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Guidebook for Natura Verde Villas No 1

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Guidebook for Natura Verde Villas No 1

Sightseeing in Zakynthos
Even if you've seen thousands of photos of Zakynthos, it's nothing like seeing it in real life. Get ready to capture stunning views behind your camera lens!
Breathtaking view. An alive myth. There is an official viewpoint north of the actual beach. At this viewpoint is a little balcony where you can sneak a view of the beach and the shipwreck.
Shipwreck View Point
Breathtaking view. An alive myth. There is an official viewpoint north of the actual beach. At this viewpoint is a little balcony where you can sneak a view of the beach and the shipwreck.
Porto Limnionas is famous for its clear blue waters. The landscape is rocky and the coast (natural bay) is small and quiet. It is really fascinating. The combination of the mountain and the sea creates a landscape so appealing that its beauty can be rightly described as heavenly. The view and water here is phenomenal! It does NOT have a sandy beach and if you want to go in the water you have to jump off the rocks to get in and climb the rocks to get out - so not ideal for low level swimmers.
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Porto Limnionas
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Porto Limnionas is famous for its clear blue waters. The landscape is rocky and the coast (natural bay) is small and quiet. It is really fascinating. The combination of the mountain and the sea creates a landscape so appealing that its beauty can be rightly described as heavenly. The view and water here is phenomenal! It does NOT have a sandy beach and if you want to go in the water you have to jump off the rocks to get in and climb the rocks to get out - so not ideal for low level swimmers.
Skinari is the most northerly tip of Zakynthos. Everyone that visits there is enchanted by it. The natural surroundings are not only spectacular but are also important environmentally. There is a rare plant that is found only here in Skinari and nowhere else in the world. The lighthouse at Skinari in Zakynthos is a great place to take ' all in one" boat trips to both the Blue Caves and Shipwreck - which are run by the Potamitis Brothers - at the best price!
Skinari Lighthouse
Skinari is the most northerly tip of Zakynthos. Everyone that visits there is enchanted by it. The natural surroundings are not only spectacular but are also important environmentally. There is a rare plant that is found only here in Skinari and nowhere else in the world. The lighthouse at Skinari in Zakynthos is a great place to take ' all in one" boat trips to both the Blue Caves and Shipwreck - which are run by the Potamitis Brothers - at the best price!
Kampi is a small village surrounded by olives and vineyards. It is literally on the edge of the cliff, overlooking the bay of Schiza and the open sea, from a height of 300 meters, offering an impressive view for the visitors, who flock to admire the sunset. In the village of Kampi, in the top of the rock of Shiza, dominates a huge Cross that was built in the memory of those who lost their life in the times of Bondage. From that point the view is astonishing and it’s worth to visit one of the small cafes or restaurants of the area, and enjoy the sunset. Just outside the village you can see the Mycenaean cemetery with carved graves and the great cross, that is a 1940s civil war memorial.
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Kampi
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Kampi is a small village surrounded by olives and vineyards. It is literally on the edge of the cliff, overlooking the bay of Schiza and the open sea, from a height of 300 meters, offering an impressive view for the visitors, who flock to admire the sunset. In the village of Kampi, in the top of the rock of Shiza, dominates a huge Cross that was built in the memory of those who lost their life in the times of Bondage. From that point the view is astonishing and it’s worth to visit one of the small cafes or restaurants of the area, and enjoy the sunset. Just outside the village you can see the Mycenaean cemetery with carved graves and the great cross, that is a 1940s civil war memorial.
Fantastic view all over the island, just a breath away from Natura Verde Villas. Take advantage of the surroundings and explore the village, where you can see the church at Agia Marina, built in 1855 on top of an old temple.
Agia Marina
Fantastic view all over the island, just a breath away from Natura Verde Villas. Take advantage of the surroundings and explore the village, where you can see the church at Agia Marina, built in 1855 on top of an old temple.
Kiliomenos is a rural mountain village and one of the highest on the island with some houses dating back as far as the 16th Century. One thing that will certainly make an impression on you in the village of Kiliomenos is the 'dark' and somehow mystic bell tower that stands separately from the church itself. Don’t be intimidated by the bell tower what with its strange symbols and imposing height of 22 meters, as according to locals the symbols represent both good and bad and life and death! Built back in 1893 it is one of the few churches in Greece with gothic elements.
Koiliomenos
Kiliomenos is a rural mountain village and one of the highest on the island with some houses dating back as far as the 16th Century. One thing that will certainly make an impression on you in the village of Kiliomenos is the 'dark' and somehow mystic bell tower that stands separately from the church itself. Don’t be intimidated by the bell tower what with its strange symbols and imposing height of 22 meters, as according to locals the symbols represent both good and bad and life and death! Built back in 1893 it is one of the few churches in Greece with gothic elements.
Volimes is a typical greek village and home of the lace makers.The village is divided in three parts ,Ano , Kato and Meso Volimes and it is located in the north of the island of Zakynthos. You can find many gift shops and souvenirs with a wide variety of handmade items, gorgeous carpets, leather goods, handbags, miniature turtles, ceramics, and even sweets made of honey and almonds such as mandollate and pastelli. Still you can find local products such as cheese (Zakynthian graveyard, mizithra), rustic bread, honey, wine, olive oil, oregano, etc.
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Volimes
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Volimes is a typical greek village and home of the lace makers.The village is divided in three parts ,Ano , Kato and Meso Volimes and it is located in the north of the island of Zakynthos. You can find many gift shops and souvenirs with a wide variety of handmade items, gorgeous carpets, leather goods, handbags, miniature turtles, ceramics, and even sweets made of honey and almonds such as mandollate and pastelli. Still you can find local products such as cheese (Zakynthian graveyard, mizithra), rustic bread, honey, wine, olive oil, oregano, etc.
