Isn’t it ironic that you would miss your flight because of turtles? Well on the turlte island Zakynthos it is not.
Scores of easyJet passengers were stranded on the Greek island of Zakynthos (also known as Zante) after their plane developed technical difficulties and a replacement aircraft was prevented from flying in because of mating turtles.
Passengers expressed fury at easyJet’s lack of communication and “incredibly bad” handling of the delay, which began on Sunday afternoon.
Some travellers, who did not book on to other flights, were only able to make it home on Tuesday.
A fault with a wing flap was announced by the captain soon after passengers boarded the flight to Gatwick at around 3pm on Sunday, and there was no communication for another hour.
Despite being told the problem would be resolved in 20 minutes, passengers were soon asked to disembark.
Clearly not their own fault.
The sea turtle breeding season is well under way in Zakynthos. According to Archelon, a group dedicated in protecting sea turtles in Greece, late June to early July see the highest levels of spawning. The group has recorded 500 nests on the island so far, but that is fewer than in previous years.
That’s what we are famous for. Shame that there are fewer nests each year.
“Around a quarter of passengers travelled on flights with alternative carriers yesterday afternoon. Passengers have been provided with hotel accommodation and expenses in line with EU261 regulations and will also be entitled to EU261 compensation.”
The situation got resolved. Guess you can be lucky. To get compensation for a missed flgiht is about the only thing good about the EU. Wonder if that will prevail with the BREXIT happening.
Isn’t that a cute little turtle. Yes we do have turtles on Zakynthos. Swimming with the dolphins is nothing in comparison. Get ready to enhance your holiday experience. It especially great for the kids.
And of course if you are lucky you can watch them as they hatch and make their way to the sea. Years later they will return to their old home. Make sure not miss this fantastic experience.
The wonderful turquoise waters and unique green surroundings of Zakynthos and Kefalonia were, by themselves, enough to evoke the interest of one of the most famous weekly travel magazines in Hong Kong, Weekend Weekly.
The beach of the shipwreck is included in the most scarce beauties of the planet.
The most photographed in Greece and one of the most famous in the world, never stops to be included in more and more catalogues, with the most beautiful and exciting places on earth.
Chinese travel magazine
In this 25-page magazine, targeted at young, high income audiences, are shown stunning pictures in places like the “Shipwreck”, the Blue Caves, the Myzithres and “Myrtos”.
The magazine’s 240,000 readers have the opportunity, through trendy and vibrant pictures, to learn about both destinations.
The stunning beach of Navagio in Zakynthos or Shipwreck Beach, is an exposed cove, sometimes referred to as “Smugglers Cove”, on the coast of Zakynthos, in the Ionian Islands of Greece. It has been named so since 1983, when the alleged smuggler ship Panagiotis was wrecked on the beach while transporting cigarettes. It was previously known as Agios Georgios.
East of Cape Skinari, on the northern part of the island, are the Blue Caves. A series of geological formations have created the seascape. Natural arches have been carved out by erosion, but these caves are most famous for the color of the water in it’s deepest hollows, a deep azure color which is most striking in the morning when the light is at it’s brightest, hence the name Blue Caves. Kianoun cave is the biggest of the caves. In order to reach there you can hire a boat or go on a tour.
There are actually Blue Caves at 3 locatons around the island.
1, At Cape Skinari on the northern tip of the island – these are the most spectacular. There are several boats offering trips from Agios Nikolaos Port, also from Makris Gialos Alikes and Alykanas. You can hire a “self-drive” motorboat for the day from from several operators in Alykanas to visit the blue caves and then spend a leisurely afternoon exploring the north-east coast on your way back. These caves are also on the itinerary of the large round-the-island cruise ships operating out of Zakynthos Town.
2. Keri – also pretty good
3. Porto Vromi – Not as spectacular, you will visit these as part of the tours to the ship wreck.
On the neighbor island Kefalonia is a cave called “Μελισσάνη”. That translates to Melissani Cave (Greek: ) or Melissani Lake. The cave is surrounded by a forrest and mountains. If you want to visit their is an parking spot nearby.
Doesn’t it look amazing. Come and see it with your own eyes.
A lot of people want to see Zakynthos because of this awesome little paradise – called Navagio Bay.
