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Anafonitria Community

Tel: +30 26950 31109, 31211

Ano Volimes Community

Tel: +30 26950 31499, 31214

Exo Chora Community

Tel: +30 26950 31215, 44899

Katastari Community

The largest village on Zakynthos, renowned for the hospitality of its inhabitants. There is one peculiarity that lends a note of difference to Katastari: the village is abruptly interrupted by a little used road and after it comes the rest of the village built in the shape of an amphitheatre overlooking the bay of Alykes. The light breeze which often blows in the area makes the hottest summer days cool and pleasant. The visitor must take a look at the church of Agioi Theodori, in which after the 1953 earthquakes the inhabitants gathered together what remained from the demolished churches of the area.

Keri Community

Tel: +30 26950 43701, 43324
Keri is a very attractive village. It is well-known for the legend surrounding its church, the Panagia of Keri. It is said that once upon a time the Panagia concealed Zakynthos in dense fog to protect it from pirate raids. It is worth going to the lighthouse on the promontory to see the two Mizithres: two big stones towering over the deep blue waters.

Lithakia Community

Tel: +30 26950 51270

Macherado Community

The second largest downland village after Katastari. It is a fertile place where some grapes are grown, but not on the large scale of the past. The growers harvest their production at different times throughout the year. At Macherado the visitor can see the restored 14th century Church of the Ipapanti, whose campanile is the highest in Zakynthos. The main attraction of Macherado is the Church of Agia Mavra. This is a single-aisle basilica with exceptionally rich interior decoration, an imposing wood-carved screen with a golden veneer and naturally the icon of Agia Mavra, weighed down with the votive offerings of the faithful. The melodious bells of the Agia Mavra church can be heard throughout most of the island of Zakynthos.

Here the visitor can enjoy the pebbly beach with its deep blue waters. On the promontory of Marathias one can see the Kamares: two huge rocks that tower over the crystalline waters of a bay with pure white sandy beaches.

Maries Community

Tel: +30 26950 48482, 28055

Monastery of Strofades

Tel: +30 26950 22950

Orthonies Community

Tel: +30 26950 31214

The Great Strofadi or Stamfani and Arpyia are two small islands located just 25 nautical miles from Zakynthos. These islands are natural monuments. They are a port of call for rare waterfowl and their old-growth cedar forest is a marvel. The Strofades are included on the IBA (Important Bird Areas) list. The Monastery of the Virgin Pantohara, built like a fortress to protect the inhabitants from pirates, was founded by Irene, daughter of the Nikaian emperor of Theodoros Laskaris. It was later renovated under John V Palaeologos. Many well-known (and less well-known) figures have lived the monastic life at Strofades, including Agios Dionysios, the island's patron saint. When in 1716 the island was attacked by pirates, his remains were here and were desecrated by them. It was then that it was decided that they should be transferred to Zakynthos.

This text is cited December 2004 from the Ionian Islands Region General Secretariat URL below, which contains image


Zakynthos is the southernmost and third largest in both size and population of the Ionian Islands. It is situated 8,5 nautical miles south of Kefalonia, 9,5 nautical milew west of the Peloponese and approximately 300 kilometres west of the capital of Greece, Athens. Its geographical position ensures easy travel to the other islands and even the mainland of Greece. A short journey across the Peloponese brings one to the ancient city of Olympia, the birthplace and original venue of the Olympic Games. Due to the islands location, it is an ideal base to link up to the larger cities of Greece such as Patras, Athens and Thesaloniki.
An island full of contrasts, Zakynthos consists of mainly woodland, with an abundance of pine tree covered mountains and fertile plains. In the north, east and south numerous picturesque beaches can be found, whereas in the west the imposing, rocky landscape has a number of sea caves such as the famous Blue Caves on the north-west of the island. The climate in Zakynthos is mild mediterranean with both heavy rainfall during the winter monthw and brilliant sunshine in the summer. The rich vegetation is probably due to this, and has resulted in the nicknames of Fior di Levante (Flower of the East) and Iliessa (full of woods) by the Venetians and Omiros respectively.It is productive island agriculturally, supported mainly by the cultivation of olives, raisins, citrus fruits. Apart from this, the main source of local income is from the recently developed business of tourism. The island has a wealth of history as for many centuries it was the crossroads for numerous nations and cultures.

This text is cited Oct 2003 from the Prefecture of Zakynthos URL below, which contains images.

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