Zante or Zakynthos, as it is called by the locals, is the most green of all the Greek Ionian islands. Today Zante, Zakynthos is one of Greece's most popular tourist islands. Zante Holiday will help you find the lowest prices for your holiday to Zante.
Zante has a varied terrain, with fertile plains in the southeastern part and mountainous terrain with steep cliffs along the coasts on the west. The mild, Mediterranean climate and the plentiful winter rainfall endow the island with dense vegetation. The principal products are olive oil, currants, grapes and citrus fruit.
The Byzantine Museum of Zakynthos is situated in Solomou Square in Zante Town. Here you can admire a rich collection of hagiographies from the Byzantine times to the 19th century, Hellenistic and Byzantine sculpture and statues and some beautiful icon-stands from the island's churches. The Museum houses the works of great Zakynthian hagiographers such as Doxaras, Koutouzis, Tzanes, Kandounis and Damaskinos.
Smugglers Cove also known as Navagio has to be the most famous beach on the island if not in Greece. On the North West of the island over 20 years ago a coaster carrying contraband cigarettes was wrecked and washed on the beach that formed smugglers cove. The sandy and pebbly beach is only accessible by boat but in Zante there is no shortage of tour operators offering trips here.
The small uninhabited island of Marathonissi is situated opposite Laganas Beach and Keri Bay and is only accessible by boat. Its amazing greenery, stunning rock formations, caves and beautiful sandy beaches will make you feel as though you are on an island in paradise. Some tour operators offer picnics to this island and most scuba diving companies will visit the various dive sites around Marathonissi.
In Europe, Greece is the only country where the Caretta Sea Turtles nest and Zante is the most important nesting area in the Mediterranean. To protect these beautiful creatures Zante created a national marine park near Laganas Beach, Marathonisi Island and the resort town of Kalamaki. This national parks helps preserve the natural environment and allows the Turtles to come back every year and nest in safety. Visitors to Zante in June, July and August may be fortunate enough to see swimming adult turtles off Laganas Beach and sometimes in the evening baby turtles hatching.