It is the third largest of the Ionian Islands. Zakynthos is a separate regional unit of the Ionian Islands region, and its only municipality. It covers an area of 405.55 km2 (156.6 sq mi) and its coastline is roughly 123 km (76 mi) in length. The name, like all similar names ending in -nthos, is pre-Mycenaean or Pelasgian in origin. In Greek mythology the island was said to be named after Zakynthos, the son of a legendary Arcadian chief Dardanus.
Zakynthos is a tourist destination, with an international airport served by charter flights from northern Europe. The island’s nickname is “The flower of the Levant”, bestowed upon it by the Venetians who were in possession of Zakynthos from 1484–1797.
It is worth seeing in Zakynthos :
- Take a bow for the most beautiful beaches
Hanging on the rails of the caique that makes the round of Zakynthos, you see the most beautiful beach parade. The Shipwreck, Laganas, Gerakas, Vassilikos, Marathonisi, the Blue Caves are considered to be among the most beautiful beaches in Greece. A great protagonist, the famous wreck, who named the exotic beach with all-white sand and green-turquoise waters. Come early in the morning or kick off from the previous afternoon to make the first morning dive before many people come.
- National Marine Park: a park … for turtles in the Ionian Sea round the island of Zakynthos is the first National Marine Park of Greece. Why; Here are the rare Caretta caretta sea turtles frequented. From spring they start from the bay of Libya and the Adriatic to arrive here … not for holidays but to leave their eggs on the beaches of Gerakas, Dafni, Kalamaki, Marathonisi and mainly in Sekania, east of Laganas …. If you’re lucky to see nesting, admire the spectacle of nature silently.
Access info : By Air: Frequent flights to Zakynthos International Airport (code: ZTH) either direct (from many European & International Cities during the summer season) or via Athens International Airport (code: ATH) (Flight time: 40 minutes)
By Car / Ferry boat: One hour journey by ferry with frequent service from Kyllini port. (45 km from the port of Patras which is the main entrance from Italy).
Direct Ferries to Zakynthos. From Kyllini , Bari & Brindisi.
Athens – Zakynthos | Fare 23,20 €: 5:45 – 7:45 – 10:45 – 12:45 – 17:15
Zakynthos – Athens | Fare 23,20 €: 5:00 – 7:30 – 9:45 – 12:30 – 14:30 – 19:30
Patrai – Zakynthos | Fare 6,80 €: 11:00 – 16:00 – 20:30
Zakynthos – Patrai | Fare 6,80 €: 5:00 – 07:30 – 12:30 – 14:30 – 19:30
Please check your exact departure time by calling the bus stations:
Athens +30 210 5129432 – Patrai +30 2610 220993 – Zakynthos +30 26950 42656 + 2225
Taxi – Tarifs
Taxi fares from the airport: Depending on the distance between 25-47 € flat rate. The current list depends on the airport. For short distances without luggage: require switching on the meter.
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