Zakynthos (Zante) with walks

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ZAKYNTHOS (ZANTE)

by Gail Schofield

I searched everywhere. On the Internet, in libraries, in every bookstore that I could find, but although I found a lot of general guides on the Greek islands, they could only provide a small description of [Zakynthos] and all the common tourist attractions — water park, navaggio, carreta turtles, etc. Having the experience of Paris, when doing some walking tours in the old town was the best part of our trip, we searched for the same thing for Zakynthos, but weren’t really finding anything.

When this Zakynthos (Zante) with walks book opened its pages to us, it was all we are looking for, and even more. I think one of the best things about the book is that the author, Gail Schofield, lives there and knows the surrounding and also that she was a zoology student, so has insights on all the plants and animals that live on the island. A book on culture and architecture is a marvel in large cities, but on islands like Zakynthos, where the main attraction is its savageness, you need to know everything about the environment, beaches and life in general.

I skimmed the book preparing for our trip, and I found interesting the fact that it has hand-drawn maps of every walking tour, a thing that I haven’t encountered that frequently in travel books. The illustrations of plants and animals are also high quality but the best part of the book is the folding map at the end which is by far the most complete map I have found to date. It has all the walking tours and car tours on it so you don't have to struggle planning them by yourself and if you go on the official site you can also download the GPS waypoints for the walking tours (that of course if you're not to lazy to enter them yourself from the end of the book). I highly recommend this books to anyone visiting Zakynthos. (RP, Amazon)

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Description

ZakynthosThis guidebook is an ideal companion for motorists who want to tour Zakynthos by car, as well as those planning a holiday walking in Zakynthos. The book combines the best features of our ‘Landscapes’ walking and car touring guides with all the detail you would expect in a hefty general guide, but it is pocket size and in full colour. Coverage includes getting there and getting about; recommended accommodation and restaurants; practicalities A-Z; history; 22 main walks with many variations, all with both hand-drawn and GPS-compatible maps; copious notes on geology, flora and fauna (all illustrated).

Area covered: There are car tours and walks all over the island. Although the main towns can be reached by bus, to really take advantage of the island and to reach most of the walks you will need to hire a car (to save money, hire through your travel agent when booking your holiday or book in advance on the web). If you would like to explore the island’s back roads or cover some of the walking routes by car, the author advises hiring a four-wheel drive vehicle. (But 4WD vehicles are not necessary for reaching the starting points of the walks).

The best months for walking on Zakynthos are from late September to May; summer is far too hot.

For an extremely useful source of information about the island, click on http://www.greekisland.co.uk and click on Zante.

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Where to stay

Your choice of where to look for accommodation will be governed by several factors. For instance, if you intend to hire a car you will benefit from a much wider choice. On the other hand if you plan to rely on public transport, you will need to choose a centre offering good access to the walk routes or excursions you plan to do. There is also the factor of what type of accommodation you plan to use, for example whether you plan to stay in a hotel or in a self-catering apartment or villa. The author provides useful advice on the various options in the Where to Stay chapter which will be found in the introductory pages of the book.

Edition/contents etc

4 car tours, 22 walks, 50 pages of nature notes (all illustrated)
184 pages; 2 GPS-compatible touring/walking maps covering the whole island; 22 hand-drawn panoramas of the walks showing GPS waypoints
4th ed, 2015; ISBN 978-1-85691-474-1; UK retail price £14.99 / USA retail price $17.99

Table of contents:

Preface 5
About the author; acknowledgements 6

Introduction 8
Geography 8
Climate and weather 9
Geology 9
Economy 10
Ecology 10
Wildlife and plant life 12
The National Marine Park of Zákynthos 13
Panel: Visitor rules in the NMPZ 14
Getting to Zákynthos 16
By air; By car and ferry 16
By coach/bus 17
Getting around Zákynthos 17
By car 17
By bus 18
By taxi; By boat 19
Panel: Touring and picnicking 19
By moped, motorbike or quad-bike; By bicycle 20
By hitchhiking 21
Accommodation 21
Food and drink 22
Panel: Eating Greek-style 23
History 24
Cultural heritage 30
Practicalities A-Z 36
Beaches; Camping; Churches, visiting; Consulates; Crime;
Electricity; Holidays 36
Information; Internet access; Language 37
Maps; Medical care 38
Money; Name days; Newspapers, etc; Opening times;
Períptera; Pharmacies; Post offices; Souvenirs 39
Sports; Telephones 40
Time; Tipping; Toilets; Water 41

