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Zakynthos vacation throws up innumerable options to enjoy a fine holiday in one of the most picturesque islands of the Ionian Sea. Beautiful beaches, underwater caves, mountainous villages and remnants of the intriguing past, Zakynthos vacation offers you all this and more. It comes as no surprise that Zakynthos has grown as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece over the last years.
More and more people choose Zakynthos for their summer vacations and come to relax under the hot Greek sun. The amazing beaches, the crystal water, the traditional villages of the countryside and the hospitality of the locals are the basic elements for your unique vacations.
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The most photographed spot of the island and one of the top things to see in Zakynthos is Navagio (the Shipwreck) beach, located on the northwestern side of the island and reachable by boat from several ports. This beach distinguishes for the crystal water and for the old rusted ship that lays on shore. Close to Navagio are the Blue Caves.
Starting from the north to the south, the island has a lot of beautiful spots. The eastern side of the island is the most developed in tourism and you are more probable to find accommodation on this side. Most popular resorts in Zakynthos are Agios Nikolaos, Alikanas, Tsilivi, Laganas, Argassi and Vassilikos.
These beaches host many tourist facilities and give the chance to enjoy plenty of water sports. They are also surrounded by hotels and rooms to let.
From a geographical point of view, the island has a diverse terrain of fertile plains on the southeastern part that dips gently into the Ionian Sea, while the western part has two mountainous promontories that plunge into the coastlines dotted with peaceful bays and golden beaches. The northern part of the island is also covered with pine-covered mountains and hills. The combination of the mild Mediterranean climate and copious winter rainfall has blessed the island with a dense green cover.
A spectacular series of geological formations, the caves around the coastline are natural arches formed by centuries of erosion that have created an outstandingly beautiful seascape. The water has a deep blue tone, particularly in the deepest caves and in the bright morning light, everything, including the keel of the boat and the swimmers, appears as though they have been painted in deep shades azure.
If you happen to be a wildlife enthusiast, then do not pass over the opportunity to watch the famous loggerhead sea turtle called Caretta-Caretta, which has been in the news in recent years for its endangered status. Native to the Mediterranean, the turtles use some of the beaches on the Greek Islands as its nesting grounds, and the Greek government has adopted several measures to protect these creatures.
Also of interest is the National Marine Park established on the uninhabited islet of Marathonisi just off the coast of Limni Keriou. With its beautiful white sandy beach and crystal clear waters shaded by lush vegetation, the islet is a protected area for the Caretta Caretta and it is certainly worth including in your list of places to visit on your Zakynthos vacation.