Zakynthos - The Island

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Zakynthos lost much of its centuries-old Venetian architecture to an earthquake in 1953, but Zakynthos Town retains a distinctly Italian feel, with arcaded streets, a wide central piazza and a scattering of grand old buildings. Above the town, a ruined – but still forbidding – Venetian castle looks eastward to the mainland and the Gulf of Corinth. Zakynthos’s hilly hinterland can be explored in a rented car, though the island has few visitor attractions as such apart from a handful of small, but historic churches and two small museums.

Like most Greek holiday islands, Zakynthos really comes to life between May – when the first charter flights arrive – and October, when the last package holidaymakers depart. From October through to April, almost every hotel and nightspot on the island closes, and the resorts go into hibernation. Make the most of your summer on Zakynthos with the easygoing, laid back beach life by day and party by night.