Zakynthos is a Greek island in Ionian Sea. It is the 3rd largest of Ionian Islands. Zakynthos is also a separate regional unit of Ionian Islands region, as well as its only municipality. The island covers an area of 410 km2 (158 ml2) and its coastline is roughly 123 km (76 miles) in length. According to 2011 census, it has a population of 40,760 inhabitants.
The name of Zakynthos, just like all similar names ending in -nthos, is Pelasgian or pre-Mycenaean in origin. In Greek mythology the isle was said to be named after Zakynthos, son of the legendary Arcadian chief Dardanus.
Zakynthos is a famous tourist destination, with its international airport being served by a lot of charter flights out of northern Europe. The nickname of the island, given by the Venetians, is To fioro tou Levante (The flower of the East).
The most famous landmark of Zakynthos Island is Navagio beach, which is a cove located on the northwest shore and isolated by high cliffs. It is accessible only by boat. Navagio beach and sea floor are made of pebbles and surrounded by crystal clear waters. The beach is named after MV Panagiotis (currently a shipwreck), which sunk around 1980. The area from Anafonitria features a small observation deck overlooking the shipwreck, and a monastery is situated nearby. The unique visuals of the location are popular with BASE jumpers, and a major event in the BASE calendar in the end of August each year is held at Navagio.
A wealth of natural "Blue Caves", cut into cliffs near Cape Skinari, are accessible only by boats. Sun rays reflect through sea water from white stones of cave walls and bottoms, creating visual lighting effects. In the far south of the island is Keri, a mountain village which features a lighthouse in the south, including a panorama of the southern part of Ionian Sea. The whole western shore to Skinari contains many interesting rock formations and arches.
Highlights: Venetian castles, medieval monasteries, Blue Grotto
Zakynthos Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Zakynthos Island dock (anchor) at Zakynthos - port town on the eastern coast.
The Zakynthos Island cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Zakynthos Island, Greece.
If you lose the Zakynthos Island location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Zakynthos Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Zakynthos Island, Greece. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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