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Zante Culture and Tradition

Zakynthos, also known as Zante, is the third largest of the Greek islands in the Ionian Sea. Zakynthos has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean, as well as beautiful Greek seascapes, charming old villages and plenty of amenities to make sure you have a really great holiday. It is a great challenge for the people of Zante to balance the requirements and implications of mass tourism with traditional values and culture. From our time spent on the island we have seen the traditional heart and soul of the people of Zakynthos remains strong.

Efforts to maintain Greek island culture are clear. The Zakynthian people go out of their way to honor the traditions of the past, commemorating and celebrating special events throughout the year.

A major aim of the Tourist Projection Committee in Zakynthos is to encourage activities that will ensure that visitors on holiday in Zante leave the island all the richer for having participated in a variety of traditional activities. They encourage a sharing of artistic expression through cultural activities such as music and song, tasting traditional Zakynthian foods, exploring agricultural activities and enjoying local festivals.

We have put together a few suggestions for you to get immersed in real Zakynthian culture and tradition during your holiday in this Greek Island:

  • Visit the ceramics workshop in Agios Sostis to admire the work of one local artist
  • Wander through the markets at Volimes Town in the north west of the island where tapestries, ceramics and linen are sold by locals
  • Attend a Greek Night and join in with the local Greek dancing
  • Come into town for the St. Dionisios celebration on August 24th to see the local people honoring their patron saint of the island.