Locations and villages
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Zakynthos Town or Chora

The town of Zakynthos or Chora is the capital of the island and is built in the eastern part of the island, on the foothills of Bohalis.
The impressive traditional buildings with arches and arched windows and the picturesque squares preserve the traditional style of the old city. Here is situated the main harbor of the island that connects Zakynthos with the mainland through Killini port.
Solomos Square, located in the center of the Lombardou Str. (or Strada Marina in Italian) is surrounded by the neoclassical buildings of the National Bank, the Byzantine Museum, the City Hall, the Municipal Library and the Cultural Center, and hosts the statue of our national poet Dionysios Solomos


Bochali, located at the highest point of the city of Zakynthos and only 2 km away, offers a magnificent view of the city, the harbor, Argassi and Laganas bay.
It is one of the oldest neighborhoods of Zakynthos, as it was the first area of expansion of the old capital, which was located in the castle.
Through the main road to Bohali, we reach the central square where there are many food and drink shops and on the left side of the square one can see the church of Zoodochos Pigi.

Pierros Verde- Zakynthos
Pierros Verde- Zakynthos

Agios Leon

Agios Leon (Saint Leon) is a picturesque mountain village located on the west coast of Zakynthos. His name was taken by the bishop of Catania in Sicily who, after being sanctified, became Saint Leon and a church was built in his honor in the 14th century.
The village is also famous for having two scenic rocky coves with turquoise waters, Porto Roxa and Porto Limniona, that can be easily reached by car


The semi-mountainous village of Anafonitria is mainly known for the Monastery of Panagia Anafonitria. The village is located close to one of the most famous sights of the island, the Shipwreck beach, and from the terrace that is set on its top you can admire the panoramic view.

Pierros Verde- Zakynthos
Pierros Verde- Zakynthos


Vassilikos is a paradise of natural beauty combining green forests with enchanting beaches. It is located 17 km southeast of the town and consists of pine forests, olive groves, vineyards and local farms. Behind its mountains, some of the most beautiful sandy beaches of the island are hidden, such as Saint Nicholas, Banana and Gerakas.


Volimes village is situated 30 km northwest of Zakynthos. The sunset in this area is impressive. Do not miss to visit the monastery of St. Andrew and the picturesque chapel of Agios Georgios Gremnon. Volimes is the starting point of exploration of the northern parts of the island including the well known Blue Caves and Shipwreck beach.
On the northwest side of the island one can find the beach of Xygia with warm, thermal waters, Makris Gialos beach, while Agios Nikolaos is a picturesque harbor that is the only point that connects Zakynthos with the neighboring island of Kefalonia.

Pierros Verde- Zakynthos
Pierros Verde- Zakynthos


Kampi is a small mountain village on the west side of the island. In the village there are many findings from the Mycenaean times, such as the funerary monuments at the Mycenaean cemetery, which is accessible to the public.
In the village there are cafes and restaurants with local cuisine and panoramic views of the sea, the spectacular cliffs and the surrounding forests. Numerous visitors come here to admire the enchanting sunset.

Keri and Keri Lake

Within a distance of about 20 km from the town of Zakynthos lies Keri Lake, which is extended along the edge of Cape Marathia.
It is characterized by a beautiful pebble beach, shaded by a few pines and is surrounded by many local taverns, which, create a very special atmosphere, especially in the evening.
Keri Lake is an ideal starting point to visit the caves and the beaches of Keri.
In Keri you should not miss the opportunity to climb up to the lighthouse, especially at sunset, from where you can admire the impressive rocks of Mytzithres.

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Pierros Verde- Zakynthos


Kiliomeno (also known as Agios Nikolaos) is a mountain village in central Zakynthos.
The name Agios Nikolaos comes from the old church in the village. Its bell tower was built in 1893 by local stone craftsmen, who made the village famous in Zakynthos due to its stone houses, a typical example of the traditional architecture of the island.
In the village operates the Women’s Agricultural Cooperative of Melissiotisses, founded in 2007 and deals with the production of traditional products (spoon sweets, pastries), oil, wine, cheese, honey, aromatic plants.


The village of Lithakia, is one of the oldest villages on the island and is the extension of Laganas Bay.
The church of Agios Ioannis located in the village is a sample of traditional Zakynthian architecture. The village is also home to the traditional open-air mill and landscapes with perennial olives.
The village also hosts the picturesque harbor of Agios Sostis with the islet of Cameo and Porto Koukla beach, opposite Marathonisi.

