Welcome to Zákynthos (Zante)
The third largest island of the Ionian sea, is internationally known as “Zante”. Zákynthos is said to have been the island’s first inhabitant and the ancient acropolis is attributed to him. He was the son of Dardanos who ruled the ancient kingdom of Frigia. A Venetian fort was built at later times on the site.
The city of Zakynthos is the capital of the island and at the same time the island's port. Its landscape diversity has resulted in different types of beaches in Zante. There are sandy beaches in secluded coves where the tranquil waters are deep blue on the island’s south eastern part; yet, if rugged cliffs and an interesting underwater world are to your liking, try the western part of the island.
Zakynthos is home to the worldwide famous Navagio (Shipwreck) beach and glorified by innumerable travel guides, Zakynthos island is one of the most popular Greek islands! This island offers breath taking landscapes, exotic beaches with sugar-fine sand and turquoise waters.
The Venetians, who ruled Zákynthos from 1484 to 1797, called the island “
Fioro di Levante
” (flower of the East) as there are over 7,000 species of flowers on Zákynthos. The Venetian architectural influence has left its stamp on Zante despite the damage sustained due to the seismic activity in the area. Zakynthos Town has many hidden gems to explore! Saint Mark Square, the Venetian Castle, Solomos Square and the Post-Byzantine Museum of Zante are some of the best places to visit in Zakynthos Town.
On Zante, great care is taken to protect two endangered animal species, namely the carette carette turtle and the monachus monachus seal.
Transfers and Distances
Transfers from Zante international Airport to the town centre approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
The airport is located about 5 km from Zakynthos Town and other popular locations, like Laganas, Tsilivi and Kalamaki.
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