Zakynthos Town or Chora as it is known by the locals is on the eastern side of the island and has the main shops, piazza and harbour from which the frequent ferries to the mainland port of Kyllini depart and arrive.
Zakynthos Town is the pulsing capital of the island and is located at the base of the hill of Bochali. Famous for its glorious ensemble of Italianate architecture until an earthquake struck in 1953, it was subsequently reconstructed in fine style, with arcaded streets and gracious neoclassical public buildings. It is the main port of the island. The long waterfront extending between the Solomos Square (on its right) and the Church of Agios Dionysios, saint patron of the island (on its left) is the most popular and crowded spot of Zakynthos, lined with many restaurants, tourist shops and ferry agencies. This is a lovely town for an evening stroll along the narrow paths and the waterfront.
The Venetian Castle, which overlooks the city, serves as a reminder of the island’s history and is a must-see for history buffs, who would also do well to visit the Byzantine Museum and its collection of Greek art from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries.
Zakynthos is not a big city, so it is easy to explore it on foot. However, there are public bushes to neighbouring villages. To get around the island from Zakynthos Town you can rent a car / moped. Their rental fees are quite affordable. Alternatively you can hire one of the many taxis available.
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