The island of Zakynthos, or Homer's 'wooded
island, has a magical quality with its striking hills, sweet
smelling pine forests and fields of wild thyme and rosemary.
Long warm summer days where the mountains seem to slumber
in the heat haze provide a time to swim, a time to read,
a time to sail or time to unwind and do nothing at all.
Rural Northern Zakynthos, with its abundance
of olive groves, epitomises the charming and laid back style
of Greek rural living and you are likely to see goats balancing
half way up an olive tree. Unspoilt family run tavernas
with their shaded terraces welcome guests and offer fresh
barbecued fish which may easily have been caught by the
man sitting at the table next door. Everyone is amazingly
There is also a strongly religious and
artistic side to the Zakynthians. The local churches and
monasteries, complete with exquisite carving and gold-embellished
icons are well worth a visit. Zakynthos town has an interesting
museum, shaded colonnades and fun shopping along Alexandrou
Roma. The yearly carnival is a terrific medieval celebration
with jousting and other processions through the town. The
jewellry, pottery, clothing and shoe shops are great and
the large town square is lined with tavernas and coffee
houses (delicious freshly squeezed orange juice).