big Bay Laganas With the same resort complex (it is considered the best in the area – its beach stretches at 9 km), to small seaside villages Caminha (Kaminia), Ano-Vasilikos (ANO Vassilikos) and Porto Zoro (Porto Zoro) or secluded fishing village Casidyari. Beaches around this shore of the nonsense and most covered with small pebbles, but in Argation and Laganas there is no shortage of disco, bars and clubs.
Special attention deserves Cape Erak (Yerakas), narrow sandy braid of which frames the pretty bay, whose fourteenth-tallerome coast is a traditional place of masonry eggs of headless sea turtles, or Loggerhdov. Visiting the Bay itself is limited (from the sunset to dawn – it is forbidden, as well as breeding fires near the shore or access vehicles, including high-speed boats and water bikes), but here the excellent information center is open, and the beaches beyond directly places of masonry turtles perfectly open.
The only good beach on the west coast of Vasilicos Peninsula is about Daphne, Quickly turning into another popular resort center. And north the resort settlement spread Kalamakion (Kalamakion), a little suffering from the noise of the nearby airport, but it has a great beach in the Lagan Bay and a developed rest infrastructure. But many prefer to drive even further into the southwest and visit the hidden among the rocks of the southern tip of the village of the village Kerion (Kerion). A lot of Venetian mansions have been preserved here, absolutely not affected by the earthquake, including the Church of Panayia Keriu (XVI in.). Lying 1 km south of the Old Lighthouse is considered one of the most beautiful places of the island, while the Lagan’s seaside village located in the southwestern end of the Bay of Lagan Limni Keriu (Limni Keriou) quickly turns into a relaxed and picturesque resort with an excellent center of water sports.
Lying 10 km west of the capital of the town Maheradon (Maheradhon) is famous for the impressive set of old buildings surrounded by beautiful landscapes of green highlands with roses olives and fruit gardens. The local church of Aiai Maurus has the visible from afar of the bell tower and a luxurious carved iconostasis inside – on the first Sunday of June, on the day of St. Maur, she takes the biggest island festival. Nearby lies another old church – Panayia, from the walls of which is a beautiful panorama of the central plain of the island. Equally well preserved old buildings in the lying slightly west of the village Kiliomeno (Kiliomeno), which is more often called her old name – Ayos Nikolaos. Traditional two-storey buildings in typical style for these places still surround the church of Ayos-Nikolaos, whose impressive bell tower of the XIX century still has no roof. But the main point of attraction here should still be considered an excellent Alitzerini tavern (only in the evenings), located in a cave house, dated as much as 1630.
Then the road from Kiliomeno turns to the north and passes through the pass from the picturesque village Ayos Leon (Ayios Leon) and serpentine runs up to the rocky coast Limnionas (Limnionas) with his tiny bay and tavern. However, many prefer to roll from the main road from Ayos Leon north, towards the tiny mountain village Cambion (Kambion) – the best place on the island to observe the sunset. The three-hundredth rocks near the village are crowned with a memorial cross in honor of the islanders who died here during the Second World War. And as the small village of Marie (Marie), lying in a wooded valley 5 km north of Cambion, is considered the only "Gate" To the picturesque bays of Vra and Stunitis.
The northern part of Zakynthus is still little known to foreign tourists. A few kilometers north of the capital are adjacent resorts Cilivi (Tsilivi), Planes (Planos) and Ormopes-Alikon (Ormos Alykon) – Tourist center of this part of the island. Further to the north, the shore goes into a number of tiny beaches and bays, almost not mastered by tourists – the picturesque villages of this part of the island lie quite far from the coast, closer to fertile lands of the central plain. And after the bay of Alices (Alykes) and town Alik With his excellent beach shore and loses all sorts of signs of civilization. Only B Ayos-Nikolaos (Ayios Nikolaos, 6 km north of Alik) You can find a cozy port, excellent hotel and a few good taverns. From here, ferries are sent to cofalia and dozens of caircons to the famous Blue caves At Cape Skinari – one of the best sets of marine grottoes in all Greece.
The northernmost cities and villages in the depths of the island are best studied in the presence of a car or a good motorcycle, although the buses from the capital go here regularly. 2 km inside the island from Aliku lies Katastarion (Katastarion) – the second size settlement on the island after the capital. This town is completely devoid of tourist attractions, but it is able to show the guest’s life of Zakynthmes exactly what it is for the time of time. The most impressive Katastarion building is a huge rectangular church of the Iperay-Teotocos with two twin bell tones and a small new amphitheater used usually used for the local festival. A few kilometers south lies a tiny village Pigadakia (Pighadhakia) with a chapel of Ayos-Padelie and the Vertzagio cultural museum (in the summer is open daily from 9.00 to 15.00 and from 17.00 to 19.00; 3 euros), which has a good collection of products of decorative and applied classes and household items. And 11 km north, at the foot of Mount Asteri (583 m), lies the village Wolim (Volimes) – a recognized center of decorative and applied crafts of the island, first of all – embroidery. From here you can go down to the lying near the West Bank Anafonitri Monastery (3 km south-west), which grew in place of the Skece of the Heavenly Patron of the Island – St. Dionysius, festivals in honor of which held here on August 24 and December 17. And already from here you can go to the cliffs of the Bay of Naviaio with its picturesque panoramas and lying on the mel from 1967 by a freight ship.