Zakynthos is the green beautiful island in Greece surrounded by the clear blue water of Ionian Sea.
Zakynthos Island also known as Zante is the southernmost and third largest in both size and population of the Ionian islands. It is situated 8,5 nautical miles west of the peloponese and approximately 300 km west of the capital of Greece , Athens .
It is the southernmost and third largest in both size and population of the Ionian Islands and its geographical position ensures easy travel to the other islands and even in the mainland of Greece. A short journey across the Peloponese brings one to the ancient city of Olympia , the birthplace and original venue of the Olympic Games . Due to the islands location , it is an ideal base to link up to the larger cities of Greece such as Patras , Athens and Thessaloniki .
An island full of contrasts Zakynthos consists of main woodland ,with an abundance of pie tree covered mountains and fertile plains .In the north , east and south numerous picturesque beaches can be found whereas in the west the imposing , rocky landscape has a number of sea Caves such as the famous Blue Caves on the north-west of the island .
Also the island boast turquoise seas ,white sandy beaches with pine covered mountains , villages that remain unspoilt and is home to the Caretta Caretta who has used the protected southern sandy shores to lay their eggs for millions of years.
Besides the beauties of the island and because the inhabitants in winter live mostly from agriculture, you will find a great variety of local products such as: Olive oil Wine Currants and raisins Cheese Honey Mandolato and pasteli Fytoura Ceramics
As long as you are on the island, you must definitely try the local gastronomy and wine tradition, for whom the Ionian Islands have gained a lot of fame and praise.