Wednesday, 17 July 2013


Zakynthos or Zante (from Venetian) is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. It is the third largest of the Ionian Islands. Zakynthos is a separate regional unit of the Ionian Islands region, and its only municipality. It covers an area of 410 km2 and its coastline is roughly 123 km in length. The island is named after Zakynthos, the son of a legendary Arcadian chief Dardanus. The name, like all similar names ending in -nthos, is pre-Mycenaean or Pelasgian in origin. Zakynthos has a thriving tourism industry.

The most famous landmark of the island is the Navagio beach. It is a cove on the southwest (northwest near village of Anafonitiria) shore, isolated by high cliffs and accessible only by boat. The beach and sea floor are made of white pebbles, and surrounded by turquoise waters. It is named after a shipwreck (MV Panagiotis), which sank near the shore around 1980 and then ended up on the beach.

Numerous "Blue Caves", are cut into cliffs around Cape Skinari, and accessible only by small boats. Sunrays reflect through blue sea water from white stones of cave bottoms and walls, creating interesting effects. The whole western shore contains numerous interesting rock formations, particularly arches. Northern and eastern shores also have some wide sandy beaches, many of which are packed with tourists in summer months.

This post is part of the Waterworld Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme.


  1. Wonderful photos! You could sell these to a travel site!

  2. Amazing shots! Would love to visit the Greek Islands... Sigh!

  3. Fantastic photos of a beautiful place...

  4. Wow! Amazing shots of this beautiful Greek island


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