Zakynthos. The Unspoiled Beauty of the Wilderness
Turquoise sea, white sand beaches, towering cliffs and massive pine trees… Real-life Zakynthos looks even better than in pictures.
Zakynthos was named after a son of a Trojan ruler who set up the first settlement on the island. Many tried to lay claim to the beautiful piece of land—the Romans, Byzantines, sea pirates, even crusaders—so it is hardly surprising that the rulers replaced each other on a regular basis. They say, even Alexander The Great once ruled the island.
Nowadays Zakynthos is considered a state nature reserve. Thousands of people from all over the world visit the island with one sole purpose in mind: to enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the wilderness. One of the main places of interest is the famous Navagio Bay where one can not only laze in the sun, but also indulge in underwater photohunting. After all, who can resist the temptation of taking some photos of rare underwater species? Though, in order to do that, one will have to spend some time training with an instructor.
Those who opt for getting in touch with the historical past of the places they visit, will definitely appreciate the opportunity to broaden their knowledge by exploring numerous museums, exhibitions, churches with extremely impressive architectural designs and vivid byzantine style religious paintings such as the Church of St. Dionysios, the Church of St. Nicholas or the Church of St. Mavra. Those who want to get to know the local folk better, should, no doubt, visit one of the local restaurants, taverns or nightclubs.