Friday, August 14, 2009

Day 69, Zakynthos, The Ionian Islands, Greece

Nopi is simply dying to show us her favourite island.....Zakynthos (Zante Island), almost triangular in shape, with two green mountainous promontories extending into the sea to form the huge bay of Laganas.
There are more pine-covered mountains and hills in the north, but the centre is gentle and lush, richly planted with currant vines, olive trees, almonds and seasonal vegetables.
There are dozens of beaches, sandy and sheltered with invitingly sparkling water.
Flowers of every kind fill every available space, filling the air with the scent that so enraptured visitors of old.

The rule "eat where the Greeks eat" applies here as in any other Greek island so Nopi has taken us to a local restaurant to try their famous skordostoumpi,a dish with aubergines and garlic and the meat dish sartsa, their cheeses, such as mytzithra and Ladotyri, and a good wine.

Zakynthos is known as the island of songs and serenade, and we were indeed serenaded by a group of of men at the restaurants.

Then we bought some local sweets, the Mandolato (sweet made of almonds) and Pastelia a sweet made from honey and sesame.....yummmy

And now we are taking a little boat from the small port of Porto Vromi.....

Where are we going to Nopi?

Nopi has a huge smile on her fce and can barely contain her excitement........we are going to the most famous beach of the island, the wonderful Navagio Beach (Shipwreck)

It is the trademark of the island!.

This superb beach is located in the eastern part of the island, close to the Anafotiria village. It was initially called Agios Georgios but the beach owns its new name to the shipwreck (in 1983) of a boat that transported illegal cigarettes; with the years the sand has completely surrounded the
ship which looks as if it was emerging of it. The remains of the ships can be seen in the middle of the large white sandy beach which has amazing turquoise and crystalline waters. Huge vertical cliffs of white rocks are surrounding the place creating a unique and wonderful image.
Thanks Nopi, this is stunning!

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