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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.

Loggerhead turtles in danger
Zante turtles hold up flight

Baby turtles on Zante left UK holidaymakers stranded in the airport. Homebound Easyjet passengers disembarked after a fault was found with one of the wing flaps.

zante nagavio shipwreck
Zante shipwreck fence

A holiday on Zante is hardly complete without a boat trip to the famous Shipwreck Cove but visitor may well find the beached vessel fenced off. Officials on the Greek island of Zakynthos are planning to give the rotting hulk a facelift.

Zante loggerhead turtle caretta
Zante rapped over turtle sites

Greece had been condemned by the European Court for failing to protect endangered sea turtles as it dumps household waste on a key nesting sit on Zante.

Base jumping on Zante
Zante beach sale shock

Alarm bells are ringing over reports that the famous 'Shipwreck' holiday beach of Navagio on Zante may have been sold off to a property company with links to the Emir of Qatar.

Base jumping on Zante
Zante has a record season

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
Zante beach turtle threat

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
Zante 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
Zante find

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
Zante arts

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
Zante 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
Action on Zante turtles

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.

Base jumping on Zante
Zante contest

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
Zante highlights

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
Zante holiday season roundup

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
Zante curb on drunks

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 holiday plea

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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