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About Zakynthos

Zakynthos, also called Zante (its Italian name), is the third largest island in the Ionian Sea, located off the west coast of Greece. The island is named after Zacynthos, son of legendary Arcadian chief Dardanos.

While Ios and Kos are associated with partying and Rhodes and Crete with families, Zakynthos is something in between. Most of the beaches and towns are on the south and east coasts, as the west and north coasts are extremely mountainous often with cliffs dropping many hundreds of feet straight into the sea.


How to get to Zakynthos

Many people fly to Zakynthos by transfer from Athens. The flight takes about 45 minutes.
The Airport of Zakynthos is international and receives a few charter flights from some European cities, especially during summer. People also go to Zakynthos by ferry. There are frequent ferries that depart from Killini, in the Peloponnese. There aren't direct ferries to Zakynthos from Piraeus.

Zakynthos Island of Turtles

Zakynthos is home to the endangered Loggerhead Turtle, Caretta, Caretta.  The Bay of Laganas  is the most important breeding ground for the Mediterranean Loggerhead, although they can be found in Turkey and Italy as well.  The sandy beaches of the Lagana Bay are now a protected area, it is unfortunate that the breeding grounds for these magnificent animals is also the place where the holiday maker comes to soak up the sun, sea and sand.

Turtles return to the beach they were born on to nest, the mating season is around April - June with the hatchlings being born about 60 days after the eggs have been laid. This of course coincides with the peak holiday season. There are six main nesting beaches in the Bay of Lagana, by far the most important of these is Sekania.


Links:

http://wikitravel.org/en/Zakynthos

http://www.greeka.com/ionian/zakynthos/island/travel-zakynthos.htm

http://www.holidayinzante.com/Turtles.htm

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