Zakynthos (known also as Zante) is the third largest island in the Ionian group. It is known as Turtle Island because the National Marine Park of Zakynthos is home for turtles of the species Caretta caretta.
In 1953 Zakynthos was destroyed after a sequence of severe earthquakes and all buildings and roads collapsed. Nevertheless, everything was reconstructed and the population even increased, now reaching almost 40 000 inhabitants.
The island is not very large (the distance from the northernmost to the southernmost point is about 50 km) but it is rich in beaches. The eastern part is most populated although mountainous and the southern part abounds in sandy beaches. The western area of the island is almost uninhabited and there are only a few beaches, one of which is Navagio - the most famous beach on Zakynthos which you see on all websites and information leaflets for the island. Navagio, also known as Shipwreck beach, is a small cove isolated by high cliffs and accessible only by boat. Near it you can see the spectacular Blue Caves which are another tourist attraction on the island.
The capital of Zakynthos is the town of Zakynthos on the eastern coast. Popular holiday resorts are Laganas, Tsilivi and Argassi, Laganas being closest to the turtle resort. The island has two ports and one airport. Local bus transportation is well organized and there are also cars and boats to rent.
highlights: Turtle Island, island in Ionian Islands, Greece