Rabbit Stew (Stifado)
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Zakynthos Gastronomy

Zakynthian cuisine is typical of the Ionian islands. The food on the island of Zakynthos is similar to the other islands of the Ionians with

Venetian Wedding
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Venetian Wedding

Zakynthos is an island, which for many years was under the occupation of the Venetians, Italians and as a result influences are apparent in the

Giostra Di Zante
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Giostra Di Zante

Giostra is one of the oldest events known which takes place during the Zakynthian Carnival. Along with ball dancing, which was mainly held within the

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Caretta Caretta Sea Turtle

The Caretta-caretta sea turtles have chosen Zakynthos (Zante) as their main reproduction biotope, more specifically the areas of Laganas, Kalamaki, Daphni, Pelouzo, Marathonissi, Gerakas and

Eleftherios Venizelos Airport in Athens
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Transportation Greece

During the past few decadew the transportation network of the country was modernised and impressively upgraded and, as a result, Greece today has an integrated

Epidaurus theatres come alive with the works of great Greek playwrights such as Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles and more
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Theatre Arts & Culture Greece

Through the centuries, the theatre never ceased to exist and to influence the way of life and thought of the Greeks. 1957 is an important

Jewellery Shopping
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Shopping Greece

It`s great fun shopping locally for typically regional goods such as olives, cheeses, nougat and honey, dried herbs and decorative ceramic pots. Local shops may

Odeon of Herodes Atticus
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Music Arts & Culture Greece

Greek music has developed over many centuries and has been subject to various historical and geographical influences: Ancient Greek music, Byzantine and Minster music, provide

Dionysios Solomos
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Literature Arts & Culture Greece

During the War of Independence and after the liberation of the country, the leading figures in poetry were Dionyssios Solomos (1798-1857) and Andreas Kalvos (1792-1869). The choice of the city

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Greek Wine
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Greek Wines – Gastronomy Greece

Apart from giving birth to Dionysus, patron god of wine, Greece is the birthplace of the first VQPRD wines in history. They were the wines

Greek Recipes
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Greek Recipes – Gastronomy Greece

STARTERS SALADS SIDE DISHES TZAZIKIIngredients:500 grams (1/2 quart) of Greek yoghurt (or natural full, dairy yoghurt)Three garlic cloves1/2 cup of olive oil1/2 sliced cucumberPut the

Traditional Greek Foods
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Greek Products – Gastronomy Greece

OLIVE OILOlive oil plays a unique role in Greek dietary habits, being the basis of all recipes of traditional cuisine. Greek olive oil enjoys worldwide

Olympian Gods
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Greek Mythology – Olympian Gods

Although there were many gods, goddesses, lesser gods and so on, there were twelve who were seen as the most powerful.All twelve lived up on

Greek Islands
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Greek Islands

The islands are Greece`s chief morphological trait and an integral part of the country`s civilisation and tradition. The Greek territory comprises 6,000 islands and islets

Greek Cuisine
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Greek Cuisine – Gastronomy Greece

What distinguishes traditional Greek cuisine is a combination of the following factors: unique ingredients, the Greek philosophy regarding eating and sharing meals, as well as

Greek Coast
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Greek Coasts

The Greek coast has a total length of approximately 16,000 km. Half of these are on the thousands of Greek islands, while the rest extends

The monasteries of Meteora are located just outside the town of Kalabaka, Greece
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Geography Environment Greece

Greece has been divided traditionally into the following geographical regions: The Attica region (Athens metropolitan area)Almost half of the Greek population lives in the Attica

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Gastronomy Greece

The unique tastes of Greece guarantee that you are in for many culinary surprises during your stay in the country. Contrary to common belief, you

Greece

Flora & Fauna Environment Greece

Greece is endowed with a variety of flora unrivalled in Europe (some 5,500 species of flora have been identified), being particularly rich in unique plant

Greece

Entertainment Greece

EntertainmentGreece is famous for its vivid lifestyle. All visitors may have an excellent stay and experience a lot of pleasant activities. Apart from getting to

Zorba The Greek, 1964
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Cinema Arts & Culture Greece

The first full-length Greek film was produced in 1914. The country`s major studio (Finos Film) was founded in 1943. The Greek film industry produced films that attracted

Mount Athos
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Churches Monasteries Greece

The churches, places intended to meet the needs of Christian worship, are a characteristic and inextricable element of the Greek landscape. From the austere, aisleless

