The island is a land of contrasts; the eastern side flat with sandy shores, and the western part mountainous with rocky coasts. The western side is much photographed with it's dramatic cliffs which plunge to the sea, the secluded beaches in the coves, and the aquamarine grottos in the caves at Keri. There are many developed tourist areas, but a short distance away you'll find quieter beaches to explore. Here are a few more of the beautiful beaches around Zakynthos.
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In Zakynthos, Greece
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According to Homer, the island was named for Zakinthos, son of the King of Troy.
Zakynthos was first inhabited in the 16th century BC, by the Achaeans. At various periods in history, it has belonged to Athens, and Sparta, the Macedonians, Romans, Byzantine and Venetians.
The Venetians ruled the island for almost 300 years (1484-1797), and largely influenced their society. The Venetians imposed their own laws on the island, and divided it into three categories; the nobili (nobles), the civili (citizens) and the popolari (common people). The nobles were registered in the Libro d'Oro (golden book).
As with any civilization in time, the common people revolted against their oppression and from 1628 to 1632 there were many bloody battles. The Rebelio ton Popolaron was the first revolt in Europe of that time, but it was suppressed by the Venetians.