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Zakynthos trivia: 68 amazing facts about this Greek island!

Zakynthos is one of the most well known Greek islands with thousands of tourists visiting this island every year!

So let’s dive into some trivia and facts about Zakynthos!

  1. Zakynthos is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea
  2. It is also spelled Zakinthos
  3. It is the third largest of the Ionian Islands
  4. Zakynthos is a separate regional unit of the Ionian Islands region
  5. And its only municipality
  6. It covers an area of 405.55 km2 (156.6 sq mi)
  7. Its coastline is roughly 123 km (76 mi) in length
  8. The name, like all similar names ending in -nthos, is pre-Mycenaean or Pelasgian in origin
  9. In Greek mythology the island was said to be named after Zakynthos, the son of the legendary Arcadian chief Dardanus
  10. Zakynthos is a tourist destination
  11. With an international airport served by charter flights from northern Europe
  12. The island’s nickname is “the Flower of the Levant”
  13. Bestowed upon it by the Venetians who were in possession of Zakynthos from 1484- 1797
  14. Zakynthos was hit by a 7.3-magnitude earthquake in 1953
  15. Which destroyed most of the buildings on the island
  16. Subsequently, all buildings have been fortified to protect against further tremors
  17. On 26 October 2018, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake south of the island caused no injuries but damaged the local pier and a 13th Century monastery
  18. Famous landmarks include the Navagio beach
  19. A cove on the northwest shore isolated by high cliffs
  20. It is accessible only by boat
  21. Numerous natural “blue caves” are cut into cliffs around Cape Skinari
  22. And accessible only by small boats
  23. Keri, on the south of the island, is a mountain village with a lighthouse
  24. The whole western shore from Keri to Skinari contains rock formations including arches
  25. Northern and eastern shores feature numerous wide sandy beaches
  26. Some of which attract tourists in summer months
  27. The largest resort is Laganas
  28. Marathonissi islet near Limni Keriou has tropical vegetation, turquoise waters, beaches, and sea caves
  29. It is also known as “Turtle Island”
  30. Bochali hill above the Zakynthos town contains a small Venetian castle
  31. Zakynthos is a separate regional unit of the Ionian Islands region
  32. And the only municipality of the regional unit
  33. The seat of administration is Zakynthos, the main town of the island
  34. Since Zakynthos was under the rule of the Venetian Republic it had closer contact with Western literary trends than other areas inhabited by Greek people
  35. An early literary work from the island is the Rimada, a 16th-century romance in verse about Alexander the Great
  36. Notable early writers include Tzanes Koroneos (author of Andragathemata of Bouas, a work of historical fiction), Nikolaos Loukanis (a 16th-century Renaissance humanist), Markos Defaranas (1503–1575, possibly the author of the Rimada), Pachomios Roussanos (1508–1553, a scholar and theologian), and Antonio Catiforo (1685–1763, a grammarian and satirist)
  37. Towards the end of the 18th century, the so-called Heptanese School of Literature developed, consisting mainly of lyrical and satirical poetry in the vein of Romanticism prevalent throughout Europe at the time
  38. It also contributed to the development of modern Greek theatre
  39. An important poet of this school was Zakynthian Dionysios Solomos
  40. Another was Nikolaos Koutouzis, who also figures prominently in the Heptanese School of Painting
  41. Others include Georgios Tertsetis (1800–1873, politician, poet, and historian)
  42. The island is covered by a network of roads, particularly the flat eastern part, with main routes linking the capital with Volimes on north, Keri on the south, and peninsula Vassiliki on the west
  43. The road between Volimes and Lithakia is the spine of the western half of the island
  44. The island has one airport, Zakynthos International Airport (on former GR-35) which connects flights with other Greek airports and numerous tourist charters
  45. It is located 4.3 km (2.7 mi) from Zakynthos and opened in 1972
  46. Zakynthos also features two ports
  47. The main port, located in the capital
  48. And another in the village of Agios Nikolaos
  49. From the main port there is a connection to the port of Kyllini, which is the usual route for arrivals to the island by sea from the mainland
  50. From the port of Agios Nikolaos there is a connection to the island of Kefalonia
  51. Two academic departments belonging to the Technological Educational Institute of the Ionian Islands have been located on Zakynthos since 2003
  52. The department of Environmental Technology and Ecology has developed laboratory and field station infrastructures along Zakynthos and the Strofades islets
  53. The other department is the Protection and Conservation of Cultural Heritage
  54. Freshwater resources on Zakynthos are limited
  55. And as a result a Greek-Norwegian educational collaboration is being established on the island
  56. The Science Park Zakynthos is a collaboration between the Technological Educational Institute of the Ionian Islands (TEI), the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB), and the Therianos Villas and Therianos Family Farm on Zakynthos
  57. Among the most famous Zakynthians is the 19th-century poet Dionysios Solomos
  58. Whose statue adorns the main town square
  59. The Italian poet Ugo Foscolo was born in Zakynthos
  60. The famous Renaissance surgeon and anatomist Andreas Vesalius died on Zakynthos
  61. After being shipwrecked while making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land
  62. His body is thought to have been buried on the island but the site has been lost
  63. Early 19th-century poet and playwright Elizabeth Moutzan-Martinegou was also born there
  64. Since the mid 1980s, Zakynthos (known as Zante) has become a hub for 18- 30 year old tourists leading to Alykanas and Laganas (former quiet villages)
  65. Becoming hometowns of clubbing hotels, nightclubs, bars and restaurants
  66. Alykanas is now the busiest destination on the island for British holidaymakers
  67. Surpassing Tsivili and Kalamaki
  68. Which are more popular with families


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