Keri is built over the sea at a height of 200 meters and offers unique magnificent views. In this village is also the remarkable church of Virgin Mary of Keriotissa with its wonderful iconostasis. At the cape of Marathias is the well-known Keri lighthouse built in 1925 with a tower height of 9 meters and a focal height of 190 meters, from which there is a fantastic view of the two huge white rocks of Megali and Mikri Myzithra that protrude above the sea like pyramids. The view is stunning. Wherever you can stand to contemplate, the unspoiled rocks are joined to the sea, in an apotheosis of incredible green. Even from this point you can admire one of the most famous sunsets of the Mediterranean. The Ionian spreads out in front of your eyes where the colors of the sunset blend harmoniously with the steep slope and the tranquil red of the reflective waters.
Kerion
Keri is built over the sea at a height of 200 meters and offers unique magnificent views. In this village is also the remarkable church of Virgin Mary of Keriotissa with its wonderful iconostasis. At the cape of Marathias is the well-known Keri lighthouse built in 1925 with a tower height of 9 meters and a focal height of 190 meters, from which there is a fantastic view of the two huge white rocks of Megali and Mikri Myzithra that protrude above the sea like pyramids. The view is stunning. Wherever you can stand to contemplate, the unspoiled rocks are joined to the sea, in an apotheosis of incredible green. Even from this point you can admire one of the most famous sunsets of the Mediterranean. The Ionian spreads out in front of your eyes where the colors of the sunset blend harmoniously with the steep slope and the tranquil red of the reflective waters.
The famous area of Bohali, is at the highest point of the city of Zakynthos. From there the view is astonishing as you can see not only a panoramic view of the city but also other parts of Zakynthos. This area was from the very first to be tourist developed, since in the old times the Capital of island was a few meters away, in the Castle. You can visit Bohali during the day and see the ruins of the ancient stone castle with the various outside buildings, the cannon and enjoy the view of the sea. While for the afternoon until late at night you can see the magnificent view of the city of Zakynthos, enjoy the unique traditional tastes of the local cuisine while listening to the traditional kantades.
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Bochali
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The famous area of Bohali, is at the highest point of the city of Zakynthos. From there the view is astonishing as you can see not only a panoramic view of the city but also other parts of Zakynthos. This area was from the very first to be tourist developed, since in the old times the Capital of island was a few meters away, in the Castle. You can visit Bohali during the day and see the ruins of the ancient stone castle with the various outside buildings, the cannon and enjoy the view of the sea. While for the afternoon until late at night you can see the magnificent view of the city of Zakynthos, enjoy the unique traditional tastes of the local cuisine while listening to the traditional kantades.
Argassi Bridge is built at the outfall of a river and is today ruined, located just 10 meters from the seashore, in the small harbor of Argassi. Almost half of the bridge, which used to be part of the main road, is now resting on the shore and the other half is immersed in the sea. This is due to severe erosion from the seawater and the winds. The bridge was originally constructed in 1885 and consists of three arches.
Argassi Bridge
Argassi Bridge is built at the outfall of a river and is today ruined, located just 10 meters from the seashore, in the small harbor of Argassi. Almost half of the bridge, which used to be part of the main road, is now resting on the shore and the other half is immersed in the sea. This is due to severe erosion from the seawater and the winds. The bridge was originally constructed in 1885 and consists of three arches.
Mizithres are two imposing snow-white cliffs -the one smaller than the other- located at Keri and named after the local ‘’white cheese’’ produced in Zakynthos. You can enjoy the majestic sight from the Keri lighthouse. If you want to get even closer, you have to get on one of the boats that make frequent trips to Myzithres from the nearby beaches.
Mizithres, Keri, Zakynthos
Mizithres are two imposing snow-white cliffs -the one smaller than the other- located at Keri and named after the local ‘’white cheese’’ produced in Zakynthos. You can enjoy the majestic sight from the Keri lighthouse. If you want to get even closer, you have to get on one of the boats that make frequent trips to Myzithres from the nearby beaches.
Parks & Nature's attractions
Get ready for a unique trip of incomparable beauty that will take your breath away!!
Zakynthos’ Marine Park is located along the southern coast from the promontory of Marathia’s Cape to the beach of Gerakas, including the outback of the beaches of Limni Kerì, Laganas and Kalamaki and the Strofades, two small islands 50 nautical miles southern of Zakynthos. This area presents the main characteristics of the Mediterranean ecosystem, with sandy beaches, emerging rocks and sandy dunes, whereas in the outback there are thick pinewoods, fertile areas for the agriculture and the Mediterranean landscape with spontaneous vegetation. The National Marine Park has been founded in 1999 with the main purpose of defending the particular fauna of the southern part of the island and of its integration with the local society. The most important animal specimen to protect are the turtles Caretta-Caretta and the Mediterranean Seals Monachus-Monachus.
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National Marine Park of Zakynthos
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Zakynthos’ Marine Park is located along the southern coast from the promontory of Marathia’s Cape to the beach of Gerakas, including the outback of the beaches of Limni Kerì, Laganas and Kalamaki and the Strofades, two small islands 50 nautical miles southern of Zakynthos. This area presents the main characteristics of the Mediterranean ecosystem, with sandy beaches, emerging rocks and sandy dunes, whereas in the outback there are thick pinewoods, fertile areas for the agriculture and the Mediterranean landscape with spontaneous vegetation. The National Marine Park has been founded in 1999 with the main purpose of defending the particular fauna of the southern part of the island and of its integration with the local society. The most important animal specimen to protect are the turtles Caretta-Caretta and the Mediterranean Seals Monachus-Monachus.
“Askos Stone Park” is the place where 170.000 self -sown plants (bushes and trees) grow, exactly as placed by Mother Mature. Hundreds of animals also occupy the same area, living free in their natural habitats. There are wild hawks of many species, many representative mammals of the island, many species of birds, amphibians, insects and other native animals. The park`s area contains several stone constructions, like old stables, basins cut into the rock for water collection that date back many centuries and a lot of constructions using stone and wood, in harmony with the natural environment.
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Askos Stone Park
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“Askos Stone Park” is the place where 170.000 self -sown plants (bushes and trees) grow, exactly as placed by Mother Mature. Hundreds of animals also occupy the same area, living free in their natural habitats. There are wild hawks of many species, many representative mammals of the island, many species of birds, amphibians, insects and other native animals. The park`s area contains several stone constructions, like old stables, basins cut into the rock for water collection that date back many centuries and a lot of constructions using stone and wood, in harmony with the natural environment.
