Zante Zakynthos Geography
Zakynthos, also known as Zante in the Greek Islands, is the third largest of the Ionian Islands, covering an area of 410 km2. The coastline of Zakynthos is roughly 124 km in length.

Zakynthos, Zante Island is located west of the Greek mainland, lying northwest of the Peloponnese.

Zante is the southernmost island in the Ionian group of Greek islands. Zakynthos is about fifteen kilometres from Cape Kilini, the harbour where the ferry boat from Zakynthos links to the mainland of Greece.

Around the coastline of Zakynthos there are several small, beautiful islands, many of which can be visited with boat trips from Zakynthos.

 About 20 miles south of Zakynthos are the Strofades islands. The natural environment of the Strofades island contains a very old cedar forest with hollies, oaks, and wild olive trees.

The Strofades islands contain a rare and protected habitat of flora and Mediterranean migratory species. In springtime, from late March, through April and May, thousands of birds come from Africa. The Kuki, Grouse, Stafrochelidona Orthochelidona, Spitochelidona , Sylvia, Ortolan, Muhos, Asimoglaos, Thalasokorakas, Peregrine, Bonelli's Eagle, Hoopoe and Yellowbird have all been spotted here.

Marathonisi island, which has access both at the front and the back of the island, is great for swimming. The sand is fine and the seas are really clear on the island of Marathonisi. Marathonisi, also known as Turtle Island, is a main nesting beach for the Caretta Caretta loggerhead sea turtles, and as such is carefully protected by the National Marine Park.

Pelouzo island is the main nesting beach for the Caretta Caretta, and access to the island is prohibited for this reason. You can see the island floating on the horizon from much of the South West coast of Zante, but you will not be able to visit here during your stay.


Geography of Zakynthos Zante Greek islands varies greatly in each region of Zakynthos

The rich vegetation of Zakynthos is due to the mild Mediterranean Zante climate, with intermittent rainfall in winter and brilliant sunshine in the summer. It is widely documented that Zakynthos has the highest number of sunshine hours in the Mediterranean - which makes it a perfect location for beach weddings and weddings abroad from the UK.

Zante Conservation programmes
Zakynthos agencies provide guided tours in Zante Island to include special moments away from the crowds and also with the possibility for you to enjoy the natural Zakynthian countryside and village life. Along the way you enjoy beautiful scenery in Zante and the hidden treasures of Zakynthos-Zante island .

The best way to travel in Zante is with a Travel tour or to ret a car and travel around at your leisure.

Tours are specially designed to show you the best places to visit in Zakynthos. If you are looking for things to do in Zante, Zakynthos, and places to visit in Zante,  many Travel agents will sell you extraordinary sight-seeing tours in Zakynthos, and off the beaten track in Zante, away from mass tourism in Zakynthos.

You can visit travel agency offices in all Zante resorts where they arrange trips in Zakynthos from  resorts such as Tsilivi, Laganas, Aragassi and kalamaki.

Most resorts are central on Zante island. Travel agents in Zante also arrange trips around the island of Zante by boat and mini bus. All main travel agents in Zakynthos offer trips to Kefalonia, Athens and Olympia.

Many on holiday in Zakynthos also visit travel agencies for advise on things to do in Zakynthos which will help tourists in Zante have an eco-friendly holiday with a personal touch.

The famous beach of Shipwreck in Zante Zakynthos

Ionian Nature Conservation
Help to save the endangered wildlife of the Greek Ionian islands

Information on wildlife and natural habitat management, Sea Turtle rescue, Monk Seal research and volunteer projects in the Greek Ionian.

The Greek Ionian islands are made up a unique combination of forests, beaches, mountains and wildflower meadows, home to some of the rarest wildlife in Europe.

Earth Sea & Sky is a conservation organization network for Ionian Non-Governmental Organisations working to conserve the flora and fauna of the Greek Ionian.

Their principle objective is to protect the nesting beaches of the Loggerhead turtle and the natural habitats of all wildlife contained within the National Park of Zakynthos.

