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During their occupation of the island the Venetians named the island of Zakynthos 'Fioro di Levante', the 'Flower of the Orient'.
This beautiful island is the perfect place for a summer holiday. There really is something for everyone on this charming Greek Island.
You’re spoilt for choice with a wide range of activities, places to visit and things to do while on holiday in Zakynthos. All will add a special touch to your stay! Whatever your interests and holiday goals, you'll find many things to do on holiday in Zakynthos, and extraordinary places to explore.
On holiday in Zante you can easily combine cultural activities, including traditional and contemporary arts, with rest and relaxation.
Enjoy basking in the sun, swimming in the crystal waters of the Ionion Sea, enjoying beautiful beaches.
Why choose Zakynthos for your holiday?
Zakynthos provides an ideal holiday location in the Greek Islands for all ages. Away from the hectic pace and responsibilities of everyday life at home, you'll find that the natural beauty of Zakynthos will provide great energy for reviving body and soul. The Greek island of Zakynthos, otherwise known as Zante, is an artists paradise.
Zakynthos is full of charm, colour, flowers, and fresh air, not to mention some of the most amazing beaches in the Greek islands.
When you open any guide book on Zakynthos, you’ll read the story of an island which has been home to many famous poets, artists and writers – an island often referred to as the ‘Flower of the East’. I am sure you’ll agree with me that Zakynthos is an island filled with magic!
Zante Holiday highlights for visitors to Zakynthos
All the regions of Zakynthos share the natural beauty and cultural identity of Zante island. The Municipal Authority make a great effort to create and perfect the infrastructures necessary for continued progress and development of the island. As the third largest Ionian Island, there is plenty to explore in Zante.
Each of the regions of Zante has a distinct feel of its own.
For the purpose of exploring Zakynthos we refer to the regions of Zante Island as:
You'll notice the Greek island of Zakynthos varies greatly from region to region as you travel around on holiday in Zante.
These regions in Zakynthos are where you'll find the more popular and developed Zante tourist resorts in Zakynthos.
The weather in Zakynthos, also known as Zante, in the Greek islands consists of a typical Mediterranean climate.
Zakynthos is one of the sunniest islands in Greece. Rain in the summer season in Zante is rare.
Zakynthos is considered to have one of the highest sunshine hours in Greece and the Mediterranean, which makes it an ideal location for beach weddings, and for those who want to go abroad to get married in the sun.
In Zakynthos during the winter, not only is the rainfall quite high, but so is the level of humidity, which explains the rich fertility of the land in Zakynthos, along with the lush green forests and vegetation, covering many parts of Zante island.
Zakynthos is home, during the summer months, to the endangered species of sea turtles, the Caretta Caretta
Loggerhead sea turtles. From pre-historic times the Caretta caretta Loggerhead Turtles have nested in Zakynthos.
Caretta Caretta turtles arrive in Zakynthos from May, when the waters are warmer. The turtles nest three times during the summer, on exactly the same beach they were born years before.
While you are on holiday in Zakynthos, be sure to enjoy a turtle spotting boat trip in the Bay of Laganas and learn more about the Caretta Caretta loggerhead sea turtles.
The National Marine Park of Zakynthos was established in 1999, the
first of its kind in Greece, setting an example for other regions in
Greece that require integrated management of the sustainable
We have found the people of Zakynthos to be optimistic, friendly, happy, and hospitable people. Zante Island has always been associated with song, especially the singing of the harmonious kandathes of Zakynthos. It is often the friendliness and hospitality of the people of Zakynthos that encourages visitors to return year after year to Zante island.
Zakynthos is a developing island in many ways.
Many of the people of Zante, Zakynthos are determined to preserve a delicate balance between the past and the present, between tradition and progress, in order that the island and her people will remain uniquely gifted and inspiring.
A variety of property development has been taking place in Zakynthos over recent years. A number of property developments have been particularly developed to meet the needs of tourists wanting to purchase a holiday home on the island.
Wherever you choose your accommodation to be located in Zakynthos, you can be sure that a wide variety of recreational activities will be available to help keep your holiday in Zakynthos interesting and active.
Most of the main resorts in Zante provide a wide variety of beach and water sports activities. There are also tennis clubs, horse riding, water villages, go karts, and mini-golf courses to keep you busy during your holiday in Zante.
The receptions of most hotels and studio accommodations in Zakynthos will provide you with information about boat trips in Zakynthos, as well as car hire, bus trips, jeep safaris, and other creative activities and things to do and see while on holiday in Zakynthos.
The prospect of lounging around in the sun while on holiday has a
definite charm. But add to that an abundance of delicious Zakynthian
food and drink and you may have the undesirable side effect of piling on
Shop till you drop in Zakynthos
A wide selection of shops in the main resorts in Zante provides great holiday shopping! Many shops in the Zante resorts provide a selection of clothing, gifts and souvenirs, including ceramics and handcrafts.
Zakynthos Town is one of the nicest towns in the Greek islands for shopping. From clothes, jewels and shoes, to gifts and souvenirs to take back home from your holiday in Zakynthos, you won't be disappointed with the shops in Zante Town.
You can also to head to the northern villages of Anafonitria and Volimes for a wonderful selection of handmade home ware, tapestries, needlework and beautiful Greek Island linen.
Zante’s blend of traditional Greek values with modern culture
The Zakynthian people go out of their way to honour the traditions of the past, commemorating and celebrating special events throughout the year. People of all ages participate in a variety of wonderful events and special occasions, with a unified spirit that attracts visitors from all over Greece.
You will experience tradition in many forms while on holiday in Zante.From sampling traditional food and cuisine, to visiting traditional villages, to listening to the delightful Zakynthian music and song. Tradition is alive and well in Zakynthos - adding delight to your holiday in the Greek Islands.
Zakynthos has inspired numerous poets, musicians and artists - among
them Dionyssis Solomos, Ugo Foscolo, Andreas Kalvos and many more.
By the time your holiday in Zakynthos is over, you are sure to have come across the statue of Dionysios Solomos in the main Solomos Square in Zakynthos Town. Solomos (1798-1857) was a famous Greek poet from Zante. Dionysios Solomos wrote the poem Ode to Liberty, also known as Hymn to Liberty, in 1823, of which the first two stanzas became the Greek national anthem.
You can visit the beautiful park of Lofos Strani, above Zakynthos Town, which marks the spot where Dionysis Solomos actuially wrote the Greek National Anthem.
Zante’s Fascinating History
Historical traces were discovered in the Bay of Laganas dating back
to the Paleolithic and Neolithic Eras. Historical finds included
significant bone fossils from the Palaeolithic Era.
The Architecture in Zakynthos has a strong Venetian influence
The architecture of Zakynthos, also known as Zante, in the Greek Islands has been influenced strongly by the Venetians, the French and the English. All have conquered and occupied the island of Zakynthos at different times in history.
Zakynthos Town is one of the prettiest towns in the Greek islands,
romantic and wonderful for an evening stroll. Zante Town and Zante in
general has a very strong Venetian ambience. The architecture in
Zakynthos combines both Baroque and Renaissance styles.
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