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Sightseeing in Zakynthos Island - what to see. Complete travel guide

Zakynthos - Ζάκυνθος Zakynthos is the well-known resort island that is a part of Ionian Islands. Lots of legends are associated with the island. According to the one of them, islanders were brave warriors and made a mark during the Troyan war. This mysterious island is an excellent place to visit for tourists interested in Antique history and also for those who can't imagine vacations without walking around picturesque places. Anyhow, first and the foremost, Zakynthos is the luxurious beach resort; one of its beaches lasts for over 14 kilometers. Various excursions and lots of landmarks enhance the vacation experience.
Zakynthos is just great for a vacation with children. There are many beautiful beaches with a gentle descent, and unusual natural objects, historical monuments, and attractions for children … Open
Unique National Marine Park is the most important landmark of the island. It was established in 1999; it is populated with rare Caretta turtles. There are also lots of birds, wild rabbits, iguanas, seals, porcupines, more than 7.5 thousands species of plants there, as well as a number of beaches open for public.
Another point of interest is the Askos national reserve. It occupies over 500,000 square meters of land and offers its guests lots of walkways to enjoy local flora variety and meet various friendly animals. Tourists are allowed to feed some of them; taking photos with raccoons is among the most popular entertainment activities.

Photogallery of Askos:
The island's cuisine absorbed all the best traditions of the Greek culinary. One of the most important ingredients in almost any dish is olive oil. The Islanders also like to use tomatoes, … Open
There's also a number of historical landmarks on the island and Iglesia de san Dionisio is one of them. This holy site is named after the most popular citizen of Zakynthos. Saint Dionysius was born in one of local fishing villages and became respected with locals while alive. The church itself was built in early 18th century; it houses relics of St.Dionysius. The old church has survived until this day in excellent condition; it’s the one of the most important landmarks of the island. Lots of pilgrims attend it to worship Dionysius relics.
Zakynthos - Ζάκυνθος Monastery of Anafonitrias is the landmark of earlier ages. It was founded back in 15th century, when the island was under control of Venice. This holy site is also dedicated to the holy patron of the island. It’s the place, where Saint Dionysius became a monk and later an abbot. The monastery was severely damaged during earthquake in 1953 and only its old chapel survived intact. Today there's the small museum at the monastery housing a collection of Dionysius personal belongings.
When you are talking to the local residents, remember that not all gestures here have a traditional meaning. For example, the palm that is spread out and directed right at the interlocutor … Open
Keri village has survived through centuries in its original form; it is a very interesting place to visit. Beautiful stone houses of local citizens and amazing Holy Mother Keriotis church known for its wooden iconostasis are main sites. Lots of beautiful legends are associated with Argassi area; it’s an excellent place for walks. A lot of travelers tend to get on top of Skopas mountain. According one of the legends, it was the place of sanctuary dedicated to Artemis. The church and monastery of Holy Mother Skoliotis was later built on top of the ancient holy place. It neighbors with ruins of ancient churches and the fortification tower, which make this place an excellent site for history lovers.
Ζάκυνθος - Zakynthos There are interesting markets and shops in every town of the island. They are great for purchasing interesting souvenirs and locally produced goods. For example, Zakynthos Island is famous for its delicious honey and olive oil. Mandolato nougat remains a popular local dessert and a typical souvenir that tourists like to purchase. The delicious nougat is cooked from almonds. Local farmers produce dozens of types of cheese, many of which are not available in other regions of Greece. Ladotyri cheese is one of the most famous types of local cheese. It has become incredibly popular thanks to its unique sharp taste.
Zakynthos was inhabited in antiquity, and despite a serious earthquake that destroyed part of the island buildings in the 1950s, there are many beautiful monuments of ancient days. The … Open
Female travelers should not forget to pay their attention to locally produced cosmetics. Olive oil is the key component of the majority of local beauty treatments. If you want to bring something absolutely exclusive from your vacation on the island, consider doing some shopping at the Female Monastery of Panagia Elefterotriya. At this monastery, visitors can purchase incredibly beautiful handmade embroidery. On Zakynthos, tourists can visit a historical vinery, Callinico, that offers best varieties of local wine.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Zakynthos Island
♥   Castle 'Chlemoutsi' northwestern Elis, 30.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Assos Castle' Assos, 70.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Old Navarino castle' Near Pylos, 118.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Zakynthos Island
♥   National Park 'Ethniko Parko limnothalasson Mesolongiou – Aitolikou' , 76.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Ethniko Parko Ygrotopon Amvrakikou' , 142.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Zakynthos Island from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Melissani Cave

From the series “Fantastic and Colorful Caves Inside the Earth”
At different times of the day, the light stains the cave in different colours, making it one of the most amazing natural attractions of the planet. It is important to note that Melissani cave is an important historical object. Thousands of years ago it was used for religious rituals. Unique religious artifacts were discovered in the cave. Figures of the god Pan, clay disks and plates with images of the nymphs are now kept in the archaeological museum of Argostoli. … Read further

Navagio Beach

From the series “The Hidden and Hard-To-Reach Beautiful Beaches”
To the picturesque sandy beach can only be reached by boat or with the cutter. The unified beach without any infrastructure is incredibly popular with tourists. Every day the travelers come here to see the ancient smugglers' ship and to relax in the calm atmosphere. Despite the relatively small number of holidaymakers, the atmosphere on the beach remains calm and quiet. Those who want to spend their time in full solitude should head to Navagio Beach early in the morning. … Read further
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