Zakynthos: Easter at “Fiore of Levante”!
Dressed in festive costume, decorated with wildflowers that flood the plains and extend to its vast sandy beaches, Zakynthos celebrates Easter in a unique way. Live it!
Festive atmosphere, the air full of smells of freshly baked bagels and buns, the Philharmonic to fill the neighborhoods with hymns of Holy Week and the coastal Strata Marina.
Spring does its best to dress this blessed island with colors and smells. For this beauty, it was named "Fiore of Levante" (Flower of the East). It is a place full of contradictions and reversals, with long sandy beaches and turquoise waters, and steep, vertical cliffs mixed with the deep blue waters of the Ionian Sea, Zakynthos is the homeland of the major Greek poets, Andreas Kalvos and Dionysios Solomos and of the play writer Gregory Xenopoulos. The influences of the Venetians came together, over the time, with the Greek tradition and created a distinct culture. During the 15th century, the theater and the music were particularly developed.
The people of this place have songs and arts in their blood...
Knowing the island...
The first image we see when the boat reaches the spacious harbor is the imposing church of Agios Dionysios, the island's patron. A city alive, vibrant, with a modern face, but also with firmly rooted tradition.
The largest traffic is observed in the Saint Marcos square, with its cafes to spread their tables outside when the weather is good. Here, the young people are gathering in the afternoon and the evening.It is worth visiting the Museum of Eminent Zakynthians, which houses rare and personal belongings of the greatest poets of the place.
The church of St Nicholas that was built by sailors on an island and, in latter time, it was joined to mainland, it dominates in the square of Solomos. Nearby is the interesting Byzantine Museum. The most walked street is, of course, Strata Marina.
Among the very beautiful areas of the island, near the town, is the famous Bochali, flooded in green and beautiful mansions, from where you will enjoy the wonderful views towards the city and the harbor. A little higher is the proud castle of Zakynthos. From its ramparts, the view is amazing.
• The famous Navagio (Shipwreck) Beach.
• The villages of Ano and Kato Volimes, where are preserved some of the oldest houses of the island and the ruins of a Venetian castle.
• The mountain village “Maries” and the Monastery of Anafonitria, where, as it is said, the monk Saint Dionysios lived.
• Keri Bay, Alikanas and Alykes.
• Katastari village, built on the slopes of Vrachionas Mount, overlooking the bay of Alykes.
• The Xygkias Cave and the quiet beaches at Katastari Bay.
• By boat, from the bay of St. Nicholas, you will discover the Blue Caves.
• Visit the Stone Park “Askos”, a natural park of flora and fauna, in a wooded park of 500 acres
(tel: 26950-31650. www.askosstonepark.gr)
You need to know:
In the Bay of Laganas the turtles Caretta-Caretta leave their eggs. The environmental organizations are making great efforts to protect the area and to preserve the sites where they place their eggs.
For your stay in Zakynthos island, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In Zakynthos town, as well as in many other areas of the island, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.
The distance from Athens to Kylini is 305 km. and there are bus routes every day with trip duration 5 hours approximately.
From the port of Kylini. Trip duration is 1 hour and 15 minutes. Distance: 18 nautical miles.
Also there is coastal link with Kefalonia.
There are daily flights from Athens, flight duration is 45 minutes.
Dionysios Solomos Airport is located in Ampelokipi region just 4 km far from Zakynthos town.
During summer season there are also charter flight and many flights to and from other countries.
For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.