Sunday, 4 October 2009

Places to visit when on Zakynthos part 2.

Well my partner Helen has been here for 2 weeks so it was a good excuse to get myself out around the island and show some more of the beautiful places this wonderful island has to offer.

First of all we'll start in Zakynthos town on the "Alexander Roma" strip with a coffee shop called "Prosa" it has seats oytside but up a narrow staircase you then enter a cafe bar with a lovely balcony with a great view to sit and watch the world go by.

On to the port road in Zakynthos town and up to the rooftop of the Strada Marina Hotel where you can have a coffee or ice cold beverage and look out across the port and coastline of Argassi, the rooftop is only open for drinks June-Sept but you can still get up to the roof outside these months.

So now we head out of town towards Keri and on to Agalas where you will find the Andronis wells or Venetian wells as they're better known. The picture doesn't do them justice but when your there it is in a lovely location with 10 wells and one you can get water from with a bucket and try for yourself.

Heading back along the cliff edge road from the wells if you look over to your left you will see in the mountain side "Damianous Caves" which people refer to as the diamond caves.

There are 4 caves in all but only 2 are accessable to get in to without a climb

Up above the caves there is a little snack bar where there are some stunning views of the coastline towards Keri.

From Agalas head up the west side of the island which in my opinion is beautifol and the best part of Zakynthos where you will come across Kampi which is the ideal place to watch the sunset, here you will also find the memorial cross for the lives that were lost during the civil war.

This is the view from Kampi out across the centre of the island.
Continue on to Exo Hora where you will find the oldest olive tree on the island which is estimated to be over 2000 years old also it is said that if you kiss the tree it will bring you good luck.

Towards the very north of the island you will come to Porto Vromi which is a little coved beach where you can pay to get a small boat around to the shipwreck without having to go on an island tour.
Now we head to the most famous picture that you see on all the postcards, The Shipwreck, the viewing platform can get pretty busy during the day so its best to get there before 10am so you got some tiome to yourself to take in the amazing view.

From the viewing platform we now go for lunch at St. Nicholas port in a little taverna that is on the sea edge where they have charcoal grill alight all day to cook fersh meat and fish, very relaxing and a great little port.

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