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Geography

Situated at Agios Sostis, a serene location in the beautiful Laganas bay of Zakynthos, Castelli Hotel combines perfectly the life of a cosmopolitan resort with holiday relaxation, depending on your mood, every hour of the day.

We are ideally located within walking distance from the 9km sandy beach of Laganas, one of Mediterranean’s longest; Laganas is an idyllic destination for all holiday makers, Zakynthos enjoys incomparable natural beauty, its nesting loggerhead turtles Caretta Caretta (the protected sea turtles), an excellent choice of restaurants with local and international cuisine, shopping center, endless variety of entertainment and recreational activities offered.

From Castelli, one may find oneself at the ideal spot for exploring the picturesque island of Zakynthos, the third largest island of the Ionian Sea. Bus service is frequent, catching the coach from nearby the hotel to surrounding villages and Zakynthos, and catching the coach from Zakynthos to the majority of the island.

Zakynthos may be accessed by plane, or boat via Killini port, Kefallonia island or Italy (during high season).

Also driving around Zakynthos is a wonderful idea, as the distances are short, and the variety of different scenic places to visit endless. If you feel more athletic and would like to explore the nearby areas with a bicycle, we may also assist you hiring one!

Distances:
12 km to Zakynthos town
only 200 m to the beach
500 m to Laganas commercial center
6 km to the airport

How to reach us:

  • From the airport

Leaving the airport, you ignore the first crossroad you find, and on the second one, having reached a busier road, you turn left following signs to Laganas & Keri. After about 3 km, there is a sign to the left, to Laganas. You ignore it, and continue driving on the main road, towards Keri/Lithakia village, for about 2,5 km, where you find yourself at Lithakia’s crossroad. It’s the only big crossroad you find, with a lot of indicatory signs; on your left hand there is Dennis Tavern, and opposite the tavern there is a red/blue EKO petrol station: you turn left there, following the direction Laganas/Agios Sostis/Castelli having EKO on your right hand. Following this road, you find us in about 3km total. In between, at all the little crossroads you find Castelli signs: practically you ignore all little crossroads, always keeping the main road, until you get to a small hilly crossroad, where you turn left all the way, leaving Laganas camping on your right hand. After Laganas camping, you find us on your right hand, in less than 200m! Alternatively, one may choose to arrive at Castelli through the center of Laganas, which would be a route approximately 2 km shorter in distance, nevertheless usually there is a lot of traffic though the center, buses, coaches, visitors wondering around, motorbikes, etc, which makes driving through the center more tiring than the way we’ve indicated above!

  • From Zakynthos port

Having just exited the ferry boat, there is a road within the port you follow; at the end of that, you arrive at the crossroad in front of the church (Agios Dionysios church), where you turn left following the signs to Laganas. After 300 meters, at the traffic light you turn right following the road to Laganas. At the next traffic light, you turn left, again following the direction towards Laganas. After that, you stay on the same road for about 7km, following the signs to Keri/Lithakia village, until you find yourself at Lithakia’s crossroad. It’s the only big crossroad you find, with a lot of indicatory signs; on your left hand there is Dennis Tavern, and opposite the tavern there is a red/blue EKO petrol station: you turn left there, following the direction Lagans/Agios Sostis/Castelli having EKO on your right hand. Following this road, you find us in about 3km total. In between, at all the little crossroads you find Castelli signs: practically you ignore all little crossroads, always keeping the main road, until you get to a small hilly crossroad, where you turn left all the way, leaving Laganas camping on your right hand. After Laganas camping, you find us on your right hand, in less than 200m! Alternatively, one may choose to arrive at Castelli through the center of Laganas, which would be a route approximately 2 km shorter in distance, nevertheless usually there is a lot of traffic though the center, buses, coaches, visitors wondering around, motorbikes, etc, which makes driving through the center more tiring than the way we’ve indicated above!

Not to miss

Zakynthos features an impeccable blend of scenic beaches, beautiful caves and nature’s wealth, impressive archaeological points of interest, musical
& cultural events and varied nightlife.



Each visitor forms his own Zakynthos holiday puzzle, still no-one should miss a visit at the Blue Caves and the Shipwreck, watching the breathtaking sunset at Keri or Kampi, visiting Marathonisi and Agios Sostis islands, an evening listening to the sounds of local Kantades singing (Arekia), tasting delicious local specialties and inviting wine, swimming in the clear waters of Gerakas, Laganas bay various beaches, Xingia, Daphne, Limnionas, ..and the list goes on.

