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In Keri village, situated 200 meters above sea level on the edge of a cliff, you will find the lighthouse of Keri. This is a tower height of 9 meters, built in 1925 to help passing ships to avoid conflict with steep cliffs.

Access is easy by car, which leave the parking lot and continue a few meters walk to get to the lighthouse.

From this point you can enjoy one of the most enchanting and picturesque sunsets in the Ionian Sea. Still see the cheese, the two tall conical, white rocks that protrude from the water and at the beginning of the Keri Caves.

The white rocks, blue sea, the steep slopes of the cliffs that characterize this part of the island and the mountains form a landscape of outstanding natural beauty that must be seen to be believed.

Here you will find a tavern where you can enjoy your meal or drink whilst admiring the views.

Volimes, near Korithi will find a beautiful stone lighthouse built in 1897 and has a tower height 9.5 m. It stands on the edge of the mountain from where you can enjoy spectacular views of the sea to the island of Kefalonia. Near the lighthouse, there are small boats that go to the Shipwreck and the Blue Caves.

The old bridge was in Alykes is a historical landmark, a beautiful stone bridge built over the river Skourti.

The exact chronology erected is not known but there is the 15th century when it was built by the British during the period they occupied Zakynthos.

Pentokamaro call because it has 5 arches. It is easily accessible from the nearby Alykes and Alykanas resort.

St. Mark's Square
St. Mark's Square was named after the church was founded in 1518 and is distinguished by being the only Catholic church in Zakynthos. Once existed cathedral for the Diocese of Kefalonia and Zakynthos. Today, the church is open to the public only in summer. The earthquake of 1953 destroyed and then rebuilt on a smaller scale.

The Piazza San Marco played an important role in the history of the island was used as a meeting point for discussion of ideas. In 1797, the populace burned books with titles of nobility. The tree in the middle of the square called the tree of Liberty and is in honor of the liberation of the island from the Venetian rule, which simply replaced by that of the French.

The Solomos Museum and Kalvos located in square houses personal belongings of some of the most famous locals such as Dionysios Solomos, Alexander Romas and others, as well as objects from the Byzantine era.

Today, many cafes and restaurants located around the square and a beautiful and pleasant place to enjoy a coffee or a refreshing drink.

Solomos Square
Solomos Square is the central square of the town of Zakynthos. Its name is taken from one of the most famous locals, poet Dionysios Solomos, whose lyrics are the National Anthem of Greece.

A statue has been raised to the square.

Many impressive buildings around it, including the church of St. Nicholas, which was rebuilt in 1561, he served St. Dionysius, patron saint of the island and it is worth noting that survived the earthquake of 1953.

Other important buildings are the Byzantine Museum and the Cultural Center of the island that houses the library, a gallery and various reports together with cinema in the city.

The Askos Stone Park is located on the northern island of Zakynthos, one kilometer from the port of Agios Nikolaos Volimon.

It is a demarcated area of 500 acres, of which the visitor navigates to 100 of them. The rest are used for free grazing of animals on farm feed production and the cultivation of various fruit trees.

Within this space, the visitor is able to meet all the flora and fauna of the island, about 200,000 native plants, shrubs and trees and hundreds of animals living free in their natural habitats.

Also in area contains several stone structures, like old stone buildings (stables), cisterns built many centuries within the stone and various compositions of stone and wood in harmony with the environment.

Peluso The island lies in the Gulf of Laganas, 2 nautical miles from the beach of Dafni. It is slightly hilly, with only a beach with very white and fine sand. There are other traces of human presence beyond an old ruined building. On the opposite side of the island, in the south coast, there is a cave moderate dimensions.

The island belongs to the National Marine Park and so closed to shipping in the marine area and to stay on the island after sundown.

So the only way to approach the island are swimming. From the beach of Dafni will need to swim about 2 hours, so it is advisable to have a canoe to rest and supplies.

The Marthonisi is a small island in the bay of Laganas, just off the coast of Keri lush. Its shape resembles a turtle and so called Turtle Island.

You can reach it by boat governed by private or one of the small vessels ranging from Keri, Laganas or San Sostis.

Feels like heaven on earth as it is under the protection of the National Marine Park and thus remains pure and virgin. Space is nesting endangered sea turtle Caretta caretta. It has two beaches, one with a sand and shingle. There are even some caves that you can explore. The water is all shades of blue and is crystal clear and crystal.

There are no shops on the island you will find a boat with canteen serving drinks and snacks. Staying on the island after sunset is prohibited as there are volunteers of the National Marine Park in the guard during the night

The small island of St. Sostis located in the bay of Laganas. It is pine and has caves and a beautiful sandy beach that impress all visitors. The name has been taken from the church of St. Sostis.

