Venetian decoration with a deep blue backdrop, with Caretta – Caretta being the star and with the landmark of the Shipwreck, “Fior di Levante” is one of the most popular summer destinations in the country. With olive groves, orchards and vineyards dotted with stone guesthouses in its inland, long sandy beaches of sparkling blue on its shores, picturesque and unchanged color in its cities, and unique panoramic views to the Adriatic Sea and all its mountainous villages, this island has everything and one more thing: tourist infrastructure at the forefront of hospitality and party scene capable of vibrating the island till dawn, but also endless opportunities for enjoyable car rides, and places where the sight is lost in the horizon, the island of Dionysios Solomos is itself a poem.
With Dionyssios Solomos Square as its heart, Zakynthos is moving in aristocratic rhythms, with its beautiful mansions and neoclassical houses rebuilt after the earthquake of 1953, retaining their original architectural sophistication. The city’s promenade is accompanied by the Byzantine Museum, the Cultural Center and its Public Library, scattering nobility in the city with their neoclassical line. The medieval church of Agios Nikolaos of Molos is one of the favorite landmarks of the locals, where the patron saint of the island Agios Dionysios served as priest, while the wide paved street of Roma is the central part of the city, with shop windows and numerous cafes to inspire relaxation. The castle of Bochali stands imposingly above the city, in the taverns of the narrow streets you will find the old Zakynthos serenade singers keeping their art alive, while on the verdant Strani hill Solomos wrote the “Hymn to Liberty.”
Shipwreck and Blue Caves
Touring the island by boat or private boat is the best way to get to know the natural beauty of Zakynthos, but also the only way to reach the photogenic shipwreck: the beach that became the landmark of the Ionian Sea in 1982, when the boat “Panagiotis” shipwrecked there. Wild beauty and special history have made the beach one of the most popular destinations in the Mediterranean, but its sandy beach is now banned due to the recent geological instability of the area. Blue Caves are also of particular beauty, also accessible only by sea, at the bottom of which are pictures of special beauty for the divers of your company.
Family tranquillity on the eastern coastline, wild breath-taking beauty of the Adriatic, Zakynthos is mainly known for the Shipwreck, but also the wonderful beach of Gerakas with its Caretta-Caretta nests, and its rocky Limniona fjords, the underwater caves and the picturesque tavern. Warm and heated sulphurous waters gush in Xigia, the picturesque beauty of pebbly Marathias, protected for the Caretta-Caretta visits is Daphne with its 60s beauty. Banana, Tsilivi, Alykes and Porto Zoro gather the youthful for water sports and parties.
Sheep and goat cheese made from unpasteurized milk, matured for about a year in native virgin olive oil, the Zakythos Ladotiri stands out for its rosy appearance and peppery taste, reminiscent of the Mykonos kopanisti and competing the intensity of wild French blue cheese.
Homemade and cooked dishes
Throughout the island you can enjoy intense dishes starring the roasted rooster with wine with grated ladotiri in the sauce, the rabbit stew with local onions, the well-cooked boutridia that constitute the local variant of briam, the typical vinegar, garlic and eggplant sauce, the sofidoura that is cooked sheep or goat meat with tomato sauce with a lot of gruyere, and the aromatic sgatzeto from lamb or goat tripe wrapped in a special way.
Useful phone numbers
Tourist Police: 2695024450
Port Authorities: 2695028118
Radio Taxi: 2695048400
General Hospital: 2695360500