Zakynthos (Zante)

Zakynthos is a green island endowed with fertile valleys. Here, you will find some of the most famous beaches of the Greek islands, like the Shipwreck, Lagana, Volimes with the Blue Caves, etc. While touring around the island it will be impressed by its unseen natural beauties, historic monuments and hospitable people.

The Venetians, who ruled Zakynthos from 1484 to 1797, called the island “Fioro di Levante” (flower of the East) as there are over 7,000 species of flowers on Zakynthos. The third largest island of the Ionian Sea, is internationally known as “Zante”. Zakynthos is said to have been the island’s first inhabitant and the ancient acropolis is attributed to him. He was the son of Dardanos who ruled the ancient kingdom of Frigia. A Venetian fort was built at later times on the site.

The Venetian architectural influence has left its stamp on Zakynthos despite the damage sustained due to the seismic activity in the area. After the ravaging 1953 earthquake and the ensuing fire, a number of historical buildings and churches burned to the ground. Consequently, the significant treasures these buildings were housing perished.

On Zakynthos, great care is taken to protect two endangered animal species, namely the caretta caretta sea turtle and the monachus monachus seal.

Useful Phone Numbers

Tourist Police: 26950 24482

Police Department: 26950 22100

Port Authority: 26950 28117 - 26950 28118

Hospital: 26950 59100

First Aid Center: 26950 23166

Airport: 26950 28322

Bus (KTEL): 26950 42656 - 26950 22255