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The idyllic turtle island

Zakynthos is the most southern of the Ionian Islands west of the Greek mainland. The island has a comfortable climate, white sandy beaches with warm water and dramatic but beautiful rocky coasts.

The Venetians, who ruled the beautiful island until 1797, called Zakynthos the flower of the eastern Mediterranean because of the diverse flora. Many of the old Venetian patrician houses in Zakynthos city were destroyed by an earthquake in 1953, but most of the houses have been rebuilt in the old style and in the hinterland lies small and idyllic villages untouched by tourism. There are boat trips to the island’s blue caves and to the mainland.

Zakynthos is also called the turtle island because of the very rare sea turtles Caretta Caretta have nested for centuries on the white sandy beaches near Zakynthos city, where the beach is cordoned of during the breeding season to protect the turtles. If you’re lucky, you might spot one when exploring the white sand beaches.

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Blue caves and a stranded shipwreck

Enjoy the wonders of nature in the blue caves. The long stretch of coast between the tips of the island, Spinari to the north and Keri to the south, has a long and beautiful stretch of coast with rocks that have been eroded by the water over the years and have formed the most beautiful blue caves.

You can also take the kids to Navagio beach. Here you’ll find the Smugglers Wreck, which sank in 1980. Today, the ship is a very popular tourist destination, as it now lies half covered by sand on the beach.

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