ZANTE TOWN - THINGS TO DO & SEE
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holiday in Zante, you might choose to spend a morning or
evening in Zante Town, the islands charming capital. Zakynthos Town is
located on the middle of the
Eastern coast of Zakynthos, just five
kilometres from the popular resort of Tsilivi.
Layout of the town
At the top end of Zakynthos town Solomos Square marks the main entrance into Zante town. From here you can walk up towards San Marco square and onto the main shopping street of Alexander Roma. At the bottom end of town the church of St. Dionysios stands over the road from the ferry port.
Connecting the two ends of Zante Town is the main road and promenade, Strada Marina. You can casually stroll along Strada Marina, from the top to the bottom of town, in about fifteen minutes. The Strada Marina promenade extends along the entire waterfront of Zante Town.
About three streets inland from the Strada Marina, the main shopping street Alexander Roma runs parallel to the port road. You will find it hard to get lost in this charming little town. Pick up a map at the airport, or from your hotel, and enjoy discovering Zante town at your own pace.
Museums and Monuments
There are a number of museums and monuments to admire in Zante Town. In Solomos Square you will see the Statue of Liberty and the Statue of Solomos. Dionysios Solomos, was a famous Greek poet and a key figure in the Greek War of Independence against the Turks. His Ode to Liberty is today the Greek National Anthem.
You can also visit the Museum of Post Byzantine Art in Solomos Square. This Zakynthian museum is filled with amazing art works and icons. You can wander around the museum at your leisure and get a real feel for Greek art.
A short walk away, situated in St Marcos square is the Museum of Solomos and Kalvos, two of the most Prominent Zakynthians. The mausoleums of both poets can be viewed here in the little museum situated beside St Marcos Catholic Church. The museum of Solomos and Kalvos, also known as the Museum of Prominent Zakynthians, is fascinating and informative - well worth a visit while you are in Zakynthos Town.
There are a number of impressive Orthodox churches in the main town of Zakynthos. The largest, the church of St Dennis, is well worth a visit during a holiday in Zante. It features an extraordinary gold interior and numerous frescoes and art works.
This impressive church stands facing the waterfront at the bottom of the harbour. The church is devoted to the Patron Saint of the island of Zakynthos, St Dionisios, whose corpse is kept there, in a silver carved reliquary.
The Church of St Nicholas, located at the top of town, is one of the oldest buildings on the island, having withstood the devastating earthquake of 1953. This church is particularly important to the Zakynthians because the Patron Saint actually served here, and one of his robes is preserved there still.
Shopping in Zante Town
An evening of shopping in Zante Town will definitely be a holiday highlight for all the ladies. There is something for everyone in Island’s many town – with everything from classy jewellery stores, to toy shops, to fashion boutiques, to Italian shoe shops, to men’s clothing stores. There are also lots of opportunities for buying souvenirs in some of the more quaint traditional shops selling island ceramics and pottery.
We recommend shopping in the evening when the temperature cools a little. Spend your days at the beach and your evenings at the shops – the best of both worlds.
Eating and Drinking in Zante Town
There are plenty of places to eat and drink in Zante town. For the best cafe bars head to San Marco square where you will find Base, San Marco and Casio – three of the most popular spots with the locals. Here you can enjoy a gorgeous iced coffee or cocktail and enjoy the bustling ambience of the two main town squares.
For main meals in Zante town you are spoilt for choice. Either head to San Marco square for a selection of restaurants in a charming environment. If you fancy eating along the waterfront, the Strada Marina promenade is dotted with restaurants and tavernas from where you can watch the boats sail in. There are a few of the best fish taverns on the island along the Strada Marina – you really can’t go wrong.
Heading out of town towards Tsilivi, the coastal road of Krioneri boast even more fantastic tavernas. Areklia and Nautakia are two of our favorites. Areklia even has live local singers serenading you while you eat. Real, authentic Greek Island charm!
Horse and Carriage Rides
After dinner you can either stroll along the bustling Strada Marina port road, or choose to take a traditional Greek horse and carriage ride along the waterfront and through the town. This is the perfect way to end an evening in Zakynthos town – especially for the children who always love this fun experience.
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