Zante Village of Anafonitria

The village of Anafonitria is located in the western region of the island – close to the lookout tower over Shipwreck Beach on the West Coast of Zante Zakynthos in the Greek islands. The village itself is one of our favorite traditional villages to wander around in Zante

With charming old houses, white washed walls, and local stores selling their produce on the streets – Anafonitria gives you a real taste for untouched Greece.


The charming village of Anafoinitria in Zante Zakynthos Greek islands


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zante village of anafonitria in zakynthos is charming to wonder around on the way to the shipwreck lookout tower

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The name of Anafonitria has a really unique story behind it.

They say that during the fall of Constantinople a cargo ship sunk off the coast of Zakynthos. The locals found the icon of the Madonna bearing her child among the rocks and built a church, and then the monastery on the spot. It was said that the icon was emitting a flickering light, as if it was crying out to be found. From this Anafonitria, meaning ‘she who cries out’, takes its name.

The Monastery of the Madonna of Anafonitria was built during the 15th century and represents one of just eight monasteries on the island to have survived the earthquake of 1953. The interior of the church at the monastery is still home to the old icon screen which has darkened over time. The Monastery of Anafonitria has special importance within Zakynthos because it was here that the patron saint of the island, Saint Dionisios, served as an abbot. In fact, it was within the walls of this monastery that he sheltered his brother’s murder and helped him to escape the wrath of his family.

The historic village of Anafonitria is well worth a visit during your stay in Zakynthos. The beautiful old monastery, charming little settlement, and stunning nearby lookout tower over Shipwreck Bay make this a must see location for all Zante tourists.

Anafonitria and the roads that surround the main square of the village of Anafonitria is one of the main regions on the island of Zante where you will stop and browse in local traditional market stalls. You are able to purchase local produce from Zante including honey and olive oil, as well as a large selection of traditional handiworks, linen and beautiful embroidered tablecloths.

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