Zakynthos or Zante is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. It is the third largest of the Ionian Islands. 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, and his men.
The Museum of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine art is the largest museum in Zakynthos and it was built after the earthquake of 1953. Upon entering the Byzantine Museum you will see how they have managed to capture how the island once was before the earthquake of 1953 based on photographs of 1934. The Museum contains Byzantine icons, wood carvings, impressive temples and shrines, murals and paintings from the 15th, 16th and 17th century. The contribution of the Byzantine Museum is particularly important as the museum’s treasures include those from the post-Byzantine period that originally arrived on the island from various parts of the Ottoman-occupied Greece.
Navagio Beach or Shipwreck Beach, is an exposed cove, sometimes referred to as “Smugglers Cove”, on the coast of Zakynthos. Navagio Beach was originally known as Agios Georgios. On 2 October 1980, the coaster MV Panagiotis, ran aground in the waters around Zakynthos Island on Navagio Beach during stormy weather and bad visibility. The ship was abandoned and still rests buried in the limestone gravel of the beach that now bears the nickname Shipwreck.
Kerì Caves, accessible only by sea with private boats or tourist excursions, develop along the promontory of Marathia Cape, in the South-West area of the island. Along the coast there are many caves which entrances scarcely suffice to get in swimming, others are broad enough to enter directly with a boat.
The National Marine Park of Zakynthos founded in 1999, is a national park located in Laganas bay. The park, part of the Natura 2000 ecological network, is the first national park established for the protection of sea turtles in the Mediterranean. The National Marine Park of Zakynthos aims to protect the nesting beaches of the loggerhead sea turtle Caretta Caretta, the monk seal Monachus Monachus habitat and population, the avifauna, terrestrial and coastal flora and fauna, the marine ecosystem and fish stocks. In parallel, the Park is engaged in local development activities that are in line with nature conservation, as well as landscape and cultural heritage preservation.