All about the yachter's paradise, beautiful Zakynthos (Zante) Island or fiore di levante - the flower of the East -as it was called by the Venetians, is a fertile island with olive trees, vineyards and a rainbow of flowers, and offers to the visitors an easy going pace of life, vibrant night life coupled with small friendly resorts with excellent beaches. You can moor your boat in town but also in other place like Ag. Sostis islet, Limni Keriou, Alykes and in Ag. Nikolaos.
There are dozens of beaches to choose from, sandy and sheltered with invitingly sparkling water. These are: Ag. Nikolaos, Ag. Kyriaki, Alikes,Alikanas, Amboula, Amoudi, Argasi, Banana, Bouka, Dafni, Drosia, Gerakas, Gypsolithos, Kalamaki, Kaminia, Kato Tragaki, Kryoneri, Keri, Laganas, Limnionas, Makrys Gialos, Marathias, Navagio (shipwreck), Pachia Ammos, Porto Koukla, Porto Roma, Porto Roxa,Porto Zoro,Tsilivi, Vourderi, Xechoriatis and Xygia beach. You should also visit on the northern part of the island Cape Schinari, and to the east of the cape the Blue Caves in the region of White rock, a series of geological formations that have created a unique seascape. Don?t miss the exotic island Marathonisi where sea turtles caretta-caretta make their nests (You may visit the Island only during the daylight).
The MOORING place for charter yachts:
IMPORTANT FACILITIES for YACHTS AND BOATS ON CHARTER in Zakynthos Island (Necessary needs and infrastructure for yachtsmen or generally for anyone who is on sailing vacation / yachting holidays onboard a sailing yacht or a motor boat).
Wood works & repairs
Sail maker (repairs)
GSM Mobile Telephone COVERAGE
The recommended SHELTER POINTS in Zakynthos Island are
HAZARDS and NAVIGATION ADVICE for Zakynthos Island and nearby area.
WATER SPORTS in Zakynthos Island
Alikanas beach is a popular location for watersports like pedaloes, canoes, jetski and hydrojet at Valais Hotel (www.valais.gr).
SCUBA DIVING in Zakynthos Island
There are a few diving schools in Zakynthos island Euro Divers and Adventure Diving in Laganas beach. Also, Nero Sport Diving Center (www.nero-sport.de) and Diving Center Turtle Beach (www.diving-center-turtle-beach.com) at Keri.
RENT A CAR / BIKE in Zakythos Island (main town and port)
HERTZ Tel.: +30 26950 45706, www.hertz.gr
EUROPCAR Tel. +30 26950 41541, https://www.europcar.com/
FAROS Tel. +30 26950 23665, www.faros-rentals.gr
SIXT, Tel +30 26950 24212, www.sixt.gr
HISTORY Information for Zakynthos Island
In Greek Mythology, the famous poetic writer, Homer claimed that the history of the people of Zakynthos began with the arrival of the Trojan Prince Zakynthos some 1500 years BC. However, evidence of human bones was found in the bay of Laganas from the Palaeolithic Era. Zakynthos' colourful and turbulent history has seen a succession of invaders from Athenians, Franks, Romans, Venetians, French to the British in the nineteenth century, though Zakynthos joined Greece in 1864 together with the rest of the Ionian Islands. Without ever losing its Greek identity, Zakynthos, got to know different cultures and mentalities. Zakynthos became a receiver of many cultural influences which then expounded, and as a result contributed in a great extend to the configuration of the Modern Greek spirit. Tourism first came to Zakynthos about twenty years ago and the parts of the island were transformed.
MUSEUMS AND other interesting SITES in Zakynthos Island
While in Zakynthos, you can visit the following: The Byzantine Museum (Tel. 26950 42714), the Museum of Solomos and Kalvos (built in 1957, Tel. 26950 28982), the Monastery of Theotokos Anafonitria (built in the 14th century), the church of Saint Dionisios (patron - saint of the island), and of course the Venetian Fortress (built in the 17th century). A very nice to way to see the inner island would be the jeep safari excursion. You can get more information from the Zakynthos Jeep Discovery (Tel. 26950 84104).
LOCAL THINGS & STUFF to check or BUY in Zakynthos Island
Most of the shops in Zakynthos are gathered in the capital of the island. Leather shops and jewelleries are numerous and offer good quality products, cheaper than in other European countries. Various shops selling fine examples of hand-woven textiles and embroideries with intricate designs, objects of all kinds carved out of olive wood, silver utensils and delicacies can be found in the capital of the island as well as in many other resorts. Don't leave before tasting the famous Zakynthos "mandolato" or nougat; it's a real treat. Other things to buy from Zakynthos are local cheese, honey and wine.