About Marathonisi Islet on Zakynthos Island
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There can be so much to see in Greece that it can be overwhelming. Zakynthos is an island known for its natural beauty. It’s also a large island and there is so much to do! Marathonisi Islet is one of those possibilities. Here’s more information about visiting Marathonisi during your stay in Zakynthos:
About Marathonisi Islet
Located in Laganas Bay across from Keri Beach, this islet is one of the most pristine and untouched areas in the Mediterranean. The islet is part of the island of Zakynthos in the Ionian Sea, making it a convenient day trip when exploring this region. With a perimeter of only about one mile, this small islet is a charming area perfect for when you want to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
This beautiful islet is not inhabited by people, preserving its unspoiled natural characteristics. The island is known for its pine, green oak, and olive forests, creating a lush canopy of greenery to contrast with the shoreline and turquoise waters. Marathonisi Islet boasts two distinct beaches. One beach is distinguished by its soft white sand while the other shoreline features a pebble beach. Visitors will also delight in exploring the two sea caves perfect for swimming and snorkeling.
How to Get to Marathonisi Islet
The islet can only be reached via boat. Launches can be found from Keri Beach or Laganas Bay. Visitors can also access the islet by hiring a caique or by participating in an organized tour of the region. Be sure to check with the boat schedule itineraries so that you do not miss your chance to experience this lovely part of Greece. It is important to note that there are no retail services on Marathonisi Islet. For this reason, it is advised to bring your own food and drink and any other supplies that you might need for a day at the beach.
Other Information About Marathonisi Islet
Marathonisi Islet is also referred to as Turtle Island. It has earned this nickname because of both its shape and because it is home to the famous Caretta Caretta sea turtles. This endangered species of turtles travel to Marathonisi Islet in the summer to reproduce. Because of the fragile nature of these turtles, visitors to the islet are not allowed to roam the island.
When visiting Marathonisi, you are required to remain on the first five meters of the beach area so that the breeding process of the Caretta Caretta turtles is not disrupted. The turtles use the sand beach area to lay its eggs. In addition to the Caretta Caretta sea turtles, the Monachus Monachus sea seal also rests and reproduces on the islet.
It might be a little work to get to this paradise, but the rewards are worth it. You will be rewarded with stunning views, crystal blue waters, and the true spirit of the Greek people and culture.
This post was written by Greek Boston