Welcome to the most beautiful village on Zakynthos Island. Anafonitria is located in the western region of the island – close to the lookout tower over Shipwreck Beach on the West Coast of Zakynthos. With charming old houses, white washed walls and local stores selling their products on the streets – Anafonitria gives you a real taste for untouched Greece.
The name of Anafonitria has a really unique story behind it. They say that during the fall of Constantinople a cargo ship sunk off the coast of Zakynthos. The locals found the icon of the Madonna bearing her child among the rocks and built a church, and then built the monastery on the spot.
It was said that the icon was emitting a flickering light, as if it was crying out to be found. From this Anafonitria, meaning ‘she who cries out’, takes its name.