or Zante is the flower of the East.
Is the third largest island of the Ionian Sea, after
Corfu and Kefaloniá, 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.
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
The Venetian architectural influence has left its stamp
on Zante despite the damage sustained due to the seismic
activity in the area. After the ravaging 1953 earthquake
and the ensuing fire, the town was rebuilt according to
a plan where strict anti-seismic specifications applied
and, to a large extent, respecting the town’s former
Zákynthos (Zante) is a verdant island endowed with
fertile valleys and a temperate climate (area: 406 sq.
km; coastline: 123 km). Its landscape diversity has
resulted in different Types of beaches: there are sandy
beaches in secluded coves where the tranquil waters are
deep blue on the island’s southeastern part; yet, if
rugged cliffs and an interesting underwater world are to
your liking, try the western part of the island.
On Zante, great care is taken to protect two endangered
animal species, namely the caretta caretta sea turtle
and the monachus monachus seal.
The city of Zakynthos is the capital of the island and
at the same time the island's port.
Zakynthos is famous for its cultural life.
Some of the famous cultural Events are:
Carnival, the festivities end with the “Mask Funeral”.
Litany and artistic events in the memory of Aghios
Dionysios on August 24th and December 17th.
Easter: The Holy Week in Zakynthos has its own
character with ancient customs and an exceptional rite
as far as the religious ceremonies are concerned.
The celebration of Holy Week on Zakynthos Island is
considered to be unique and unforgettable both for
locals and visitors to the island. At noon, on Good
Friday, crowds of worshippers take part in the
procession of the Crucified through the town.
In the early hours of Holy Saturday morning and starting
from the “Saint Nicolas” Cathedral Church the epitaph
procession takes place in accordance with the local
ancient custom, while the Bishop announces the
Resurrection at sunrise.
At the first chime of the bell, the Bishop lets white
doves free while from the bell tower clay vessels are
thrown onto the road just as is done by all the
inhabitants of the island out of their windows.
boats can travel from Zakynthos to any other Ionian
island you want. You can travel to the Ionian Sea and
feel its aura, you can hear the waves’ whispers and swim
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