Zakinthos is one of our favorite Greek islands; it is located 127 mi/205 km west of Athens. The main town, also called Zakinthos, has a romantic atmosphere: You can tell it was once a Venetian colony. Visit the Museum of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Religious Art, the beautiful church of St. Dionysos and the citadel that overlooks the sea.
Zakinthos' most famous residents are the endangered sea turtles at Laganas beach. The turtles continue to return to Laganas, even though it's the island's most popular beach (don't disturb nesting areas when visiting). There are also good beaches at Alikes, Vassilikos and Planos.
Near the town of Skinari are the beautiful Blue Caves—the caves' interiors are illuminated by light reflecting from the sea.
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