Prefecture of Zante (Zakynthos) Things to Do
View from above 'Smugglers Cove'
View from above 'Smugglers Cove'
Our Lady of Angels - Main town
Keri caves by Jelena
Marathonissi by Jelena
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Back to Zakynthos chora
We stayed only two days on Zakynthos and visited one day the southern part of the island, the second day the northern part. It was now time to go back to the chora (in the background), to the harbor and to sail back to Lefkas first, and after that the trip will end! Too bad that good things have to end so fast!
We found this tiny little cafeneion with a superb disused well at the dead end of a small road, with a view on Nisis Aghios Nikolaos, seen on the left of the first photo.The second photo shows the small road that allowed to reach this place.The third photo shows a mural they had on the side wall of the terrace and that advertises for the freshness of their food!
The mainland in front of Nisis Aghios Nikolaos
The coast is rocky and dry but there are a few nice coves like this one. Sorry, I have not the name of this place. I am afraid that there is now some sort of tourist resort instead of an almost desert cove!
Korithion, Nisis Aghios Nikolaos
The small village of Korithion stands inland but from the village, thee is a wide view on the coast line and Nisis Aghios Nikolaos (Saint Nicholas islet)The second photo shows Nisis Aghios Nikolaos from the coast. It is an almost bare island with a few scattered bushes. It is uninhabited.
Alykes village is located 18 km to the north-west of Zakynthos town. The area was named after the salt works that used to operate there to provide the salt the island needed. Alykes nowadays is a widely renowned resort with a great sandy beach.The photo shows the salt works that produce a fair amount of the salt sold in continental Greece. The second photo is a close up on the salt works.The third photo shows the coast north to Alykes.
Argassi, 4km south to Zakynthos, had when we visited a small harbor with a handful of local fishermen boats. I know that given its neighboring with Zakynthos, it has now developing as a tourist resort; I hope that it has not spoiled too much this nice place.
The Old Bridge in Argassi
The old bridge is actually not that old as it was built in 1885 but was makes it very special is that it starts several meters away from the shore and seems to go on towards the open sea, which does not make sense, does it? The explanation is that when it was built, the coastal road passed on the bridge but since then, a very severe erosion has taken a huge part of the coast line and the bridge remains a lone with no road to carry anymore!
From the road between Macherado and Argassi, we spotted on top of a hill a small isolated monastery (first photo).We did a small detour to visit it. This was another example of a bell tower separate from the church. Neither the church (closed) nor the bell tower had any carving outside but the landscape was magnificent.
On the road again!
From Macherado, we decided to go back to the coast to have a look at Argassi.The first photo shows a segment of the mountain road with the coastal plain in the background. The second photo was taken when the road passes across a small village.
Macherado stands almost in the center of the island. It has 10,000 inhabitants and is the second town of the island after the chora, 10 km away, in the plain.Agia Mavra church has interesting frescoes and beautiful icons, including the famous Agia Mavra that is supposed to act as a healer. Sorry, we did not visit it!
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