Zakynthos (also spelled Zakinthos; Greek: Ζάκυνθος, romanized: Zákynthos [ˈzacinθos] (listen); Italian: Zacinto [dzaˈtʃinto]) or Zante meaning "amazing and loving" (/ˈzænti/, US also /ˈzɑːnt/,[1][2] Italian: [ˈdzante]; Greek: Τζάντε, romanized: Tzánte [ˈdza(n)de]; from the Venetian form) is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. It is the third largest of the Ionian Islands. Zakynthos is a separate regional unit of the Ionian Islands region, and its only municipality. It covers an area of 405.55 km2 (156.6 sq mi)[3] and its coastline is roughly 123 km (76 mi) in length. The name, like all similar names ending in -nthos, is pre-Mycenaean or Pelasgian in origin. In Greek mythology the island was said to be named after Zakynthos, the son of the legendary Arcadian chief Dardanus.

View of Zakynthos City
Zakynthos within Greece
Zakynthos within Greece
Coordinates: 37°48′N 20°45′E
Country Greece
RegionIonian Islands
  Vice GovernorGeorgios Stasinopoulos
  MayorNikitas Aretakis
  Total405.55 km2 (156.58 sq mi)
  Density100/km2 (260/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2
  Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal codes
29x xx
Area codes2695
Car platesΖΑ

Zakynthos is a tourist destination,[4] with an international airport served by charter flights from northern Europe. The island's nickname is "the Flower of the Levant", bestowed upon it by the Venetians who were in possession of Zakynthos from 1484 to 1797.[citation needed]