The Keri Caves are located on the southwest coast of Zakynthos (Zante), on the peninsula of Keri and can be accessed only by the sea.The water is crystal clear and has amazing blue colors because of the sun light that is reflected inside the caves.This makes them ideal for snorkelling. Excursions to the caves are organized mainly from towns located in the southern part of the island (Laganas, Agios Sostis, Limni Keriou).
Keri cave
The Keri Caves are located on the southwest coast of Zakynthos (Zante), on the peninsula of Keri and can be accessed only by the sea.The water is crystal clear and has amazing blue colors because of the sun light that is reflected inside the caves.This makes them ideal for snorkelling. Excursions to the caves are organized mainly from towns located in the southern part of the island (Laganas, Agios Sostis, Limni Keriou).
The blue caves are one of the most famous and natural sights of the island and you can visit them either by your own boat or by one of the many organized boat trips. It is a long chamber of successive caves that end up in the Great and the Little Cave. The Greater is called Blue Cave. They were discovered in 1897 and named after the amazing blue of their water. The best time to visit is early in the morning. It is the time when the sun's reflection creates beautiful shapes on the walls of the caves that are mirrored and create wonderful colors in the waters.
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Blue Caves
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The blue caves are one of the most famous and natural sights of the island and you can visit them either by your own boat or by one of the many organized boat trips. It is a long chamber of successive caves that end up in the Great and the Little Cave. The Greater is called Blue Cave. They were discovered in 1897 and named after the amazing blue of their water. The best time to visit is early in the morning. It is the time when the sun's reflection creates beautiful shapes on the walls of the caves that are mirrored and create wonderful colors in the waters.
Undeniably Cameo island is one of the most picturesque points of the island. This privately-owned small isle is located just off the shore of Laganas. Until 1633 it was linked to the mainland of Laganas, until it was separated by an earthquake. Cameo Island is accessed via a small wooden bridge from the main island of Zakynthos. There’s a small fee to pay on arrival, as this is a private island, but the fee includes a drink of your choice from the beachside bar; whether that’s a Manhattan or a pint of beer is up to you. Young children can for free (but their free drink is limited to something non-alcoholic!). For the best of Cameo Island, come early in the morning to spend the day relaxing on the secluded bay. Snorkel in the clear blue waters, relax on the golden sands with stunning views of Marathonisi Island, or sip on a cocktail before cooling off with a dip in the calm waters. You may even spot endangered loggerhead turtles. When you’ve had your fill, it’s just a short boat trip back to Laganas for a romantic evening meal. Visiting after dark is a must for couples and groups of friends. The island really comes to life at night, with live music on the beach and colourful lights creating an unforgettable atmosphere. There are two bars here, one on the beach and another on the clifftop with stunning views of the sunset. Both serve a range of alcoholic and soft drinks.
Cameo Island Club
Undeniably Cameo island is one of the most picturesque points of the island. This privately-owned small isle is located just off the shore of Laganas. Until 1633 it was linked to the mainland of Laganas, until it was separated by an earthquake. Cameo Island is accessed via a small wooden bridge from the main island of Zakynthos. There’s a small fee to pay on arrival, as this is a private island, but the fee includes a drink of your choice from the beachside bar; whether that’s a Manhattan or a pint of beer is up to you. Young children can for free (but their free drink is limited to something non-alcoholic!). For the best of Cameo Island, come early in the morning to spend the day relaxing on the secluded bay. Snorkel in the clear blue waters, relax on the golden sands with stunning views of Marathonisi Island, or sip on a cocktail before cooling off with a dip in the calm waters. You may even spot endangered loggerhead turtles. When you’ve had your fill, it’s just a short boat trip back to Laganas for a romantic evening meal. Visiting after dark is a must for couples and groups of friends. The island really comes to life at night, with live music on the beach and colourful lights creating an unforgettable atmosphere. There are two bars here, one on the beach and another on the clifftop with stunning views of the sunset. Both serve a range of alcoholic and soft drinks.
Marathonissi is a small private island located in the bay of Laganas, with turtles in a very close distance .Today it is one of the breeding grounds of the Caretta-Caretta turtle. Marathonissi can be visited by private boat or via organized excursions by boat. The island offers the opportunity to choose between two wonderful beaches: the one with pebbles, from which you can go swimming in a huge cave, and the other one which is a large strip of sand that goes down to the sea.
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Marathonísi
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Marathonissi is a small private island located in the bay of Laganas, with turtles in a very close distance .Today it is one of the breeding grounds of the Caretta-Caretta turtle. Marathonissi can be visited by private boat or via organized excursions by boat. The island offers the opportunity to choose between two wonderful beaches: the one with pebbles, from which you can go swimming in a huge cave, and the other one which is a large strip of sand that goes down to the sea.
There is a rock formation near to Porto Vromi lagoon which is an image of Poseidon’s face created by the sea according to the legends and traditions of the region.The face is fantastic to look at(even though it can be any Greek gods face ). It will take you a while to focus on the exact point, but once you know where it is, then you will see it!!
Το πρόσωπο του Ποσειδώνα -Poseidon's Face
There is a rock formation near to Porto Vromi lagoon which is an image of Poseidon’s face created by the sea according to the legends and traditions of the region.The face is fantastic to look at(even though it can be any Greek gods face ). It will take you a while to focus on the exact point, but once you know where it is, then you will see it!!
Best beaches in Zakynthos
Discover the best beaches in Zakynthos, every traveller MUST visit. From the amazing Shipwreck to the'' Natural Spa '' at Xigia ...And whether you’re looking to relax in ''paradise'' with a beer in hand, or snorkel among the zakynthian marine life, be sure you won't get disappointed.
