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Vromi beach, Zakynthos Island

Vromi, or Porto Vromi is a beach at the western coast of the island, situated at the northern part, 38 kilometers far from the town of Zante at the Northwest. Two separate small coves, the southern one with a small sandy area, form this nice beach. If you see the beach from above, you might think that you are in a fiord. It owes its name to the tar emerging periodically since antiquity, evidence that the area has hydrocarbon deposits.

The wonderful landscape makes the beach pole of attraction for many visitors; you enjoy swimming in a crystal clear turquoise sea. At Vromi you will not find facilities as umbrellas or sunbeds; however, you will find sea-bikes for rent, so you may visit the nearby sea caves. Excursion boats will sail you to the famous beach of Navagio (Shipwreck) and the small beaches and sea caves of the area. Close to one of them there is a rock, which the ferrymen will show you saying that it is the Poseidon (Neptune), the god of the sea, who comes out of his kingdom. The boats depart every hour from both ports of the beach and the trip to Navagio lasts some half an hour.

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Opposite to the beach you will see the uninhabited islet of Aghios Ioannis, which protects the beach from the northwestern winds. According to tradition, it is exactly on this island that found shelter the Christ’s disciples, Mary Magdalene and Mary of Clopas, on their way to Rome. The two women were hosted at the nearby village and they preached Christianity. The village was named Maries (meaning “two Maries”) after them and the locals still show to the visitors the footprint of Mary Magdalene on a rock at the village.

You will find Maries at a distance of 7 kilometers southern to Vromi , on the southern main road. Once in the village, don’t miss to visit the church of St. Mary Magdalene with a nice wood carved icon screen and a lovely bell tower. It is also worth taking photos of the area, especially during the sunset. The fans of hiking may try to hike to the top of mountain Vrahionas (750 m. high). You will spend some two hours to arrive, but the view is worth the effort: you will have the whole island of Zante at your feet and far in the horizon you will even see Cefallonia! It goes without saying that photos from here are unique!

Leaving Maries with destination to the South, you will find the scenic villages of Exo Chora and Kampi. Exo Chora is situated some 3 kilometers southern to Maries, on the main road leading southwards. The village is interesting for the beautiful stone wells and its old buildings, which survived the strong earthquake of 1953; among them, you will see the church of Aghios Nicolaos of the 17 th century. Exo Chora is famous for its sunset and it is an ideal place for taking photos. A few footpaths departing from the village will lead you to rugged coasts and remote beaches.

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Kampi is found some 3 kilometers far from Exo Chora at the South. It is a very scenic village, as it is built at the edge of a steep cliff, with a wonderful view of the cove of Schiza and the small islet of Phocia (“seal” in Greek). The islet has been named after its shape, which reminds a seal. Not far away you will see the Mycenean cemetery , with several burials carved in natural cave-like openings on the rock.

If you choose to leave Vromi via the northern road, you will pass from the famous Holy Monastery of Anafonitria, where Aghios Dionyssios, the protector of the island, became monk and abbot. The Monastery is worth a stop to see the impressive entrance with the medieval tower and the church of Aghia Anastasia.

Access to the beach of Vromi is possible by rented or private car and, much better, motorbikes. Both coves are accessible via secondary roads, which lead almost to the beach. Of course, in such an area the best way to go is by yacht or boat, rented or private. It is only in that way that you can access and fully enjoy the sea caves, the rugged coasts and the small remote beaches.
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