The traditional village of Keri is located 20km southwest of the town of Zakynthos.
It is set on a mountain overlooking the deep blue of the Ionian sea and it is most known for its wonderful beach which is called Limni Keriou or Keri’s Lake.
This small lovely beach is of pebbles shaded by some pinetrees and surrounded by many local taverns that especially at night give the bay a fantastic atmosphere.
At the crossroad before Keri’s Lake there is a road on the right that goes up to the mountainous village of Keri. The village is characterized by small streets and traditional stone houses which consist a simple way of living.
The visitor will notice olive groves and vineyards scattered around the area of Keri because even the rapid tourist development during the last years most of the people at Keri still occupy themselves with agriculture.
Except for the Keri’s Lake the area is also known for its lighthouse, the Marathonisi island, the Marathias beach and the Blue Caves.
The lighthouse in Keri is located on a promontory more than 300m from the sea level and was used to guide ships for more than a century. The place around the lighthouse offers a breathtaking view to the sea and is rather the best place in the island to enjoy a lovely sunset.
Marathonisi is a small island in the turtle’s bay close to Keri’s Lake beach. The island has neither inhabitants nor buildings, following the restrictions of Zakynthos’ Marine Park, as the Caretta-Caretta turtles come here to breed their eggs. It is worth visiting the island by your own boat or by organized tourists visits and enjoy its crystal clear, blue waters and feel like you are in paradise.
Marathias beach is another wonderful beach, located near Keri’s Lake and is a wise choice for the one who want a quiet place to swim and enjoy the sun. Long away of Marathias you can visit by boat the Blue Caves that consist of a picturesque place ideal for scuba-diving.
Although Keri remains a traditional village it is a developed resort where you can find nice taverns and restaurants serving local dishes and fresh fish. Keri doesn’t have the immense nightlife of the other resorts on the island but still offers wonderful cafes where you can listen to nice music while having your drink and watching the view to the blue sea.
As far as the accommodation in Keri is concerned the area provides everything you need for relaxing and comfortable holidays. From hotels and apartments to big stone built villas you will enjoy the hospitality of the people and the friendly atmosphere. Every modern convenience but still in traditional style in a wide range of prices guarantee an unforgettable stay at Keri.
Finally the shops in Keri even a few are mostly found around Keri’s Lake and they are very well supplied. You can find souvenir shops, bakeries, supermarkets and tourist shops. Don’t miss the chance though to buy olive oil and wine as Keri produces one of the best qualities in Zakynthos.
Keri is connected to Zakynthos town by bus service with daily runs. However it would be a nice idea to rent a car in Zante or motorbike to explore Keri’s beauty at your own pace. Absolutely a must for every visitor, don’t miss it.
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