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Zante is the flower of the East

Zákynthos (Zante) is a verdant island endowed with fertile valleys and a temperate climate (area: 406 sq. km; coastline: 123 km). Its landscape diversity has resulted in different types of beaches: there are sandy beaches in secluded coves where the tranquil waters are deep blue on the island’s southeastern part; yet, if rugged cliffs and an interesting underwater worldare to your liking, try the western part of the island.

 

The Venetians, who ruled Zákynthos from 1484 to 1797, called the island “Fioro di Levante” (flower of the East) as there are over 7,000 species of flowers on Zákynthos. The third largest island of the Ionian Sea, after Corfu and Kefaloniá, is internationally known as “Zante”. Zákynthos is said to have been the island’s first inhabitant and the ancient acropolis is attributed to him. He was the son of Dardanos who ruled the ancient kingdom of Frigia. A Venetian fort was built at later times on the site.

The Venetian architectural influence has left its stamp on Zante despite the damage sustained due to the seismic activity in the area. After the ravaging 1953 earthquake and the ensuing fire, a number of historical buildings and churches burned to the ground. Consequently, the significant treasures these buildings were housing perished. The town was rebuilt according to a plan where strict anti-seismic specifications applied and, to a large extent, respecting the town’s former architectural structure. 

On Zante, great care is taken to protect two endangered animal species, namely the caretta aretta sea turtle and the monachus monachus seal.

The city of Zakynthos is the capital of the island and at the same time the island's port.

General Phones
Police Department: +30 26950 28341, 48266

Tourist Police : +30 26950 22550, 27367

Alykanas Tourist Police : +30 26950 , 27367

Alykanas Police : +30 26950 83217

Laganas Police : +30 26950 51251

Port Authority : +30 26950 28117, 28118

Hellenic Tourism Organization (EOT) : +30 26950 48073, 23361, 48075

General Prefecture Hospital : +30 26950 22515, 25902

Hospital: +30 26950 49111, 49112, 49113

First Aid Center : +30 26950 23166

Katastari Clinic : +30 26950 83208

Maherado Clinic : +30 26950 92217

Pantokratoras Clinic : +30 26950 51210

Transport Phones
Olympic Airways : +30 26950 28611, 42617, 44433

Airport : +30 26950 28322

Killini Port Authority : +30 26950 92211

Bus Station (KTEL) : +30 26950 42656, 22555

Radio Taxi Service : +30 26950 48400

Taxi Stands : +30 26950 22280, 28104, 23788, 28261

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