Imagine stepping back in time to the enchanting era of the Middle Ages, where equestrian prowess and skill took center stage. Nestled amidst the spirited festivities of the Holy Spirit Celebrations, the grand spectacle known as the Giostra di Zante unfolds over three extraordinary days in the heart of June each year.
The eagerly awaited event commences on a balmy Friday, the 2nd of June, setting the stage for an unforgettable weekend. Its grand finale, the equestrian competition, takes place on Sunday, the 4th of June, captivating audiences in Solomos Square, which lies at the very heart of the picturesque city of Zakynthos. As the clock strikes 7.00 p.m., a spirited parade commences, with all participating teams proudly marching through the streets, resplendent in medieval attire.
Immerse yourself in this remarkable journey, as locals and foreign delegations alike don the garb of a bygone era. The streets come alive with a sense of enchantment, transporting you to a magical time you have yet to experience. The air is filled with anticipation as the equestrian competition unfolds, revealing the remarkable bond between rider and horse, and showcasing their awe-inspiring skills.
Once the exhilarating race draws to a close, the atmosphere crackles with excitement as the winning rider is bestowed with a special honor. The traditional rituals commence, accompanied by jubilant dances performed by local clubs. The timeless customs of the island come alive, allowing you to witness the rich cultural heritage of Zakynthos in all its splendor.
If you find yourself fortunate enough to be on this magnificent island during these extraordinary days, it is our heartfelt recommendation to partake in the grand celebration of the Giostra di Zante. Prepare to be transported to a realm of wonder, as the echoes of history intertwine with the vibrant spirit of the present, leaving an indelible mark on your memories.