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Zakynthos or Zante is beautifull island in the western part of Greece in a complex of islands called Eptanisa in the Ionian Sea. Zakynthos has been occupied by many countries until it became a part of Greece in 1864. The island is an important cradle of Greek civilization and is significantly bonded to Greece modern history. Zakynthos is divided in 5 municipalities and has a population of around 40,000 residents.
Zakynthos lies in the eastern part of the Ionian sea, around 20 kilometres west of the Greek (Peloponnese) mainland. Island of Kefalonia lies 15 kilometres on the north. It is the southernmost of the main group of the Ionian islands (not counting distant Kythira). Zakynthos is about 40 kilometres long and 20 kilometres wide, and covers an area of 410 km2. Its coastline is approximately 123 kilometres long. According to the 2011 census, the island has a population of 45,650. The highest point is Vrachionas, at 758 metres.
Zakynthos has the shape of an arrowhead, with the "tip" (Cape Skinari) pointing northwest. The western half of the island is a mountainous plateau and the southwest coast consists mostly of steep cliffs. The eastern half is a densely populated fertile plain with long sandy beaches, interrupted with several isolated hills, notably Bochali which overlooks the city and the peninsula of Vasilikos in the northeast. The peninsulas of Vassilikos on north and Marathia on south enclose the wide and shallow bay of Laganas on the southeast part of the island.
Zakynthos island is full of modern and medieval sights for you to visit. In the main city you can see the well known Italian architecture in many buildings that compose a wonderful historic background. Must-see sights are:
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Zakynthos has a typical Mediterranean climate with generally hot and dry summers from June to September and mild but wet winters from December to March. Temperatures are mostly around 30 °C during the day and around 20 °C at night in summer. Winters see days of 10-15 °C during the day and just a little less at night. Most of the rain falls from November to April.
Zakynthos International Airport, "Dionysios Solomos" (ZTH) is situated near the city and has regular flights especially in summer time from the United Kingom and Germany. Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways have most flights, including destinations like Birmingham, Glasgow, London, Dublin, Newcastle, Belfast and Manchester. Air Berlin serves the German cities of Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich and Nuremberg, and Zürich as well. Other destinations with a dozen or so of airlines are Amsterdam, Warsaw, Vienna, Bern and Belgrade.
Athens and Thessaloniki have regular connections as well.
Zakynthos port is situated in the city of Zakynthos and is connected to Patras port - one of the biggest ports in Greece. Furthermore, there are ferries to Kyllini and and Kefalonia.
There is a wide variety of hotels on Zakynthos. From budget to top luxurious hotels ready to satisfy every visitors' needs.
|Diana Hotel Zante||2 Mitropoleos Street,Saint Marcus Square, Zakyntho||Hotel||-|
|Diana Palace Hotel||Argassi, Zakynthos||Hotel||-|
|Filoxenia Hotel - Zante||Tsilivi, Zakynthos||Hotel||-|
|Lazaros Hotel Apartments||Tsilivi, 77 Zakynthos||Hotel||-|
|Mavrikos Hotel - Zante||Tsilivi, Zakynthos, P.O.Box:122||Hotel||-|
|Meandros Hotel||Kalamaki, Zanthe||Hotel||-|
|Metaxa Hotel||Kalamaki, Zanthe||Hotel||-|
|Palatino Hotel||10 Kolokotroni & Koliva str.||Hotel||-|
|Phoenix Hotel Zakynthos||2 D.Solomou Square, Zakynthos||Hotel||-|
|Seaside Apartments||Keri Beach - Zakyntos||Apartment||92|
|Stella Studios||400 Laganas Main Rd, Laganas Zante||Hotel||-|
|Strada Marina Hotel||14-16, K. Lombardou Str.||Hotel||-|
|Yria Celia Apartments||Xirokastelo Vasilikou, Zakynthos||Hotel||-|
|Village Inn||400 Laganas Main Rd Laganas||Hotel||84|
|Yria Hotel||14 Lomvardou K. Street Ionian Islands||Hotel||-|
|Kavos Psarou Studios Apartments||Kavos - Psarou Beach Meso Gerakari - Zakynthos||Hostel||92|
|Hotel Balcony||Akrotiri - Tsilivi beach||Hotel||91|
|Leftakis Apartments||Alikanas Zakynthos Zakynthos||Apartment||93|
|Ionis Hotel- Zante||Zakynthos||Hotel||-|
|Katerina Rooms||Meso Gerakari Psarou||Hotel||-|
|Caravel Hotel||Planos Tsilivi, Zakynthos||HOTEL||-|
|Kozakos Studios and Apartments||Lagana||APARTMENT||-|
|Lofos Keri||Keri Lake||APARTMENT||-|
|Herodotos Studios||Keri Lake||APARTMENT||89|
|Villa Phoenix Apartments & Studios||Limni Keri (Keri Beach)||APARTMENT||-|
|Pettas Apartments||2 Sn. Athanasiou Str.||APARTMENT||-|
|Turtle Beach Hotel||Agio Sostis||HOTEL||-|
|Plessas Palace Hotel||Alykanas||HOTEL||-|
|Mariana Hotel||721 Hotel Mariana Laganas||HOTEL||77|
|Ifos Studios||Limni Keri||Apartment||-|
|Limneon Villas||Limni Keri||APARTMENT||-|
|Stefanos Studios||Limni Keri||APARTMENT||-|
Internet access is widely available throughout the country. Almost all hotels provide internet access, either free or paid. Local coffee shops usually offer free Wi-Fi access, as many other public places do. Feel free to ask for the password, if the network is locked. Internet cafes however tend to be expensive, about €1.5-2 per hour.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The cheapest way to call someone abroad is to use a pre-paid calling card and call from a land line anywhere (also from your hotel room). Pre-paid calling cards are sold in many shops and kiosks. The calling card is not much more than a phone number and a pin code, which you dial prior to dialing the usual phone number. If you want to call internationally, ask for an international calling card. For one euro you can call for about 45 minutes, so buy a card in the cheapest value (which is about €3). Calling someone for half an hour is cheaper than sending one email from an internet café. Cards expire usually 90 days after first use. You can also use this pre-paid calling card at public phone boxes, which are widely available.
Mobile phones are prevalent in Greek's communication, and if you need to talk with your co-travelers it is advised that you buy a local prepaid plan instead of using roaming, as it is far cheaper. There are at least three mobile carriers, Cosmote, Wind and Vodafone all of which require by law presenting some form of identification in order to activate your prepaid plan. Choose whichever has better reception in your area, keeping in mind that GSM 900, GSM 1800 and UMTS 2100 bands are supported. Data usage is cheap, costing about €3 per 100 MB. Ask the mobile carrier for more information.
Hellenic Post is the Greek postal service. On their website you find more information about options to send letters, postcards and parcels and there is a search function regarding post offices and post boxes. It also has information on services like paying bills, transferring money, financial products etc. Greek post codes are five digits long and are usually written as follows; 123 45. The first three digits are used to identify the city, municipality or prefecture, for example the digits between 100 and 180 relate to the city of Athens. The last two digits identify a street or part of a street. Most post offices are open Monday to Friday from 07:30-14:00, although the largers ones usually have longer opening hours. For sending packages, you can also use international courier services like DHL, UPS or TNT.
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