Zakynthos (city)

Coordinates: 37°47′N 20°54′E / 37.783°N 20.900°E / 37.783; 20.900
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Panorama of Zakynthos
Panorama of Zakynthos
Official seal of Zakynthos
Zakynthos is located in Greece
Location within the regional unit
Coordinates: 37°47′N 20°54′E / 37.783°N 20.900°E / 37.783; 20.900
Administrative regionIonian Islands
Regional unitZakynthos
 • Municipal unit45.79 km2 (17.68 sq mi)
Highest elevation
10 m (30 ft)
Lowest elevation
0 m (0 ft)
 • Municipal unit
 • Municipal unit density370/km2 (950/sq mi)
 • Population9,773 (2011)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
291 00
Area code(s)26950
Vehicle registrationΖΑ

Zakynthos (Greek: Ζάκυνθος, romanizedZákynthos [ˈzacinθos] ) or Zante (Greek: Τζάντε, romanizedTzánte), is a city and a former municipality on the island of Zakynthos, Ionian Islands, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Zakynthos, of which it is a municipal unit.[2] It is the capital of the island of Zakynthos. Apart from the official name Zakynthos, it is also called Chora (i.e. the Town), a common denomination in Greece when the name of the island itself is the same as the name of the principal town.

The municipal unit of Zákynthos lies in the easternmost part of the island and has a land area of 45.79 square kilometres (17.68 square miles)[3] and a population of 16,810 at the 2011 census. It is subdivided into the communities Zakynthos (pop. 9,773), Ampelokipoi (1,930), Argasi (1,266), Vasilikos (799), Gaitani (1,899) and Bochali (1,143). The municipal unit also includes the Strofades islands, which lie about 50 kilometres (31 miles) south of Zákynthos island.


Zakynthos City, while not hosting many resort's itself, attracts tourists from across the island for boat trips, nightlife and food. It is popular with Europeans, particularly Croatian and British tourists.

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Twin towns – sister cities[edit]

Zakynthos is twinned with:


  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
  2. ^ "ΦΕΚ B 1292/2010, Kallikratis reform municipalities" (in Greek). Government Gazette.
  3. ^ "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece.
  4. ^ "Twinnings" (PDF). Central Union of Municipalities & Communities of Greece. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  5. ^ "Limassol Twinned Cities". Limassol (Lemesos) Municipality. Archived from the original on 2013-04-01. Retrieved 2013-07-29.
  6. ^ Serravalle si gemellerà con l'isola di Zante
  7. ^ Ζάκυνθος: Αδελφοποιήθηκε με την πόλη Κιριάτ Μπιαλίκ (in Greek). Zakynthos: twinned with the city of Kiryat Bialik
Zaknythos City from street level
Zaknythos City from street level