Top 10 Zakinthos
Collected by Amanda Castleman, AFAR Local Expert
This Greek Orthodox church in Zákinthos Town honors Dionysius of Zákinthos, a 16th-century monk renowned for forgiveness. He was elevated to sainthood because his body remained intact after his death and smelled of flowers and frankincense....
Korithi - Skinari.290 91, Zakinthos 291 00, Greece
An old windmill in the village of Elation, on Cape Skinari at the northern tip of Zákinthos, was once used for grinding flour but has been turned into guest accommodations. Once you admire the view from the top, you can climb down the steep steps...
Lithakia 290 92, Greece
The mill in the village of Lithakia has been producing olive oil since 1850. During the free guided tour, you'll see how the equipment has evolved over the years, from the original wooden press to the centrifuge machine of today. The tour ends...
Solomos Square, Zakinthos 291 00, Greece
Right on Solomos Square in the capital, this impressive museum showcases the art of the Byzantine Empire during the Middle Ages. The museum's 15th- and 16th-century icons are the biggest draw, but it also has some exceptional paintings, frescoes...
Zakynthos 290 91, Greece
A 30-kilometer (19-mile) drive west of Zákinthos Town, the appealing coastal village of Kampi was settled in Mycenaean times. Today Kampi has fewer than 70 residents, but its dramatic cliffs overlooking the Ionian Sea make it a popular spot for...
Zakynthos 290 92, Greece
Caretta caretta turtles—known elsewhere as loggerheads—nest on Marathonisi Islet, just off the southern coast of Zákinthos. Adult turtles can reach 120 centimeters (four feet) in length and weigh 135 kilos (300 pounds); they use their powerful...
Ag. Leon 290 92, Greece
A hidden gem, this wild and remote beach lies six kilometers (about four miles) southwest of the mountain village of Ágios Leon. Expect startlingly clear blue waters, but not much in the way of tourist amenities: just a single restaurant and a...
Bochali 291 00, Greece
Stone fortifications stand tall amid lovely parkland on a hill overlooking the town of Zákinthos and the sea. The castle was built in the 15th century but largely destroyed soon after by invading Turks. In 1484, the Turks handed control of the...
Elation 290 91, Greece
The secret's out about Navagio Beach: thanks to several viral photos, the secluded stretch of white sand topped off with a shipwreck has people swooning all over the world. The Panagiotis ship went down in 1983, while allegedly smuggling...
Porto Vromi Maries, Maries 290 91, Greece
Let a sea captain whisk you to some of Zákinthos’s top attractions. During a boat tour you'll see Shipwreck Beach, Marathonisi Islet and Laganas Bay, home to the turtle sanctuary. At the Blue Caves, keep an eye out for monk seals; they feed and...
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