about Zakynthos

 

Directions

 

Agallio is 16 km from Dionysios Solomos Airport, and 17 km from Zakynthos harbor. Follow signs for Agalas, which then lead you to signs for Agallio

 

Nearby attractions include Agalas village*, Damianos Caves, Plakaki Beach, Andronios Wells, Keri village*, Keri Beach, & Lithakia village*

 

 

Located in the Ionian Sea, Zakynthos is accessible by boat or plane. The busy summer season is primarily served by an international airport, with direct flights from Athens and other major cities in Europe. Ferries from the mainland town of Kyllini also provide regular service.

 

A prominent destination in the Greek tourism scene, Zakynthos has something for everyone. Whether you are craving outdoor adventure, cozy gastronomy, a vast nightlife, or luxurious calm, find it in a backdrop you will never grow tired of. Also known as Zante, the island carries many titles, stories, and natural phenomena... 

 

 

 

rich history

Poetry and early Western literary trends can be traced back to Zakynthos. The ancient Greek poet, Homer, mentions the island in both Iliad and Odyssey. Zakynthos was part of the Heptanese School of Literature (translated from Greek, "The School of the Seven Islands," also known as the Ionian School). Here, Dionysios Solomos developed Hymn to Liberty, which would later become the Greek and Cypriot national anthems. After the collapse of the Byzantine Empire, Zakynthos was ruled by many empires, such as the Kingdom of Naples, Ottomans, Venetians, French, and British. Venetian rule from 1484-1797 labelled the island with the nickname, 'flower of the Levant.' During the Nazi occupation of Greece, Mayor Kerror and Bishop Chrysostomos refused to turn over the local Jewish community, saving all 275 Jews from deportation to concentration camps. Much of this tumultuous and dynamic history has left the island with a distinct flare apart from the rest of Greece, found in its local culture, architecture, and cuisine.

The Bay of Laganas, on the southern coast, is a prime nesting site of loggerhead sea turtles (caretta-caretta). Many beaches along the bay are home to the first National Marine Park, showcasing the active preservation of caretta-caretta eggs. 

 

 

The mild Mediterranean summers and rainy winters provide rich vegetation, allowing the harvest of olives and olive oil, citrus, grapes, and the Zante currant (a sweet grape native to the island). 

 

 

A variety of beaches offer endless relaxation and exploration. Navagio Beach, also known by its translation, Shipwreck Beach, has become an internationally recognized site after the sunken Panagiotis ship washed ashore in October of 1980. Rumors of cigarette and contraband smuggling have led to the site's nickname, "Smuggler's Cove."

 

 

Blue Caves are some of the island's most famous attractions, where limestone, water, and light meet to create a natural wonder. Eroded arches allow small boats, scuba divers, and swimmers to pass through exquisite, alternating colors (depending on time of day). The western coastline of Zakynthos is made up entirely of cliffs and caves, offering great views with a boat tour or personal motorboat rental.

natural hightlights