Pierros Verde- Zakynthos
Pierros Verde- Zakynthos


In Macherado you can visit the restored 14th-century Ypapanti church with a bell tower from the highest of Zakynthos. The main attraction is the church of Agia Mavra. It is a one-aisled basilica with exceptionally rich decoration.
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The presence of Zakynthos is marked already in prehistoric times. The first reference to the island is made by Homer in the Odyssey, where he calls it “Ylisessa”, that is, woodland. According to the ancient geographer Pausanias, the island was named after Zakynthos, the son of the king of Phrygia Dardanos, who first settled the island, giving it his name around 1500 BC.
The 2nd century BC finds Zakynthos under Roman occupation and then under Byzantine domination.
The Venetians, recognizing the strategic importance of Zakynthos, occupy the island in 1485.
Venetian occupation gives to the island for the first time in centuries, the possibility of economic and intellectual blossoming.
The brutal exploitation of the people by the nobles led to the rebellion of the lower class of Popolari, the first social revolution in the history of modern Greece (1628-1632), which was eventually violently suppressed.
Venetian domination ends after three centuries, in the last years of the 18th century, with its demise by the French Democrats.
The French occupation lasted only 15 months.
The Ionian State, which was the first independent Greek state of modern history, lasted seven years. In 1807 , the French imperial troops occupy the Ionian islands. Two years later, in 1809, the English fleet occupies Zakynthos.
The British occupation (1809-1864) was the last period of occupation before the union with Greece.
On 21 May 1864, the union of the Ionian islands with Greece was formalized.
In the 20th century, in 1953, a devastating earthquake followed by an extended fire destroys the island of Zakynthos. Historical buildings and churches are thus lost along with the treasures they contain. The city is rebuilt, this time according to a very strict seismic rule, while trying to maintain its old character.


The architecture of Zakynthos, with influences by the Venetians, the French and the English, contains plenty of Western European elements. The current architecture of the island, however, was formed after the devastating earthquake of 1953, where the city and its villages were rebuilt as most of the island was flattened. Some remarkable monuments, still retain their original architecture, with the main feature of the arches.
The churches of Zakynthos are built as three -aisled basilicas and are accompanied by large bell towers. The church of Agios Dionysios, Agios Nikolaos of Molos and the Lady of the Angels, bring together the main architectural interest

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Museums and monuments

Post -Byzantine Museum of Zakynthos

This museum is located on Dionysios Solomos Square and opened its doors to the public for the first time in 1960. It extends on three floors and the first two rooms immediately give the visitor the opportunity to admire wood-carved icons of the Byzantine era, while in the third and fourth floor, one can find the original frescoes of the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries.
The visitor can also see the pictures and representations of the city before the earthquake, as well as learn about the artistic evolution from the post-Byzantine period to the present day.
The museum is open daily except Monday from 8:30 to 15:00.

Museum of Dionysios Solomos, Andreas Kalvos and other iconic personalities of Zakynthos

This museum, founded in 1959, is located in the impressive small square of Saint Marco and is well-known because it is the ossuary of Dionysios Solomos and Andrea Kalvos, the famous poets of Zakynthos.
Inside the building there are also paintings of the 18th and 19th centuries, ceramics, sculptures and ancient musical instruments. Of particular interest is the apparel and arms department of the aristocratic families of the island.
The museum also hosts portraits of iconic personalities of the island and a collection of coats of arms.
The museum is open daily from 9:00 to 14:00.

Municipal library

The municipal library is located at Solomos Square, in the building that houses the cultural center of Zakynthos.
Its history began in 1628 and, prior to the earthquake and catastrophic fire of 1953, it kept unique books and manuscripts.
In the library, it is possible to find rare books about the history and traditions of Zakynthos, copies of old newspapers and memoirs, and photographs of Zakynthos before the 1953 earthquake.

Thematic Exhibition Center of the sea turtle Caretta-Caretta

The Caretta Caretta Thematic Exhibition Center is located in Dafni area within the protected National Marine Park of Zakynthos.
The exhibition and informative material as well as the Center’s actions aim at informing and raising awareness about the protection of the sea turtle Caretta Caretta, as well as the information on other endemic species of flora and fauna in Zakynthos.