Banana is one of the most cosmopolitan beaches for both Greeks and foreign tourists since it offers plenty of sun beds with umbrellas, café-restaurants bars with fun music etc. The beach distinguishes for the rocky landscape and the soft golden sand. The access to the beach is easy and there are plenty of parking spaces. It is a good choice for all ages since everyone can combine everything with swim and sunbathe.
Banana Beach
Banana is one of the most cosmopolitan beaches for both Greeks and foreign tourists since it offers plenty of sun beds with umbrellas, café-restaurants bars with fun music etc. The beach distinguishes for the rocky landscape and the soft golden sand. The access to the beach is easy and there are plenty of parking spaces. It is a good choice for all ages since everyone can combine everything with swim and sunbathe.
Xigia beach is located northeast of the city of Zakynthos, in Volimes. The picturesque beach is one of the most unique on the island, as it contains sulfur in high proportion, giving the beach a special scent. The characteristic strong smell from the rising sulfur diffused into the small creek with its steep rocks does not alter the visual result! Small in size covered with fine golden sand and with deep crystal clear blue waters that cause you to get lost in them! Xigia Beach is the perfect place to relax..
Xigia Beach
Xigia beach is located northeast of the city of Zakynthos, in Volimes. The picturesque beach is one of the most unique on the island, as it contains sulfur in high proportion, giving the beach a special scent. The characteristic strong smell from the rising sulfur diffused into the small creek with its steep rocks does not alter the visual result! Small in size covered with fine golden sand and with deep crystal clear blue waters that cause you to get lost in them! Xigia Beach is the perfect place to relax..
A real hidden gem of Zakynthos. A little lovely beach, especially if you are traveling with small children or if you like snorkeling. There are small waves, the water is shallow and clean and there are places with shade . The entrance in the sea is quite rocky, so you'd probably need special shoes, but after the first two meters, the sand is nice and smooth. Make sure to bring your snorkeling equipment...There you can see the turtle nests. Unbelievable Nature’s place.
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Dafni Beach
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A real hidden gem of Zakynthos. A little lovely beach, especially if you are traveling with small children or if you like snorkeling. There are small waves, the water is shallow and clean and there are places with shade . The entrance in the sea is quite rocky, so you'd probably need special shoes, but after the first two meters, the sand is nice and smooth. Make sure to bring your snorkeling equipment...There you can see the turtle nests. Unbelievable Nature’s place.
The Shipwreck is one of the most famous beaches in the world and is located in Zakynthos, on the eastern side of the island near the mountain village of Anafonitria. Thin clear waters, white sand, stunning steep rocks, and the half-moon in the sandbox of a ship make up a fantastic setting.
Shipwreck Cove
The Shipwreck is one of the most famous beaches in the world and is located in Zakynthos, on the eastern side of the island near the mountain village of Anafonitria. Thin clear waters, white sand, stunning steep rocks, and the half-moon in the sandbox of a ship make up a fantastic setting.
Keri is a small and quiet resort situated on a wonderful bay with golden sand and turquoise shimmering waters, and can be found in the southern part of Zakynthos. Surely the best part of the island! It combines views and sea. When God decided to make paradise .... something like that had in his mind.
Keri
Keri is a small and quiet resort situated on a wonderful bay with golden sand and turquoise shimmering waters, and can be found in the southern part of Zakynthos. Surely the best part of the island! It combines views and sea. When God decided to make paradise .... something like that had in his mind.
Lovely small pebbly beach. Beautiful clear waters which are ideal for snorkeling. The water here often takes on a green hue, reflecting on the lush vegetation surrounding the beach. There are a couple of small caves which you can swim out to from the beach.
Makris Gialos
Lovely small pebbly beach. Beautiful clear waters which are ideal for snorkeling. The water here often takes on a green hue, reflecting on the lush vegetation surrounding the beach. There are a couple of small caves which you can swim out to from the beach.
This little fjord is a popular departure point for tour boats visiting Shipwreck beach, but you can enjoy a swim here or have a coffee and admire the astonishing scenery. There are some caves you can explore and take unique pictures in this wonderful place. It can be quite a busy beach, but the sea with white and blue colors will recompense you and you'll love diving and swimming in these transparent waters.
Porto Vromi Beach
This little fjord is a popular departure point for tour boats visiting Shipwreck beach, but you can enjoy a swim here or have a coffee and admire the astonishing scenery. There are some caves you can explore and take unique pictures in this wonderful place. It can be quite a busy beach, but the sea with white and blue colors will recompense you and you'll love diving and swimming in these transparent waters.
Porto Zorro offers a unique swimming experience at a peaceful environment away from the noisy crowds at the centre of the island. This beach has beautiful crystalline waters and lush green surroundings that impress every visitor. It is definitely one of the finest examples of the island's natural beauty. Impressive rock formations emerge from the sea creating an exotic setting and charming scenery.
Porto Zorro
Porto Zorro offers a unique swimming experience at a peaceful environment away from the noisy crowds at the centre of the island. This beach has beautiful crystalline waters and lush green surroundings that impress every visitor. It is definitely one of the finest examples of the island's natural beauty. Impressive rock formations emerge from the sea creating an exotic setting and charming scenery.
Beautiful sandy beach with safe shallow clear water. There is a jetty with rocks, perfect for a snorkel. The water is clear and the beach gently slops into the water. Wonderful and not very crowded place, fabulous both for families with children and people looking for some water sport. Sun beds and umbrellas rather cheap. Great place with several taverns and bars nearby.
Alykes
Beautiful sandy beach with safe shallow clear water. There is a jetty with rocks, perfect for a snorkel. The water is clear and the beach gently slops into the water. Wonderful and not very crowded place, fabulous both for families with children and people looking for some water sport. Sun beds and umbrellas rather cheap. Great place with several taverns and bars nearby.
Well, it’s no surprise that Porto Roma is another great attraction! Lovely 'dramatic' scenery-the cliffs around give it that extra 'touch' of individuality which is its main characteristic! Isolated and yet enchanting in many ways. Great for a full day out.
Porto Roma Beach
Well, it’s no surprise that Porto Roma is another great attraction! Lovely 'dramatic' scenery-the cliffs around give it that extra 'touch' of individuality which is its main characteristic! Isolated and yet enchanting in many ways. Great for a full day out.
