Zakynthos (or Zante) is the third largest of the Ionian islands and has a population of around 40,000.
In August 1953 the island suffered four earthquakes. The third and most destructive measured 7.3 on the Richter scale and only 3 buildings on the island were left standing - the St. Dionysios Cathedral, the National Bank building and the church of St. Nicholas. Today small, short earthquakes can still be felt, although they do no damage.
The island is famous for longerhead turtles (caretta caretta) and can be found in the bay of Kalamaki and on sightseeing boat tours around the island. Other sights of interest include Shipwreck bay, Porto Vromi, Cape Skinari and the blue caves.
The sea around the island is very clear,
but because of overfishing (as is true of everywhere in the Mediterranean), there is not very much fish anymore. The best way to get real, fresh fish is to go to one of the ports and buy them directly from the fishermen.