Was connected to the mainland and separated after an earthquake in 1633. Access to it is by sea by boat or by swimming through the wooden bridge there.

During the day, you can see turtles in the surrounding sea area by boat and in the evening you can enjoy the view and have fun in the cafeteria and the clubs of the island.

The latter are a complex of two rocky islands called harpies and Stamfani and located 25 nautical miles south of Cape Keri in Zakynthos.

According to the ancient author Apollonius of Rhodes, the islands called Floating Islands because of the flat topography. Virgil explains that the islands were named Strofades because of the following legend: the issues and Calais, sons of Boreas and Oreithyia chased the Harpies who lived on these islands. When the two men came near, suddenly turned back (did turn). The Strofades took their name from this fact.

In 1241, Princess Irene of Byzantium, daughter of Emperor Theodore of first instruct and built an impressive monastery dedicated to Christ and the Virgin Mary known as the Monastery of Our Lady of the Pantocharas Stamfani. For some years he lived the monastic life of St. Dionysius, patron saint of Zakynthos. When in 1716 the island was attacked pirates, the remains of the Saint that there were desecrated and then decided to transfer to Zakynthos.

The islands hinged or otherwise Strofadia are part of the National Marine Park as a nesting area for more than 1200 species of migratory birds that fly each year in Africa and then return here to rest. Apart from its rich wild flora covering the islands are still orange, lemon and fig trees and over 250 species of plants and flowers and trees that create a large forest.

The islands can be reached only by boat or private boat excursion boat.

Solomos Museum exhibits and personal belongings Kalvos great Zakynthos.
Also another interesting museum is the museum of Gregory Xenopoulos, a great writer and journalist, the museum also exhibits personal belongings, manuscripts and furniture.

On the outskirts of the city of Zakynthos, in Tsilivi, 7 km north-east, is the Maritime Museum Milanio. Founder of the museum is Anthony Miller who gave his name to it. Includes watercolors that reveal the whole development of shipping in our country, and contains a wide variety of Byzantine ships from the beginning of Byzantine history until its destruction in 1453 by the Turks.

located in the town of Zakynthos, the island's capital. The Byzantine Museum has many interesting exhibits, but mostly known for paintings and exhibits ranging from the 12th to 18th century.

The cheese, the small and the great are two cone towering whitewashed rocks that lie just below the lighthouse of Keri. To have their name taken from the cheese, cheese made in Zakynthos.

The rocks are visible from the lighthouse by sea and by private boat or ferry makes excursions. The scenery is breathtaking and the white color of Myzithres contrasts with the deep blue waters!

The sea around them has strong currents and nearby you will find the "Well of Oinouses" point with the greatest depth in the Mediterranean, 4500m.

The Keri is a beautiful area of the island, on the outskirts of the city (country) and includes the charming village of Akrotiri, Kryoneri Varres. Renowned for its stunning panoramic views of the city from above that reaches the deep blue waters of the Ionian Sea and the Peloponnese. The famous poet Dionysios Solomos, Zakynthos, found his inspiration here in Strani hill and composed his most famous poem, the verses of lyrics which later became the National Anthem of Greece. There are many cafes and restaurants to sit and enjoy the beautiful view.

Here is the Venetian castle that was once the capital of the island. It is also worth to visit the Maritime Museum, which kept many artifacts from the Greek Revolution, the First and Second World War and offers a detailed description of the Greek Navy.

The houses in Keri, certainly played an important role during the Greek Revolution against the Turks in 1821. The chapel of St. George of the Friendly meeting place of the secret community planning attacks and welcome those seeking asylum from mainland Greece.

The Venetian Castle in Bochali Hill, on the outskirts of the island was built in 1480 and shortly after a portion of it was destroyed by the Turkish invaders. From 1514 and later rebuilt and eventually became the capital of the island. Today it is a ruin, but still worth a visit as it offers excellent views of the city from above, the Ionian Sea and the region of Peloponnese.

Before you build the castle, there was a citadel at this point. The entrance gate clearly shows the Venetian influence is evident as the lion of St. Mark, a characteristic Venetian symbol.

The castle is surrounded by pine trees and is a very beautiful place where you can better understand the history of Zakynthos and enjoy the feeling of tranquility.
Cubs - CROSS
The cross is located at Kampi mountain Schiza at Kampi village. Raising of the Cross was in honor of the lives lost during the Greek Civil War and the Second World War.

The area that surrounds it offers breathtaking views of the sea and the surrounding beaches and is an ideal spot to enjoy the famous sunset at Kampi, one of the most fascinating on the island.

There are several restaurants and cafes in the area from which you can enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area.

