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Zante Town

Zakynthos Town Holidays

The capital of Zante, Zakynthos Town is the largest city on the island and sits on its south-east coast. Famous for being a place with a lively nightlife scene, there's also a quieter side to Zakynthos Town. Home to a beach, harbour, museums, and many other historical and cultural attractions, there's plenty to explore in this fascinating city.

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Despite the earthquake of 1953 having destroyed many buildings in Zakynthos Town, many examples of neoclassical and Venetian architecture remain, and are fascinating sites to stroll around. The reconstructions have created a modern look and feel to the city also, with many shops, restaurants and bars sitting alongside more ancient structures.

A beach for everyone

Secure yourself a lounger and spend a day out relaxing on the pebbled shoreline close to the harbour area. The blue waters are beautifully clear, so you can watch as colourful fish swim around in the sea. If it's sandy stretches you're after, make the 10-minute drive to Argassi Beach or take the scenic coastal walk. It'll take you just under an hour by foot and you'll get to take in even more pretty landscapes on the way.

Soak up the culture like a sponge

Some of the most interesting historical and cultural attractions sit within Solomos Square and include the Byzantine Museum, Statue of Liberty and Statue of Solomos. By day, it's a great place to soak up the Greek-island atmosphere, which by evening really comes into its own as locals bring their children to the square to enjoy dinner out at lively restaurants and tavernas.

Set above the city is the ruined Bohali Castle, which was the original fortress and is a prime example of the Venetian influence on the architecture of Zakynthos Town. Once you've made the 20-minute walk up the hill you'll be rewarded by wonderful views over the city and the surrounding pine forests.

All at sea

The port offers boat trips out to places such as Shipwreck Cove and Marathonisi, also known as Turtle Island. Marathonisi is part of the National Marine Park and was originally founded to help protect and preserve sea turtles and their habitats. The scenery here is idyllic, with a sandy beach and clear waters and caves for swimming in.