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The ancient Greek poet Homer mentioned Zakynthos in the Iliad and the Odyssey, stating that its first inhabitants had been the son of King Dardanos of Arcadia, called Zakynthos, and his males. Before being renamed Zakynthos, the island was mentioned to have been known as Hyrie. Zakynthos was then conquered by King Arkesios of Kefalonia, after which by Odysseus from Ithaca. In the Odyssey, Homer mentions 20 nobles from Zakynthos amongst a total of 108 of Penelope's suitors.
By far the biggest seaside resort on Zakynthos, and the most effective place to be for nightlife, is the city of Laganas. It’s perfect for individuals who are joyful to rent wheels and want a selection of seashores on their doorstep. The different popular beaches within the area are Porto Zorro , Banana Beach , and Agios Nikolaos . There are loads of smaller seashores to find too, Ionio, Dafni, Kaminia, and Porto Roma to call only a few.
Which are the quietest Greek islands?The average taxi fare from Zakynthos airport to Tsilivi is 29€.
The famous Renaissance surgeon and anatomist Andreas Vesalius died on Zakynthos after being shipwrecked while making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. His physique is thought to have been buried on the island but the website has been misplaced. Early 19th-century poet and playwright Elizabeth Moutzan-Martinegou was additionally born there.
Famous landmarks embody the Navagio beach, a cove on the northwest shore isolated by excessive cliffs and accessible only by boat. Numerous pure "blue caves" are minimize into cliffs round Cape Skinari, and accessible solely by small boats. Keri, on the south of the island, is a mountain village with a lighthouse. The complete western shore from Keri to Skinari accommodates rock formations together with arches.
West-going through Gerekas is a big undeveloped sandy beach and turtle nesting zone. It’s in style with day visitors and here you’ll discover the volunteer-run Sea Turtle Rescue & Information Centre. The name ‘Vasilikos’ refers to the complete southeastern peninsula that juts out south of Argassi, in addition to a settlement on the finish of the peninsula. The area is residence to a number of the most beautiful beaches on Zakynthos, as well as scenic views and huge olive groves.
Continuing Fringed by palm timber and floral vines, Foinikas Studios is a tranquil getaway in the heart of Kythnos.
Laganas Beach

Zakynthos additionally features two ports, specifically the principle port, positioned in the capital, and another within the village of Agios Nikolaos. From the main port there is a connection to the port of Kyllini, which is the same old place of arrival to the island by sea from the mainland. From the port of Agios Nikolaos there's a connection to the island of Kefalonia.
Makris Gialos Beach
Since the mid Nineteen Eighties, Zakynthos has turn into a hub for 18-to-30-yr-old tourists, resulting in Alykanas and Laganas changing into hometowns of clubbing hotels, nightclubs, bars and eating places. Among essentially the most famous Zakynthians is the nineteenth-century poet Dionysios Solomos, whose statue adorns the principle town sq..

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