Zakynthos lies within the eastern part of the Ionian sea, round 20 kilometres (12 miles) west of the Greek (Peloponnese) mainland. The island of Kefalonia lies 15 kilometres (nine miles) to the north. It is the southernmost of the main group of the Ionian islands (now not counting remote Kythira). Zakynthos is about forty kilometres (25 miles) long and 20 kilometres (12 miles) extensive, and covers an area of 405.55 km2 (156.58 sq mi). Its coastline is approximately 123 km (seventy six mi) long. According to the 2011 census, the island has a population of forty,759. The highest factor is Vrachionas, at 758 metres (2,487 feet).
Zakynthos has the shape of an arrowhead, with the "tip" (Cape Skinari) pointing northwest. The western 1/2 of the island is a mountainous plateau and the southwest coast consists normally of steep cliffs. The japanese 1/2 is a densely populated fertile plain with long sandy beaches, interrupted with several remoted hills, considerably Bochali which overlooks the town and the peninsula of Vasilikos within the northeast. The peninsulas of Vassilikos to the north and Marathia to the south enclose the huge and shallow bay of Laganas at the southeast part of the island.
The capital, which has the identical call as the prefecture, is the city of Zakynthos.
It lies on the eastern a part of the northern coast. Apart from the reputable name, it's also called Chora (i.E. The Town, a not unusual denomination in Greece whilst the call of the island itself is similar to the call of the major city). The port of Zakynthos has a ferry connecting to the port of Kyllini at the mainland. Another ferry connects the village of Agios Nikolaos to Argostoli on Kefalonia. Minor uninhabited islands round Zakynthos included in the municipality and local unit are: Marathonisi, Pelouzo, Agios Sostis inside the Laganas bay; Agios Nikolaos, close to the eponymous harbor at the northern tip; and Agios Ioannis near Porto Vromi on the western coast.The island is protected by a community of roads, particularly the flat eastern part, with primary routes linking the capital with Volimes on north, Keri at the south, and peninsula Vassiliki on the west. The avenue between Volimes and Lithakia is the spine of the western half of the island.
The island has one airport, Zakynthos International Airport (on former GR-35) which connects flights with other Greek airports and numerous tourist charters. It is positioned 4.3 km (2.7 mi) from Zakynthos and opened in 1972.
Zakynthos also features two ports: the main port, placed inside the capital, and another in the village of Agios Nikolaos. From the main port there may be a connection to the port of Kyllini, which is the standard course for arrivals to the island by sea from the mainland. From the port of Agios Nikolaos there is a connection to the island of Kefalonia.Since the mid 1980s, Zakynthos (referred to as Zante) has emerge as a hub for 18–30 12 months old tourists leading to Alykanas and Laganas (former quiet villages) becoming hometowns of clubbing hotels, nightclubs, bars and restaurants. Alykes is by means of far the most lovely destination at the island.