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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 went in September, it was wonderful, the beaches are clean an beautiful and the sea clear and safe. We fell in love with Zante and have already booked for next year. 
  • We had a couple of visits to Zakinthos town on our holiday and really enjoyed it. This is a lovely clean well kept town, with lovely bars cafes and shops. We drove into the town and it is extremely bu...  read more »
  • Zakynthos is a nice town to visit from Tsilivi. You can take the bus and 15 min you are in the city. Count on a 3 hour. Cozy little shops in the main street.
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