Gerakas beach in Zante protected for the Caretta Caretta
The most southern region of Zakynthos Zante is called Gerakas and is home to another fantastic long and sandy beach with spectacular jagged cliffs framing the horizon. Just five minutes drive around the coast from St Nicholas, this is another beautiful natural spot well worth visiting during your Greek Island holiday in Zante.
Gerakas is one of the most important beaches within the National Marine Park of Zakynthosas it is very popular with the native Loggerhead turtles who choose to lay their eggs here. Access to the beach is forbidden between sunset and sunrise – the time of day that the turtles nest, and later the baby hatchlings emerge from their nests and make their way to the sea.
While you are at Gerakas beach be sure to visit the Eco Centre, located about 100 meters up from the beach on the right hand side of the road. The Eco Centre here is one of the only Wildlife information Centres in Zakynthos.
Volunteers at the Eco Centre will help to inform you about the natural wildlife on the island. You can support the SOS Turtle Appeal from the Eco Centre which is currently involved in raising funds to build the first Sea Turtle rescue station in Zakynthos.