Sights of Zakynthos

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…

Byzantine Museum Zakynthos

Culture of Zakynthos

  The island has a long musical tradition. It was a precursor of opera and operetta in Greece and on the island it constituted links between nobles and the rest of the people. In 1815 it saw the establishment of the first Music School in Greece. During the first Olympic Games (Athens 1896), the Music…

Zakynthos Main Road

History of Zakynthos

Ancient history Zakynthos was inhabited from the Neolithic Age, as some archaeological excavations have proved. The ancient Greek poet Homer mentioned the island in the Iliad and the Odyssey, stating that the first inhabitants of it were the son of King Dardanos of Troy called Zakynthos and his men. In mythology the island was then…

Ionian Islands map

Geography of Zakynthos

  Zakynthos lies in the eastern part of the Ionian sea, around 20 kilometers (12 miles) west of the Greek (Peloponnese) mainland. Island of Kefalonia lies 15 kilometers (9 miles) on the north. It is the southernmost of the main group of the Ionian islands (not counting distant Kythira). Zakynthos is about 40 kilometers (25…