The Helmis Natural History Museum

The Helmis Natural History Museum was founded on 10 October 2000 and is located in the village of Agia Marina.
The collection of the museum includes samples of flora and fauna of Zakynthos such as rocks, fossils of plants and animals, shells, fish and birds. For more information on opening hours, please visit the website, www.museumhelmis.gr.

Naval Museum

The Naval museum is located in the area of Tsilivi and contains exhibits that bear witness to the nautical history of the island from the 17th century until today.
The collection contains paintings of watercolors describing the evolution of sea transport as well as a large variety of models of ships from the period of the Byzantine Empire.
The museum is open from 8:00 in the morning until 15:00 upon appointment only.

Museum of Rural Culture

It was founded in 1998 in the small village of Pigadakia and its exhibits are related to the rural tradition in Greece and especially on the island.
In its interiors, you can admire rare objects from the 16th century, such as professional tools, everyday utensils, and rare works of local craftsmanship.
The museum is a rebuilding of a traditional home with a living room, a kitchen and a bedroom with traditional furniture.
In its exteriors, there are also agricultural machines used by the Zakynthians.

Museum and house Hugo Foscolo

The home of the internationally renowned poet Hugo Foscolo, who was born in Zakynthos in 1778, is the only reference to the great Italian poet on the island. The house was completely destroyed in 1953 by the earthquake and remained a plot for more than 60 years.
In 2009, the Zakynthos Cultural Association “Ugo Foskolo” was founded, dedicated to raising the importance of the poet’s work. At the initiative of the Association, in collaboration with the Municipality and the Region of Ionian Islands, the home of Foscolo was built in its original form, that is, from the middle of the 18th century. in Odigitria neighborhood in the center of Zakynthos.


The main celebrations of the island are:

  • The Zakynthian Carnival
  • The Easter Celebration (April-May)
  • The feast of Agios Dionysios (23-26 August)
  • The feast of Agia Mavra in Macherado (July 9th)

• Festivals and concerts: The island offers numerous events and festivals especially during the summer months. For more detailed information, visit https://www.zakynthosevents.com


Alternative activities

The island offers a variety of alternative activities such as:

• Hiking routes
Zakynthos has many paths where guests can admire the nature of the island and its picturesque villages.
For more information on hiking trails, click here

• Horseback riding
In the area of Kalamaki, in the bay of Laganas, activities for advanced and beginner horsemen are offered.

• Sea sports
In the bay of Laganas, just a hundred meters from the property, you can rent boats and sea bikes, and enjoy the rare natural beauty of Marathonissi, the sea turtle Caretta-Caretta, and the caves of Keri.



• Traditional food and local products

Zakynthos has a rich gastronomic tradition.
Typical local dishes include the Zakynthian rabbit, the spicy Ladotyri (“Oil-cheese”), tthe “Zakynthian prositto”, the thick egg-lemon soup, the aubergines with garlic sauce “scordostoumpi”, the hand-made pastels, mandolato and pastel, as well as wine varieties found only on the island, such as Avgoustiatis.


Useful information

• Distances :
o Zakynthos town / port: 10 km.
o Airport: 8 km

• Bus Schedules
For local and long-distance services, visit the website of the Bus Enterprise of Zakynthos here

Useful phones

Police Station of Zakynthos: 26950 42550, 26950 22100
Direct Police Action: 100
Laganas police station: 26950 51251, 26950 52022
Police Station of Volimes: 26950 31204
Police Station of Catastari: 26950 83217, 26950 83083
Tourist police: 26950 27367, 171
Municipal Police: 26950 42064
Hospital: 26953 60500
EKAB (National First Aid Centre): 26950 23166, 166
Port Authority of Zakynthos: 26950 28117, 26950 28118
Port Authority of Killini: 26230 92211
Ionian Group Ferries: 26950 25400
Fire Brigades: 26950 22199, 26950 22161, 199
Forest Office: 26950 41125
Direct Coast Guard intervention: 108
Forest Fires Intervention: 191
Post Office: 26950 42476, 26950 44875
Airport: 26950 29500
Bus Enterprise: 26950 42656, 26950 22255
Radio Taxi: 26950 48400
Poison Center: 210 7793777
Alphabank: 26950 22336
National Bank: 26950 21001
Eurobank: 26950 23172
Piraeus Bank: 26950 24066