Zakynthos "Zakynthos" (Ζάκυνθος , ˈzacinθos El-Ζάκυνθος.ogg ) or "Zante" (from Venetian) is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. It is the third largest of the Ionian Islands. Zakynthos is a separate regional unit of the Ionian Islands region, and its only municipality. It covers an area of 410 km2 sqmi 0 abbr=on and its coastline is roughly 123 km mi 0 abbr=on in length. The island is named after Zakynthos, the son of a legendary Arcadian chief Dardanus. The name, like all similar names ending in -nthos, is pre-Mycenaean or Pelasgian in origin. Zakynthos has a thriving tourism industry.