Letsos Hotel, Alykanas, Zante Zakynthos, Greece
Zante Island Sights
LETSOS HOTEL, ALYKANAS, ZANTE ZAKYNTHOS, GREECE
Famous all around the world for its unmatchable natural beauty, Zakynthos Island offers plenty of wonderful sights, all of which are definitely worth a visit – or maybe two!
Either named as Shipwreck Cove, Navagio in Greek or Smugglers Cove, this white pebble bay with crystal clear turquoise waters is probably among the most famous sights of Zakynthos Island. With its characteristic shipwreck lying in the middle of the bay, this beach is instantly recognisable – and one of the most photographed beaches in the world. The beach is accessible solely by taking a boat trip to it – its steep cliffs don’t allow any path leading to it. There are boat trips to the beach that depart from many parts of the island, such as Zante Town, Alykes, St. Nikolaos port and more.
There is also a viewing platform on the cliffs above, from which you can admire the breath-taking scenery and take photographs.
This amazing natural formation is located on the northern part of Zakynthos Island and it’s truly a wonder to behold. To visit the Blue Caves, one must either hire a boat or embark on a boat trip – the nearest location is the Agios Nikolaos port, near the settlement of Volimes.
ZAKYNTHOS TOWN CENTRE
Solomos Square is the main square of Zante Town, the island’s picturesque capital. It was named to honour Dionysios Solomos, a famous Zakynthian poet who wrote the poem that later became the Greek National Anthem. Under the eternal gaze of the poet’s statue, beautiful buildings bathe in the sun, such as the Church of Saint Nikolaos (built in 1561), the Byzantine Museum, the Cultural Centre of Zakynthos and more.
ZANTE TOWN OUTSKIRTS
Located in the outskirts of Zante Town, Bochali is an area of unique natural beauty that encompasses the villages of Akrotiri, Kryoneri and Varres.
Many coffee shops and ice cream parlours offer you the best refreshments and tasty handmade delicacies, while you enjoy a breath-taking view of the Ionian Sea, up to the neighbouring landmass of Peloponnese.
An interesting sight is the Venetian Castle, which was originally built on the site of a Byzantine castle and of an ancient fortress. This castle was the seat of the island’s Venetian government and was the epicentre of the island’s former capital.
While in Bochali, you should pay a visit to the Nautical Museum, which has many objects dating from the Greek Revolution on display – after all, Bochali played an important part in the Revolution against Ottoman rule, being an operations planning centre and a welcoming point of refugees from mainland Greece.
National Marine Park
HOME TO CARETTA-CARETTA SEA TURTLE
This is a natural preserve, to protect the endangered loggerhead (Caretta-Caretta) turtles and their habitat. This is where these turtles lay their eggs; consequently, it is forbidden to stick umbrellas in the sand and noise must be kept to a minimum. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you can’t embark on a boat trip to spot the lovely swimming turtles from up close!