Zakynthos is also known as Zante and is part of the Ionian group of Greek Islands. Covering an area of around 410 square kilometers, it is the third largest island in the Ionian archipelago. Located in the eastern part of the Ionian Sea, Zakynthos is only 20 kilometers away from the Greek mainland. It is known to have been inhabited since the Neolithic age and boasts of a rich history. The island is mentioned in the works of Homer’s “Odyssey” and “Iliad”. The Mediterranean climate and decent rainfall have enabled the growth of healthy vegetation around the island.
Located on the eastern side, Zakynthos town is the capital of the island. The elegance of Venetian and Neo-classical architecture gives a distinguished look to the town. You can take a car for hire in Zakynthos and drive amidst this beautiful setting. The cultural and commercial center of the island is located in this town giving it a lively ambience. In Solomos Square, the biggest square in the town, you can find Post Byzantine Art Museum. This wonderful place exhibits 16th century frescoes, ecclesiastical clothes, and a lot more.
Macherado is actually a village and the second largest one on the island. It is located 10 kilometers in the southwestern direction from the capital. You can take a car for rent in Zakynthos and drive to this quaint place. If you love architecture or are a religious person then do come to Macherado for the Church of Agia Mavra. This old structure dates back to the 14th century and has a majestic Venetian belfry and beautiful frescoes.
Volimes is located in the northern region of the island and can be accessed when you rent a car in Zakynthos. Driving from the capital town in the northwestern direction, you can find Volimes which is only around 33 kilometers away. It is primarily an agricultural village, but has some stunning landscapes. The Monastery of Anafonitria, a place of historic importance is located here. It is a monastery dedicated to Agios Dionyssios, who is known to be the protector of the island. It is believed that it was at this monastery that he forgave his brother, and hence the place holds much importance in the island. Volimes is located on a mountain and offers stunning panoramic views of the island.
Zakynthos is covered with great beaches bordered with glistening blue waters. The island is packed with great places to eat and lovely accommodations. So get packing and come visit all these sights during your vacation to Zakynthos, because this might just be exactly what the doctor ordered.