Zákynthos town 42
Town plan and suggested walking tour 42-43
Panel: Diony´sios Solomós 44
Panel: Saint Diony´sios 46

Car tour 1: The south 50
Zákynthos town · Argássi · Vassilikós · Cape Ágios Nikólaos
to Pórto Róma · Cape Gérakas area · Kalamáki · Laganás ·
Ágios Sóstis · Lithakiá · Lake Kerí and Marathoníssi Islet Car tour 2: The centre 62
Zákynthos town · Krionéri · Akrotíri · Tsiliví and Plános · Tragáki · Gerakári · Alikanás · Alikés · Katastári · Pigadákia · Kallithéa · Agía Marína · Macherádo · Kilioménos · Agalás
Car tour 3: The north 70
Zákynthos town · Katastári · Ksígia · Makrís Gialós and
Míkro Nissí · Ágios Nikólaos · Cape Skinári · Volímes · Shipwreck · Anafonítria · Orthoniés · Mariés · Pórto Vrómi · Éxo Chóra · Kampí · Loúcha · (Girí) · Ágios Léon ·
Pórto Róxi · Limniónas
Car tour 4: General island tour 78
Zákynthos · Bóchali · Tsiliví · Plános · Tragáki · Gerakári · Alikés · Katastári · Ksígia · Makrís Gialós · Míkro Níssi ·
Ágios Nikólaos · Cape Skinári · Volímes · Shipwreck ·
Mariés · Éxo Chóra · Ágios Léon · Limniónas · Pórto Róxi
· Ágios Léon · Kilioménos · Pantokrátora · Lithakiá ·
Lithakiá · Ágios Sóstis · Pórto Koúkla · Lithakiá · Lake Kerí
· Marathiá · Kerí
Walking 80
Quick-glance walk map 82
How the walks are described 82
When to walk; Grading and timing 83
Navigation and maps 84
Equipment checklist 85
Potential hazards 86
Country code 87
Walk 1: Gérakas headland trail 88
Walk 2: Gérakas­Dáphne trail 92
Walk 3: Dáphne hills trail 96
Walk 4: Ksirocástello trail 100
Walk 5: Mount Skopós trail 104
Walk 6: Vrondónero trail 108
Walk 7: Kalamáki sand dune trail 112
Walk 8: Ágios Sóstis olive trail 116
Walk 9: Lake Kerí trail 120
Walk 10: Marathiá coastal trail 124
Walk 11: Marathiá hills trail 128
Walk 12: Kerí hills trail 132
Walk 13: Kentinária coastal trail 136
Walk 14: Agalás coastal trail 140
Walk 15: Loúcha monastery trail 144
Walk 16: Korakoníssi trail 148
Walk 17: Kampí coastal trail 152
Walk 18: Éxo Chóra trail 156
Walk 19: Vrachíonas mountain trail 160
Walk 20: Volímes monastery trail 164
Walk 21: Cape Skinári coastal trail 168
Walk 22: Pigadákia hills trail 172
GPS waypoints and intermediate coordinates 176
Index; Photographs of flora and fauna 182
Fold-out area map inside back cover

