Zakynthos, also known as Zante is the most southerly and third largest of the Greek Ionian Islands, - 8.5 nautical miles from Kefalonia and 9.5 to the west of the Pelopennese.
It’s geographical position means that it is possible to visit other islands and the Greek mainland –tours and excursions are readily available and easy to book.
The Zakynthians display a particular sensitivity towards the environment and have persevered to keep large areas of the island unchanged and so preserve the natural flora and fauna.
A large section of the island is mountainous, the rest covered with low pine filled mountains and fertile plains.
The Greek government has created a National Marine Park at the Gulf of Laganas to specifically protect the Mediterranean loggerhead turtle which uses the south west of the island as a nesting ground to lay its eggs. Overnight flights into Zakynthos are prohibited in order to encourage this.
Tourism has developed gradually and the locals’ sensitivity to nature has prevented giant holiday complexes from strangling the islands natural beauty.
See: Zante website for more information: