Capital and port of the island, Zante is expanded on the foot of the hill under the Castle. The destructive earthquakes of 1953 and the fire that followed destroyed the beautiful old town with the high villas and the imposing buildings. Some of the buildings and manor houses with the picturesque color of ochre, lodges and Venetian arcades steel remain untouched. Do not miss out walking in Strata Marina on the beach, the famous Rougha, the commercial center with the picturesque arcades and the paved central square of Saint Marcos assembling the biggest traffic. You may also find the Post- Byzantine Museum of Zante, the Library and the church of Saint Nikolaos of the Mole, a renaissance- type building of the 17th century with a Byzantine campanile. In the center of the square dominates the statue of Dionyssios Solomos, national poet of Greece. The coast road, Strata Marina (K. Lomvardou), is the busiest point of the city during summer months.
Cafés, restaurants and tourist shops attract a great number of tourists and of locals as well. The road begins from Solomou square to end in Saint Dionyssos’ church, protector of the island. As you leave from the port, a few streets away from Solomou square and walking to the inner part of the city, you reach Saint Marcos’ square. Here you may find the Catholic Church of Saint Marcos and the Museum of Solomos, Kalvos and of Eminent People of Zante. It is also worth visiting the churches of Faneromeni and of the Lady of Angels, with remarkable works of local people and painters of holy icons. Close to the church of Faneromeni, where the paternal house of Grigorios Xenopoulos is located; you may also find there the Museum which is dedicated to the famous writer. The region of Bochali, under the castle, will fascinate you with its small, peaceful alleys and old houses with courts drawn in jasmines, with original traditional coffee- shops where you can hear the old Zante’s music. Above Bochali dominates the Venetian Castle with the magnificent panoramic view on the actual town of Zante and the Ionian Sea.
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Zante is the southern and third in size island of the Ionian Islands. The island’s magnitude is 406 square kilometers of coast longitude amounting in 123 kilometers and its population amounts in 35.000 residents.It is located at 8. 5 sea miles on the south part of Kefalonia, 9. 5 sea miles on the west part of Peloponnese and about 300 kilometers on the south part of the capital, Athens.
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