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Posts by Helen Taylor


May 1st is an international labour day and in Zakynthos it is called Protomagia. This literally means the first day of Spring. May Day has its roots in ancient times. It is the first day of May and the celebration of Spring. According to tradition, May was named after the Roman goddess Maia, which is…

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FORTRESS WITH A VIEW – The castle of Zakynthos

Castle Zakynthos Greece Holiday Villa Zante

Fortress with a View: The Castle of Zakynthos On your holiday in Greece why not spend a day in Zakynthos Town and make sure you set aside a couple of hours to visit the Venetian Castle. This centuries-old fortress offers a fascinating glimpse into the island’s long and often turbulent history. The serene pine forest…

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Easter Bread Tsoureki Greece Zante Zakynthos Villa Holiday

GREEK EASTER TRADITIONS   Easter in Greece  is probably one of  the most important religious festival of the year. The celebrations begin in earnest in Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter Sunday. During this week there are many traditions and customs that are followed by Greek families.   Baking the Easter Bread –…

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THE ASTERI COLLECTION – Book your villa direct

Villa Direct The Asteri Collection Zante Zakynthos Greece

Stylish Design Our exclusive Asteri Collection Villas are beautifully designed and stylishly decorated.  The villas are a study in laid back, luxurious living. Nestled amongst Olive and Cypress trees the professionally designed, private gardens create a peaceful oasis of calm. Enjoy elegant pools , relaxing areas and  generous terraces. Book your villa direct. Amazing Location…

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Walking in Zakynthos: Off the Beaten Track

Villas in Greece walking things to do Zante Zakynthos

Walking in Zakynthos: Off the Beaten Track –Villas in Greece There’s no doubt that Zakynthos is a holidaymaker’s dream. Constant sunshine? Check. Stunning beaches? Check. Lively nightlife? Fantastic food? Rich culture? Villas in Greece?Check, check, check. It’s easy to spend a week here simply enjoying the feeling of sand between your toes. But if you’re…

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Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas in Greece without the heavenly butter shortbread biscuits Kourabiethes. Pronounced “koo-ra-bee-ye-thes”.  These melt in the mouth delicacies are one of the highlights of the festive season. They can be found in all the bakeries piled high on the counter. Drenched in powdery icing sugar they look like wonderful little snowballs ,…

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Villas Greece: An Island of Olives

Villas Greece: An Island of Olives By Sonya Newland Are you lucky enough to be visiting Zakynthos in November or December? If so, you won’t be able to round a bend in the road without driving over a sea of green nets. Locals wave to you from the side of the road before returning to…

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Zante Holidays: In Search of Saint Dionysios

Saints’ days and celebrations abound in Greece, but none are more important on Zakynthos than those  to honour the island’s patron saint, Dionysios. If you’re visiting during one of the two main festivals in Dionysios’s name, in August and December, you can’t help but get swept up in everything . There are parades, markets and other…

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