Zante is the
of Greek islands. Zakynthos is about
from Cape Kilini,
the harbour where
the ferry boat from
Zakynthos links to
the mainland of
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.
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.
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
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
sight-seeing tours in
Zakynthos, and off the
beaten track in Zante, away
from mass tourism in
You can visit travel
agency offices in all Zante
resorts where they arrange
trips in Zakynthos from
resorts such as Tsilivi,
Laganas, Aragassi and
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
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
Help to save the
endangered wildlife of the Greek Ionian islands
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Along the West coast and up in the Far North of the Island
the geography is far starker, with cliffs and fiords dominating the
On holiday in Zakynthos you can enjoy an amazing selection of
Because of the rich vegetation, Zakynthos is a very fertile
island, with the production of agricultural products important for the
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
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
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.
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 Bay of Laganas, and most of the
South West Coast of Zakynthos, is
the major nesting ground in the Mediterranean for the endangered species
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.
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.
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
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.
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.