The National Marine Park of Zakynthos (NMPZ) is located in the south and most of the island. The Presidential Decree on the establishment of NMPZ signed on 1 December 1999 from the President of the Greek Republic.

The objectives of the marine park is to preserve the natural environment and ecological balance of the marine and coastal area of Laganas Bay and islands Strofadia.

For thallasio park is the most important Caretta Caretta turtles found in the Mediterranean, a habitat essential for life.

The National Marine Park of Zakynthos is the first of its kind in Greece and is an example for other regions in Greece, where an integrated and well-managed.


Protected Area

The National Marine Park encompasses the marine area of Laganas Bay, the nesting beaches of sea turtles and a belt of land that connects the marsh on Lake Keri Mokra both islands turns that are 25 miles south of the island.

It is worth noting that Greece is the only European country where the sea turtles lay their eggs in Zakynthos as the most important nesting area in the Mediterranean.

Moreover, the area of habitats of European interest, including dunes, seagrass, the endangered daffodil, submerged reefs and hundreds of species of flora and fauna some of which are of great importance.

It should also be noted that the permanent population of the endangered monk seal Monachus monachus is present on the west coast of Zakynthos.

Protective measures:

Within sea area of the park there are three zones:

* Zone A - not allowed any boat activity.
* Zone B - Vessels may speed limit by 6 miles per hour and not epitrepetaina agkyrovolisoun.
* Area C - Vessels may speed limit by 6 miles per hour and may agkyrovolisoun.

On the beaches there are several limitations that are protected (no building, visitors are not allowed on the beach from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am, check the number of visitors, etc.). Furthermore, the limitations in building and development applied to tourism beaches designated as protected areas and neighboring beaches.
CHURCH DIONYSIOU
The church of St. Dionysius is the most important on the island and is dedicated to Saint Dionysius protector of the island and the relic is kept in a silver casket. Built in 1708, some sections were added after 50 years and was renovated in 2000. Has Venetian appearance and bell tower is an exact copy of the bell tower of San Marco in Venice.

The church is beautifully situated on the beach and is instantly recognizable when approaching the ship in port. At night, the lights surrounding the belfry create beautiful reflections in the sea. A big festival is in town and lasts 3 days starting from the day of the feast par on 24 August and the relic wandering downtown with music.
It is a festival famous among locals and tourists. Next to the church you will find the monastery of St. Dionysius, and a museum that explains the history of the church and the Saint.

Keri Caves located on the southwest coast of Zakynthos Keri peninsula.

Access is by sea with private boat or boat excursions out to the island. The nearest access point is the village of Keri Lake from where you can rent a boat or boat.

The water is crystal clear due to the reflection of light. The caves are other small or larger allowing small boats to enter them. Furthermore, different host species such as bats, the monk monk, turtle Caretta caretta and various species of fish and ideal for diving.

The Blue Caves are located in the northern part of the island and is one of the most famous sights. The unusual caves were discovered in 1897 and the largest is called Blue Grotto.

To visit them must hire a boat or symetaschete one of the tours organized by travel agencies. The closest point from where you can catch a boat is the port of Agios Nikolaos near Volimes but boats run and many other places.

The colors in the caves are impressive and have to see it to believe it. The sea area near the caves are ideal for snorkeling.

The wreck is perhaps the most famous attraction of the island. Located on a small secluded beach with white pebbles and deep waters in all shades of blue. This story of the sinking is: it's a boat carrying illegal cigarettes and as the Coast chasing crashed into the rocks and the sea took it out to the beach in 1980.

You can visit the Shipwreck Boat or admire the view from the top of a raised platform located in the mountain village of Maries.

If you have a fear of heights, better to avoid it as the view is breathtaking and a little frightening.

The wreck without a doubt the most famous attraction of the island.

Most visitors have already seen pictures of before reaching the island as it is one of the most photographed beaches in the world. This scenic beach stood out when a ship wrecked there before about 20 years, having crashed on the rocks due to bad weather. The ship was trying to escape from the Greek Navy and transported illegal cigarettes. Fortunately, none of the crew was injured.

The wreck is in the middle of a beautiful pebbled beach surrounded by white cliffs and stunning blue waters.

Shipwreck beach can be enjoyed in two ways: either to go by boat or vessel, or the view from the podium. There is no other way to access it.

Boat trips start from many places on the island like Argassi, Alykes, the port of Agios Nikolaos, Zakynthos Town. The platform is located near the village of Anafonitria and you can go there by car. There is plenty of parking space and there are signs with directions to find it easily.

This is definitely a unique experience and whichever way you choose to enjoy the Shipwreck, you will surely remain unforgettable.

 

GALERY

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