Steeped in history but as contemporary as any modern world destination, Zakynthos is perhaps the gem of the Ionian Sea. Bitzaro Hotel is located at the centre of the capital city, a starting point of any escapade to the island’s many attractions.
Aghios Dionyssios’ cathedral, the church that honours “the saint of forgiveness”, is undoubtedly worth a visit while you are in Zakynthos town. With an imposing interior that features an impressive wood-carved altarpiece, marble columns, large chandeliers, numerous icons, incense scents, stained glass windows, red velvet seats and gilded details but also a grand exterior mainly characterised by its impressive, often illuminated, bell tower resembling the one of San Marco in Venice, whose height exceeds 40 meters, the church not only dominates the port but is also the city’s landmark.
At dusk, take a stroll at Solomou Square to inhale all the beautiful colours, scents and surrounding vista. But most of all, to absorb the local way of living, where natives of all generations gather to just chill under the palm trees overlooking the sea.
Overlooking the town of Zakynthos, built on ancient ruins, the Venetian Castle features ruins and buildings of many periods throughout history, namely of Byzantine, Venetian domination, Turkish and British rule, but what's more, spectacular views all around.
At Agios Markos (San Marco) square, you can get a glimpse of what Zakynthos town looked like before the devastating earthquake in the 1950s that razed the whole city. Most of the buildings of this square were accurately restored and today host numerous cafes and restaurants that bustle with life.