Prefecture of Zante (Zakynthos) Things to Do

  • View from above 'Smugglers Cove'
    View from above 'Smugglers Cove'
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    the caves
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    Our Lady of Angels - Main town
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Prefecture of Zante (Zakynthos) Things to Do

  • 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!

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  • Seaside cafeneion

    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...

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  • The mainland in front of Nisis Aghios...

    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!

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  • 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.

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  • Alykes

    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...

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  • Argassi

    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.

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  • 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...

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  • Monastery

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Macherado

    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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  • From Kiliomeno to Macherado

    From Kiliomeno to Macherado, the road is very scenic and winds a lot.The first photo shows a landscape of small cornfields already harvested, with scattered olive trees and cypresses.From time to time, as the road climbs to the center of the island, there are landscapes opened towards the coast. The second photo shows a first glimpse on Zakynthos...

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  • Kiliomeno, unidentified church

    A little further, outside of the village, on top of a small hill, an isolated structure is obviously an other, smaller church. I have been unable to identify it. Though in good condition, it did not seem that it was used anymore as weeds grew freely in front of the entrance and one bell was lacking.

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  • Kiliomeno, Agios Nikolaos church

    Agios Nikolaos church actually stands apart, on the other side of the street and was from some distance hidden by neighboring houses. It was built in 1893, together with the bell tower. The stone architecture of Kiliomeno uses local quarries of excellent stone and the church is so well built that it resisted to the 1953 earthquake.

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  • Kiliomeno, bell tower of Agios Nikolaos...

    The bell tower of Agios Nikolaos church in Kiliomeno overlooks the village and is the first thing that strikes the eye. At first, there seems to be a bell tower but no church.The bell tower was built following a square pattern (second photo). The top of the bell tower has some fine carvings shown on the third photo. They are considered to represent...

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  • Kiliomeno, recollecting our party

    Just before entering in Kiliomeno, we make a short stop in front of the cemetery, just to be sure that our 7 motorbikes and 10 people were all there and that none was lost along the road! Here we are, nobody had been lost(

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  • Kiliomeno

    Kiliomeno, also named Aghios Nikolaos, after the saint patron of the village, is mountain village of 450 inhabitants, in the south of Zakynthos, 8 kilometers southwest to Macherado and 17 kilometers from the Chora.

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  • Welcoming cafeneion!

    Though you have not to pedal on a motorbike, riding it for some time under a Greek August sun makes you hot and thirsty. We were more than happy to find this welcoming cafeneion with a well shaded terrace and huge beers ! (first photo)The second photo shows that they had a BBQ with a very special shape. That was not time to have a meal and it was...

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  • Laganas bay

    This photo shows Laganas bay with Nisis Pelouzo (island of Pelouzo) on the right and Nisis Marathonissi (Marathonissi island) on the left, in the background We did not go to the beach as we had no time to rest in the sand but wanted to visit the island!. Laganas bay beaches are the most important Loggerheads Sea-turtles nesting habitat in Europe....

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  • Zakynthos bay from the south

    The first photo shows Zakynthos bay from the south. The Chora is in the background, at the foot of the little triangular hill.The second photo was taken closer to Zakynthos with our group of motorbikes waiting for the photographer!

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  • Riding to Planos!

    Our first ride, in the afternoon, was northwards to get to Planos. The road climbs and gives a superb landscape with the continent in the far background. The countryside, though in August is reasonably green : fields in yellow were harvested cornfields but there were many olive groves with a grey green foliage, a few eucalyptus, some pomegranate...

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  • Quiet bay !

    In the same bay but opposite to busy Zakynthos, the water was very calm and I could not resist taking a photo of this small boat. If you look at its rigging, you will notice that it has an old rigging, with what is called a Latin sail : the boom is not horizontal and swinging from one end like in modern riggings but it is oblique and swinging from...

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  • Zakynthos port

    Our party of three small sailing boats sailed to Zakynthos from Cephallonia (see my Poros page). The 25 miles sailing was about the longest distance that we could do safely. On arrival, we wanted to visit the island and we hired 7 motorbikes for our group for 6 adults and 4 children.The Chora (the city of Zakynthos, capital of the island) has no...

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  • St. Nicholaos church/ beach

    This beach is situated South from Banana beach, and I liked it more than Banana. On a top of it is a rock formation with St. Nicholaos Church overlooking beaches and mountains near by. The church is tiny, but it looks very romantic on a top of the rock and big waves undernise. It is easy to walk there from this beach or nearest beaches. Or, it is...

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  • Marios glass bottom cruise (from Porto...

    This is the best boat trip I ever had in my life, and I had many. It is a private small boat, which sails to the National Marine park from Porto Roma in Vassilikos (Zante) or from Louis hotel's beach in Vassilikos every day, but it does 2 different types of trips - the turtle one or the whole day trip around the National Marine park. It is suitable...

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  • Zante's Things to do

    Thanks you both for good replies. I just came back from Zante & totally agree with above - a boat trip to Shipwreck is not very spectacular as it is from above, plus it was cancelled once due to storm (I am sure now that it is best to see from above, e.g. a coach/ car tour). We had not very good weather at the end of July by some reason, once it...

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  • "Touring around Zante"

    We can start from the "basics", which you should not miss at all:1)An organized guided tour of the island.2)A daily excursion to "NAVAGIO" (the Shipwreck), the most breathtaking beach and scenery in Greece!3)A visit to the park of Caretta-Caretta, the famous turtle, who has chosen the island of Zante as its habitat.Enjoy your holidays!

