Zakynthos is the southernmost and largest of the Ionian Islands. The east side consists of many lovely beautiful sandy beaches. The western side consists of a pine-covered mountain plateau with high plains down into the sea. In the summer, the turtles Caretta-Caretta (endangered) come to the island and burrow their eggs on the beaches. If you are lucky, you can swim with the turtles at one of the beaches that are protected. In Zakynthos town on Alexander street you can shop fashion clothes, jewelry and leather. Zakynhtos is known for its good olives, wine and oily ladotiri cheese. There are beaches along the entire east coast that are all worth a visit.
Marathonissi Marathonissi consists of several small islands about 1km outside the bay of Laganas. There you go by boat. The islands are uninhabited so here you can discover Zakynthos unspoilt nature. On the way out you can also see careta careta. Askos Stone Park Nature reserve with rich vegetation and many animals. Zakynthos town In 1953, the city was destroyed by an earthquake so there is not much of the old city left. However, the mighty church of Agios Dionyssos is worth a visit. Lots of shopping Giri At 550 meters altitude is this small village from the 1400s. Small houses with narrow alleys. Very charming village with several tavernas.