Holiday of a Lifetime in Zante
The village of Maries is hidden high in the hills, far from most of the tourist resorts and Zante Town. If you are driving in this region it is well worth stopping at this historical spot to take in the charming ambience and real Greek Island feel.

Coach tours, jeep safaris, and a number of other excursions operate daily around Zakynthos island so you can make the most of all the island has to offer. Alternatively, you can also hire a car or bike in Zante and explore Zakynthos at your own pace!

Maries is a traditional Zante village at its best - with a population of around 300 inhabitants he people of Maries still live a very peaceful and traditional lifestyle.


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The traditional mountain village of Maries, in the west of Zakynthos, takes its name from Mary Magdalene who was, according to tradition, the first person to introduce Christianity to the island. Legend has it that Mary Magdalene and Mary the Wife of Clopas were on their way to Rome, to protest about the persecution of Jesus, when they stopped in Zakynthos.

The main church in the village is known as the Church of Mary Magdalene and dates back to the 15th century.

Every year on July 22nd the local villagers hold a fete in memory of Mary Magdalene. This evening celebration is a really Greek affair with barbeque souvlaki, local wine and plenty of dancing.

The old stone homes in the village of Maries are really beautiful and have maintained a real old-time feel. It is a quiet and charming village full of traditional stone houses and narrow streets and has a population of about 700 inhabitants.


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