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Rough Guide to Greek Islands

The Rough Guide to Greek Islands
  New full-colour features explore the Greek Islandís highlights, including the best Greek Island beaches and the Greek Islandís finest cuisine. Find detailed practical advice on local products, sections exploring history, music, archaeology and wildlife, combined with information on living in Greece, navigating your way around the Greek Islandís extensive ferry network and comprehensive coverage of the Greek Islandsí glittering festivals. Make the most of your holiday with The Rough Guide to Greek Islands. More information and prices from: - US dollars - Can dollars - UK pounds - Euros - Euros

Greek Islands

Greek Islands (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide)
by Marc Dubin
  The DK Eyewitness Travel Guide to the Greek Islands will lead you straight to the best attractions the Greek islandsí have to offer. With over 1000 detailed maps, illustrations and colour photographs, this best-selling guidebook gives detailed background information on the best things to do, from magical island cruises and scenic walks and tours to the best beach resorts for a family holiday in the Greek Islands. More information and prices from: - US dollars - Canadian dollars - British pounds - Euros - Euros

Zante (Zakynthos)

Zakynthos Cove

Zakynthos - Navagio Cove


Zakynthos or Zante is one of the Ionian Islands of Greece. It is the third largest island in the group. In his Lonely Planet Greek Islands, David Willets states:

"... it is an island of exceptional natural beauty and outstanding beaches. Unfortunately, in many coastal areas it has been the victim of the worst manifestations of package tourism."

However, Zakynthos has some excellent beaches, including Alikes, Alikanas, Argasi, Bouka, Gerakas, Laganas, Navagio, Porto Koukla, Porto Roma, and Tsilivi. The fabulous Navagio Cove (see picture) is only accessible by boat. Willett says that it is still possible to have a relaxing holiday if you avoid high season and built-up resorts such as Laganas.

Zakynthos town has some imposing buildings for a small Greek island, having been rebuilt in a sprawling neo-classical styke. The Byzantine Museum is worth visiting, holding many superb exhibits from ruined churches around the island. There are also remains of a Venetian fortress (the Kastro), high above the town.

Fair isle, that from the fairest of all flowers,
Thy gentlest of all gentle names dost take!
How many memories of what radiant hours
At sight of thee and thine at once awake!
How many scenes of what departed bliss!
How many thoughts of what entombed hopes!
How many visions of a maiden that is
No more- no more upon thy verdant slopes!
No more! alas, that magical sad sound
Transforming all! Thy charms chall please no more-
Thy memory no more! Accursed ground
Henceforth I hold thy flower-enameled shore,
O hyacinthine isle! O purple Zante!
"Isola d'oro! Fior di Levante!"
- Edgar Allan Poe, 1837

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