Local rhythms in Zante are generally leisurely slow. The town's many cafes provide beautiful atmosphere and a rich variety of coffees, juices and beverages for you to enjoy. Most cafés are licenced to sell spirits and cocktails and more often than not you will find they also provide cakes, sweets, crepes and ice-creams.
Founded in October 2000, The museum of Helmis Natural History is an ideal place for kids and grown ups. The museum has a collection of more than 1,500 items including birds, fish, shells, plants, rocks and minerals from the Zakynthian coastline. The museum is located in Agia Marina, a picturesque village in the centre of the island with an amazing view of the town and Laganas bay.
The Byzantine Museum is located in one of the most central locations in Zakynthos town, the square of Dionysios Solomos. Here, you can view a number of icons carved in wood from the Byzantine era, paintings that go back to the 18th century from artists including Doxaras and Koutouzis as well as original frescos from the 15th, 16th and 17th century. The Byzantine museum is open daily from 8.30 to 15.00
Located in St. Marco square (adjacent to Dionysios Solomos square) is the museum of two of the most well known Greek poets including Dionysios Solomos (Greece's national poet) and Andreas Kalvos. The museum was founded at the end of 50's and hosts the poets' mausoleum.
Pretza is not sold widely and the recipe is a very well kept secret among the locals but you can still find it in good family-run tavernas. This creamy salty cheese is served as a dip and is a combination of sheep milk feta, whole-milk yogurt, thyme, olive oil and lemon juice.
In the mountainous village of Kiliomenos you can find the Women's Agricultural Cooperative known as Melissiotises (melissa being the Greek for bee). Melissiotises run their own shop where Zakynthian agricultural produce is shared aplenty. Tens of families are subcribed to the scheme each producing fresh and organic products using traditional recipes passed down from generation to generation.
Starting from Kalamaki this scenic golden sandy beach with the warm shallow waters stretches out for approximately 3km before merging with Laganas and Agios Sostis further on. Enjoy a quiet walk along the sea taking in the endless views of sand dunes as well as Marathonissi and Cameo in the distance.
Grigorios Xenopoulos was one of the most prominent Greek playwriters. Here, you can view Xenopoulos' original residence where he spent a significant part of his life before moving to Athens for his studies. Various pieces of his work including photographs, novels and manuscripts are on display. Xenopoulos is mostly known for his children's literature and Greek prose. The museum is open daily during the morning hours.
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