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Zakynthos

Zakynthos, Zante as it is known in Europe and worldwide, Flowers East as Venetians used to tell him, is an island located near the west coast of the Peloponnese, on the Ionian Sea. The island has an area of ​​405 km length of coast and it is 123 km; it has about 35,000 inhabitants. It is situated at a distance of 300 km west of Athens and at 9.5 nautical miles from the coast of the Peloponnese.

Zakynthos (Zante) is a lush green island with possible due to rainfall during winter.
Homer in “Odyssey” as a wooded island called, the Venetians have spoiled it into “Flower of the Orient”. Thank to the very much vegetation and its position, the island has a mild moderate climate: summers are quite cool, especially after dusk and the winters are not very cold.
The sea is warm, which is an important factor for both tourism and turtle Caretta-caretta reproduction and seal Monachus-Monachus Mediterranean.
The island is truly a place blessed by God with a charming natural environment and many important monuments.


National Marine Park of Zakynthos – It is stretched along the south coast of Laganas Bay to offshore, near the island Strofades it includes the beaches Limni Keriou, Laganas, Kalamaki, Shecaniah, Dafni, Gerakas and their neighboring area of ​​the island.
The park offers protection of rare species of flora and fauna, to their habitat but not in isolation by incorporating park everyday life of the island; a more difficult but more effective protection, residents and visitors alike participating in this project became keepers and defenders of the ecosystem.

Some species are protected as the Caretta-Caretta turtles which are the main natural attraction of the island, an endangered species found mainly in the islands of Zakynthos and Kefalonia. It is a large species of turtles, head and jaws strong, up to 1.20 meters long sandy beaches of Laganas Bays are the places where they lay their eggs on pleasant nights during the months June to August. These beautiful animals can be seen in the bay water on the ferry to the island of leisure Marathonissi leads (Turtle’s Island) or to the experienced swimmers directly from the water, swimming out to sea on the Gerakas beach.
Other species are protected by law like the Monachus-Monachus Mediterranean seals, migratory birds and local amphibians and snakes and other smaller species of animal and vegetable kingdom.


Holy Monastery “Anafonitria” – It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary; It was built in the mid 15th century, in the early Venetian domination, located at 25 km away northwest of Zante Town and 6 km away from the south of Volimes.

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