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The Greek Ionion islands
Zante ZakynthosGreece is situated in Southern Europe, bordering the Aegean, Ionian and Mediterranean Sea, located between Albania and Turkey.

The Ionian Sea, which means "Our Sea", is an arm of the Mediterranean Sea, bounded by southern Italy, southwestern Albania and a large number of Greek islands. These islands are collectively referred to as the Ionian group of islands.

It was the Ionian island of Kefalonia, the close neighbour of Zakynthos, where the book and later Hollywood adaptation of Captain Corelli's Mandolin was set and filmed. Many tourists take a day trip to Kefalonia during their holiday in Zante.

You can take an arranged trip which includes the bus, boat and guided tour of Kefalonia. Alternatively, for a little more independence, you can drive yourself over. Daily ferries between the two islands leave from the northern St Nicholas port in Zante.

 

Zante Zakynthos in the Greek islands is one of the IOnian Islands

 

ZANTE THE IONION ISLANDS, GREECE

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zante island in the ionion sea has a lot to offer for a summer holiday destination

Before you fly out for your holiday in Zakynthos, here's a few facts about Zante, the Ionian Islands, and Greece in general.

We think Zakynthos, also known as Zante in the Greek Ionion Islands is the ideal size for a summer holiday destination there is plenty to see and do while you are here, with a huge variation of landscapes and beaches to enjoy. At the same time, you can drive from one end of Zante, Zakynthos island to the other in about two hours providing an easy geography for tourists to travel around while on holiday in Zante.

 

The Greek Ionian Islands, of which Corfu is the most Northern and Zakythos, also known as Zante,  the most southern, are situated off the west coast of mainland Greece, with the exception of Kythira which lies off the southern coast of the Peloponnese, where the Ionian Sea meets the Aegean Sea.

  • Zakynthos, along with Corfu and the rapidly developing island of Kefalonia, are the main package holiday destinations in the Ionion Greek Islands.
  • Those seeking a more tranquil Greek Island holiday, untouched by mass tourism, often choose the island of Ithaca for their holidays. Ithaca was the legendary kingdom of Odysseus.
  • However, despite the tourist resorts on Zante, the relatively large size of the island means that you can easily escape the touristic places and find areas completely untouched by tourism.
  • The summer sunshine and ideal wind conditions make the Ionian Sea a great sailing destination. You will notice lots of sailing boats docked in Zakynthos during the summer, filled with Greeks and foreigners enjoying a sailing holiday around the coast of Greece.

The Ionion Islands - with an Italian flavour!

Many of the Ionion Islands, including Zakynthos, located along the West coast of Greece and the East of Italy, have a distinctly Italian feel about them!

The town of Zante, in particular, has a very Venetian feel about the architecture, largely due to the long time spent under Venetian rule.

The Ionian islands are often called the "Green Islands" because of their lush vegetation. Zakynthos is filled with pine forests, olive groves, and grape vines. This is in stark contrast to the Greek islands of the Aegean Sea which tend to have sharp and rocky landscapes.

Zante the eleventh largest island in Greece

Together with the island of Strofades, (about 37 nautical miles to the south of Zante), the island of Zakynthos encompasses an area of 406 square kilometres. It is the third largest of the Ionian Islands, and the eleventh largest island in Greece.

 

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