zakynthos navagio

The most famous landmark of the island is the Navagio beach. It is a cove on the southwest (northwest near village of Anafonitiria) shore, isolated by high cliffs and accessible only by boat, or parachute. The beach and sea floor are made of white pebbles, and surrounded by turquoise waters. It is named after a shipwreck (MV Panagiotis), which sunk on the shore around 1980. The ridge area from Anafonitria has a small observation deck which overlooks the shipwreck, and there is a monastery nearby. The unique and stunning visuals of the location are a favourite for BASE jumpers, and each year a major event in the BASE calendar is held at Navagio, around the end of August.

Numerous “Blue Caves”, are cut into cliffs around Cape Skinari, and accessible only by small boats. Sunrays reflect through blue sea water from white stones of cave bottoms and walls, creating visual lighting effects. Keri is located in the far south of the island. It is a mountain village and has a lighthouse in the south. It includes a panorama of the southern part of the Ionian Sea. The whole western shore from Keri to Skinari contains numerous interesting rock formations, including arches.

Northern and eastern shores contain numerous wide sandy beaches, some of which are attract tourists in summer months. The largest resort is Laganas, whose beach stretches around 10 kilometres (6 miles). Small Xigia beach in the north is noted for its underwater springs rich in sulphur, giving a distinct odour.

Bochali hill above the Zakynthos town contains a small venetian castle and offers panoramic views onto the town. Strani’s hill located on the other side of Bochali is the place where Dionysios Solomos wrote the Greek national anthem.

Marathonissi (also known as “Turtle Island” because of its turtle-like shape) is an islet near Limni Keriou (the beach of village Keri; also known as Keri Lake). It contains tropical vegetation, turquoise waters, beaches, and sea caves.

 

Sport

The island offers exceptional attractions for scuba divers. Many of the dive sites are cave dives around the island. Further, a wide range of marine life can be found, common amongst being moray eels, monk seals, octopus, and loggerhead turtles (caretta caretta).