History of Zakynthos

Written by Dimitris Sunday, 25 May 2014

History of Zakynthos

In the ancient times a first settlement in Zakynthos was created in 1600BC by a man called Zakynthos, the son of Dardanos, king of Phrygia. Soon the island became part of Arkeisios's kingdom of Kefalonia and his successor Odysseus, the eminent hero of Homer's epic poems Iliad and Odyssey.

A democratic regime was established in Zakynthos that lasted more than 6 centuries, while a degree of autonomy was sustained during the Macedonian and later the Roman rule.

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Zakynthos traditional cuisine…… A taste of paradise!

As almost all of Greece’s regions, Zakynthos enjoys its own local and traditional cuisine featuring unique ingredient combinations of the Mediterranean “genre”, embodying an Italian and French touch, long gastronomical remnants of the old Venetian and French rule.

 The island’s cooking is naturally based on the gifts and fruits of the Zakynthian lands; it makes no surprise that every single town and village on the island is full of flourishing home gardens, traditional bakeries, homemade pastry and confectionery shops, family wineries and olive oil press mills. It is, after all, its history, the natural terrain and climate that determine the identity of the Zakynthian cuisine.

Tune your mood and prepare your senses to try some of the top dishes the marvelous cuisine of Zante has to offer:
•    Rabbit onion stew or stuffed rabbit. The tender meat is garnished with numerous spices, including garlic, pepper and oregano, as well as with local made oil cheese, the famous graviera of Zakynthos.
•    Roast vegetable mix. The Zakynthian version of the loved Greek “briam” is called “boutridia”; fresh green beans, eggplants, potatoes, marrows, okras (ladies’ fingers), garlic tomato juice and of course planty of olive oil and black pepper.
•    Pastitsio – the Zakynthian one. A famous dish quite popular all over the country. But how do the Zakynthians make it? Notably, fine beef meat is used, preferably brisket –not minced- properly sautered. Onions, garlic, red wine, tomatoes complete the classic recipe, then grated Zakynthian oil-cheese shall make the difference!
Of course, no visitor should miss trying the traditional, fragrant nougat bars of Zakynthos, or the “fitoura”, a simple but delicious dessert from semolina, sugar and cinnamon.

Learn more about Zakynthos’s famous and… secret recipes with the help of your personal concierge during your accommodation at one of the residencies of Boutique Villas Zante. The BVZ team shall arrange for you extraordinary meals and tasting visits so that no local delight is missing from your holiday experience.

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