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Zakynthos is one of the most exotic Greek islands. Stretched in the heart of the enchanting Ionian Sea, it boasts a wonderful natural landscape and some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. Exploring Zakynthos, you will discover picturesque villages, traditional monasteries and dreamy natural landscapes. In addition, the exotic beaches of Zakynthos host the endangered sea turtle species Caretta-Caretta, which every year hide their eggs in the fine white sand of the beaches of Zakynthos. You may be lucky enough to see them! The trademark of Zakynthos is the picturesque beach of Navagio. Many photos and postcards tried to capture its beauty, but the reality exceeds the expectations! Navagio beach is accessible only by boat and has fascinating turquoise waters, white sand and is ""hidden"" inside towering rocks. While the view from above is breathtaking on its own, you cannot go to the Navagio Beach and not dive into the clear blue waters. Apart from Navagio beach, there are many other beaches one should visit, such as Laganas, Gerakas beach, Vasilikos beach and Spiantza beach. After exploring the emerald bays of the island, take a break to visit the city of Zakynthos, the capital of the island. Strong influence from the Venetians, who had named the island ""Fiore di Levante"" or flower of the east, the city of Zakynthos has many hidden gems to explore! St Mark's Square, the Venetian Castle, Solomos Square and the Post-Byzantine Museum of Zakynthos are some of the best places to visit in the city of Zakynthos. As for the activities in Zakynthos, you will never run out of options! Parties, dives, excursions to the island and water sports will entertain you during your holidays! So get ready for an exotic holiday experience! Floating in the turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea, south of Kefalonia, Zakynthos is the closest paradise to the earth you can find!


The history

Zakynthos, or the Flower of the East as the Venetians called it, was inhabited since the Neolithic Age, as archaeological excavations have shown. Homer first mentioned the island in the Iliad and the Odyssey, writing that the first inhabitants were the son of King Dardanus of Troy called Zakynthos and his men and that they first came to the island around 1,500-1,600 BC. Around 34 AD, Christianity reached the island and became sovereign in the second half of the 3rd century AD during the rise of the Byzantine Empire, which was formed by Constantine the Great. Then, the island of Zakynthos along with the other Ionian Islands came under the rule of the Venetians and the Franks, followed by the rule of the King of Naples and the Prince of Florence. In the 15th century, when the rest of Greece was under Turkish rule, the Ionian Islands were still under Venetian rule. In 1797, French Republicans came to the island promising to change the social, economic and political system, but nothing lasted long. The oligarchy was re-established when the Russians and Turks conquered the island. The French managed to occupy Zakynthos again but the English followed in occupying the island, and stayed from 1814 to 1864. During their rule, the English modernized and developed administration and public works on the island. Having escaped the Turkish occupation, Zakynthos helped the rest of Greece in the Revolution for Independence against the Turks and, along with the other Ionian Islands, they were incorporated into the Greek State on May 21, 1864.

Navagio Beach

Navagio or Ormos Navagio is the most famous beach of Zakynthos located on the western side of the island, near the village of Anafotiria. Navagio is one of the most photographed attractions in Greece and is considered as one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Originally named Agios Georgios, it owes its new name to the wreck of a vessel carrying illegal cigarettes in 1983, which washed ashore. In order to reach this earthly paradise, one must take a boat from the port of Porto Vromi. These boats depart every hour and the journey takes about 30 minutes.

Mantolato & Mantoles

Mandolato is one of the most popular traditional sweets you will find in Zakynthos. Its main ingredients are crunchy and freshly baked almonds, sugar, honey and egg whites. They first appeared on the island of Zakynthos with the Venetians and since then they have stayed and have been established as a delicious sweet and snack. Mantolata and mantoles can be found everywhere - from patisseries to street vendors. A tip of the elderly locals of Zakynthos on how to distinguish if a nougat is fresh, is to try and break it! If it doesn't shatter, it means it's not fresh, so avoid it. The nougat should be hard, crispy and have a specific white shade.


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Dionysios Solomos Airport (ZTH)