ZANTE - FLORE DI LEVANTE
Zakynthos with the Levante Fiore south of Kefalonia and west of the Peloponnese is another Ionian island endowed with nature with unique beauties. It is a mountainous island characterized by mountains, fertile plains and lush landscapes. It is the homeland of the poet Dionysios Solomos and Andreas Kalvos, also Grigoris Xenopoulos and other personalities lived on the island. Zakynthos is an island with a special culture which is famous for its chants and operettas. The city of Zakynthos which is the capital and the cultural center of the island has many important sights such as the Byzantine Museum, the Museum of Solomos and Kalvos, the Church of Agios Dionysios and the Church of Agios Nikolaos.
The Venetian Castle located at the top of the hill in Bohali is built on the ruins of the ancient citadel whose walls are preserved almost intact and offers excellent views of the city. The monastery of Agios Georgios in Gremna, built in 1568, is built in the forest near the village of Anafonitria. In the settlement of Lake Keri you can walk to the lighthouse to enjoy the view of the open sea and the sunset. Attraction of the bay of Laganas is the seaside monument of Andre Vesal, Belgian doctor of the Renaissance and father of anatomy, the Basilica of the Pantocrator, built by the Byzantine Empress Poulcheria and Lake Kerios, where Source of Herodotus is located.
In Zakynthos there are some of the most famous beaches of island Greece, such as Navagio(Shipwreck), Lagana, Volimes with the Blue Caves etc. Unique beaches are the "fjords" of Zakynthos located on the west coast, Porto Vromi, Porto Roxa and Porto Limniona with crystal clear waters and small caves. Every visitor should definitely see Makry Gialos, Vasiliko, Porto Koukla, Alykanas and Dafni. It is also one of the shelters of the Caretta - Caretta turtle and the Monk - Monk seal, which is why the National Marine Park was established on the island for their protection, in the bay of Laganas. The uninhabited island, Marathonisi, is located opposite Keri and is only accessible by boat. The cave of smugglers known as Navagio(Shipwreck) is the most popular beach on the island.
The cultivation of grapes is one of the main occupations of Zakynthos for the preparation of many different types of wine while the varieties Vernea and Augoustatou are the most famous. On the island in large areas, black currant is grown, a product that is one of the main sources of income. Olive oil is one of the main products of production on the island of Zakynthos. Nougat is an integral part of the Zakynthian tradition, made from egg whites, almonds, sugar and honey and is often consumed during the carnival period or offered at engagements at weddings and baptisms. The plant is prepared with semolina, fried and offered with a lot of sugar and cinnamon. Citrus fruits are used in the preparation of local desserts, jams, as well as liqueurs. A typical recipe is molasses, a spoonful of various fruits and citrus fruits. Zakynthos honey is known for its purity and authenticity as it is produced by local producers in the mountainous part of the island in a natural and traditional way that certifies its quality. On the island, hard spicy cheese is produced from goat's milk and sheep's milk, known as ladotyri. The name of the cheese is due to the fact that it remains for a long time in containers with olive oil to acquire the special taste that characterizes it.