Rare Caretta Caretta sea turtles, the most photographed beach in Greece and a 30-year-old shipwreck. Book a relaxing holiday in nature and discover Zakynthos.
The most significant attractions on Zakynthos are animals: the Caretta Caretta sea turtles. These exceptional turtles are almost exclusive to Zakynthos and due to the size of their head, they are also called ‘loggerhead’ turtles. They mainly live in the National Marine Park, which has strict rules to protect the turtles, especially during the breeding season. You cannot access certain parts of the park, but you may get a chance to spot the turtles on the beaches of Laganas and Kalamaki.
Another historic sight to explore are the excavations at Kámiros. During archaeological excavations in the city of Kámiros, a number of historic buildings from the Hellenistic Period were discovered, including a Doric temple, parts of a bathhouse and an amphitheatre. You can still see these remains. Unfortunately, other parts of the ancient city have been destroyed by several earthquakes.
Navagio is one of the most photographed beaches in Greece. The bay is encircled by limestone rocks and cliffs, which, combined with the white sand and azure sea, forms a pretty picture. Navagio is also famous for the shipwreck of the Panagiotis, that has probably been there since 1980. It was a cigarette smuggling boat that was sailing from Turkey to Italy. You can only reach Navagio beach by boat, but it is more than worth the trip!
You will also find a couple of beautiful sights in Zakynthos Town, such as the Agios Dionysos Church. The church was named after Dionysos, a patron saint of the island. His relics were brought to Agios Dionysos Church in 1706. He is commemorated every year on 24 August with a parade through the town during which the locals carry a coffin that supposedly holds his physical remains. The church is even considered to be a pilgrimage site.
The Byzantine Museum is also located in Zakynthos Town. This museum has a large collection of post-Byzantine art by Greek painters from the 15th, 16th and 17th century. Many of these pieces were saved from various churches on Zakynthos. The museum gives you a good picture of the developments from the post-Byzantine period until now.