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  • Blue Grotto

    On the coast, at Aspros Vrachos (White Rock) of Krimmos, is the famous Blue Groto - all paths lead here (if they are not leading to the wreck!).The entrance to the cave was discovered in 1897 and consists of two interconnected chambers. The entrance is 6m wide by 3.5m tall. The water is so amazingly blue - so, so blue. Little fishing boats will...

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  • Wreck

    All roads on the island lead to the wreck! It is definitely one of the top 2 sights on the island, as far as the island is concerned. Don't hold your breath expecting a beautiful gallion or anything so exciting - the reality is a rust bucket which you down on from up high.

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  • Skinari

    Continue along the road from Port Agios Nikolaos and you'll come to Skinari where there is a lighthouse and some ruins. There's not a lot else here though but it's a nice little jaunt from the port where you can sit and have a drink or a bite to eat.

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  • Trip to Kefalonia

    You can take a small ferry from Port Agios Nikolaos to Kefalonia. It is a pleasant port - small and quiet, away from most of the tourists who tend to use the main port of Zkynthos.When we were there which was a few years ago there was just one ferry first thing in the morning. My tip is to check with the restaurant or ticket booth before you wait -...

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  • Gyri

    Hire a jeep and take a drive to Gyri - it ia a spectacular drive (if you like heights and sheer drops!!!) and once you get to the top... wwll, you are on top of the world! Awesome.

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  • Anafonitria Monastery

    If you hire a car, you could try to time your visit here away from the tourist groups that come in coahcloads, if not, wait until everyone else has left for the nearby taverna, and then have a look around yourself. Set in a valley of olive groves and fir trees, Anafonitria is a beautiful little mediaeval church, with an exquisite, rural interior,...

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  • Navagio- get the best camera angle!

    Navagio, or Smuggler's Cove, has become a bit of a tourist trap and it really isn't a great place to spend more than half an hour or so, with all the coaches' exhaust fumes, and hordes of multinational visitors. I found though, that to escape these at least momentarily, and to get a fantastic picture of the bay, I had to move away from the tiny,...

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  • Turtle-cruise

    I regret not going.. but a lot of my friends went on turtle-cruise/sea and sun-cruise and got to see both turtles, lagoons, caves and the famous picturesque shipwreck. Boat-trips are arranged by the tour operators as well as locals. Definitely not worth missing!

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  • feel the breeze on your face

    If you want to see a bit more of the island rather than just slumming it by thepool all the time hire a car or better still an open top jeep and really enjoy the ride

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  • The blue Cave . . .

    don't miss a boat trip to the blue cave . . . if you take one of the small boats you can take a bath in the wonderful sea . . . Visistig this place is a really great experience!

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  • Anafonitria Monastery

    This we visited on a trip with the holiday company, the first year we were on Zakynthos. Up north of the island, about 40 km. from Zakynthos Town, it was built in the 15th c. and was extensively damaged in the 1953 earthquake. I remember it being a worthwhile expedition with frescoes adorning the church and I was even allowed to ring the...

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  • Venetian Castle

    Prominently perched above Zakynthos Town, in the village of Bochali, are the remains of this Venetian fortress. Evidence of churches, dungeons and armouries lie amongst the beautiful pine shaded site. Wild flowers are in abundance and the whole place has a pleasant , calm atmosphere, a welcome change from the bustling town below.Another bonus are...

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  • Enroute to Blue Caves

    On our second trip to the Blue Caves, our captain called in at a taverna on the rocky coastline. I don't know where this was but it was a very Greek affair. The occupants were mending their fishing nets.It's probably a major port of call nowadays!!!!

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  • Skinari Caves

    Blue, blue caves, found at the northern tip of the island. They are actually quite aptly named, the water turning your skin blue if you take a dip here. Obviously, the morning is the best time to take this trip, the position of the sun showing the colour of the water to it's best advantage.We made this trip both years we were on Zakynthos, the...

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  • Kampi

    Now this was another strange place. The dirt road ended at a ramshackle taverna with rustic tables and chairs positioned higgledy-piggledy on a hillside. The taverna was little more than a shack and there was a bamboo type shed on stilts (seen in 4th photo) nearby which we had read could be rented as a bed for the night. On the top of the hill was...

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  • Zakynthos Town

    A pleasant enough, modern town with a harbour where boats for Killini on the mainland leave from. In 1984 this was the main route to Kefalonia from Zakynthos. From Killini you then caught an onward connection to Poros in south Kefalonia,.Very complicated. I believe there were sailings to Fiskardo and Sami in the east and north of Kefalonia but...

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  • Gerakas Beach

    A magnificent sweep of sand at the far south of the island. Some interesting, two- tone cliffs stretch out into the bay. This is an end of the road destination which is ever popular and at one time there was even evidence of watersports. Not so now, as the beach is a conservation area and home to nesting Loggerhead turtles. Access to the beach is...

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  • Zakynthos Beaches

    I really don't think any of these beaches will look like they do in these photos today. In 1984 beaches were still mainly undeveloped. Porto Zorro and Porto Roma were advertised but only a couple of tavernas and a few rooms were evident. Porto Zorro was the prettier. Yerakas, well, nothing on the beach but there was a lone establishment back up in...

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  • Alykes

    Named after the salt-pans behind the village. In 1984 definitely the best "resort" on the island for beach, village feel and friendly natives. Not many English knew about Alykes back then, the majority being hoarded together in either soulless Argassi or over-popular Laganas.Needless to say, we didn't spend much time in either of these places, just...

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