The main settlement and capital of Zakynthos bears the same name and is known as Zakynthos Town or Zante Town. It is also the main port where ferries arrive.
The town was destroyed by the earthquake in 1953 but almost all buildings were restored, some of them trying to keep the original outlooks. Only a few churches survived the earthquakes and today they can be visited as museums. On the top of a hill above the town, in area known as Bohali, the ruins of an old Venetian castle can be seen, with panoramic view to the town and the sea.
All restaurants, bars and shops are concentrated around the promenade and the two town squares. The narrow streets around the center are quieter and perfect for a walk, especially the ones climbing up the hills. There are many hotels but most tourists prefer to sleep in the nearby resorts of Tsilivi, Argassi and the area of Laganas. Yet if you are accommodated in Zakynthos Town, you should search for beaches out of it. There are regular buses traveling to the other resorts and car and bike rentals are also available.