Earth Sea and Sky believe in 'conservation by education' meaning that they provide what is now the main Wildlife Information Centre in Zakynthos, at Gerakas Beach. They estimate that they have 40,000 visitors to the centre in Zante Zakynthos each summer, from all over the world.

Earth Sea & Sky organizes volunteer placements in Greece, arranges volunteer activities in the Gerakas area over the summer months, does a great deal of Public Awareness work at the Information Centre, liaises with local Zakynthians, and visits schools in the UK to talk about sea turtles.

In the past they have arranged the airlift of maimed sea turtles to Sea Life Centres in the UK, and organized the first ever 6-month long clean up of the coast line and forest along the entire length of Laganas Bay.

ESS co-operates with other NGOs, such as Medasset (Meditteranean Association to Save the Sea Turtle), Archipelagos Coastal and Marine management, and Cephallonia National Marine Park Authority.

Yannis Vardakastanis has been a conservationist since 1991, and he set up Earth Sea & Sky in 1993. He has been steadily working to protect Gerakas beach and region in Zante Zakynthos from tourism development.

He has directed his energy into bringing conservation and sustainable tourism in Zante Zakynthos together, culminating with Ionian Eco Villagers and Nature World Travel. In 2005 he won a First Choice Responsible Tourism Award for his work.

Zante Geography varies in all Regions

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the geography of Zante is really varied - giving the feel of four different islands in one!

Regions of Zakynthos Zante Map

As you travel around Zante on holiday, you see the geography of Zakynthos varies greatly from region to region.

Fertile plains in the South East region of Zante contrast greatly with the mountainous terrain and steep cliffs of the West coast of Zakynthos. With such a varied geography, Zante is the perfect Greek Island to explore for a summer holiday in the Greek Islands


The basic geography of Zante

Zakynthos is the third largest of the Ionian Islands

Covering an area of 410 km2. The coastline of Zakynthos is roughly 124 km in length, Zakynthos Island is located west of the Greek mainland, lying northwest of the Peloponnese.

It is the southernmost island in the Ionian cluster of islands. Zakynthos is about fifteen kilometres from Cape Kilini, the harbour where the ferry boat from Zakynthos links to the mainland of Greece.

In all, by sea and road, Zakynthos is about 100 kilometres from the nearest larger city of Patras. Zakynthos is about 300 kilometers, by sea and road, from Athens.

  • The South, South West, and East regions of Zakynthos consist of lush vegetation and spacious sandy beaches.
  • These regions in Zakynthos are where you'll find the more popular and developed tourist resorts in Zakynthos.
  • Along the West coast and up in the Far North of the Island the geography is far starker, with cliffs and fiords dominating the landscape.

On holiday in Zakynthos you can enjoy an amazing selection of

 beautiful Zante beaches around the coastline of Zakynthos island.

Weddings in Zante take place in beautiful locations


Because of the mild, Mediterranean climate and bountiful winter rainfall Zante island is greener than many Greek islands, with dense and varied vegetation.

This makes Zante, Zakynthos an ideal destination wedding location in the Greek Islands for couples wanting to marry abroad. We, at Wilburn Productions capture Zante weddings in photography and video DVD packages for weddings in Zante throughout the summer. The geography of Zakynthos makes for unique Zante wedding photographs and video.

Because of the rich vegetation, Zakynthos is a very fertile island, with the production of agricultural products important for the economy.

The main food products from Zakynthos are olive oil, currants, grapes, which are used to cultivate wine, raisins, and citrus fruit. Most families work carefully to ensure a good harvest of olives and olive oil each year, not just for family food but also to sell on as produce to the government.

The stable winter population of Zakynthos is believed to be around 45,000 inhabitants, with 15,000 living in the vicinity of Zakynthos Town, also known as Zante Town.

