of the highlights of a visit to Zakynthos is sighting the beautiful
loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta). The turtle is an endangered
species and can be found both on Zakynthos and Kefallonia.
More turtle information here.
You can view a short video here
are a number of caves on the northern coast of the island. The blue
caves are a series of geological formations in the cliffs below
Its name derives from the incredible blue colour of the water, which
is due to the refraction of the light. The best time of day to see
the caves is around midday with calm seas which allow the tiny sand
particles to tint the sea and its contents.
The caves are only accessible by sea, either from Zakynthos
Town or by boat from the nearby Skinari lighthouse.
site of Sarakina (10 kms northeast of Laganas)
known from the Middle Ages, took its name from the Saracen pirates,
who used the area as a hideout. The old Mansion Sarakina, which
belongs to the Loutzis' family, dominates the region and adjacent
to the old mansion is the 'Agios Ioannis Prodromos Chapel' where
the family vault is located.
mansion was severely damaged in the earthquake of 1953 but remains
one of the finest examples of Venetian architecture in this part
of the island.
Roma is an idyllic part of Zakynthos. Located at the southeastern
tip of the island, this small fishing port is unspoilt and is perfect
for getting away from it all. There is the best of both worlds here;
an unspoilt bay within a peaceful locale and yet it is very close
to the livelier areas of Laganas
Porto Roma has five tavernas
and a couple of small shops.
There are no hotels here. Accommodation is restricted to villas and
very high quality apartments. If you want a beach to yourself,
Porto Roma in the morning is ideal! A short walk through the olive
groves takes you to Gerakas
beach and Zakynthos Town is
a twenty minute drive away. Porto
Roma is a useful starting point for one of the many island cruises
and you can also take a glass-bottomed boat to Gerakas
in the hope of sighting Caretta Caretta.
the story... In 1980, a freighter was pursued by the Greek Navy. The
crew were suspected of smuggling contraband and the navy chased the
ship through the Ionian sea.
Allegedly there was 'wine, tobacco and women' on board and the chase
came to an abrupt end when the ship ran aground in stormy weather
on the coast to the north of the island at Porto Vromi.
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