The island of Zakinthos

Posted by on January 7, 2014

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First time I went to Greece was to see this little paradise, also known as Zante – I booked my Zante holidays with Thomas Cook, took my wife and dog with me and gave it a go. With 123 kilometers of coastline, the terrain of the island is very mountainous and again, as in the rest of the Ionian Islands, you can find here fertile green plants. Its shores are steep and rocky in the north. In the south they are very sandy, forming many bays of various sizes, highlighting the Laganas. Around the island there are numerous other small islands. This island combines the peaceful and traditional life with a cosmopolitan tourist atmosphere. The lush vegetation, the variety of beaches and historical remains are the perfect blend to enjoy an island like this. According to mythology the island takes its name from Zakinto, son of the Trojan King Dardano. The island consists of fertile plains and mountains in the south-west. The climate is Mediterranean. It has dense vegetation and produces olive oil, grapes and citrus. The island has an airport and is called Dionysos Solomos Airport, which is located to the southeast. Also southwest is the National Marine Park of Zakynthos Island with the famous turtles of the island, the Caretta caretta an endangered species found mostly in the Bay of Laganas. It is famous for its sweet grape with which the island Zante promotes its tourism.

Navagio

Navagio

The most important character of the island is the poet of the nineteenth century Dionysus Solomos, the principal Modern Greek poet and author of the national anthem. Ioannis Phocas was also born here. Other important people of the island are Ugo Foscolo and Andreas Kalvos. The main points of interest are Navagio Bay (Shipwreck), Cape Skinari and the blue cave. In the mountainous part, you can find the Anafontria, where there is a splendid view, with a nearby monastery. The mountain village of Keri, on the south, has a lighthouse. The best beaches are Limnionas Porto, Porto and Porto Zoro Vromi . On the island it is given the name of a natural phenomenon where some wells or sources supply pressurised aerated water. They are about 20 km from the capital of the Bay of Chieri in a damp valley. There are also other mineral sources on the island, probably of volcanic origin. A car is highly recommended, as the island is relatively large and has good and many roads.

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