Information about Zakynthos
Zakynthos is the third largest island of the Ionian Island complex, its area spans to 410 km2 (158 mi2) and in 2001 it had a population of 38.596. Like Kefalonia it was also ruined by the earthquake of 1953 however the inhabitants managed to reconstruct most of the houses in the original style. Capital of the island is Zakynthos town, which is also the main port. Southwest of the capital is Laganas Bay which has been declared a National Marine Park for the endangered spcies of turtles – Careta Careta.
The most famous beach of Zakynthos is Shipwreck Bay but places like Kalamaki, Porto Zoro, Porto Roma, Gerakas, Vassilikos, Keri, Cape Skinari and Akrotiri have are also worth visiting.
The island has two ports:
- Zakynthos, which is situated on the southeastern side of the island.
- Agios Nikolaos, which is situated on the northerneastern side of the island.
The bus station is approximately 500 meters from the port of Zakynthos and the busses connect the town with the rest of the island.Useful info: Zakynthos port authority tel.: +30 26950 28117, Greek Tourist Police: +30 26610 29167 (In Corfu)
Ferry from Ilia to Zakynthos
- Conventional ferries: approxiamtely 1 hour
There are four, so called, "ferry schedule seasons":
- Winter ferry season 1st of November until 31 st of March.
- Spring ferry season 1st April - beginning of June.
- Summer ferry season beginning of June - mid September.
- Autumn ferry season rest of September - 31st of October.
Ferry connections and schedules for domestic routes, like Zakynthos, are usually announced by most shipping companies, a couple of weeks before the beginning of each season.
- Morning – daily 3 conventional ferries
- Afternoon – daily 5 conventional ferries
Conventional car ferries
These vessels can be divided into two categories: the old ones and the modern ones.
The main differences between them are
- their cruising speed
- the quality of accommodation and services provided and
- the prices
They are usually very big vessels, which also carry vehicles. Their advantages compared to the High Speed vessels, like the catamarans, are that they are more seaworthy, offer more "relaxed" accommodation and cabins and the passengers have the possibility to sit outside and enjoy their cruise around the Greek islands.
Prices quoted below concern 2016, for the most popular routes, in economy class and are indicative. Same prices apply v.v. These prices are subject to change without prior notice.
|Ilia – Zakynthos ferries||Ferry types|
|Kyllini –Zakynthos ferry||Approx. 9 €/adult||--|
*Note: Hydrofoils/Catamarans usually operate between May and October.