An opportunity not to be missed is visiting the cave of Damianos- a nature’s surprise, Askos stone park (a natural touring park of flora and fauna), Helmi’s Natural History Museum, Zakynthos’ monasteries and scenic villages churches, St. Dennis Cathedral and of course the town, with Solomos and St.Marcus squares, buzzing market, Byzantine and Solomos & Kalvos Museum, Library. Should you get the chance, do join the various folklore events that are held in the traditionally cultural Zakynthos. A point of reference when it comes to Zakynthos, is certainly Caretta Caretta and blonde Laganas 9km blessed beach; another valuable point is definitely panoramic Bohali, found on the top of the hill above Zakynthos town and port, which features the most magnificent panorama over Zakynthos town and surroundings, typical pastry shops, cafes, restaurants and a promise for a good time.

If you are holidaying in October, and depending on the weather, maybe the olive picking season is just starting; in this case, you could visit the local olive oil factory, and actually see how this priceless product is being produced, and you might also enjoy participating in the picking of the olives, that we may easily organize, and it’s a delightful experience!

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Cultural Zante

Ιt is well known that Zakynthos has been a cradle of literature and the arts; while the largest part of Greece tote under the Turkish yoke, other countries occupied Zakynthos throughout the centuries, thus our island was fortunate to evolve following purely Greek, and European influences, not hesitating to process ideas that were coming from the West. Sensing this intellectual freedom, the Zakynthians with their own unique artistic temperament were ready to accept the new ideas, and grow, to create one of the most important cultural centers of the modern Greek history. The civilization, which flourished in Zakynthos for a very long time, gave excellent examples, notably in the fields of theater, music, poetry, literature, dance, painting and architecture.

Nowadays, apart from studying about the Zakynthian culture and arts, and coming across personalities such as Solomos, Kalvos and Foskolos, and terms like Omilies (a typical theatrical performance held at villages), Arekia ( a unique musical expression), one may actually join the various cultural events that are being held while on holidays! There are special traditions kept during Christmas, December’s celebration of Agios Dionysios, our unique Easter celebrations, and of course the Carnival.

Nevertheless, during the summer months that you’d be enjoying your holidays at Castelli, one may take up the chance to one of the concerts or plays at Zakynthos
Open Theater, or simply visit one of the festivities, at the heart of traditional Greece, that are usually held, such as:

  • May 3rd, at Machairado village: the feast of Saints Timothy and Maura is celebrated.
  • May 21st: a local festival, celebrating the year 1864 that the Ionian Islands were joined to Greece.
  • June 24th : feast of St. – Giannis Klidonas, (The night before, the locals light fires in dry grass and jump over them for good luck- the tradition is related to the 12 Gods of Ancient Greece)
  • July 17th: celebrations at the village Fagia ( Agia Marina)
  • July: a whole weekend of celebrations for the feast of Saint Ioannis Theologos at the village of Lithakia (according to the calendar, the feast would be in May, nevertheless as all the habitants would like to participate, and the children truly enjoy this event, it’s organized in July that schools are closed and all locals may join in!)
  • July 22nd: a beautiful festival takes place in the village Maries’, escorted by the sound of “tampourloniakarou”, as St. Mary Magdalene is celebrated, which spread Christianity to the island in the year 34 AD
  • July 26th: the two-day festival of Agia Paraskevi in the mountain village of Saint Leo. Similarly folk festivals take place this day at the villages Volimes and Belushi.
  • July 31st : the district Sand of Zakynthos town has invented the popular custom of “malliari” (meaning woolly), where the habitants dip in the sea at midnight and bring out grassy stones, which guard, then in their homes for good luck.
  • August 15th: there are festivals for Virgin Mary at the church Faneromeni in the city and in the villages Katastari and Agios Dimitrios.
  • August 24th: St Dionysios, protecting the island of Zakynthos is celebrated for three days, with various events. The following weekend, a festival is held at the monastery of Anafonitria where the Holy Saint lived for 38 years.

Some of the festivities mentioned above are beautifully colored with music, typical dances and delicacies, or religious processions and visitors from the whole country!
We’ll be more than happy to provide you with relevant information, if you’d like to visit these festivities!