Stavros Niarchos Park
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Arts and Culture Greece

Civilisation is the sum total of the material and cultural achievements of a group of people. Culture and arts are two concepts that are closely

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Accommodation Greece

Greece is one of the most popular tourist destinations worldwide. Annually it welcomes more than 14 million tourists, a figure that places it in the

Aerial view of Zakynthos (Zante) town. Colorful spring sunrise on the Ionian Sea.
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Administration

PopulationLast count 2011 (40.650) Zakynthos (Zante) belongs to Ionian Islands complex (group of islands in the Ionian  sea) which includes the Prefectures of Corfu, Lefkada,

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National Marine Park of Zakynthos

The National Marine Park of Zakynthos (N.M.P.Z.) was founded by Decree law , in December 1999. In its bounds belong the most important beaches of

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Monachus Monachus Seal

It’s been many Centuries since Homer described in the “Odyssey”, the ideal, daily picture from the Greek coasts of thatseason. At that time, the Mediterranean

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Dolphins

Dolphins symbolize freedom, joy, power, and the glory and harmony of nature. They are creatures that have a special ability to communicate between them with

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Birds

Southern Zakynthos (Zante) and the islands Strofades represent a very important passage and stop for many immigratory birds, the most common being the turtledoves (Streptopelia

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Enviroment

The island is particularly rich in flora and fauna giving a great opportunity for an alternative experience of holidays. The frequent rainfalls create a rich,

Festival and Events

Local Feasts

January07/01 : St. John Baptist Day. Public feast at Prodromos monastery in Galaro village.17/01 : St. Antonios Day. Celebration ta the hospital’s church in Zakynthos

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Litanies in Zakynthos

Among the greatest festivals are the ones of “Panigyria”, the character of which is more religious than ceremonial, as well as the litanies which for

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Easter in Zakynthos

A great religious celebration which is important for its ceremonial in Zakynthos (Zante), is Easter. Easter in Zakynthos is celebrated with great formality and many preparations.

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Carnival in Zakynthos

Elements which characterise the substance of the Zakynthians, are the traditional customs which are called “Andetia”. The Andetia are customs and habits which are maintained

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Traditional Music in Zakynthos

The people of Zakynthos adore dancing, singing and music. During the Venetian Rule, the locals used wind instruments, which was a cause of their later

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The history of the theater in Zakynthos

Popular Theatre in Zakynthos (Zante), represents a remarkable folklore element.Theatre in Zakynthos was born and developed in the period of the Venetian Rule, as the

Panagia Faneromeni
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Religion In Zakynthos

According to the tradition, Christianity was propagated in Zakynthos (Zante), around 34 AD from Maria Magdalini that debarked in the island to her way to

Panagia Faneromeni
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Painting in Zakynthos

In the fields of Fine Arts, Zakynthos (Zante) demostrates remarkable works, as in the island lived and engendered many great painters and icon-painters. Their style

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Local Products in Zakynthos

Zante CurrantThe black raisin is cultivated in many places in Zakynthos and is used not only as food but also for the production of other

Dionysios Solomos
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Literature and Poetry in Zakynthos

Over the centuries, Zakynthos has produced highly significant personalities, whose contributions have shaped the Zante island’s cultural image and influenced the life of recent generations in more ways than

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Folk Art in Zakynthos

On the island of Zakynthos (Zante), one will find lovely hand-made embroidery, rugs and lace woven by local women who are known for their skills.

Kiria ton Aggelon - Agalas
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Architecture in Zakynthos

Architecture in Zakynthos (Zante) grew in the last centuries, and mainly adopted elements from the Western Europe, as the colonialism of the Venetians, the French

7 days in Zakynthos

7 days in Zakynthos

In the emerald waters of the Ionian, at the south-western end of Greece lies Zakynthos, land of poets, artists, music and song. Homer calls Zakynthosas

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Sea journey…

The magnificent image of the coastline of Zakynthos offers a unique journey. There is a daily island cruise by day cruise ships. Don`t forget your camera. If

Makris Gialos Beach
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On the east coastline

The east side of the island is known for its sandy beaches, its moderate development, the family atmosphere, its safety, the change of scenery behind its green

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In the plains of Zakynthos

Rizochoria (Root villages) took their name from their location at the foot of mount Vrachionas (Root – Riza) and represent rural Zakynthos. At Pantokratoras visit the church of Sotiras,

Shiza Cross In the village of Kampi
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From the sea to the mountains

