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Advert beaches, rolling green countryside and traditional mountain villages; Zante is Greece at its very best.  The Venetians used to call it the “flower of the east,” and any tourist who sets foot on the Greek island of Zante, or Zakynthos as it is known in Greece, will immediately understand why.

Today it’s as famous for its lush green vegetation and colourful wild flowers as it is for its tourist resorts and thumping nightlife. Of course, this is ignoring the 92 kilometres of pristine coastline complete with some of the world’s best beaches – check out the jaw-dropping turquoise beauty of Smugglers’ Cove, one of the most photographed bays in the world.

Let’s just say if it’s stunning scenery you’re after, then Zante has it in abundance. But it’s also got a large slice of traditional Greek culture too. So if you like your mountain villages quaint and small, your churches old and fresco filled and your tavernas offering moussaka with a glass or two of ouzo to wash it down, then you’ll be spoilt for choice. And let’s not forget that hospitality for which the Greeks have been famous throughout history, trust us, the locals of Zante don’t disappoint.

April 2017
If you are looking for a souvenir or present, Profil (68 Tavoulari, Zakynthos Town, tel: 26950 24890) offers a good range of jewellery, accessories, crystal, decorative items and plenty of stuff for kids.

July 2017
For three days every July the village square of Katastari, near the resort of Alykes, hosts a lively annual arts festival, featuring music, dance, plays and a host of street stalls selling food and souvenirs.

October 2016
Nobelos (tel 26950 31582) in Volimes is a fine place to look for authentic handwoven garments, rugs and other fabric souvenirs. Other similar shops line this pretty town in the north of the island.

July 2017
The famous Blue Caves at the northern tip can be visited from the nearby lighthouse or as part of a round-the-island boat trip along with Shipwreck Bay. Strong swimmers can get there from the steps below the converted Anemomilos windmills.

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