Guidebook index

Agalás 62, 63, 69, 140, 141, 142, 148
Agía Marína 62, 63, 67
Ágios León 70, 71, 77, 78, 79, 148, 149
Ágios Nikólaos (near Cape Skinári) 70-1, 78, 168, 169
Ágios Nikólaos (Vassilikós peninsula) 54
Ágios Sóstis 50, 51, 58, 78, 79, 112, 116, 117, 119
Akrotíri 62, 63
Alikanás 62, 63, 65, 172, 173
Alikés 62, 63, 65, 66, 78, 79
Salt pans 63, 65, 79
Anafonítria 70, 71, 74
Andronios Venetian wells (Agalás) 69, 137, 138, 140, 141, 142
Argássi 50, 51, 52
Ávyssos Gorge 51
Beaches 36
Ágios Nikólaos (Vassilikós peninsula) 54
Ágios Nikólaos (near Cape Skinári) 72
Ágios Sóstis 58
Ágios Sóstis Port 58
Ágriosykia 70
Alikanás 65
Alikés 66
Almirás Bay 76, 156, 157
Ámboula 62
Amoúdi 64
Argássi 52
Banána 51, 54, 100
Blue Caves 40, 72, 73, 168, 169
Boúka 62
Cameo Islet 58
Dáphne and Mélla 50, 52, 92, 93, 96, 97
Diapóri 74
Drosiá 62
Gerakári 64
Gérakas 56, 88, 89
Golden Bay 55
Ionian 54
Kalamáki/Crystal 57, 108, 109, 110
Kamínia (Ksirocástello) 52
Kamínia (Ágios Sóstis) 58, 100, 101, 116, 117
Katragáki 62
Klimáti 70
Korakoníssi Islet 77, 148, 149
Koúkis 55
Krionéri 48, 62
Ksígia 70, 71, 78, 79
Laganás 57
Laganás/Kalamáki 57, 112, 113, 114, 115
Límni Kerioú (Lake Kerí) 60, 120, 121
Limniónas 70, 71, 77, 78, 79, 144, 152
Makrís Gialós 70, 71, 78
Marathiá 51, 60, 124, 125
Marathoníssi Islet 60
Mavrátsis 55
Pachiá Ámmos 62
Peloúso Islet 52, 95
Pláka 55
Plános/Tsiliví 62
Point Marathiá 60, 81, 125
Pórto Koúkla 58
Pórto Róma 55
Pórto Róxi 77
Pórto Vrómi 70, 71, 74, 75
Pórto Zórro 51, 52
Psarós 64
Sekánia 11, 52, 97
Shipwreck 74, 79, cover
Sténtis 76
Vrondónero 57, 104, 108, 109, 110
Zákynthos town 49
Black Cave (near Kallithéa) 63, 67, 71, 77, 160
Blue Caves (Cape Skinári) 19, 40, 70, 71, 72, 73, 79, 164, 168, 169
Bóchali 42-3, 45, 78, 79
British cemetery (Zákynthos town) 42-3, 48
Cameo Islet (Ágios Sóstis) 58, 116, 117
Cape Agía Kiriáki 65
Cape Agios Nikólaos 3, 50, 51, 54
Cape Gérakas 50, 55
Cape Marathiá 81
Cape Skinári 70, 71, 72, 78, 79, 164, 168, 169, 170
Churches or chapels (!) and monasteries (2); (Z.t.: Zákynthos town)
Agía Análipsi (!, Z. t.) 42-3, 48
Agía Marína (!, Agía Marína) 67
Agía Mávra (!, Machérado) 63, 68
Agía Panagoúla (!, Pigadákia) 172, 173
Agía Paraskeví (!, Kypséli) 64
Agía Triáda (!, Mésa Gerakári) 64
Agía Triáda (!, Z.t.) 42-3, 48
Agía Varvára (!, Pigadákia) 173
Ágios Andréas (!, Mount Skopós) 109, 110, 111
Ágios Charálambos (!, near Éxo Chóra) 156, 157
Ágios Charálambos (!, Z.t.) 42-3, 48
Ágios Diony´sos (!2, Z.t.) 42-3, 46, 47
Ágios Élipsos (!, near Z.t.) 56
Ágios Faneroméni (!, Z.t.) 42-3, 46
Ágios Geórgios Filikón (!, Z.t.) 42, 42-3
Ágios Ioánnis (!, Lithakiá) 59
Ágios Ioánnis (!, Kalamáki) 109
Ágios Ioánnis Prodrómou (2, near Katastári) 66, 71
Ágios Lázaros (!, Z.t.) 42-3, 48
Ágios Márkos (!, Z.t.) 42-3, 45
Ágios Nikólaos (!, Cape Ágios Nikólaos) 54
Ágios Nikólaos (!, Áno Gerakári) 64
Ágios Nikólaos (!, Éxo Chóra) 76, 158
Ágios Nikólaos (!, Kilioménos) 68
Ágios Nikólaos Megalomáti (!, Mount Skopós) 50, 105, 106
Ágios Nikólaos ton Xenón (!, Z.t.) 42-3, 48
Ágios Nikólaos tou Mólou (!, Z.t.) 42-3, 47, 48
Ágios Pantelémon (!, Pigadákia) 67, 172, 173, 174
Kiría ton Angélon (!, Z.t.) 42-3, 48
Maria Magdalena (!, Mariés) 75
Moní Ágios Andréas (!2, near Volímes) 73, 74, 164, 165, 166, 167
Moní Ágios Geórgios Krimnón (!2, near the Shipwreck) 71, 73, 166
Moní Anafonítria (!2, near Anafonítria) 46, 74
Moní Iperagáthou (2, near Kilioménos and Loúcha) 68, 77, 144, 145, 146
Moní Spiliótissa (2, near Orthoniés) 71, 74
Panagía Chrisopigí (2, Bóchali) 42-3, 44
Panagía Eleftherótria (!2, Macherádo) 68
Panagía Evangelístria (2, Peloúso Islet) 50, 52, 95
Panagía Faneroméni (!, Lithakiá) 59
Panagía Keriótissa (!, Kerí) 60, 132, 133, 134
Panagía Odigítrias (!2, Marathoníssi Islet) 60
Panagía Pikridiótissa (2, Z.t.) 42-3, 45
Panagía Skopiótissa (!2, Mount Skopós) 50, 104, 105, 107, 108
Saviour of Pantokrátora (!2, Pantokrátora) 79
Zoodóchos Pigí see Panagía Chrisopígi
Damianós Caves (Agalás) 63, 69, 140, 141, 142
Éxo Chóra 70, 71, 76, 78, 79, 156, 157, 158
Galázia Spiliá see Blue Caves
Gerakári 62, 63, 64, 78, 79
Gérakas 24, 51, 55, 56, 78, 82, 84, 88, 89, 90, 92, 93, 96, 97
Bay 88, 90
