Zakynthos (also known as Zante) has miles and miles of impressive sandy beaches, particularly on the south and eastern coastline, many of which are set in quiet coves and bays. The largest resort in Zante is Laganas on the south coast, with a long, impressive beach over 5 miles in length, which leads invitingly down to the warm, clear waters.
The beach at Laganas is a conservation area for hundreds of loggerhead turtles that nest there each year, so water sports are not allowed, although many other beaches on Zante have plenty of water sports facilities. Holidays in Zante are a good opportunity to enjoy a relaxing Greek Island atmosphere.
The Venetians founded the capital of Zante and the architecture of this fine looking town reflects the heritage, with its arcades, squares and neoclassical buildings. The town is a pleasant place to spend an evening dining al fresco in one of the open-air cafes or tavernas. Interesting diversions are everywhere such as boat excursions to the very impressive 'shipwreck beach' on the northwest tip of Zante. The beach is set in a cove and is only accessible by boat but is worth the trip for its fine golden sand and clear blue water. There are plenty of bars, restaurants and nightclubs to keep your holiday in full swing and all are in close proximity to the beaches.
For culture vultures the main town has a museum dedicated to Dionysios Solomos, a 19th century poet and native of Zante, who is credited with writing the Greek national anthem.
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