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Zakynthos Town

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Zakynthos Town

Zante Town is the capital and commercial center of the island. The houses, shops and buildings were rebuilt in the traditional Venetian Style after the destructive earthquake of 1953, that ruined the majority of the buildings in Zante Town and forced the inhabitants to rebuilt them, giving significant emphasis on the protection against earthquakes.

Guests can visit the beach nearby Solomos square or in the outskirts of the town and in Kryoneri there is a beach with small pebbles and calm water. Both are a great for a short swim near Zante Town.

The Town offers a wide variety of activities. On the main road that leads to Zakynthos Port, one can find excursions point of sales for a day of Zante Coast Discovery. The Byzantine Museum of Zakynthos, Cultural Center which houses the Municipal Library and the Zakynthos historical reports, are located in Solomos Square. In the square of St Markos, you can find the museum of Dionysios Solomos and Andreas Kalvos exhibiting their tombs. The Catholic Church of St Markos is also situated between the museum and Diana hotel with regular Sunday Holy Mass.

The Tourist Train of Zante Town is the best way to see the town while enjoying a fun and relaxed ride starting from Solomos Square. The magnificent Church of St. Dionysios, the patron saint of Zante, hosts the relic of the St. Dionysios and it is also considered a great attraction for the visitors. Beside the church one can visit the Ecclesiastical Museum of Zante. Romas Mansion, nearby Solomos Square is one of the few buildings that were not destroyed by the earthquake of 1953. Just outside of Zante Town is the famous Stranis Hill, where Dionysios Solomos was inspired from the sounds of the Greek revolution to write the national anthem of Greece. Not far from Strani hill, Bohali is the place where one can enjoy the superb views across Zakynthos as well as a magnificent sunset right next to the Venetial castle of Zakynthos.

Zante Town offers a variety of taverns with traditional local cuisine and fresh fish, most of which are located along the main road that leads to Zante Port and a couple in Kryoneri. Likewise, one can choose Greek souvlaki with pitta, as there is an abundance of grill houses in town. For the fast food lovers, there are several shops with delicious sandwiches and pancakes.

The picturesque Rouga Square, currently Alex. Roma is by far the most commercial street in Zante, with shops selling clothes, shoes, accessories, jewelry, local traditional products, children’s clothes, underwear and gifts. In Zakynthos the day begins early in the morning and ends late at night.

August is a festive month for Zakynthos, as on the 24th of August the church honors the transportation of St. Dionysios’ relics from Strofades to Zakynthos. These days a big flee market is hosted in Zante Town near St. Dionysios church, where one can find a great variety of cheap clothes, shoes, jewelry, accessories, souvenirs and gifts as well as local products such as mantolato, pasteli and fitoura. The festive events end with pomp and a parade of the relic around the city.

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