Girí 70, 71, 77, 144, 160, 161
Kakí Ráchi (‘Bad Rock’, near Girí) 160, 173, 174
Kalamáki 50, 51, 56, 59, 104, 108, 109, 112, 113, 114, 115
Kallithéa 62, 63, 67
Kampí 70, 71, 76, 79, 152, 153, 154, 155, 157
Kanónia (Cape Gérakas) 56, 88, 89, 90
Katastári 62, 63, 66, 70, 71, 78, 79
Katévasma Bay 152, 153
Kentinária Islet 136, 137, 138
Kerí 20, 51, 60, 78, 79, 120, 128, 132, 133, 134, 135
Kilioménos 62, 63, 68, 78, 79, 148
Korakoníssi Islet 21, 77, 148, 149, 150, 151
Koríthi 71, 72, 168, 169
Koríthi, Mount 169
Krionéri 62, 63
Ksirocástello 50, 51, 52, 100, 101, 103
Kypséli 63, 64
Laganás 50, 51, 57, 58, 114, 115, 129
Bay 13, 50, 51, 58, 84, 86, 108, 109, 113, 117, 120, 125, 129
Lake Kerí (Límni Keriou) 50, 51, 60, 78, 79, 120, 121, 122, 123
Bitumen springs 60, 120
Lákkos Venetian Watchtower (Éxo Chóra) 76, 156, 157, 158
Lithakiá 50, 51, 59, 78, 79
Loúcha 70, 71, 77, 144, 145, 146, 160
Macherádo 62, 63, 68
Maloúchou Mansion (Lithakiá) 59, 118
Marathiá 60, 78, 79, 86, 121, 124, 125, 126, 128, 129
Marathoníssi Islet 50, 51, 60, 116, 117, 120, 124, 128, 129, 130
Mariés 70, 71, 74, 78, 79
Maritime Museum (Zákynthos town) 42-3, 44
Messála Mansion (Lithakiá) 59, 118
Míkro Nissí 70, 71, 78, 170
Mizíthres Rocks 51, 132, 133, 134
Museum of Grigórios Xenópoulos (Zákynthos town) 42-3, 46
Museum of Post-Byzantine Art (Zákynthos town) 42-3, 46, 47, 50, 73, 166
Museum of Zakynthian Nature (Agalás) 69, 140
National Marine Park of Zákynthos 12, 13, 14, 21, 50, 52, 80, 82, 87, 88, 92, 96, 100, 104, 108, 112, 116, 120, 124, 128
Thematic Sea Turtle Exhibition 50
Navagio, see Shipwreck
Nemorósa Folklore Museum (Vassilikós) 53, 100, 101
Pantokrátora 78, 79, 114
Peloúso Islet 50, 52, 94, 95, 104
Pentokámaro Bridge (Alikés) 63, 65
Pigadákia 62, 63, 67, 172, 173, 174
Plános 62, 63, 78
Pórto Koúkla 51, 78, 79, 116, 117
Pórto Róma 50, 51, 54, 55
Sarakína Mansion (near Laganás) 51, 57, 116, 117, 118, 119
Schíza Bay and Cliffs (Kampí) 76, 152, 153, 154, 157
Shipwreck 20, 70, 71, 74, 78, 79, 164, 168, cover
Skopós, Mount (Vassilikós peninsula) 50, 88, 97, 100, 104, 105, 106, 108, 110, 111
Skopós, Mount (Kerí region) 128, 129
Solomós Museum (Zákynthos town) 42-3, 45
Spiliá Chagióti, see Black Cave
Tragáki 62, 63, 64, 78
Tsiliví 62, 63, 78, 79
Vassilikós 50, 51, 53, 98, 100, 129
Vertzágio
Caves (Pigadákia) 172, 173, 175
Museum (Pigadákia) 67, 172, 173, 174, 175
Volímes 70, 71, 73, 78, 79, 164, 165, 166
Vrachíonas, Mount 63, 74, 141, 145, 149, 153, 157, 160, 161, 162, 163, 165, 169
Vrysákia Aqueduct (Argássi) 51, 52
Wildlife Information Centre (Gérakas) 55, 89
Xenópoulos Museum (Zákynthos) 42-3, 46
Zákynthos town 44-9
town plan 42-3
Flora
Almond, blossom 139
Anemone 102
mountain 162
Barbary nut 98
Broom 98
Bryony, black 126
Burnet, thorny 126
Buttercup, Bermuda 118
Carob tree 95, 158
Carrot, wild 166
Celandine, lesser 162
Chamomile (Anthemis sp) 84
Chicory, spiny 146
Crocus 106
autumn 102
Cyclamen 134
Cypress 90, 146
Daffodil, sea 114
Flax, hairy 134
Fritillary, Ionian 130
Fumama 114
Fungi 146
Gladiolus, wild 174
Goat’s-beard 130
Grape hyacinth, Algerian 150
Grass
tufted 162
sea (Posidonia oceanica) 119
Heath, tree 170
Heather 90
Helichrysum 151
Hyacinthella 110
Iris
black widow 106
Cretan 154
tall bearded 174
Juniper 94, 134, 170
Lavender, sea 118
Lemon 115
Lentisc 158
Marigold, field 138
Mullein 110
Mushroom, wild 138, 166
Narcissus 118
Oak 170
holm 106
kermes 98
Olive trees 6, 65, 117, 131, 135, 145
Onions, Zakynthian 107
Orange grove 123
Orchid
autumn ladies’-tresses 134
bumblebee 154
dense-flowering 130
eastern tongue 110
eastern yellow ophrys 142
giant 162
hybrid 138
Italian man 106
lax-flowered 118
man 174
milky 126
pink butterfly 102
pyramidal 122
sawfly 158
scarce tongue 150
small-flowered tongue 94
sparse-flowered 166
sombre bee 146
spider 90
woodcock 98
yellow ophrys 170
Pear tree (wild) 9
Pine 134
Aleppo 130, 132, 142, 154, 158, 166
maritime 114
stone 90
Poppies 171
Putoria 142
reed bed 122
Cladium 122
Juncus 110
Rose, rock 126, 171
Sage 175
St John’s wort, Egyptian 168
Samphire, rock 94
Scabious 167
Squill
autumn 150
sea 142
Star of Bethelem 94
Stock, sea 154
Strawberry tree, wild 159
Thistle 131
Galactites 122
Thyme 127

