Touring in the Ionian islands: Zakynthos

Shipwreck Beach at Zakynthos - Photo by Sotiris Lambadaridis

The famous “Navagio (Shipwreck) Beach” at Zakynthos – Photo by Sotiris Lambadaridis

10th stop: Zakynthos (Zante)

This post, dedicated to Zakynthos (Zante) island, is the last in the series about the Ionian islands. I will here let the pictures tell the tale of this exceptionally colourful beauty, rich in culture but also the home of endangered species like the loggerhead turtle and the bottlenosed dolphin…

Navagio waters, ZakynthosDetail from the shipwreck on Zante
Blue waters of ZakynthosSpectacular view from Zakynthos - Photo by Jan Sundstedt, SwedenSpectacular view from Zakynthos – Photo by Jan Sundstedt, Sweden

Blue Caves of Zakynthos 

Zakynthos cliffBlue Caves, ZakynthosA view from a high coast at ZakynthosSailing around ZanteMarathonisi, Zakynthosgirl with view on edge of cliffs, ZanteAgios Sostis Islet, ZakynthosCliff-walled beach and cliff underpass, Cape Marathia, Zakynthos

Loggerhead seaturtles

The Loggerhead seaturtle (Caretta-caretta) at Zakynthos islandEvery year, from the beginning from June to the end of August, the female Loggerheads come ashore at night to lay their eggs in the sand and then afterwards cover the nest. After 55 days, the hatchlings start to dig their way out of the nest to find their way down to the sea. Survival rate is very low, only very few hatchlings (1 or 2 out of 1000) will have a chance to adulthood. Thus, it’s very important to protect the nests.

The organisation STPS – Seaturtle Protection Society of Greece – sends their scouts every summer to protect them, 24 hours a day. If you want to know more about the Loggerheads, please jump to the STPS-Website. In addition, a link to a tracking page which shows the movements of sea turtles in the Bay of Laganas.

For further reading about Zakynthos island and things to see and do
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