This beach is nice and sandy in a small crescent shape and at the far end there is a small marina with a few boats .The whole beach, bay and marina are quite picturesque and well worth visiting.
Gaidaros Beach
This beach is nice and sandy in a small crescent shape and at the far end there is a small marina with a few boats .The whole beach, bay and marina are quite picturesque and well worth visiting.
Marathias is a secluded, pebbled beach on the southern side of the island. Far from most popular beaches, Marathias is ideal to enjoy total relaxation. It combines views and sea. Very good beach, plenty of restaurants, excursions to the caves of Keri and Marathonissi.
Marathias
Marathias is a secluded, pebbled beach on the southern side of the island. Far from most popular beaches, Marathias is ideal to enjoy total relaxation. It combines views and sea. Very good beach, plenty of restaurants, excursions to the caves of Keri and Marathonissi.
Stenitis is a beautiful fiord located 35km northwest of Zakynthos Town. There are no tourist facilities in this beach, but it has gorgeous crystal waters. Stenitis is also a docking bay for small fishing boats that go for short daily excursions in the region. This is also a good spot of scuba diving. The beach is surrounded by hillsides covered with lush greenery and vast plantation. It is accessed through a main road passing the village of Maries.
Porto Steniti
Stenitis is a beautiful fiord located 35km northwest of Zakynthos Town. There are no tourist facilities in this beach, but it has gorgeous crystal waters. Stenitis is also a docking bay for small fishing boats that go for short daily excursions in the region. This is also a good spot of scuba diving. The beach is surrounded by hillsides covered with lush greenery and vast plantation. It is accessed through a main road passing the village of Maries.
Entertainment & Activities
Travelling with children? You should better have a look here..Activities and entertainment..either you are the child ...or the parent.
Water Village is one of the biggest Water Parks in Greece, situated just 4 km away from your villa in the village of Sarakinado. If you’re looking for a great time, non-stop spray games, action adventure, fun for the whole family, but also relaxation then don’t lose the opportunity to visit…Water park Village. The Park stands on a piece of land occupying 40.000 sq.m and has over 600 parking spaces , is well organized and there are Lifeguards on every pool. The slides are funny for kids and adults alike. The lazy river is so relaxing. The exterior is a very beautiful garden with natural shadows under the trees. Free sunbeds and umbrellas for all...The staff is very helpful and polite...while after 14.30 half prices are applied.
Water Village
Water Village is one of the biggest Water Parks in Greece, situated just 4 km away from your villa in the village of Sarakinado. If you’re looking for a great time, non-stop spray games, action adventure, fun for the whole family, but also relaxation then don’t lose the opportunity to visit…Water park Village. The Park stands on a piece of land occupying 40.000 sq.m and has over 600 parking spaces , is well organized and there are Lifeguards on every pool. The slides are funny for kids and adults alike. The lazy river is so relaxing. The exterior is a very beautiful garden with natural shadows under the trees. Free sunbeds and umbrellas for all...The staff is very helpful and polite...while after 14.30 half prices are applied.
Fantastic place for children and adults alike. Large area with many activities. Nice coffee and good food at very reasonable prices. A play area that has it all and you definitely not expect to find in Zakynthos.
Caretta Kidom
Fantastic place for children and adults alike. Large area with many activities. Nice coffee and good food at very reasonable prices. A play area that has it all and you definitely not expect to find in Zakynthos.
The best place for horse riding and carriages whatever the time is....Horse riding in the mountains or at the beach exploring the nature along your rides. All the horses are really looked after and all express their personalities, even able to feed the horse fruit and vegetables. As for horse carriage use them at every opportunity as it’s a memorable and enjoyable experience long or short rides. All is family run with exceptional service to all, even cater to young children with pony rides.
Happy Horses
The best place for horse riding and carriages whatever the time is....Horse riding in the mountains or at the beach exploring the nature along your rides. All the horses are really looked after and all express their personalities, even able to feed the horse fruit and vegetables. As for horse carriage use them at every opportunity as it’s a memorable and enjoyable experience long or short rides. All is family run with exceptional service to all, even cater to young children with pony rides.
Caretta’s fun park center is located in Kalamaki resort and it is part of the Caretta beach hotel. Caretta’s fun park center offers an unforgettable experience to all kids and adults day and night. Fun starts from the morning hours when people can visit the Water Park (10:30 to 17:30) and enjoy a day full of fun in the water slides, lazy river, electric wave pool… While in the evening (18:30) a magic world appears at Caretta’s Fun Park Center, A massive area full of trampolines, bouncy castles, go carts, water balls, 6d movie theater, coin op games, etc.. There is plenty of seating areas and a number of food outlets, toilet facilities and a main bar/show bar at the end of the park.
Caretta Fun Park Center
Caretta’s fun park center is located in Kalamaki resort and it is part of the Caretta beach hotel. Caretta’s fun park center offers an unforgettable experience to all kids and adults day and night. Fun starts from the morning hours when people can visit the Water Park (10:30 to 17:30) and enjoy a day full of fun in the water slides, lazy river, electric wave pool… While in the evening (18:30) a magic world appears at Caretta’s Fun Park Center, A massive area full of trampolines, bouncy castles, go carts, water balls, 6d movie theater, coin op games, etc.. There is plenty of seating areas and a number of food outlets, toilet facilities and a main bar/show bar at the end of the park.
Fantasy Mini Golf is located along the main strip in Tsilivi. An ideal place to spend your day or night enjoying beautifully and professionally designed courses. It is situated on an area covering 4 acres, beautifully landscaped with gardens, ponds, rivers, waterfalls, fountains even an erupting volcano. Fantasy Mini Golf will truly add a lot of fun to your holidays. Really friendly staff and good selection of drinks to take round with you. An absolute must do place to go!!
