Zakynthos Gerakas beach


Gerakas Zakynthos: Gerakas is considered one of the most attractive beaches of Zakynthos for its turquoise waters and unique unspoilt features. It is located 18 km south of the capital and it offers a shelter for the the endangered sea turtle Caretta-Caretta.

The sandy beach of Gerakas is a much preferred for swimming and sunbathing. It is actually a large cove with crystalline waters and golden sand. Some rock formations are scattered on the seashore offering a feeling of protection and isolation. The beach of Gerakas is one of the finest examples of the enchanting landscape and the natural beauty that characterize the island of Zakynthos. There is free parking before you follow the path down to this idyllic beach.

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velevele wrote on Sep 25, 2013

Unique beach with unspoilt nature. I love it!!!

petarbg wrote on Oct 01, 2013

Perfect beach. Clean and sandy.

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wrote on Dec 26, 2013

The sandy beach of Gerakas is much preferred for swimming and sunbathing. It is a rather large beach with clear waters and golden sand. Some rock formations are scattered on the seashore. The beach of Gerakas is a good example of the natural beauty that characterizes the island of Zakynthos, although the two comments made below are unfortunately no longer totally true. On top of that, not only humans but also the carretta-carretta sea turtles have selected this area as a favourite place. The challenge was, still is and also will be in the future to make both humans and sea turtles exist together. The National Marine Park of Zakynthos (NMPZ) spents a lot of efforts, money and resources to preserve the area. To all visitors who want to enjoy Gerakas beach - as you can read but sea turtles don't - please respect the NMPZ rules that apply to the area. As such you actively contribute to make it possible also for your children and their children ... , to experience the beauty of nature.

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wrote on Dec 27, 2013

ARCHELON and the preservation of the carretta-carretta sea turtle.

Since 1983, the primary objective of ARCHELON - the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece - has been to protect the sea turtles and their habitats in Greece through monitoring and research, developing and implementing management plans, habitat restoration, raising public awareness and rehabilitating sick and injured turtles.
ARCHELON works closely with state agencies, the local authorities, institutions, other NGOs, fishermen and local inhabitants in order to mitigate and reverse population reduction of sea turtles. Certain projects are co-funded by the European Commission. Priority is given to the elaboration and implementation of integrated management plans in the major loggerhead nesting areas in Greece (Zakynthos, Bays of Kyparissia and Lakonikos, and Crete). On Zakynthos ARCHELON conducts its projects under an agreement with the National Marine Park (NMPZ). Pilot sand dune restoration projects have been carried out behind nesting beaches.

Some facts and figures :
ARCHELON relies heavily on voluntary work. Every year over 500 volunteers from all over the world are helping with the work on the nesting beaches and in the -Every summer the major nesting areas in Zakynthos, Peloponnesus and Crete - around 75 kilometres - are daily monitored.
Every year over 2,500 nests are protected against human threats, predation and sea inundation.
Every year around 300 turtles are tagged in order to monitor their movements in the sea using satellite transmitters.
Over 50 injured sea turtles are treated every year at the Rescue Centre at Glyfada.
About 200,000 tourists are directly contacted through ARCHELON's diverse information programmes every year.
Over 15,000 students participate every year in the educational programmes.
Before visiting the beautiful beaches of Laganas, Kalamaki, Daphni or Gerakas ... please be aware of the efforts and resources that are made to preserve these areas. As they also have been selected by the carretta-carretta sea turtles as their environment for breading. Both humans and sea turtles do share the same locations, the same planet and the same future.

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