Zakynthos
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Discover Zakynthos

Picturesque Zakynthos is full of hidden treasures and idyllic landscapes making it a true Mediterranean gem that is generously lavished with the infamous Ionian glow.

There is no need to keep looking for the ideal place to fully enjoy your vacation; Laganas is the place to be! In this location, dreamy scenery will unravel before your eyes, beautifully accompanying you during your holiday. The Galaxy Beach Resort will become your most valuable shelter in this travel adventure.

Very close to the airport and the harbor, our hotel will become your base for beautiful, onward excursions.

Galaxy Beach Resort is located in the bay of Laganas, the most beautiful bay of the Ionian Sea, home of the sea turtle Caretta-Caretta and a vital biotope of the Monachus Monachus seal. Every corner has a cosmopolitan aura, while its intense nightlife and strategic location point it out as one of the top tourist destinations.

Laganas stands out for its rich flora and fauna, its endless beach and the range of activities offered, from diving trips to casual walks in scenic settlements and the town of Zakynthos, at just 7 km distance from the bay. Visit the idyllic caves of Keri and the small island of Agios Sostis to get a taste of the famous Zakynthian charm that will definitely not disappoint you.

Whether you are here for leisure or business, take good advantage of your time and discover as many of the beauties of the cosmopolitan Zakynthos as possible. Feel free to consult our hotel team for suggestions, tips and travel directions, so as to make your search easier.

Travel Information

Access to Zakynthos is easy, affordable and is done by various means.

The island has an international airport with direct flights from Athens, the Ionian Islands and many European cities.

Ferries are connected to the port of Killini, which is 280 km away from Athens, with many daily itineraries of approximately one hour.

During the summer months there is a daily connection with Kefalonia and a ferry connection between Zakynthos and Italy.

There is also a bus connection from Athens, Patras and Thessaloniki with frequent itineraries.

Culture

Through the centuries, Zakynthos has developed a rich culture, deeply influenced by the Renaissance and the Enlightenment period and along with the other Ionian islands managed to escape the Turkish occupation and the dark ages imposed on the remaining parts of Greece.  The Venetian conquerors influenced the inhabitants of the island in all aspects of their lives, particularly in the areas of the Arts , literature, architecture and culture to the extent where Zakynthos was referred to as ‘the Venice of the South’.

In modern times, literature starts to flourish in the 15 th century and is manifested both in poetry and in prose. Several works of Zakynthian authors were published in Venice and became famous both among Greeks and Europeans. As a result of this vivid interest in education and culture, the first Academy in Greece was established in Zakynthos in the early 17 th century.

History

According to mythology and the writings of Homer, the island was named after Zakynthos who was grandson of Zeus and Helectra and the son of Dardanos who founded Troy. The name Zakynthos - as it ends in 'nthos' shows that it is pre-mycanean or Pelasgian in orgin. Zakynthos was born on Phrygias and he sailed to Zakynthos in 1500 BC, where he occupied the island and gave it his name. Some accounts however feel that there was an older name of the island - Iria, a position that is supported by the traditional village of Gyri probably being a corruption of this name. The earliest written works that mention Zakynthos are by Homer who describes it as an island full of forests and claims that the settlers were from the Peloponnese area of Greece, in particular from Arcadia. There is evidence to support this, as the traditions of the Arcadians and Zakynthians are similar, their past worship of Apollo for instance, as are some of the names of the places.

Another mythological account is that Artemis the goddess of hunting used to wander the island of Zakynthos, enjoying the woods as these were ideal for hunting. It is also claimed that her brother Apollo played his lira under the trees, to enchant the island and make it more beautiful. 

Museums & Monuments

The Byzantine Museum of Zakynthos is in Solomos Square. You turn right after the entering, ascend to the upper floor and cross the entire length of the building before descending again to the entrance. The museum houses a rich collection of portable icons, a true panorama of ecclesiastical painting from the Byzantine years to the 19th century, with about a thousand religious paintings by post-Byzantine, Ionia and Zakynthian artists. Works are exhibited by Damaskinos, Tzanes, Kallergis, and Tsonis. Although the older exhibits in the museum are characteristic examples of Byzantine art, the works of Panagiotis Doxaras (1622-1700), who studied in Venice, are naturalistic style and belong to the Ionian Island School. Dixara;s son Nicholas continued in the Western tradition, as did Nikolaos Koutouzis (1741 – 1813), whose works can be found in the museum as well as in the church of Agios Dionisios. Templa (icons screens) from the churches of the Pantokrator and Agios Dimitrios can be found in the Museum, as well as parts of the exterior of Ayios Andreas of Volimes. In addition, Hellenistic and Byzantine sculptures and statues are also accommodated here.

Beaches

While you are on holiday in Zante, make sure you enjoy the beautiful beach at Shipwreck ‘Navagio’ Bay, one of the most famous beaches in the Mediterranean.

Navagio is located on the north-west shore of Zakynthos.  And is perhaps the most famous tourist site in Zakynthos.   Better known as Shipwreck Bay, this isolated sandy cove is banked on all sides by towering limestone cliffs a'Smugglers Cove' and the azure-blue sea. On the sand is the wreck of the ship Panagiotis, which is believed to have been involved in some smuggling activity when it got into trouble and washed ashore in 1981. Since then, it has become the trademark of Zakynthos.

You can only reach this beach by boat, so this is a great chance to get out on the sea during your stay in Zakynthos. You can take one of the bigger round the island boats to see the Shipwreck Beach, or you can drive to one of the ports on the north and west coast where smaller boat trips leave throughout the day to this magical beach.

Gastronomy

Zakynthian cuisine is based mainly on Mediterranean gastronomy and is characterized by the simplicity of its recipes. Local dishes are deeply rooted in time and based on ingredients that include oil, tomato, garlic, lemon and herbs.

The influence of Italian cuisine is evident as for many years the Ionian Islands were the crossroad between the Western and Eastern culture. Zakynthian recipe names are mostly in Greek but several recipe names are of Italian origin.

Zakynthian cuisine is typical of the Ionian islands. The food on the island of Zakynthos is similar to the other islands of the Ionians with small variations but definite influences from the Venetians as well as from the Cretans that immigrated here in the 17th century AD. 

Activities

At the Galaxy Beach Resort, comfortable accommodation meets adventure as the abundance of activities we offer will keep you alert and excited.

Indulge in the exploration of the island (and your stamina) through creative activities and enrich your holiday with beautiful Ionian memories.

Tours with luxury coaches
How about a round tour of the island, filled with magnificent Zakynthian visuals on a beautiful sunny day? The Galaxy Beach Resort organizes excursions with luxury coaches and gives you the chance to experience Zakynthos from one end to the other, whilst discovering and, why not, engaging in the local culture.

Entertainment

Night Life

You just have to make your choice! There are a lot of possibility to taste traditional dishes and local cuisine in the local taverns all around the island. 

In addition to the Greek cuisine, especially in the most tourist towns, there are many restaurants offering an international cuisine at a very good level where you can eat the best Italian, Chinese, Indian, English etc… dishes.

In this section you’ll come to know the best restaurant of the island, for quality of food, for the position, for the sight or for the service.

You may enjoy your food listening to traditional zakynthian music mandates and arekies.

Galaxy Beach Resort

P.O. Box 191, Laganas GR-29100, Zakynthos view on google maps

Tel. +30 26950 51171 | Fax: +30 26950 51177 | Email: galaxyhotel@zhg.gr