Zakynthos is internationally known by the name “Zante” or “The Flower of the Levant”. It is the eleventh in size of the Greek islands and the second in population of the Ionian Islands. Zakynthos, which Homer mentions as Yliessa (wooded), was named after its first settler Zakynthos, the son of the king of Phyrgia Dardanus.
Zakynthos was at long last politically united with Greece in 21 May 1864, after 680 years of foreign occupation. Zakynthos enjoys a long cultural tradition and is the birthplace of Greece’s national poet, Dionysios Solomos. The island, with its rare natural beauty, is a popular tourist destination.