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A dazzling verdant island with crystal clear turquoise waters, Zante has a long-hidden secret on its southern side – and that’s no other than Keri Lake. Stretched along the calm bay of Laganas, within the borders of Zakynthos’ National Marine Park, this serene spot boasts unobstructed, utterly mesmerizing sunset views and a special kind of energy that is as soothing as it is restorative. Everything here happens by the sea – there’s a family-friendly, sand and shingles beach where the water stays shallow for many meters making it ideal for children. Organised facilities include sunbeds and umbrellas, but you can also seek shade under the trees. You’ll also find authentic Greek food in the seaside tavernas and a couple of café-bars close to the charming pocket-sized Keri port. This is the departing point for boats cruising to the neighbouring Marathonisi – a pine-clad little isle with golden sands that host the Caretta-Caretta sea turtles, and to the stunning Keri caves – home to one of the last specimens of the Monacus Monacus seal. Book an organised excursion with a traditional fishing vessel, or rent a motor boat – or even canoe – and visit those must-see places yourself.
Attractions & Experiences
For a change of scenery, head to the mountainside village of Keri, some 5 km away from the shore: Having survived the catastrophic earthquake of 1953, this little hamlet very much retains its traditional character, and its quaint stone houses are a great sample of local architecture. There is also an 18th-century church dedicated to the Virgin Mary – as the legend goes the church was built on the site where her icon was discovered, and ever since any attempt to move said icon has failed since it keeps returning back at night.
Another breathtaking attraction is Keri Lighthouse: At an altitude of almost 300m above sea level, on the edge of a cliff, this 9m high, tower-like structure was built in 1925 to help passing ships navigate through the sharp rocks of the area. Nowadays it is one of the most photogenic spots on the island, with jaw-dropping sunset views surrounded by verdant mountains and the Ionian’s glistening blue. You can also admire Mizithres from afar – the two imposing white sharp rocks that stick out of the water marking the beginning of Keri Caves. And if you’re into Guinness Records, close to Keri Lighthouse you’ll discover the world’s largest flag with a flagpole that runs 50 meters high.
Keri lake blends seaside fun with mountaintop views and an atmosphere that’s tailor-designed for laid-back holidays. Yet Zante’s capital is just a 25-minutes’ drive away – and well worth visiting for a dose of culture and action. All roads lead to Solomos Square – it’s a popular meeting spot and home to the 17th-century Saint Nicholas of the Mole Church, the only Venetian style building that survived the earthquake in 1953. You’ll also admire the statue of Dionysios Solomos – the poet who wrote Greece’s national anthem, and the Byzantine Museum with its striking Medieval religious wood carvings. Later in the evening, head to San Marco Square to enjoy the bars, restaurants and street musicians.
- Zakynthos town: 15 km
- Airport: 13 km