Zakynthos, a popular Greek island, attracts visitors from all over the world each year. One of the reasons why people come here is to enjoy the island’s natural beauty. While there are many destinations in Greece that are gorgeous, there is something special about Zakynthos. It is an
ideal destination for anyone who wants to experience nature. From the beaches and the parks to many other nature attractions, there is no shortage of places on the island. Here are some of the top natural places to enjoy while you’re here:
While visiting Zalynthos, you won’t want to miss the Blue Caves! Located on the west coast of the island, the Blue Caves offer a unique experience. The caves are only accessible by sea, so taking a tour of the area is a fun option. You can also rent a boat if you prefer exploring on your own. The largest of the Blue Caves is called Kianoun. Years of erosion have created extraordinary arches within the caves that allow boats to travel through. These caves are especially beautiful during sunset or sunrise when the sun reflects the water onto the caves giving them their blue color. If you are a diver, the Blue Caves are a popular spot for this activity.
Located across from Keri Beach in Laganas Bay, Marathonisi Islet also features two smaller islets. You can visit them by taking a boat from Laganas Bay or Keri Beach. There are tours that run daily to Marathonisi Islet. Marathonisi Islet is a breeding area for the Caretta Caretta sea turtles. For this reason, it is not possible to explore the islet except for the first five meters of the beach. Marathonisi islet is home to green oak forests and pine and olive trees, which adds to the natural beauty of the islet. There are two sea caves that can be explored by boat or you can enjoy a swim or go snorkeling.
Askos Stone Park
Askos Stone Park is a 124-acre area of land that is a natural zoo, wildlife sanctuary, and forest reserve. This is an ideal destination for families with children and nature lovers of all ages. The name of the park comes from the stone structures that include pavements, walls, cellars built of wood and stone, and old stables. There are basins that were carved into the stone around six hundred years ago. Animals at the park include: rabbits, cows, horses, goats, sheep, and deer. You can help feed the animals with the help of guides and you can help collect olives and milk cows. You can walk the pavement path to enjoy the beauty of the flora, fauna, and fruit trees of the park.
Located near Argassi Village, Vrysakia Aqueduct is the perfect location for anyone who enjoys a hike. The aqueduct is not easy to reach, as it is nestled within vegetation, but it is worth the effort. There are no posted signs to guide you to the location, but you can ask locals for directions. Vrysakia Aqueduct consists of the ruins of the aqueduct, remains of buildings and a church, and a bridge that is located on the beach. If you take a walk along the aqueduct, you will be treated to a view of the surrounding area.
Zakynthos is a gorgeous island and you won’t want to miss the chance to experience it while you’re here!