Travel info for Zakynthos

Welcome to Zakynthos!
The Cultural Center – Municipal Library of Zakynthos, by the pier and the church of Agios Nikolaos (of 1561), is one of the richest ones in Greece, with over 50.000 volumes. The statue of Dionysios Solomos is standing proudly outside, in the homonymous square. In Keri, visitors will see the lighthouse, built in 1925, hanging above a steep cliff, 200 meters high. The Venetian Aqueduct is in Kryoneri, just one kilometer outside of the city, and the Venetian Castle in the location Bohali, where the capital of the island used to be during the Venetian era. The building Messala in location Lithakia is a distinctive Zakynthian mansion and the Strani Hill is where our national anthem was written. The monument of Vezal, the father of anatomy, is at the beach of Laganas. 
Natural monuments / attractions: The Lake Keri, with the Herodotus Spring and the unique insect-eating plant “Urticularia”. The famous “Blue Caves” are in Skinari and the little boats that depart from the port of Agios Nikolaos will take you there. Kamares are two naturally formed bridges in the caves and Myzithres in Keri are two white, impressively massive rocks that jump out of the water. Strofades, two islets south of Gerakas, where Kastromonastiro is, are the most recent pieces of non-volcanic land, since they emerged 10.000 years ago. The wild and almost flat Strofades are a wildlife refuge and a Protected Area, included in NATURA 2000. The Stone Park Askos with the rich flora and the variety of indigenous and migratory wild animals constitute the perfect combination of nature and human intervention. Schiza in the village Kampi, with the massive Cross; a monument dedicated to the people who died during the WW2 and the Mycenaean cemetery. The view to the famous Navagio (shipwreck), from the location Anafonitria. Agios Sostis and Marathonisi, in the gulf of Laganas, where visitors can see the bottom of the sea, as well as the sea turtles, while touring with special glass bottom boats. Andronios, Twelve Pits and the Cave of Damanios. Last but not least, the Black Cave in Kallithea, Kato Lakkos and the sea park Dragkounara. 
The National Sea park of Zakynthos: The first Park in Greece that includes the sea and land area of Laganas, where Caretta-Caretta lay their eggs, while the wetland of Lake Keri, Strofades and the islets of the bay form a region of great ecological importance, which needs to be protected from any kind of human intervention, activity and presence.
The museums: Important works of prominent hagiographers can be found in the Byzantine Museum, in Solomos Square. In the same square, you will find the Metabyzantine Museum. The museum of Solomos – Kalvos and Xenopoulos are dedicated to the respective prominent poets and writers. The Museum of Natural History Helmi and the Milaneio Maritime Museum at Tsilivi. The Museum Roma hosted in the mansion of the homonymous family. The Museum of Agios Dionysios in the Monastery of Strofades and the Vertzagleio Folk Art Museum in Pigadakia. 
- Monasteries and Churches. Agia Mavra in Machairado with exceptional frescoes, Agios Georgios Filikon, linked to the oath of the people that participated in Filiki Etairia (Society of Friends), which was formed during the 1821 Greek Revolution. Agios Dionysios is the patron of the island and the homonymous church features the golden room of the saint. The church of Agios Nikolaos of Molos (Venetian architecture) and the impressive Lady of the Angels. The Monastery of Agios Georgios Krimnon, in a steep coast near Navagio and the Monastery of Agios Ioannis Prodromos in Katastari, which the glorious history. The Monastery of Agios Dionysios in Anafonitria, the Monastery of Spiliotissa in Orthonies, the historical Monastery of Strofades and the one of Eleftherotria in Lagopado. The church of Virgin Mary Keriotissa in Keri is one of the most beautiful and important ones of the island, where a large celebration takes place during Easter and the second day of Easter. Finally, the church of Virgin Mary Skopiotissa, at the top of Mountain Skopos, offers an amazing view. 

Zakynthos – Vasilikos: The route is simple and coastal, allowing visitors to discover the southeast side of the peninsula. We follow the Zakynthos-Vasilikos national highway, go through Argasi, Kokiareika, Xirokastello, Ano Vasiliko and finally Vasiliko, which is the southernmost part of the peninsula. You can further explore the coastal area or the inland from all these villages, while from Xirokastello you can turn right and head over to the western part of the peninsula. Return through the same route.  
Zakynthos – Anafonitria: You should go to Anafonitria from the main road, which is easier and more convenient (through Maries and then Volimon-Machairados), so you can then have the time and energy to tour the northern part of the island. You will see the picturesque villages Orthonies, Koroni, Agia Thekla, Skinaria, Askos and Agia Varvara. On the east side, you will see Volimes, Ano Volimes and Elies. Korithi is on the north side, while on the northeast side you will find the seaside villages of Xygkia, Makrys Gyalos, Mikro Nisi, Agios Nikolaos, the Blue Caves and on the northwest side the famous and mostly photographed Navagio.  
Central Zakynthos: The main body of Zakynthos is mountainous and features most of the villages. The main road network has many intersections and offers many choices: Zakynthos–Alykies from Zakynthos– Agios Dimitrios, Zakynthos–Agioi Pantes, Zakynthos-Machairados, from Zakynthos- Machairados and then towards Koilomeno-Agios Leon, which ends up in Exo Hora and Kampi. On the western part, Zakynthos-Lithakia following Zakynthos–Keri, where there is a choice to either go to Lagana or towards the south to Lake Keri, Marathia and Keri. You can also reach Keri from Koliomeno, by turning left to Agalas.
Another choice is to vertically cross the mountainous part of the island, from Alikes towards the south and crossing most of the semi-mountainous villages (Pigadakia, Kallithea, Skoulikado, Drakas, Agia Marina, Agioi Pantes, Lagkadakia, Vougiato, Melinado, Mahairados, Lagopodo, Romiri, Mouzaki and Pantokratoras) to end up in Lithakia. Between this vertical mountainous axis and the coastal zone, there are many mountainous villages and respective route alternatives. In order to discover the seaside villages, you should follow the Akrotiri-Gerakari road, pass Akrotiri, Tsilivi, Mpoyka, Gaidaro, Katragaki, Drosia, Kavo, Psarrou and continue towards Ampoula, Ammoudi, Alylkana and Alykes in the inland. From Alykes you can go further north and visit Katastari and Hartata. You can return either from Gerakari-Katastari (which later becomes Gaitani-Gerakari) and end up on the east part of the island or from Agios Dimitrios-Katastari, which continutes to Zakynthos-Agios Dimitrios. Both alternative routes go through the inland.
     Traffic in the city of Zakynthos is heavy during the summer months, especially in the afternoon. Near the center of the city there are 3 private parking lots and one municipal (near the church of Agios Dionysios).
     There are many gas stations throughout the entire road network.
     The road that leads to the location Vasilikos, where there are many beaches, requires attention as it’s narrow, with many turns and heavy traffic.
     The roads that cross the mountainous villages of Zakynthos are in good condition, but still require attention, as they are narrow.
     The splendid beach of Navagio is only accessible by boat.

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