The third largest of the Ionian Islands combines quiet country life with lively towns: a fantastic mix to get to know the locals’ culture and traditions. You will also come across Byzantine and Venetian remains, since Zakynthos has received frequent visitors for thousands of years.
The Sisters’ Song
The towers of the Eleftheortria convent jut out of the green hilly landscape around Macherado like huge strawberry-cream sweets. The red and white striped domes are not the convent’s only special feature, though. Unlike many other convents and monasteries, it is still in active use and lived in today. The nuns here fearlessly combine tradition with progress. For example, they draw electricity from their own solar plant. The splendidly flowering convent garden is very much worth seeing. And if you stroll around it blissfully for a while, you will be able to hear the pious sisters singing in the choir.
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