One of the most beautiful villages of Zakynthos is Macherado. Admire the church of Agia Mavra, with its magnificent carved steeple, the chapel of Ypapanti and, going uphill on

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From the Castle to the Shore

The first tour in the city starts from high up in the Hill of the Castle (Castrolofos) and the Fortress, which towers over it, as its silent

Zakynthos island the beautiful sunset from Keri
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From Lagana to Keri

The beach of Lagana is the longest beach on the island, with shallow, warm, calm waters and golden sand, while it is also a habitat for the

Agios Nikolaos Beach Vassilikos
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From Argasi to Vasilikos

Argasi is the tourist resort closest to the city, with sandy, safe beaches and many tourist services. In Argasi, the “Vrisakia”, was the city`s main source

Bishop Chrysostomos and Mayor Loukas Karrer
History of Zakynthos

Jews of Zakynthos

During the Nazi occupation of Greece, Mayor Karrer and Bishop Chrysostomos refused Nazi orders to turn in a list of the members of the town’s Jewish community

Italian Soldiers San Marco Square 1942
History of Zakynthos

Second World War (1940–1945)

Mussolini-led Italy invaded Greece in October 1940 but the invasion was halted after the Greek army pushed the Italians back into Northern Epirus and some

Zakynthos Solomos Square 1917
History of Zakynthos

First World War (1914–1918)

The First World War period was dominated by two parties on Zakynthos, the Romas and the Lomvardos party. The Romas party were elected as deputies

Party of the Radicals members of the Ionian Parliament by unknown artist, c. 1855
History of Zakynthos

The Party of the Radicals (1864)

Around the time of other revolutionary movements in Europe in 1848, the Party of Radicals was formed out of an earlier group called the Liberals to agitate

Kyriakos Xoraphas by Ioannis Korais (the younger), 1826
History of Zakynthos

Events of Ipsolithos (1821)

On 30 September 1821, following the outbreak of the Greek War of Independence, an Ottoman Turkish ship carrying Muslim refugees, after having being pursued by

Portrait of Dionysios Romas by Spyridon Pelekasis, c. 1880s.
History of Zakynthos

Zakynthos Committee (1823-1825)

The beginning of the Greek War of Independence resulted in a number of land and naval victories. By the beginning of 1823, this led to

The Battle of Lala by Peter von Hess, 1835
History of Zakynthos

Battle of Lala (1821)

The Battle of Lala (9–13 June 1821) was one of the first major conflicts of the Greek War of Independence. It was a significant victory

The Oath by Dionysios Tsokos showing the swearing in of a person to the Filiki Eteria in Zakynthos
History of Zakynthos

Outbreak of Greek War of Independence

With the outbreak of the Greek War of Independence, one of its leaders, Alexander Ypsilanti invited the Ionian Islanders to form a corp to help

Domeneginis Tower
History of Zakynthos

Greek War of Independence (1821–1832)

The Filiki Eteria (or Society of Friends) was a secret 19th-century organization created to end the Ottoman rule of Greece and establish an independent Greek state. The

Richard Church
History of Zakynthos

British Occupation (1809–1815)

After the capture of Zakynthos, Kefalonia and Ithaci, in March 1810, Oswald and Richard Church, an Irish Captain invaded Lefkada with a force of 2,000

The British capture 1809
History of Zakynthos

British invasion of the Ionian Islands (1809)

A year after the initial French Napoleonic occupation of Zakynthos, the wider European conflict brought the British Brigadier-General, John Oswald to the Mediterranean, in charge of

Antonios Komoutos, President of the Septinsular Republic 1803–1807, c. 1806
History of Zakynthos

French Napoleonic Rule (1807–1809)

In 1806, the Ottoman Empire declared war on the Russian Empire; and thereafter, the Septinsular Republic was ceded to Napoleon’s First French Empire under the

Matthew the Evangelist by Nikolaos Kantounis, c. late 18th/early 19th century
History of Zakynthos

Constitutional revision (1803)

After continued tension throughout the Ionian Islands, the constitution of the Septinsular Republic was revised in late 1803. The so-called Aristocratic Constitution because its first

Flag of the Septinsular Republic
History of Zakynthos

Creation of the Septinsular Republic (1800)

After a long period of negotiations, on 21 March 1800 the Treaty of Constantinople was drafted and ratified by the Russian and Ottoman Empires, creating the Septinsular Republic,

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