Fauna
Algyroides, Greek 135
Bat, horseshoe 175
Bee-eater 171
Bee
bumblebee 175
honey 143
violet carpenter 159
Beehives 143
Beetle
bee 171
bloody-nosed 155
cockchafer 91
scarab 147
Butterfly
common blue 107
painted lady 167
swallowtail 127
Buzzard 107
Cockerel 111
Cuckoo 163
Darter 103
Dogwhelks 95
Dolphin, striped 151
Donkey 103
Dove, turtle 131
Dragonfly, common 123
Falcon, peregrine 159
Frog, common tree 115
Gecko, Moorish 155
Goat 155, 159
kid 127
Grasshopper
blue-winged 163
Egyptian 111, 139
Hare 147
Harrier, marsh 115
Hedgehog 103
Heron
purple 123
squacco 122
Hoopoe 119
Hornet 131
Kestrel 103
Kingfisher 155
Lambs 151
Lizard
Balkan green 99
Balkan wall 131, 171
Millipede 163
Moth
emperor 119
pine processionary 143
Owl
barn 139
little 99
Praying mantis 139
Robin 147
Seagull, yellow-legged 135
Sea urchin 151
Seal, Mediterranean monk 167
Shearwater, Cory’s 127
Sheep 143, 147, 151
Snake
Balkan whip 107, 139
cat 159
four-line 123
grass 111
Montpellier 127
Sparrow, house 167
Spider, garden 99
Starfish, red-star 95
Stilt, black-winged 95
Stonechat 175
Tortoise, Hermann’s 91
Turtle, loggerhead sea 18, 37, 115
Yellowhammer 143
Wagtail, yellow 151
Warbler, reed 111

