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.
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 :)