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Zante island news and views

Zante or Zakynthos is one of the most southerly of the Ionian chain of holiday islands that follow the coastline of western Greece. Zante has great holiday beaches, fertile plains and wild cliffs while resorts range from idyllic fishing villages to neon-lit resorts like Laganas. The main beach resorts are to the south and west. Elsewhere, expect pretty villages and quiet coves.

Azimut ferry Joy

A new ferry route to link all the Ionian islands for the first time looks ready to set sail daily, except Sunday, from May 1 and run right through the summer season until the end of October.

Loggerhead turtles in danger

Baby turtles on Zante left UK holidaymakers stranded in the airport. Engineers were unable to fly in and fix a fault because of a night-time ban on flights to the island.

zante nagavio shipwreck

The beached wreck at Smugglers Cove features on Zante island holiday brochures and makes a favourite snap for the holiday photo album. Excursion boats make daily trips to the beach where holidaymakers can clamber over the rusting wreck.

deep blue yacht

The main benefit of charting your own sailing boat in the Greek islands is that it creates an absolute and rare sense of freedom. Why limit yourself to just a few of these beautiful islands?

Zante loggerhead turtle caretta

The European court also ruled that Greece also violated its obligations on the preservation of the environment and endangered species and faces a heavy fine.

Base jumping on Zante

The most famous beach in Zakynthos, Navagio beach, attracts thousands of tourist visitors each year may have been sold off to a property company that has strong links to the Emir of Qatar.

kefalonia earthquake

A strong quake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale hit Kefalonia just before dawn today (Monday February 3) sending panicked residents running out into the streets right across the island.

Base jumping on Zante

As the last holiday flight leaves Zante at the end of the summer season, islanders are celebrating a record year in 2013. Latest figures will show more than 500,000 visited Zakynthos this year.

Zante loggerhead turtle caretta

Holiday tourists on Zante are helping to kill off one of the world's rarest turtles. Conservation experts warn against tourist turtle-viewing trips on Zante pleasure boats

Zante Nagavio cliff diving

Taking photos of the famous Shipwreck Beach on Zante is a popular activity for many holiday visitors to the island. But this video shows what it must be like to jump from the near vertical cliffs.

Underwater finds at Alikanas Zante

An important new underwater archaeological site has been discovered off the Greek Island holiday coast of Zante. Impressive underwater remains have been found off the holiday resort of Alykanas.

Painters in Zante 2013

Holiday visitors to Zante can get a taste of modern art as the island stages and International Art and Creation Festival. It is the second year running that Zante tourists get to see paintings from international artists.

Zakynthos Hospital

Government funding cuts are having a serious impact with claims that the general hospital on Ionian island of Zakynthos is close to breaking point. It may have to close unless it gets more funding.

Loggerhead turtles in danger

One good reason not to book a Greek island holiday in Laganas on Zante this summer. Greece is to face European court action over the illegal dumping of waste on the holiday beach of Kalamaki.

Wildfire outbreaks across Greek Islands

It's that time of year again and wildfires have broken out all over the Greek Islands with the biggest outbreaks on the islands of Rhodes, Hydra, Zakynthos, and Crete near Chania. A state of emergency has been declared on Rhodes . . .

Base jumping on Zante

Holiday visitors to Zante can catch a glimpse of one of the world's most thrilling extreme sports when the famous Shipwreck Beach host a base jumping contest. An extreme sport is always an attraction for many viewers just because of the theme . . .

Zante holiday waterpark

Family holidays on Zante have proved hugely popular and Zante, also called Zakynthos, is many families' Greek island holiday of choice. Although a beach holiday is the main attraction, anyone can tire of sunbathing and swimming . . .

Alykes holiday beach on Zante

As the last of the Zante summer holiday holiday tourists flew out last week hotel owners and travel agents have been looking back over a bumpy year. Although Greek Island holidays held up well in 2011, despite the economic problems . . .

Clubbers party in Laganas Zante

Residents of the popular Zante holiday resort of Laganas have had enough of drunken Brits rampaging through their streets. A protest petition is demanding that authorities clamp down on the annual summer holiday 'jungle' of drunken street parties . . .

Bikes for hire in Zante

Zante island will have to improve services if it is to attract more visitors on Greek island holidays, the island council has been warned. Poor roads, inadequate sewage treatment, irregular water supplies and lack of signposting . . .

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