Hotels in Zante
The capital of Zakynthos and the central port are located on the Eastern part of the island. The architecture of buildings is a unique combination of Venetian, French and English architecture. The city is built at the foot of the hill Mpochali, on the ruins of the old city that was destroyed by the big earthquake in 1953. It is a modern city and it can offer everything to the visitors. In Zakynthos there is a big variety of hotels and restaurants that cover all needs. The central squares of the island are Solomos square and the square of Saint Mark. These squares are the commercial center with a lot of shops, cafeterias, banks and during summer are over-crowded. In Solomos square you can see also the Town hall and the Byzantine museum. This square took the name, from the poet Dionysios Solomos, who wrote the Greek National Anthem. In the port is located the church of Saint Dionysios, who is the protector of the island. The church is unique and you can admire the rich collection of pictures and the hagiographies. Going up to the Mpochali hill you can admire the Venetian Castle and enjoy the panoramic view to the modern city and to Ionian Sea. This region is very picturesque and romantic, with traditional houses and taverns, which remind the old city. In the centre there is not a beautiful beach ideal for swimming and you should travel to another part of the island. You can visit other locations by taxi or by buses that depart from the central bus station, near the port.
Laganas is located on the southern part of Zakynthos and is the most popular destination for foreigners and local, during summer. Laganas is famous for its nightlife and in the central street are packed many bars, clubs, discos, taverns, fast foods. The city is mainly pole attraction for the youth who enjoy the ongoing parties. Laganas beach is one of the largest in Mediterranean and is the basic birth place for the turtles caretta-caretta.
It is a big tourist city in distance of 18 kilometers west of capital. It has taken the name from the salt marshes that are in the city and supply with salt every part of the island. From Alykes village you can visit the Shipwreck and the Blue Caves. It is built in the plain before the mountains and for this reason apart from water sport, you can also do mountain biking or jogging. You will find a lot of hotels, traditional taverns and bars. There is frequent bus service to the centre.
Argasi is located in a distance of 5 kilometers south of the capital of Zakynthos. It is a small modern city built in the coastal street, with one of the best beaches of the island. There are a lot of hotels, shops, super market, and car rental companies. As regards the night life, you can choose among a great variety of bars and clubs, for those who want to entertain up to the first morning hours. Do not omit to visit some of the numerous beautiful churches of the region. You can reach Argasi, by taxi or by bus.
It is built in the Eastern part of the island, near the island's town. It is the village which is developed very rapidly in the past few years and can offer you a lot of facilities. There is a big variety of hotels and restaurants which cover every need. Nightlife is particularly exciting and many clubs wait for you to dance and drink without limits. Tsilivi beach gives you the possibility for a lot of sport activities.
Vasilikos village is situated in the southern part of the island and has taken its name from the rich vegetation of the place. You can see a lot of small traditional houses and churches. It is tourist part and for this you will find lodgings of each category (hotels, rented apartments, and villas), restaurants and bars. You can go there by bus or by car. Nearby beaches are: Kaminia, Porto-Zoro, Porto-Roma, Saint Nikolaos, Banana. The village is well organized and you can find tourist shops, mini market and car rental companies.
Volimes is a small mountainous village, in the north part of the island, in distance of 30 kilometers from the capital. There is no access to the sea and the only nearby beach is the Shipwreck. For this reason it is not a very tourist destination and does not have lodgings and nightlife. However, you can organize a daily excursion by car or by bus to pass you a relaxing day in a picturesque country location. You can taste traditional dishes in the taverns of the village and buy products of local handcraft, oil or honey, which are the local products. It is a village that maintains its traditional character and you should visit it in order to calm down far from over crowded places.
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