Keri: The resort of Zakynthos with the breathtaking sunset
Keri is the first village on the mountain line that starts from here and ends at the end of Zakynthos at Skinari. It is located at the southwest end of the island and is part of the Marine Park. The local community has 680 permanent residents.
The coastal part of Keri is experiencing great tourist development.
Keri Lake is a protected wetland under the RAMSAR Convention, a NATURA area and a nature protection area within the Zakynthos National Marine Park. It is a shallow swampy area with an area of approximately 2,000 acres. Throughout the area there are springs with clear water, floating tar and oil. In Keri, it is worth visiting areas known from antiquity to the present day: - Herodotus' Spring. The sources of tar and oil in Lake of Keri are mentioned by the great historian of Greek antiquity Herodotus in his History, after he visited them in the middle of the 5th BC century and wrote about them. - The Porto (port) of Keri, which in ancient times was known as Naphthy. At the beginning of the 1980s, small pointed amphorae filled with tar were recovered from the sea, which proves that the tar product used in ancient shipbuilding was exported and traded in the port of Keri (of Naphthy). - The Vaulted Mycenaean Tomb, northeast of the village, in Paleo Keri, on the slope of the stream. It is a built chambered tomb with a typological peculiarity of the monolith roof and the double roof.
The church of Panagia Keriotissa in Keri is a monument of the modern times. It was built at the beginning of the 17th century in honor of the icon of the Virgin that had been discovered in the village and was attributed the miracle of saving Keri from a raid by Barbary pirates. The temple was renovated in 1745 and rebuilt, exactly as it was and with the same stones, after the earthquakes of 1953. Its interior is decorated with wonderful works of art from all the historical periods of its existence, such as :- the icon of the Virgin of Keriotissa, found in the village at the beginning of the 17th century and the century of its construction is unknown, - the iconostasis, with images attributed to the local painter, with a strong Renaissance character, Apostolis Krizia (Krezia), of the second half of the 18th century and - the signed Despotic icon of the Dormition of the Virgin, the work of the Zakynthian painter priest Stylianos Stavrakis, from 1761.
It would be a shame to leave Keri without enjoying one of the famously magical sunsets at the Keri Lighthouse. The view is panoramic and wonderful. The deep blue of the Ionian Sea blends with the horizon. The bare heights of Marathia on the left, the ups and downs of the mountain plateau with its hills and ravines on the right and below the Myzithres, rocks – guards of the open sea. If we stand to the right of the lighthouse we admire the colors of the sea behind cypress trees. Where there are rocks, the colors of the sea are greenish-blue and where a sandy beach is visible, the waters turn silvery.
The beach of Keri Lake is a picturesque beach with pebbles, crystal clear waters, easy access to the water and scattered pine trees where you can relax in their shade. Sunbathing and swimming on the beach of Keri is a pleasure. The name of the beach is due to the dried lake where the village once existed. There is a diving center on the beach.
In addition to this particular beach, you can rent a boat and visit the small and numerous other beaches of Keri, which spread across the south of the island.
Myzithres, are two towering white rocks, located directly below the lighthouse of Keri. They got their name from the Myzithra cheese produced on the island. The view is magnificent and the crystal clear blue-green waters combined with the steep mountainsides make up an imposing landscape that you will never forget. The beach is covered with pebbles and the waters are deep and cool. It is not an organized beach, but it is one of the most beautiful on the island. You can only reach the beach by boat and be sure that the scenery will take your breath away.
Celebration of Panagia Keriotissa
Every August 15th, the celebration of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, the Holy Church of Panagia Keriotissa celebrates. After the litanization of the Epitaph of Panagia in the village, traditional dances follow and then a traditional festival in the forecourt of the church of Keri.