Berlitz Pocket Guide: Zakynthos and Kefallonia covers all the main sights, area by area, in an easily navigable format. Tourist attractions described include Zakynthos's beautiful National Marine Park, the traditional villages and unspoilt scenery of the west coast, and the stunning beaches of the Vasilikos Peninsula. Recommended places to visit in Kefallonia include the magnificent cave lake at Melissani, soaring Mount Enos, and the breathtaking bay at Andisamas. The guide also contains background historical information, advice on shopping and entertainment and the low-down on eating out. There is an A-Z of practical information, listings of recommended hotels and restaurants and useful expressions in Greek. You can read special features on topics ranging from yachting to "Captain Corelli's Mandolin". Maps show Zakynthos, Kefallonia and Argostoli, and there are dozens of colour photographs throughout.
Maps: Zakynthos; Kefallonia; Argostoli.
Introduction; A Brief History.
Where to Go Zakynthos: Zakynthos Town; The Central Plain; Laganas Bay; The Hill Villages and West Coast; The North.
Where to Go Kefallonia: Argostoli; The Livatho and South Coast; Mount Enos; Sami and Poros; The Palliki Peninsula; The North.
Where to Go Ithaki: Vathy and the North; The Odysseus Trail.
What to Do; Eating Out; Handy Travel Tips; Hotels and Restaurants; Index.
Zakynthos, also known by its Italian name Zante, is the southernmost of the seven Ionian islands that lie off the western coast of mainland Greece. The island divides into three geographical areas: the Vasilikos Peninsula in the southeast, a central plain, and the wild and mountainous north and west. One of the greenest of all the Greek islands, it has good, fertile soil and receives a generous amount of rain in the winter and early spring. Although Zakynthos is now thoroughly Greek, evidence of the island's Venetian heritage is inescapable, from its Italianate church towers, to the descendants of artistocratic Venetian families, still major landowners.