There is much more to see – but you have to visit the so called – Shipwreck Beach – before you die…
Shipwreck Beach (Navagio)
Originally a smuggler ship, which lost engine power in 1981 and was washed ashore in a magnificent small bay. Featured in Greek tourist ads, it is on the west coast and best visited by going there from Porto Vromi. Go there either early in the morning or in the afternoon (>15:00), as in the time between the big around-the-island cruise ships anchor there and the beach is heavily crowded – its not rare to have 20 boats all moored each putting a few hundred people ashore at once. Going there in off-peak times ensures you will have the beach pretty much to your own. Be aware the wreck is very sharp and its very possible to injure yourself if not careful For the ultimate picture, follow the signs to the Agios Gergio Kremnao monastery – when you arrive there, use the road to your right to get to a small viewing platform some 600ft above the wreck and is where most of the picture postcard shots are taken from. It can actually be nicer to see it from this perspective than up close and personal on the beach itself. You can also see the Base Jumping extreme sport to Shipwreck beach from the high cliffs of Navagio.
Zakynthos has many beaches to offer. We present a selection of the best beaches in Zakynthos. Read carefully to learn where will spend a good day at the beach
Agios Nikolaos beach – Termed the best beach on the island, on the south eastern peninsula near Vassilikos. You can get there also by free shuttle services from Laganas, Kalamaki, and Argasi – although it should be noted that in order to get a ticket to get the shuttle back again you have to pay to use a sun lounger (currently €4). Water sports (diving, jet skis, etc.) are offered, as well as a big British-run beach bar. This is not to be confused by the Agios Nikolaos village in the north of the island which shares little in common with this one!
Alikes/Alykanas – A long stretch of beach in front of the 2 resorts with plenty of facilities, sunbeds, watersports. To the west of the Skourtis river mouth is Alikes, to the east is Alykanas. The Alikes section is quite narrow and also quite stony in places, backed by numerous bars and restaurants, mostly competing to be the least Greek. The best sand is to be found at the eastern end, close to the little fishing port of Agios Kyriaki, where the Neraida Taverna offers friendly service and traditional, freshly-cooked local dishes, backed by live traditional music in the evening. There’s also a “shipwreck”, a sunken wooden sailing yacht sitting in quite shallow water which kids (and grown-up kids!) can wade out to and climb all over. A walk of around 1km from Alykanas resort centre, through “Old” Alykanas village, brings you to the peaceful XehoriatiBeach. This narrow stretch of fine sand has beautiful views across to Kefalonia and the Peloponnese, and shelves out very slowly offering safe swimming with a number of rocky reefs for interesting snorkelling. Xehoriati is served by 2 restaurants vying to have the most incongruous name. The apparently native-North-American-themed Redskins is actually run by a friendly young Italian couple serving up their native cuisine, whileShoestring (nothing to do with the ’70s UK TV detective), up a flight of steps at the eastern end of the beach, offers typical tourist taverna fare at lunchtime and close to a “fine-dining” menu in the evenings (save room at any time of day for the excellent home-made desserts), all with stunning views. There’s also a mini-market about 150m from the beach for snacks, chilled drinks etc.
Dafni – access to this is via a steep hilly road in between Argassi and Vassilikos. This is a lovely sandy beach located again in the marine reserve with a complete ban on traffic. It’s a quiet beach that has only a few local on the beach tavernas for food and drink along with sunbeds.
Gerakas – the main loggerhead turtle nesting beach located at the far south of the vassilikos penninsula inside the total marine excusion zone. This is a large long and wide sandy beach and gently shelving shore with sun beds and umbrellas provided. Some areas of the beach are off limits due to turtles nesting and the beach is closed at dusk for the same reason. There is a steep hill or steps leading from the cliff top to get down to the beach. A car park is provided but in busy periods this can fill up. Also near here are several tavernas for food and toilets.
Kalamaki to Laganas
Kalamaki to Laganas – the resort of Kalamaki shares a long uninterrupted sandy beach that runs from here to Laganas a few miles away. In some places it can be crowded but the further towards the middle you get the fewer people you find and given its size its possible to find somewhere quiet.
Tsilivi – the family resort of Tsilivi boats a wide and long sandy beach, watersports, sunbeds and ample car parking