Zakynthos belongs to the Ionian Islands in Western Greece. The Western region is a mountainous plateau and the Southern coast has steep cliffs. The Eastern region is densely populated with fertile plains and long sandy beaches.
Facts about Zakynthos
Zakynthos is the third largest of the Ionian Islands.
In Greek mythology the island was said to be named after Zakynthos, the son of a legendary Arcadian chief Dardanus.
The island's nickname is “To fioro tou Levante”, meaning “The flower of the East”.
The Greek national anthem was written by the national poet Dionysios Solomos in Zakynthos, at a place called Strani hill.
- The sea turtle Caretta-Caretta: The island of Zakynthos, and especially the bay of Laganas, is one of the most important shelters for the endangered species of Caretta-Caretta in Greece
- Navagio beach, the most famous landmark of the island which took its name from a shipwreck which sunk on the shore around 1980
- The Zante currant, a small sweet seedless grape which is native to the island
Facts and Figures about Zakynthos Airport
Zakynthos Airport is an Ionian Island airport which is popular with package tour operators from across Europe.
The catchment area of Zakynthos Airport comprises Zakynthos Island.
Passengers 2015: 1.3 million
Aircraft Movements 2015: 9,500