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Information about Zakynthos!
It’s that time again! Your vacation is approaching, and you’re deciding whether Zakynthos will be the holiday destination this year. Zakynthos, where coziness and natural beauty prove to be a golden combination. You probably want to know exactly what you can do at this destination and which are the best restaurants. I’ve worked on this island for 4 months and I’ll try to give you as many tips and information about this island as possible. There’s so much choice on this island that tips for restaurants or bars will definitely add value to your vacation. On this page, I’ll try to tell you everything about Zakynthos and provide you with the tools for an unforgettable holiday.
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Highlights on Zakynthos
- Navagio Beach (Scheepswrak Panagiotis)
- Het Nationaal Park Zakynthos
- Venetian Castle (Bochali)
- Solomos Square
- Schildpadden opvang & informatie centrum
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Navagio Beach / Shipwreck Beach
The most important and recognizable landmark of Zakynthos. It attracts over 1 million visitors annually, with an exception in the year 2020. Starting from 2021, there will be supervision at the landmark, which previously had no organization and oversight.
Filipoi Beach / Porto Selinas
Filipo Beach, also known as Porto Selinas, is one of the many hidden beaches on the island. This place is unique due to its stunning location. It is surrounded by rocks, and the water is crystal clear. It’s a beautiful spot for snorkeling.
The Keri Caves can be reached from the port of Agios Sostis. You can rent a boat here yourself or join one of the organized boat tours. The area is quite large, and you’ll find various spots for snorkeling. Unfortunately, Mizithres in Keri can’t be reached with your own boat. Just before this point, there is someone guarding the area and not allowing further navigation.
“Zakynthos, my time on Zakynthos flew by!
In a nutshell, I describe my time on Zakynthos and all that I did here. I hope to give you an idea of what the island has to offer. Explore Zakynthos with tipsgriekenland.
A Day in Zakynthos Town
I begin my short story with a visit to the capital of the island. The capital has around 12,000 inhabitants, while the entire island has 40,000 inhabitants. It’s a small island with a relatively low population. The advantage is that it feels cozy and bustling despite its small size. This is particularly true in the summer due to the many tourists who flock to this island. The largest group of tourists comes from England, followed by the Polish, Italians, and of course, we also fit into this list. The capital pleasantly surprised me with its beautiful center and charming shopping streets. Unlike capitals in Corfu, Kerkyra, or Rhodes Town, where history catches up with you, Zakynthos Town is a modern capital. In the evening, it’s lively and offers great dining options in its restaurants. I visited the Venetian Castle overlooking the city, located in the village of Bochali. I spent half a day here and then drove on to the cozy tourist town of Tsilivi. I had a delicious lunch here and I can recommend this place to book. It’s very close to the capital and the airport, and the village is well-designed and charming. There’s a variety of hotels in different comfort levels, catering to everyone’s preferences.
Enjoying the Viewpoints in Zakynthos
Zakynthos features significant elevation differences along the south coast, with limestone cliffs creating a stunning effect on the sea’s colors. I planned a day to visit the most beautiful spots on the southwest coast, including Navagio Beach with the shipwreck and a lesser-known viewpoint near Keri. Afterward, I plan to visit the Blue Caves.
Keri viewpoint was challenging to find, but we eventually located it. We input ‘Keri lighthouse restaurant’ from Kalamaki into our GPS and parked our car there. It’s not well signposted, but you can find a location called ‘scenic viewpoint’ on Google Maps, about a 15-minute drive from the restaurant. There’s a road leading to it, but it’s only suitable for quads or 4×4 vehicles. We hiked, and once we arrived… what a view! This viewpoint is in my top 3 in terms of beauty. It’s not touristy, there are no barriers; you simply look straight down the cliff. Do you have a fear of heights? Then this isn’t the right place for you.
I’ll describe the rest of my time on Zakynthos in the upcoming blogs on this page.
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