Zakynthos has long been considered one of the most beautiful Greek islands. It is the southernmost and the third largest of the Ionian Islands and is located 8.5 nautical miles south of Kefalonia and 9.5 nautical miles west of the Peloponnese. Its geographical location ensures easy access to the other islands and mainland Greece. The island is rich in history and tradition, as it has been the crossroads of many nations and cultures for several centuries. The Venetians, who ruled the island in the Middle Ages, they called "the Flower of the East". Zakynthos is an island full of contrasts and home to the famous shipwreck beach (Shipwreck), with its unforgettable turquoise waters and stunning blue caves. The Condé Nast Traveller writes that the shipwreck beach is one of the finest in the world.