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Maherado, Zakynthos Island

Situated at a distance of 10 kilometers far from the town of Zakynthos at the West, Mahairado is a beautiful, inland village with some 1000 permanent residents.

Some rooms to let are available for accommodation in the village, for those who prefer spending their holidays, or some days, more peacefully and relatively far from the sea (Mahairado is some 6-7 kilometers far from the beach).

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Once in the village, it is worth visiting the old interesting churches, as that of Ypapanti, dated in the 14 th century, very important both for its architectural style and for the decorating features (stone carved lintels of the doors and a nice wood carved icon screen). The church of Aghios Timotheos, also of the 14 th century, has a very interesting wood carved icon screen and a bell tower of Venetian style. Unfortunately, the third interesting church of this period, Aghia Maura, was ruined in 2005, after a fire. The church was a very good sample both of the churches of the period, with interesting decorating features and icons.

It is worth driving to the nearby, village of Koiliomenos, built on an altitude of 480 meters, some 7 kilometers western to Mahairado. In the past, the village was famous for the good quality building material (mainly stones) it produced; most of the luxurious mansions were built with stone from Koiliomenos. The village has interesting churches as that of Kyria ton Angelon (the Lady of Angels), dedicated to Virgin Mary and of Aghios Nicolaos, with a nice bell tower.

At a distance of 5 kilometers northern to Koiliomenos, there is the Holy Monastery of Yperagathos, belonging to the Sinai Monastery; situated at a wonderful place, very close to a small plateau with a beautiful wood of pines and perennial oak trees, it is certainly worth the visit.

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Food is good in the taverns of the village and of the area around.

There are several alternatives for swimming either at the beaches of the Laganas Bay, all of them some 6-8 kilometers far from the village, or at the most remote and peaceful ones at the southwestern part of the island, much more interesting for those liking a more “natural” landscape.

A great local feast in honor of Aghia Maura used to take place at the homonymous church, which was burnt in 2005, on the first Sunday of July.

For health problems, a local Medical Center is available in the village; you will also find a post office.

Access from the town of Zakynthos (10 kilometers far away) is easy by taxi and by rented or private car and motorbikes.
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