5 reasons you must visit Zakynthos this Summer


It is a real struggle to select your Greek Summer island when you have so many options to choose from. Each island has its own unique charm, traditions and beauty. Not to undermine the other islands, but we feel that Zakynthos, also known by its Italian name Zante, deserves to be in the spotlight this time round. Zakynthos is an extraordinary island located in the Ionian Sea and is part of the Eptanisa Group of Islands. It is extremely well known and that’s proven by the fact that it’s heavily packed with tourists during the Summer months. However, how well do travelers even know Zakynthos? We’re here to give you an insider’s look into the reasons Zante, this big island with its long sandy beaches, is our go-to Summer island this year.

Caretta caretta

These magnificent creatures are commonly known as “loggerhead” sea turtles and the Bay of Laganas is their nesting ground. It is the largest nesting ground in the Mediterranean and these turtles are the largest hard-shelled turtles in the world. This most-studied and well-known sea turtle has a golden brown colored shell with skin tones that vary from yellow to brown. Unfortunately, due to the major development in tourism over the past decades, the Caretta Caretta has become an endangered species.

Navagio Beach

The Shipwreck beach is claimed to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, especially when it’s viewed from the cliff that surrounds it. The changes of colors in the scenery are simply magical making the view simply perfect. However, in September 2018, there was a landslide making the beach hard to access, but hopefully this national treasure will be reopened for the crowds to come and witness the picture-perfect Navagio beach.

Mantolato

Mantolato is a traditional product coming from the beautiful island of Zakynthos and it is strongly recommended that you give it a try when on the island. There are dozens of outstanding producers that excel in quality and of course never disappoint your taste buds. This locally produced nougat is made from egg whites, almonds, a tiny amount of sugar and a whole lot of honey. It’s not a seasonal sweet, so luckily for us it is sold all year round.

Churches

Zakynthos is home to a number of churches and monasteries, something that is not that rare for a Greek island. However, the astonishing thing about these austere chapels, these glorious churches and these imposing monasteries is the fact that they have strong influences from a number of civilizations such as Venetian, French and British. For those who seek a more spiritual tour and are interested in architecture, Zakynthos perfectly combines both. Thankfully, the buildings that were almost completely demolished by the devastating earthquake of 1953 were rebuilt and are more amazing than ever.

Dionysios Solomos

Greece’s national Zakynthian-born poet who wrote the “Hymn to Liberty”, the first two verses of which became Greece’s national anthem. Solomos was born on April 8th, 1798 on the island of Zakynthos but after the death of his father, his Italian tutor, Abbot Santo Rossi gained his custody and sent Solomos to Italy to continue his studies. Upon his return to his beloved island and as a fluent Italian speaker, Solomos’s Greek skills were poor. Being surrounded by people interested in literature, Solomos’s skills greatly improved and his attempts to write poems in Greek were impressive.

After having written the “Hymn to Liberty”, in 1844, Nikos Mantzaros, a Corfiot musician and friend of Solomos, set music to the poem and in 1864 the poem was established as Greece’s national anthem. Just knowing the origins of this important Greek poet and his role in Greece’s history, adds even more value to the island of Zakynthos as on those grounds, young enlightened minds were contributing to the modern world.

George Koletsos is Co-Founder of Kudos Life Experiences. Kudos Life Experiences is a custom-designed private travel specialist to Greece, for the discerning and sophisticated traveler who is seeking to return to the authentic form of personal discovery and explore really life-enriching travel experiences.

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Comments (6)

  1. Kate says:

    Does it have to be summer? I’m in need of a get-away break early to mid-May. How warm will it be by then? Will everything by up and running and open? I need some pampering?

  2. Jean Hall says:

    Who could disagree with the view that Navagio Beach is one of the world’s most beautiful beaches? I also like the fact that those rocks will give you the option of some shade in the heat of summer – I’ve been known to turn lobster red after a day in the sun.

  3. Nick says:

    Mantolato looks to be a very good reason for visiting. I love nougat. Even better when it is made from local ingredients.

  4. Hannah william says:

    I want to asked is it necessary to visit in summer only?because i am planning to be there at year end.

  5. Kyson says:

    I haven’t heard much about Zakynthos before because I have only visited Greece for a few times and I have only been to popular spots such as Santorini and Athens. Looking at these pictures make me wonder why I’ve never heard of this place before because those sceneries look fantastic! Those bright blue waters are actually tempting me to swim there and it is kinda like the waters of Kalaoa. Looking forward to stopping by Zakynthos on my next visit to Greece. Thank you for a wonderful article on this paradise.

  6. Sam says:

    Zakynthos, or Zante, is where my friend’s son visited with a group of friends a couple of weeks ago. It looks stunning there, so I can see why they picked that destination. Id’ never heard of Mantolato before though, I’ll have to ask and see if he tried any nougat while he was there!

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