Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Zakynthos: a Pearl in the Ionian Sea






Its actual nickname is The Flower of the East given by the Venetians and it stands true to its name. The whole island is astonishingly picturesque. It is literally enveloped in flowers - most prominently by bougainvilleas and oleanders. They make the scenery incredibly beautiful and unique. A less known fact is that there are over 7.000 species of flowers. Can you imagine that?  

Zakynthos, also popularly called Zante, is the third largest island in the Ionian sea. It is endowed with fertile valleys and a temperate climate. Its landscape varies from white sandy or pebbled beaches in secluded coves with amazing turquoise and light bluish water to rugged cliffs and dark blue waters.






The city is charming and steals hearts at first sight. The Solomos Square is surrounded by buildings featuring traditional architecture and it is a common gathering place for people - especially at night where you can listen to bands playing, entertaining people.


Nearby is also Aghios Marcos Square which stretches out to am amazing street filled with all kinds of shops, cafes and restaurants. This was our favourite place to be.












Facing the sea front is the coastal road known as Strada Marina, which is one of the most frequented streets of the city, also strewn with cafes, bars and restaurants, and it goes from the Solomos Square up to the church of the patron-saint Aghios Dionysios.




The most popular beaches that attract tourists from all over the world are located around Zakythos. But I am having a special post about that soon. Stay tuned :)

16 comments:

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Wow Maya, I think this has got to be one of the most beautiful places I've seen! You must be having a fabulous time and the shopping must be fun! Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos of your trip. I have been enjoying looking at them on Instagram too. Have fun!
Julie

Little Treasures said...

Indeed we have Julie! Thank you for following our adventures!

Divya N said...

wow, the place looks gorgeous and the shops very interesting. You must have made quite the haul

Little Treasures said...

Yes. So far it's at the top of our holifay list. Definitely the best one we have had.

Mary K.- The Boondocks Blog said...

Maya I am so happy to see you enjoying Greece's jewel. I have also been there and it truly is a magical island, with lots of greenery.

Mrs. R said...

Hi Maya, your photos are stunning ... it looks like you are having a fabulous time. I definitely have to plan a trip to Greece in the very near future. I have seen some amazing photos from a few of you ladies who are either visiting or live there. Maybe for our 25th Anniversary that would be quite a romantic trip don't you think? Thank you for sharing with us at #SimplifyWednesdays. I look forward to seeing what you share next week!

xo,
Carla a.k.a Mrs. R @ SimplifyLifeWithMrsR.com

Stephanie said...

My dear Maya, you are right about this place being charming. How I would love to visit {{smiles}}

Thank you for sharing your stunning pictures and giving us a peek into a beautiful and enchanting place. Hugs to you, my friend!

Little Treasures said...

Thank you Mary! Every minute spent there was like being in heaven :)

Little Treasures said...

I am so glad you enjoyed the pictures Carla.I would definitely recommend marking your anniversary there. You would remember it forever. Visiting Zakynthos is a one of a kind experience in every sense of the word!Thank you so much for stopping by with such a lovely comment!

Little Treasures said...

Thank you Stephanie! You want this on your bucket list, believe me ;)

Alhana said...

What a beautiful place to spend your holidays! I don't know why the sea is bluer in Greece when we share the same waters. ♥

Katrin@kreativk.net said...

BEAUTIFUL, I've never been, but now it is for sure one of the places I want to visit, it looks so dreamy and just laid back and like the perfect vacation! Stunning!

Little Treasures said...

Thank you Alhana. It is in the Ionian sea and I guess the geology has to do something with the color, but on the other hand I am not an expert so maybe a qualified person would have that answer.

Little Treasures said...

That is so well said Katrin. It is the perfect vacation spot!

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

Hi Maya, I would love to visit here someday! I've only been to Greece once, but want to go back so badly! I've featured this post at Best of the Weekend!

Little Treasures said...

Thank you so much Amy! I am so glad you liked it!