Vacations in Zante (Ionian - Greece)
Zante: The flower of the East (Fior di Levante)
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Vacations in Zante island - Zante, The flower of the East (Fior di Levante)
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Information On Zante
Zante, or Zakinthos as it is called in Greece, is the third largest island of Eptanisa and it is found at the Ionian sea. Only the east part of Zante is utilized, as the west part is mostly covered by steep rocky mountains.
In most Greek islands the capital is a cute little picturesque settlement, but in the case of Zante this does not hold true. The town of Zante is like a miniature version of a large capital city, like Athens. In that sense, being there does not feel like being on a Greek island. However, what Zante lacks in beauty it makes up for thanks to its amazing beaches, which is the main reason it attracts so much tourism. Another reason tourists choose Zante for their vacations, is the fact that the giant sea turtle Caretta-Caretta, a beautiful reptile that faces extinction, can be found here, as it is one of the few places in the Mediterranean where the turtle comes to lay its eggs.
Although Zante is a relatively quiet island, there is intense night-life in specific parts, like Laganas. At night Laganas is like a mini version of Vegas, with night clubs and tourists - mostly British - partying all night long.
Vegetation on Zante is not what you would expect of an island of the Ionian sea. Although you see some green, Zante can not compete with the rest of the Eptanisa islands in the area of vegetation, probably due to its position (it is the southest island of Eptanisa).
There are many gas stations, banks and ATM machines on Zante.
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Beaches Of Zante
Zante is blessed with some of the most splendid beaches in the Greek islands. Most of them are found at the south and east parts of Zante. When at a south beach, be careful not to accidentally damage a Caretta-Caretta nest while you anchor your umbrella in the sand.
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Travel To Zante
If you come by ship, you will first need to drive to the port of Kilini, a small town one hour away form Patra, at the west side of Peloponisos. From Kilini it is a short trip (1-1,5 hour) to the port of Zante. Zante also has an airport with the flight from Athens being no more than half an hour.
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Transportation On Zante (Car Rentals)
Zante is a rather large island so it is advised to have your own transportation. If you do not, you can go around by public transportation which is not half bad, but it will not take you everywhere on Zante. There are a lot of taxis moving around in the town of Zante. Finally there are boats at some points that will take you to the less accessible beaches.
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Accommodation On Zante (Hotels, Apartments, Guesthouses, Rooms to let)
The most popular places for staying are Laganas, Tsilivi, Argasi and the town of Zante. Staying at the town is very convenient but the town is not very nice. If you want some peace and quiet you should avoid staying in the center of Laganas, or at least its center.
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Food & Drink On Zante
The specialty of Zante is rabbit with red sauce. Zante is also famous for its special kind of sweet onions so do try them out. Finally do not forget to try the local red whine Verdea. As far as sweets are concerned, when you find yourselves are Bohali you have to order the Frygania, a traditional sweet of Zante made with toast. Trust me, it tastes much better than it sounds!
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What To Buy On Zante
The local products of Zante that stand out are the famous mantolato and the pasteli. Pasteli is a mixture of honey and sesame (or honey and almonds) in the form of a bar and you can find it in most Greek islands. Mantolato is slightly more complicated, as it also has eggs, flower and it almonds instead of sesame. Both Mantolato and Pasteli can be stored for a long period of time, so do not hesitate to get some supplies for back home. In the shops you will also find some traditional fregrencies of Zante, like bougarini, grantouka and fiorountenia.
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Attractions On Zante
Go on a tour of Zante to see important attractions, like the Navagio beach, the Blue Caves and Marathonisi.
Two sequential water caves in north Zante with amazing water coloring.
An entire protected area covering most of Zante and the entire area of Lagana Bay.
A great exhibition in Dafni area regarding the life and reproduction of Caretta-Caretta Sea Turtle.
The main square of Zante where people gather, with some of the most important attractions of Zante.
The Byzantine Art Museum of Zante is in Solomou square and it hosts a rich collection of paintings, holy icons and sculptures.
Here you will come in contact with the natural heritage of Zante and the entire world.
This museum is dedicated to all prominent citizens of Zante.
Saint Dionysios is the patron saint of Zante and his majestic church is located on the harbor.
The Mpohali hill oversees the entire town of Zante, providing a marvelous panoramic view
A tiny island, near Laganas beach with the most amazing beach-bar you have even seen!
Very close to Bohali lies the castle, providing a fantastic view of Zante.
The locals call this church the Parthenon of Zante.
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Alternative Islands To Zante
Zante is not what you are looking for? Then one of the following nearby islands might interest you:
Kefalonia (13 klm from Zante)
Ithaca (41 klm from Zante)
Lefkada (69 klm from Zante)
Paxoi (138 klm from Zante)
Corfu (166 klm from Zante)
Kythira (215 klm from Zante)
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