Zakynthos or Zakinthos is normally a tender port. It is a port that is more likely to be seen than some of the windy islands like Santorini and Mykonos around the tip. As you sail from Croatia area, past Albania towards the tip of mainland Greece, you will pass seven Ionian Islands; the Greek Islands in the Ionian. The first is Corfu, Zakynthos is a way down and is the third largest. At the tip you either go on, or turn left and skirt the main land now in the Aegean, and visit Athens.

Zakynthos is an easy town to walk round, tourist market and church, wine and great sea food sums up most of these islands. Art and poetry is also often as much or a feature as the ruins. Here the island was destroyed by an earthquake in 1953, so most of it is new. The ancient Greek poet Homer mentioned Zakynthos in the Iliad and the Odyssey, stating that its first inhabitants were the son of King Dardanos of Arcadia, called Zakynthos. Another poet, Dionysis Solomos wrote a poem ‘Ode to Liberty’ that became the national anthem and he has a statue in the main Solomos square where the only church to withstand the earthquake stands. At the far end of the beach is the monastery and church which have a separate film. However, the Virgin Church we found was the most interesting, if you like the churches and sometimes these are the only features of a Greek town. Most of the great bays and beaches are a boat ride round the island. Shipwreck bay is exactly that, a not too old ship is marooned on the island, however due to cliffs giving way this bay is now often closed.

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Sights – Solomos Square with old Agios Nikolaos you Molou (Church), shopping route up to St. Marks Sq. Another church to St Nikolaos. Church of St Mark the Virgin is a few blocks back from the front near the monastery, built in 1633 is not on many lists and a good feature. In Greece, Yes=ne and No=ohi.

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