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Zakynthos Town: The capital and main harbour of Zakynthos is called Zakynthos Town, or Zante, and has a population of about 10.000 inhabitants. The town located on the eastern part of the island used to have a unique architecture influenced by the Venetians, the French and the English who colonised the island. However, the major earthquake of 1452 destroyed a big part of the elegant mansions and fine neoclassical buildings that used to embellish the capital.
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Today only a few traditional buildings and churches can be seen in the town. The new town was built on the ruins of the ancient one in an attempt to preserve the traditional architecture but this was only possible in a few areas, like the spacious Solomos Square.
The long waterfront extending between the Solomos Square (on its right) and the Church of Agios Dionysios, saint patron of the island (on its left) is the most popular and crowded spot of Zakynthos, lining with many restaurants, tourist shops and ferry agencies.
All the commercial and cultural life of the island is concentrated on the third parallel street of the waterfront. Solomos Square is quite large, boarded by some elegantly arched buildings. The square was given the name of the famous Greek poet Dionysios Solomos who wrote the Greek National Hymn. A museum was founded to celebrate the life and work of the poet.
The capital of Zakynthos also has a Museum of Post Byzantine Art which stands on Solomos square, as well as a museum dedicated to the life and work of the Greek novelist and play writer Gregorios Xenopoulos, located close to the Church of Agios Dionysios which stands on the left end of the waterfront. The corps of the saint is kept there, in a silver carved reliquary. The church also houses some beautiful and valuable wall paintings.
Another very interesting church of the town is the Church of Agios Nikolas of Molos, located on the waterfront. A Venetian fortress used to rise over the capital but today only the gate and the outer walls are still standing. However, the view over Zakynthos Town and its surroundings from this spot is astonishing.
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There are many different ways to get to Zakynthos Town from any location on the island.
Airport to Zakynthos Town: 5 km / 3.1 miles | Port to Zakynthos Town: 1.5 km / 0.9 miles
Tours: Discover Zakynthos Town with an organized tour, starting from 20 euros.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Zakynthos transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the airport, port or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following number: 0030 26950 48400 or book your taxi online.
Car rental: Τhere’s the option of renting a car in Zakynthos with as little as 14 euros per day and pick it up directly from the airport, port or your hotel. Using a car rental allows visitors to discover Zakynthos Town and many other places of interest in Zakynthos at their own pace.
By Public transfers: The central bus station of the island is located at Zakynthos Town. There are bus connections between this bus station and the most areas of the island. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here.
From Airport to Town: There’s a bus station outside the airport building. There are few buses from the airport to Zakynthos Town during the day. Check the official timetables of the route Airport > Zakynthos Town here.
From Port to Town: The port of Zakynthos is located at Zakynthos Town.
Tip: Since buses don’t always stop in every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.
Ferry to Zakynthos : Book your ferry to Zakynthos from Kilini.
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