  The towns and resorts in Zante

Zante Town Main Zante Resorts Villages in Zakynthos 
Regions of Zakynthos

The capital of Zakynthos, which has the same name as the island itself, is known as Zakynthos or Zante Town. Zakynthos Town is also often called “Chora” by the Greeks. This means Town in Greek, and is often used in Greece when the name of the island is the same as the name of the main town.

The main harbour of Zakynthos is located in Zante Town. There is a daily ferry service connecting to the port of Killini on the mainland. Another ferry from the northern port of St Nikolas connects Zakynthos daily to the port of Argostoli on the island of Kefalonia.


Zakynthos island has one airport, situated in the South West, about 5 kilometres from Zakynthos Town, and just a few minutes’ drive from the resorts of Kalamaki, Laganas and Argassi. The Zante airport has recently been renovated to a very high standard.

There are a number of tourist resorts scattered around the coastline of Zante

• Two of the largest  Zante resorts, Kalamaki and Laganas, are neighbours on the South West Coastline. They share the longest beach on the island which stretches from Kalamaki all the way down to Laganas.
• The Zante resort of Argassi is one of the smaller resorts on the island, but still bustling in the summer months. Argassi sits on the South Coast of Zakynthos,. Zante island, only a few minutes away from the main town. You will pass through Argassi on the Southern Coastal road that takes you out to Vasilikos.
• The popular family-oriented Zante resort of Tsilivi is located on the East Coast of Zakynthos Zante island – about 5 kilometres from Zante Town. Tsilivi has a lovely golden sand beach that is very popular with tourists in the summer months.
• The neighbouring Zante resorts of Alykes and Alykanas are located on the East coast, about 10 kilometres on from Tsilivi. These resorts are two of the quietest on the island – with no nightclubs and only a handful of bars.
• There are a number of smaller resorts, such as Porto Koukla and Agios Sostis, scattered around the island, perfect for people who really want to get away from it all!


 The National Marine Park of Zakynthos

National Marine ParkCaretta caretta  turtles Marathonisi Island

The Bay of Laganas, and most of the South West Coast of Zakynthos, is the major nesting ground in the Mediterranean for the endangered species of caretta-caretta loggerhead sea turtles. Visitors on holiday in Zakynthos Zante need to take care around the beaches in the Bay of Laganas, to follow the guidelines of the National Marine park of Greece to avoid lying or tramping upon the sand which covers the turtle nests.


Sea Caves around Zakynthos

Blue Caves Skinari Keri Caves

There are a number of large Sea Caves around the island of Zante. These large formations are fantastic to visit during your Zante holiday in Zakynthos.

The famous Blue Caves of Skinari  are located around the Far Northern region of Skinari. The large Sea Caves are big enough for the glass bottom motorboats to take you inside. Once you are in the caves, you will be amazed by the inky blue of the water. A unique process of reflection on the water transforms the sea water here into a deep indigo blue – a really amazing Zante experience.


Between the small beach port of Porto Vromi and Shipwreck Bay there are a few more Sea Caves to explore.

If you take a boat trip to Shipwreck to Porto Vromi, they will take you into the caves on the way. These are spectacular formations, but lack the wow factor of the Blue Caves in the North.

The Keri Caves are located around the South Western point of Zante. There are a number of boat trips that will take you to see, and swim around, the Keri Caves. These formations are quite different from the Blue Caves in the North – they are dominated by white rock and striking arches emerging from the sea. The waters around the Keri Caves are a sparkling turquoise shade – another highly recommended Zante trip to include in your summer holiday here.


Earthquakes in Zante

Zakynthos is one of the main seismic earthquake zones in Greece. A number of damaging earthquakes have occurred here over the centuries - the most recent disaster was in 1953.

Most of Zakynthos Town was destroyed following this earthquake in 1953, not actually due to the buildings collapsing, but from fire that quickly spread through the town, caused by gas burners being used at the time of the quake for cooking midday meals. Zante Island was rebuilt as closely to the original as possible, with heavily fortified buildings that have been deemed safe to withstand very strong earthquakes today.

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