Attractions and Beaches to Enjoy in Zakynthos, Greece
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The Greek island of Zakynthos is a well-known and popular spot for summer getaways. It is also stunningly beautiful and there is no shortage of things to do! From the beautiful beaches, sheltered bays, and breathtaking cliffs to the castles, vineyards, and monasteries, Zakynthos has so much to offer. Here’s more information:
Castle of Zakynthos
The Castle of Zakynthos is an important monument on the island of Zakynthos. It is located on the hill of Bohali in the town of Zakynthos. The castle was built in 1646 on the foundations of an ancient acropolis. Throughout the years, the castle was damaged by enemy attacks and earthquakes. The British would reconstruct the castle in 1812.
When visiting the Castle of Zakynthos, you will be able to see remnants of the stone vaulted prisons, canons, and the sewage system. There are also remains of the Church of Santa Barbara, the Church of San Salvatore, the Church of Saint Francis, and the Church of Virgin Laurentena inside the walls of the castle. From the site of the Castle of Zakynthos, you will have a view of the town.
One of the most famous places on the island of Zakynthos is Shipwreck Beach. As its name suggests, the beach is home to a stranded ship. In addition to this unique and fascinating attraction, the beach boasts beautiful turquoise waters and a mostly pebbly shore. If you’re heading to Shipwreck Beach during the busy summer months, expect crowds. If you’d rather explore in peace with fewer people around, you may want to go during the off-season. Shipwreck Beach is also known as Navagio and can only be reached by sea. Luckily, there are a number of tour companies that offer boat trips to the beach.
Byzantine Museum of Zakynthos
The Byzantine Museum of Zakynthos is in Dionysios Solomos Square, which is the largest on the island and quite charming. An earthquake in 1953 damaged the square, but was repaired. The museum opened in 1960 and consists of three levels. Two rooms showcase Byzantine icons carved from wood while two other rooms feature 15th – 17th century frescos. Other rooms are dedicated to paintings from the 18th century by artists such as Kantouni and Doxaras. Dionysios Square itself features a statue of the poet Dionysios who wrote the national anthem and the Church of Saint Nikolaos.
Also known as Sulphur Beach, Ksigia Beach gets its name from the sulfuric springs located nearby. You may notice the smell at first, but it’s not strong and after a while you won’t notice it. The sulfuric springs nearby give the water its white color as well as healing properties. It’s definitely worth spending time in the water if you visit Ksigia Beach. The sand is golden with some pebbles. snorkeling and scuba diving are available and there is a tavern on a hill above the beach. The beach is located 20 km north of Zakynthos Town.
When visiting the island of Zakynthos, Greece, you will want to experience these prominent attractions and beaches.
This post was written by GreekBoston.com