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Porto Vromi Zante travel guide

Located on the west coast of Zante island , about 13 kilometres from the capital port of Zakynthos Town Porto Vromi is a beautiful cove set in a narrow inlet with a small but pleasant white sand beach.

Most visitors head for the larger of the two coves, both enclosed buy limestone cliffs with the uninhabited rock of Agios Ioannis that lies not far offshore.

There is a small harbour here as well as the beach and pine trees carpet the surrounding cliffs. Its sheltered position and the white beach and cliffs means it can get very hot here.

The beach is also not particularly suited for families with small children as it drops very sharply into the clear water.

Porto Vromi means 'black port' in Greek and takes its name from natural tar that can be found seeping from the ground in places, although this is not a nuisance.

Boats are for hire and trips leave here daily for nearby Navagio beach and for the island's the famous Blue Caves, with sailing past some bizarre cliff features along this part of the Zante coast.

Nearby is the village of Maries, and its church dedicated to Mary Magdalene with a local legend that Mary Magdalene steeped ashore here and left her footprint on a rock.

Walkers can follow way marked trails up Mount Vrahionas with views over the whole island and, as well as trails to Maries there are walks to many picturesque local villages.