Fantasy Mini Golf
Fantasy Mini Golf is located along the main strip in Tsilivi. An ideal place to spend your day or night enjoying beautifully and professionally designed courses. It is situated on an area covering 4 acres, beautifully landscaped with gardens, ponds, rivers, waterfalls, fountains even an erupting volcano. Fantasy Mini Golf will truly add a lot of fun to your holidays. Really friendly staff and good selection of drinks to take round with you. An absolute must do place to go!!
Bowl 'm Over is a state of the art bowling centre in Tsilivi offering 4 lane bowling, pool tables, foosball tables, air hockey tables, amusements, a children's play area, a snack bar, an indoor bar with balcony and a downstairs bar with a veranda to enjoy the sun. TVs’ showing the football or cricket all day long. Lovely setting with nice outdoor seating. Friendly staff that is happy to help. Reasonable prices and good fun. The pool is paid for by the hour and the bowling by the game. Something to do when it gets too hot or a great evening’s activity. The whole family can spend hours of fun there as there is something for everyone!
BOWL 'M OVER
Bowl 'm Over is a state of the art bowling centre in Tsilivi offering 4 lane bowling, pool tables, foosball tables, air hockey tables, amusements, a children's play area, a snack bar, an indoor bar with balcony and a downstairs bar with a veranda to enjoy the sun. TVs’ showing the football or cricket all day long. Lovely setting with nice outdoor seating. Friendly staff that is happy to help. Reasonable prices and good fun. The pool is paid for by the hour and the bowling by the game. Something to do when it gets too hot or a great evening’s activity. The whole family can spend hours of fun there as there is something for everyone!
The most ideal place for people who want to have fun in the night, after a day on a beautiful beach. It‘s an entertainment area suitable for all ages including many video games, target shooting, swan fishing, an artificial wall to climb and dodgem water, inflatable castles, a big pirate ship, bungee cords for acrobatic jumps, elastic trampolines and a dirt track with quads. At Luna Fun Park in Tsilivi, the younger ones will also have fun with electric cars with pedals. There is also a babysitter who entertains and takes care of the children, allowing their parents to relax at the cocktail bar.
Luna Fun Park
The most ideal place for people who want to have fun in the night, after a day on a beautiful beach. It‘s an entertainment area suitable for all ages including many video games, target shooting, swan fishing, an artificial wall to climb and dodgem water, inflatable castles, a big pirate ship, bungee cords for acrobatic jumps, elastic trampolines and a dirt track with quads. At Luna Fun Park in Tsilivi, the younger ones will also have fun with electric cars with pedals. There is also a babysitter who entertains and takes care of the children, allowing their parents to relax at the cocktail bar.
St. Nicholas Beach Watersports & Diving centre in Zakynthos offers a wide range of watersports like ringo, banana, crazy sofa & fly fish, water-ski, pedalos & canoes together with the unforgettable experience of flying over the bay in a single or double paragliding. Jet Ski bikes for hire to explore the bay & diving lessons to explore the reef. The beach at St. Nicholas in Vasilikos is a marvelous stretch of sand with gently shelving turquoise blue waters. The Centre is professionally run, fully insured & all activities are conducted & controlled safely by experienced staff carrying out instructions where necessary. There you will find everything you need for a perfect day... relaxing under a tropical umbrella, sipping an exotic cocktail or enjoying lunch at the newly refurbished trendy Beach Bar to snorkelling amongst the rocks or riding the waves
St. Nicholas Beach Watersports
St. Nicholas Beach Watersports & Diving centre in Zakynthos offers a wide range of watersports like ringo, banana, crazy sofa & fly fish, water-ski, pedalos & canoes together with the unforgettable experience of flying over the bay in a single or double paragliding. Jet Ski bikes for hire to explore the bay & diving lessons to explore the reef. The beach at St. Nicholas in Vasilikos is a marvelous stretch of sand with gently shelving turquoise blue waters. The Centre is professionally run, fully insured & all activities are conducted & controlled safely by experienced staff carrying out instructions where necessary. There you will find everything you need for a perfect day... relaxing under a tropical umbrella, sipping an exotic cocktail or enjoying lunch at the newly refurbished trendy Beach Bar to snorkelling amongst the rocks or riding the waves
The best dive center in Zakynthos, by far. Great crew, friendly people, welcoming, accommodating, easy going, the boat captain (and dive center) and the rest of the crew make you feel comfortable and safe, are always with a warm smile and positive attitude, and willing to help out with even the smallest of things. Nice dive sites too (try not to miss the caves in Keri.)
Diving Center Turtle Beach
The best dive center in Zakynthos, by far. Great crew, friendly people, welcoming, accommodating, easy going, the boat captain (and dive center) and the rest of the crew make you feel comfortable and safe, are always with a warm smile and positive attitude, and willing to help out with even the smallest of things. Nice dive sites too (try not to miss the caves in Keri.)
Arts & Culture
The venetian influence mixed with greek traditional and produced a particular culture. All the forms of the art were developed in the island and for this reason Zakynthos was rightly named the "The Florence Of the East".
The extremely interesting historical museum of Solomos and Eminent Zakynthians is located in the town of Zakynthos, in the square of Agios Markos. On the ground floor there is a mausoleum, which houses the bones of the national poets Dionysios Solomos and Andreas Kalvos. Rare manuscripts, personal items and portraits of eminent Zakynthians, such as Dionysios Solomos, Nikolaos Mantzaros, Antoniou Matesi, Gregorios Xenopoulos, are included in the museum's precious exhibits.
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Museum of D. Solomos and Other Eminent People of Zakynthos
6 Platia Agiou Markou
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The extremely interesting historical museum of Solomos and Eminent Zakynthians is located in the town of Zakynthos, in the square of Agios Markos. On the ground floor there is a mausoleum, which houses the bones of the national poets Dionysios Solomos and Andreas Kalvos. Rare manuscripts, personal items and portraits of eminent Zakynthians, such as Dionysios Solomos, Nikolaos Mantzaros, Antoniou Matesi, Gregorios Xenopoulos, are included in the museum's precious exhibits.
