In the emerald waters of the Ionian, at the south-western end of Greece lies Zakynthos, land of poets, artists, music and song. Homer calls Zakynthosas «Yliessa», Plinius «Ylidi» and Virgil «Nemorosa», names associated with the idyllic beauty of the island, its dense forests and verdant nature. Zakynthos can offer an enchanting travel in time for culture lovers, since the island experienced both the Renaissance and the Enlightenment.

The island has been inhabited since the Palaeolithic Age and, due to its prominent geographical location, acted as a crossroads of East and West and attracted the ancient Greeks and Romans, the Byzantines, the counts of the Kingdom of Naples, the Venetians, the French and the English.

Today Zakynthos is an ideal destination. It boasts direct flights to and from the greatest European cities and ferry links to and from the Peloponnese, Kefalonia and Italy. Its wonderfully warm climate has drawn the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) to the beaches of Zakynthos, where it lays its eggs in the golden sand of some of the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean. Winters are mild, with high temperatures and great sunshine. The long summer of Zakynthos lasts from May to the end of October. Heavenly beaches, cosmopolitan entertainment, tasty local cuisine, activities, fairs and festivals, serenades and architecture, villages, long walks and discoveries, cafés and shopping, compose an undoubtedly perfect destination with unforgettable hospitality guaranteed.

Text by Municipality of Zakynthos