Zakynthos (or Zante) is an enchanting island with great natural beauty. It is not without a reason that the Caretta-Caretta turtles have chosen some of its magnificent beaches to lay their eggs on. The most famous sites in Zakynthos is the Shipwreck Beach that has taken its name from a rusty, wrecked ship that is found on shore. This beach is accessible with excursion boat that also passes from the famous Blue Caves. In general, the island is famous for the wonderful beaches with sandy shores, such as Gerakas, Kalamaki, Agios Nikolaos, and Porto Zoro. A drive around will bring visitors to traditional villages and old monasteries.
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Marathonisi is a pristine island in the bay of Laganas, right opposite Limni Keriou beach. Excursion boats go to Marathonisi, which is known for its sandy beaches and the green landscape. On the soft sand of Marathonisi, the sea turtle caretta-caretta goes to lay its eggs.
Church of Agios Dionyssios
The church of Agios Dionysios, the protector of the island, is located close to the port. It has an impressive bell tower, the tallest in the town, and hosts the shrine of the saint.
The church of Agios Nikolaos Molos, located in Solomos Square, is the only building of Venetian style that survived the earthquake of 1953. It was later reconstructed keeping its original characteristics.
Argassi Bridge is built at the outfall of a river and is today ruined, located 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.
The Castle of Zakynthos is set on a hill above Zante Town, in the region of Bohali. Constructed in the 15th century, probably around 1480, this Castle protected the island from many pirate raids and enemy attacks.
This museum is located in Agios Markos Square and it is dedicated to the poet Dionysios Solomos and other eminent Zakynthians. A collection of manuscripts, portraits, personal clothes and busts of famous Zakynthians are housed inside as well as the mausoleums of two important Greek poets, Solomos and Kalvos.
The Monastery of Anafonitria is located on the northwest side of the island. Agios Dionysios, the protector of the island, spent his last days as a monk here. This is where he gave forgiveness to the murderer of his brother.
Post Byzantine Art Museum
The Post Byzantine Art Museum of Zakynthos Town is housed in the large building of Solomos Square, the largest square of the town. It exhibits valuable icons, ecclesiastical clothing, frescoes from the 16th-19th century and papers and photos of Zakynthos before the earthquake of 1953.
Church of Agios Markos
The church of Agios Markos, located next to the Museum of Solomos, is small in size and constitutes the only Catholic church on Zakynthos island.
Church of Agios Nikolaos
The church of Agios Nikolaos in Kiliomeno is a Venetian church with an impressive bell tower. Quite interesting is the fact that the church and the bell tower are separated by the street, looking like two different units.
Church of Panagia Keriotissa
This lovely church is located on the southern side of the village and it is surrounded by a small park. The church itself and the bell tower are very large.
Monastery of Spiliotissa
The Monastery of Panagia Spiliotissa is located on the northern side of the island. Constructed on the edge of a steep cliff, this monastery is surrounded by lush greenery.
Monastery of Eleftherotria
The Monastery of Panagia Eleftherotria is located in Lagopodo, next to Maherado and very close to the church of Santa Mavra. Its architecture looks more like a castle than a monastery. The location gives an amazing view to the countryside of the island.
Church of Agia Mavra
The church of Agia Mavra in Maherado was built in the 14th century and it is among the most important churches in Zakynthos. It has an imposing Venetian bell tower next to the door. The church celebrates the memory of Agia Mavra on May 3rd.
The Helmis Museum of Natural History is located in the mountainous village of Agia Marina, in the center of Zakynthos. It was established in 2000 by a private initiative and aims to present the rare flora, fauna, and sea life of the island.
Monastery of Ioannis Prodromos
This post-Byzantine monastery is constructed in a lush scenery above Alykes. Its interior has many works and icons of great value.
The Monastery of Agios Georgios Krimnon (or Vrahon, the meaning of the Rocks) is located on top of a cliff with a gorgeous view to the sea. Its exact date of construction is not known, but in 1553 it was destroyed by pirates.
This museum is dedicated to Gregorios Xenopoulos, a famous Greek playwriter born in Zakynthos. It is housed in the ancestral mansion of the writer and it houses his manuscripts, photos, and personal items.
Exhibition Center of Caretta Caretta
The Exhibition Center of the Sea Turtle Caretta Caretta is located in the region of Dafni, an area that belongs to the National Marine Park of Zakynthos. The center was established in 2006 and aims to inform visitors on the protection of the Caretta-Caretta.
In the village of Pigadakia, 2 km from Katastari, there is a small cultural and agricultural museum. Established in 1998, this museum exhibits the life of a traditional Greek village.