What a wonderful time we had in Zakynthos!
Invited by a good friend and customer of my husband,
owner of four amazing hotels, we spent the long Easter
weekend on the beautiful Ionian island. Thanks to his kind
invitation, we relished not only Greek hospitality but the
unique spring landscape and witnessed the solemnity
of Easter rituals.
There is a great video in English giving credit to
the Zakynthian Easter
which still keeps alive the Venetian influence
ever since the Italian Rule.
Marching bands and vivid street celebrations
(One of the four Philharmonic bands of the island
on Good Friday).
The capital of the island
Zakynthos belongs to those few regions which experienced
the Renaissance and the Enlightenment instead of the
Turkish yoke. In fact, the Italian input grafted from the local
element is everywhere present, creating a very interesting
and beautiful culture.
The statue of the Glory
While tourists were soaking up the sun around the swimming pool
of the hotel, we have been strolling all around the island
with good company and good mood. Too bad was not longer!
It put so much energy in our reserves...
With its beguiling landscape of wildflowers, the cypress trees rising
out of shimmering olive groves, Zakynthos remained in our memory
as one of the most charming places to visit.
One of the most famous beaches on the planet, tourist
trademark of the island and
It was created in 1982 Greece
when a ship carrying contraband cigarettes from
, ran Turkey
aground due to adverse weather conditions. It’s defiantly worth
getting on board one of the boats taking cruises and enjoying the
majestic scenery of the turquoise waters as Navagio beach is
only accessible by sea. Lack of time, we admired the view from
above on a special platform that exists up the cliff.
as far as writer Lawrence Durrell was concerned.
Durrell had the mots justes, as always. Like legions of travellers
and tourists before and after, he revelled in the intensities
of light and colour that Ionian islands reflect
from the mirrors of sea and sky."
Independent journal - June 2013
The bell tower of an old church at Kiliomenou village
Ιn a place like this, hidden in the middle of an ancient olive grove
offering an amazing panoramic view of the surroundings, is
located the hotel Elegance Suites of our friend Stamatis.
Thank you so much for being so gently generous dear friend!
This escape will remain unforgettable!
"From the steep prow I marked with quickening eye Zakynthos
with every grove and creek..."