Current update

ZAKYNTHOS, 4th edition (2015), updated 7/7/2016

Updates for walks and all general information given below supplement those provided in the guidebook. It is vital that this Update is read in conjunction with the text of the book, but note that the Update applies only to the edition stated and not to any earlier editions. (If you have an older edition of this book you can “upgrade” to the latest edition at half price.)

Information has been forwarded to us by users of the book, and Sunflower Books offers the data in good faith but cannot be held responsible for any misleading or inaccurate content in the Update. Unless indicated otherwise, what appears here has not been verified by the author or publisher, so please allow due caution when new or amended routes are suggested. Each piece of information is dated; bear in mind that some of the older observations may have since been overtaken by events or further changes. If, during your holiday, you are using the current edition of the guide and are able to provide any additional updating to add to this page, we will be pleased to hear from you. Please send information, preferably by e-mail, to info@sunflowerbooks.co.uk.

Fire is a serious problem on Zakynthos and across the Mediterranean. Statistics indicate only 1% of fires in the Mediterranean are due to natural causes each summer. The Forestry Departments throughout Greece have not documented all forests, and as a result some local people burn wooded areas so that they cannot be claimed as forests and subject to different agricultural or development regulations. This means that large tracts of land burn each summer. Almost every walk in the book is at a different stage of regeneration following fires within the last 20 years. Maquis habitats usually regenerate within 3-5 years, however traditional plant species such as carob are usually lost forever. In theory the coastline between Gerakas-Daphni should be protected carob-olive maquis vegetation, however it is seriously degraded due to it being subject to fire almost every 5 years. The area between Marathia and Keri was burnt in 2007, but it will take many years for the pines to regenerate. In fact, towering oak trees were the original species of this headland, and only a few stands remain. In 2008 vast tracks of mountains between Keri and Kiliomenos were burnt. Until all land is properly documented (i.e. ordinance survey maps; detailed habitat maps do not exist in Greece, only for some existing Natura 2000 habitats), fire will continue to be a problem. There is a fantastic wealth of orchids and flowers in the spring following the fires.] (Author)

