Zakynthos Travel Blog› entry 7 of 8 › view all entries
We explore the island by rental car. It was a real hot day, but fortunatly we had airconditioning.
A little information of the island:
Zakynthos is the third largest of the Ionian Islands, and covers an area of 410 km2 (158 sq mi) and its coastline is roughly 123 km (76 mi) in length. There is the National Marine Park of Zakynthos where loggerhead turtles (Caretta Caretta) are found in the bay of Kalamaki. Every year at the beginning of June, the female turtles come to the southern beaches in order to bury their eggs in the sand. The incubation period for the nest is approximately fifty five days, after which time hatchlings emerge from the nest and make their way to the sea.
Sites of interest include Shipwreck Bay, Cape Skinari and the Blue Caves. The western part of the island is accessible and has a panoramic view of the sea. The ridge area from Anafontria has a small observation deck which overlooks the shipwreck and there is a monastery nearby.
Keri is located in the far south of the island. It is a mountain village and has a lighthouse in the south. It includes a panorama of the southern part of the Ionian Sea.
For tourist facilities, Zante has campsites and beaches including, a beautiful stretch near Keri, around 100 m in length and surrounded by cliffs. The island also offers a plethora of arches and cliffs which are widely known beyond the island ; one is underground. Several documentaries have been filmed around this area of Zakynthos/Zante. Beaches are to be found in Porto Limnionas, Porto Vromi and Porto Zoro.
The island offers exceptional attractions for divers. Many of the dive sites are cave dives around the island ; a wide range of marine life can be found, and common amongst it are moray eels, monk seals, octopus, and loggerhead turtles (caretta caretta).
Zakynthos is a great island and we had a wonderful time here!!