Right next to Vanato, at the village of Kalipado you can find Callinico, a small traditional three-generation winery producing local Zakynthian wine of surprising good quality since 1918. In Callinico winery you have the opportunity to view the authentic machinery used in the past as well the modern equipment used today. In addition, you can wander in the cellars where the wine is aged and the bottles are stored.
Callinico Winery
Right next to Vanato, at the village of Kalipado you can find Callinico, a small traditional three-generation winery producing local Zakynthian wine of surprising good quality since 1918. In Callinico winery you have the opportunity to view the authentic machinery used in the past as well the modern equipment used today. In addition, you can wander in the cellars where the wine is aged and the bottles are stored.
Amazing place where wine meets art and art makes wine. The owner Giannis is a hagiograph selling icons painted in old toles. His wine is without any doubt the best of Zakynthos, made from local grape varieties. Dry and sweet wines are available for every taste. An unexpected experience in this island well known only for its crystal clear waters.
Art & Wine Winery - Goumas Estate
Amazing place where wine meets art and art makes wine. The owner Giannis is a hagiograph selling icons painted in old toles. His wine is without any doubt the best of Zakynthos, made from local grape varieties. Dry and sweet wines are available for every taste. An unexpected experience in this island well known only for its crystal clear waters.
Visit the picturesque, artisanal perfumery for a personalized, intimate twenty minute tour. Discover how perfumes are created. Learn about the Mediterranean aromatic plants and essential oils, and become acquainted with the local perfumes and aromatic products.
RAZI AROMA - Artisan perfumery, Αρωματοποιείο Ραζη
Visit the picturesque, artisanal perfumery for a personalized, intimate twenty minute tour. Discover how perfumes are created. Learn about the Mediterranean aromatic plants and essential oils, and become acquainted with the local perfumes and aromatic products.
Helmi's Natural History Museum is one of the best museums in Zakynthos and is just 5 min walk from Natura Verde Villas. Helmi's Natural History Museum offers the opportunity to be informed about the natural heritage of Zakynthos. The museum houses valuable collections of at least 6000 samples from the natural world.
Helmi's Natural History Museum
Helmi's Natural History Museum is one of the best museums in Zakynthos and is just 5 min walk from Natura Verde Villas. Helmi's Natural History Museum offers the opportunity to be informed about the natural heritage of Zakynthos. The museum houses valuable collections of at least 6000 samples from the natural world.
Adamieion Ceramic Art Studio is located in Marineika, a small village at the outskirts of Tsilivi. The studio is set among olive, lemon and wine trees. In Adamieion you will have the opportunity to browse through the studio where is made authentic functional and decorative pottery inspired from nature, colors and life of Zakynthos, or you can visit the two floor exhibition which is full of genuine handmade Zakynthian art and buy beautiful staff for your home and gifts for your friends. You can even make your own ceramics as lessons are available by a talented artist.
ADAMIEION Ceramic Art Studio
Adamieion Ceramic Art Studio is located in Marineika, a small village at the outskirts of Tsilivi. The studio is set among olive, lemon and wine trees. In Adamieion you will have the opportunity to browse through the studio where is made authentic functional and decorative pottery inspired from nature, colors and life of Zakynthos, or you can visit the two floor exhibition which is full of genuine handmade Zakynthian art and buy beautiful staff for your home and gifts for your friends. You can even make your own ceramics as lessons are available by a talented artist.
Zakynthos, has one of the finest quality olive oils in Greece and if you are passionate about organic food, make sure to visit this olive oil press & museum at Pantokratoras village, near Lithakia. Here, you will have the opportunity to get a guided tour of the production process of olive oil step by step, starting from the woodenpress in the 18th century to today’s modern centrifuge machinery. You will be greatly rewarded with having the opportunity to dip some home baked bread in premium Zakynthian quality olive oil. While, you can also buy olive soaps, various different qualities and flavors of olive oil as well as other local products. Entrance to the museum is free.
Aristeon Olive Oil Press
Zakynthos, has one of the finest quality olive oils in Greece and if you are passionate about organic food, make sure to visit this olive oil press & museum at Pantokratoras village, near Lithakia. Here, you will have the opportunity to get a guided tour of the production process of olive oil step by step, starting from the woodenpress in the 18th century to today’s modern centrifuge machinery. You will be greatly rewarded with having the opportunity to dip some home baked bread in premium Zakynthian quality olive oil. While, you can also buy olive soaps, various different qualities and flavors of olive oil as well as other local products. Entrance to the museum is free.
The church of St’ Dennis is the most important on the island as it is devoted to St’ Dennis, the patron saint of the island and its relic is kept in a silver coffin. The church has Venetian style and the bell tower is an exact copy of the bell tower of St. Mark’s in Venice. The church is beautifully located on the seaside front of the city and is immediately recognizable when the ship approaches the port of the island. In the evening, the lights surrounding the bell tower create beautiful reflections in the sea. Next to the church you will find the monastery of St’ Dennis and a museum that explains the history of the church and the Saint.
St. Dionisos
The church of St’ Dennis is the most important on the island as it is devoted to St’ Dennis, the patron saint of the island and its relic is kept in a silver coffin. The church has Venetian style and the bell tower is an exact copy of the bell tower of St. Mark’s in Venice. The church is beautifully located on the seaside front of the city and is immediately recognizable when the ship approaches the port of the island. In the evening, the lights surrounding the bell tower create beautiful reflections in the sea. Next to the church you will find the monastery of St’ Dennis and a museum that explains the history of the church and the Saint.
Exo Chora is a small village that is famous for its oldest living olive tree. It’s easy to spot the tree because its right on the corner junction of the main street. The olive tree is said to be more than 2,000 years old and have now branched out into two. It looks ugly and monstrous, yet fascinating.
Exo Chora
Exo Chora is a small village that is famous for its oldest living olive tree. It’s easy to spot the tree because its right on the corner junction of the main street. The olive tree is said to be more than 2,000 years old and have now branched out into two. It looks ugly and monstrous, yet fascinating.
