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Zakinthos, Laganas
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Zakynthos or Zante is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. It is the third largest of the Ionian Islands. Zakynthos is a separate regional unit of the Ionian Islands region, and its only municipality. It covers an area of 410km2 and its coastline is roughly 123km in length. The name, like all similar names ending in -nthos, is pre-Mycenaean or Pelasgian in origin. In Greek mythology the island was said to be named after Zakynthos, the son of a legendary Arcadian chief Dardanus.Zakynthos is a tourist destination, with an international airport served by many charter flights from northern Europe. The island's nickname is To fioro tou Levante, given by the Venetians.HistoryAncient historyZakynthos was inhabited from the Neolithic Age, as some archaeological excavations have proved. The ancient Greek poet Homer mentioned the island in the Iliad and the Odyssey, stating that the first inhabitants of it were the son of King Dardanos of Troy called Zakynthos and his men. In mythology the island was then conquered by King Arkesios of Kefalonia, and then by Odysseus from Ithaca. Later on, a treaty was signed that made Zakynthos an independent democracy, the first established in Greece, that lasted more than 650 years.
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  • We were exploring the island already not the first time from the sea. There are a few places worth to stay. You can meet and dolphins (next) and tortoises (at anchor or in port). The capital has a large port, but there is a lot of tourists so it is loud, and crowded in the evenings. Interesting architecture, a lot of restaurants and cafes, worth a look. Of course, you have to see the Bay of wreckage and the blue caves (you can influence a raft or by swimming to each). On the island you can fly by plane or ferry.
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  • Beauty is not for the big island, probably last very fashionable not only among the Poles. In September a little quieter and still warm. Very nice people, friendly, great communication, a lot of attractions to offer. There are also good restaurants and hotels, so everyone will find something for themselves, and the wreckage is a fairy tale. Worth a visit though Zakyntos town for a few hours.
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  • We went to Zakynthos on an late deal. Lovely island, lovely people. Stayed in a very good hotel called the Atlantica Eleon which is near Tragaki. The main town of Zakynthos has a lovely harbour and an...  more »