General: It was particularly useful to be able to plan walks of varying lengths with such practical and generally helpful instructions and interpretive context.  Gail clearly knows and loves the island very well!  The mapping was also so superior to any of the alternatives we discovered, great for exploring the island by car! (User, 6/16)

BUSES: The north of the island (where all the major sights are located), is very poorly served by bus. There is the Askos Stone Park, for example, but there is only one bus per week to go there, and that leaves the main tourist area at 1pm, which is tremendously hot, and is not a good time to visit the park at all. (User, 8/08) [The author replies: Askos was not included in the book as I strongly disagree with the way it is promoted and the conditions in which the animals are kept there.]

Introduction: On page 9, the days of sun for May/June have been transposed – should read 31 for May, 30 for June.

GPS: Free waypoint downloads are available for all the walks. Click on the ‘overview’ tab above where you can download all the waypoints, as well as files to use with Google Earth.

Walk 1: The dirt track down to the sea is quite overgrown and be prepared to get feet wet on the final part returning to the beach along the shore, there have been landslides and so it is necessary to get your feet wet in places. (Author, 10/15) + The metal gate beyond the well (4) was padlocked so we walked on a bit further on, past the closed taverna Galini, then re-traced our steps, went up to the canon bunker and back the way we came without going down to the shingle beach. (User, 5/16)

Walk 2: Be prepared to get feet wet along the shore; there have been landslides and so it is necessary to get your feet wet in places. (Author, 10/15)

Walk 3: Daphni Trail: The section between 11 and 12 is now impassable – a fence has gone up. So, if you want to do this walk, you  need to walk to the beach at point 10 and up the road on the other side – in order to meet up with point 14 and continue back to point 1.
In addition, the turtle exhibition is only open in the summer months (May to October). (Author, 4/16)

Walk 5:  all fine! (User, 5/16)

DSCN8420Walk 6:  All was fine up to point 9.  After turning on the concrete track and going onto the right turn to go through the two farms, the gate was padlocked. There was also a sign at the start of the concrete track (photo attached). We could not find a way round, so unfortunately we had to turn round and go back the way we came. (User, 5/16)

Walk 8: Between points 2 and 3 it was not possible to walk along the coast right to Kaminia beach so we headed up to the road and somehow found our way back to the route further on. (User, 5/16)

Walk 9:  all fine! (User, 5/16)Walk 19: One minor point to bear in mind for your next edition.  We did find one section of road shown as minor road that was in fact only a hardcore track.  It was the indirect road between Maries and Exo Chora via the start and finish of Walk 19. This ran out of tarred surface on the descent into Exo for the last mile or so, beyond the access to the last quarry (near the ‘o’ of Exo on the map).  But otherwise the map was great! (User, 6/16)

Walk 20: We got lost on our way, although we eventually reached the Monastery. Also on the way back, we got lost again. We never saw the old stone building and the sign to “Viglia/Kukuni” (5). (User, 6/16)Walk 21: Between (3) and (4): …. after it rises for 200 m through the hills… We think this should be 500 m. (User, 6/16)

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GPS files

GPS files for use with Zakynthos (Zante) with walks: the .txt files contain both tracks and waypoints; the .mps files can be dragged over Google Earth to see the routes.

Mac users: The .mps files will open in Google Earth. To convert the .txt files for use with MacGPSPro, first download the (free) GPS Babel software at http://gpsbabel.sourceforge.net. At the window “Quick Babel”:

  1.  select the file to convert
  2. choose ‘Garmim Map Source’ as the input
  3. choose ‘GPX XML’ as the output.

When all these files are saved, reopen them in MacGPSPro and resave them in tab-delineated format (the default). They are then ready to transfer to your GPS.

Note: While these GPS data have been recorded and checked by Sunflower in good faith, no warranty as to their accuracy is given or implied. It should be noted that the files are compressed and will need to be expanded using Stuffit or Winzip software.

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