Zakynthos is a separate regional unit of the Ionian Islands region, and its only municipality. 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.
Famous landmarks include the Navagio beach, a cove on the northwest shore isolated by high cliffs and accessible only by boat.
St.Denis church is the largest church in Zakynthos Town, the foundation of which began back in 1925 and was finally completed in 1948, only a few years before the devastating earthquake of 1953. It is one of the three buildings that did not suffer any damage at all by the earthquake – a fortunate event that is often considered a miracle by locals.
Dionysios Solomos Square is the central and bigger square in the city and there take place several religious and cultural events & celebrations. Here stands out the statue of our National poet, Dionysios Solomos, nowadays a copy of the original statue, work of the Athenian sculptor Georgios Vroutos. The square is found at the end of the central port dock and its current form (paving) is post-earthquake.
The identity of Zante shall not entail only its beaches, towns and museums. Zante is also its people, their love for land and the fruits it breeds. The Giatras-Gkoumas winery & estate invites every visitor of the island to a unique tour by Giatras family itself. A tour that is most stipulating of one thing; the relationship of Zakynthians with land and nature.
Along a verdurous hill, on a property full of olive trees, sycamines and citrus trees, we welcome you to the world of winemaking. The late 19th century buildings of the estate have been properly renovated, preserving their original style. Stone, wood, soil, gravel and all natural materials available within the confines of the estate were used to refurbish the exterior and interior of all constructions.
Therianos family consists of 4 members, who were born and grew up in the wonderful island of Zakynthos in Greece. They share the same dream, to create a place where people from around the world could come and meet the Greek culture, the authentic Greek hospitality and get in touch with the beautiful nature of the island. With that as their sole purpose, they have created a true paradise on earth and they have called it Therianos traditional villas!
This a magnificent organic farm based on a personal approach and complete privacy which will make you feel like home. We pledge, the Therianos family guarantee of a relaxing and memorable holiday experience and a new friendship that will last for years.
The Olive press Aristaion a traditional family business located in Lithakia Zakynthos. The journey of the family began in 1850 with the traditional animal movement press, part of which survives until today. Then went to metal and later in hydraulic presses.
Since then the technology has evolved, and the need for the creation of modern facilities has led us into 2008 to establish a village with new technology eco-drive processing olives.
The iconic image of a rusted shipwreck washed up on the white sands of the turquoise Navagio Beach drew us to the island of Zakynthos in search of the so called Shipwreck Beach. Navagio is one of the most beautiful and photographed beaches in the world and visitors flock to both its shores and the cliffs above for breathtaking views.
There are two ways to view the shipwreck at Navagio Beach: either by visiting the beach by boat or by travelling by road to the top of the cliffs surrounding the beach.