Zakynthos Town is located on the east side of the island is the capital of Zakynthos. A city literally rebuilt out of its own ashes, since a wildfire destroyed everything that has been left by the catastrophic earthquake in 1953. The coastal road known also as "Santa Marina" street leads to Dionysios Solomos square, which is the biggest square on the island. One of the most popular attractions on the square is the statue of Dionysios Solomos(Greece's national poet that wrote the national anthem).Another famous square of Zante is the Saint Mark’s square. The Museum of Dionysios Solomos, Andreas Kalvos and other Eminent Personalities of Zakynthos are housed in a neoclassical building at the square of Saint Mark’s. Here you will also find the Catholic Church of San Marco and the traditional clock. Going through the city you will see a picturesque pedestrian with cafes, bars and restaurants which are open all year round.
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Zakinthos
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Zakynthos Town is located on the east side of the island is the capital of Zakynthos. A city literally rebuilt out of its own ashes, since a wildfire destroyed everything that has been left by the catastrophic earthquake in 1953. The coastal road known also as "Santa Marina" street leads to Dionysios Solomos square, which is the biggest square on the island. One of the most popular attractions on the square is the statue of Dionysios Solomos(Greece's national poet that wrote the national anthem).Another famous square of Zante is the Saint Mark’s square. The Museum of Dionysios Solomos, Andreas Kalvos and other Eminent Personalities of Zakynthos are housed in a neoclassical building at the square of Saint Mark’s. Here you will also find the Catholic Church of San Marco and the traditional clock. Going through the city you will see a picturesque pedestrian with cafes, bars and restaurants which are open all year round.
Solomos Square is the central and biggest square in the city and there take place several religious and cultural events & celebrations. Here stands out the statue of our National poet, Dionisios Solomos, nowadays a copy of the original statue, work of the Athenian sculptor Georgios Vroutos. Around the Square you can see several remarkable buildings which still follow their pre-earthquake form, as well as the church of Saint Nikolaos of the Dock. On the left, stands the Town Hall of Zakynthos Zante and in the south the statue of Ugo Foskolo. More statues in the Square are those of Pavlos Karer ans the Staue of Freedom.
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Solomos Square
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Solomos Square is the central and biggest square in the city and there take place several religious and cultural events & celebrations. Here stands out the statue of our National poet, Dionisios Solomos, nowadays a copy of the original statue, work of the Athenian sculptor Georgios Vroutos. Around the Square you can see several remarkable buildings which still follow their pre-earthquake form, as well as the church of Saint Nikolaos of the Dock. On the left, stands the Town Hall of Zakynthos Zante and in the south the statue of Ugo Foskolo. More statues in the Square are those of Pavlos Karer ans the Staue of Freedom.
The monastery is situated on Mountain Skopos. You can take some lovely pictures; there are benches where you can sit and rest and the place is quiet - all yours, in fact. The view from the top of Mountain Skopos is amazing. You can see Zakinthos town and the gorgeous Ionian blue.
Monastery Panagia Skopiotissa
The monastery is situated on Mountain Skopos. You can take some lovely pictures; there are benches where you can sit and rest and the place is quiet - all yours, in fact. The view from the top of Mountain Skopos is amazing. You can see Zakinthos town and the gorgeous Ionian blue.
The Monastery of Panagia Anafonitria on Zakynthos, is dedicated to Virgin Mary and is a Byzantine monument with interesting architecture. It was founded in the middle of the 15th century, during the Venetian occupation of the island. In this monastery, Agios Dionysios, the protector saint of Zakynthos, became a monk and lived the last years of his life in the 16th century. This little monastery is well worth a visit if you are in the area. It's only a few minutes from the Shipwreck beach viewpoint.. The monastery itself is pretty, authentic, traditional Greek, both inside and outside and is peaceful and laidback. The setting itself is in the stunning scenery and is a lovely place to take a moment.
Anafonitria Monastery
The Monastery of Panagia Anafonitria on Zakynthos, is dedicated to Virgin Mary and is a Byzantine monument with interesting architecture. It was founded in the middle of the 15th century, during the Venetian occupation of the island. In this monastery, Agios Dionysios, the protector saint of Zakynthos, became a monk and lived the last years of his life in the 16th century. This little monastery is well worth a visit if you are in the area. It's only a few minutes from the Shipwreck beach viewpoint.. The monastery itself is pretty, authentic, traditional Greek, both inside and outside and is peaceful and laidback. The setting itself is in the stunning scenery and is a lovely place to take a moment.
Strani’s Hill is a beautiful wooded place that offers a captivating view. This was one of Dionysios Solomos favorite places; it was here that the poet was inspired, from canonnades in Mesologgi, and wrote the “Hymn to Liberty” that later became Greece’s National Anthem. At a short distance on top of the hill there is Solomo’s mansion, while at the small square in front of it one may see his bust.
Stranis Hill
Strani’s Hill is a beautiful wooded place that offers a captivating view. This was one of Dionysios Solomos favorite places; it was here that the poet was inspired, from canonnades in Mesologgi, and wrote the “Hymn to Liberty” that later became Greece’s National Anthem. At a short distance on top of the hill there is Solomo’s mansion, while at the small square in front of it one may see his bust.
The Venetian castle is located at Bohali hill, just 2 km away from the city. The Castle has great historical importance as it was built during Medieval years and was located the capital of the island. The location of the castle is unique because you can enjoy the panoramic view of the island from all sides. Also walking through the castle you can see the few buildings that are still intact, there is the stone vaulted prison, the large and small gunpowder rooms, the main bastion of the fort with a great view of Zakynthos town, the ruins of many churches from the 15th and 17th century and also the remains of the administration centre of the barracks from the period of British occupation.
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Venetian Castle
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The Venetian castle is located at Bohali hill, just 2 km away from the city. The Castle has great historical importance as it was built during Medieval years and was located the capital of the island. The location of the castle is unique because you can enjoy the panoramic view of the island from all sides. Also walking through the castle you can see the few buildings that are still intact, there is the stone vaulted prison, the large and small gunpowder rooms, the main bastion of the fort with a great view of Zakynthos town, the ruins of many churches from the 15th and 17th century and also the remains of the administration centre of the barracks from the period of British occupation.