TRAVEL GUIDE TO ZAKYNTHOS
Housing the world-famous Navagio (Shipwreck) Beach and the endangered sea turtle species Caretta Caretta, Zakynthos (or Zante) is among the most popular and most beautiful islands in Greece. The exotic island of the Ionian Sea boasts spectacular nature, beaches, and villages.
To help you get ready for your trip, we provide a travel guide with all the essential information. Keep reading to find out everything about the island's hotels, sights, restaurants, beaches, and things to do, and discover a wide selection of breathtaking photos!
You can get to Zakynthos Island by plane from Athens and many European airports or by ferry from the port of Killini in the Peloponnese.
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Zakynthos is one of the most exotic Greek islands. Sitting adjacent to the Peloponnese in the mesmerizing Ionian Sea, it boasts a wonderful natural landscape and magical beaches.
Exploring the island, you’ll discover picturesque hilltop villages, traditional monasteries and dreamy natural landscapes.
What’s more, the beaches are home to the endangered Caretta caretta sea turtles, which lay their eggs in the fine white sand every year.
The trademark of Zante, as the island is known in Italian, is the scenic Navagio (Shipwreck) Beach. Many pictures and postcards have tried to capture its beauty, but the reality is far better! Only accessible by boat, Navagio Beach has magical turquoise waters and white sand, surrounded by dramatic towering cliffs.
While the view from above alone is simply breathtaking, you should also experience a dip in its enticingly clear water.
Apart from Shipwreck Beach, though, many more paradisiacal beaches are always open to visitors, including Laganas, Gerakas, Vasilikos and Spiantza. Some of these beaches are where the endangered Caretta caretta sea turtles lay their eggs every spring and summer. You might be lucky enough to see them getting out of the sea to hide their eggs under the sand! In that case, you must not disturb them.
After exploring the emerald bays of the island, take a break from the beach life to visit Zakynthos Town, the capital of the island.
Strongly influenced by the Venetians, who had also named the island "Fiore di Levante" (flower of the East), the Town has many hidden gems to explore! Saint Mark Square, the Venetian Castle, Solomos Square and the Post-Byzantine Museum are some of the best places to visit.
As for things to do, you’ll never run out of options! Partying, scuba diving, tours, and water sports will keep you entertained during your holidays!
Get ready for an exotic holiday experience! Floating on the turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea, south of Kefalonia, Zakynthos is the closest to paradise on earth!
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HOTELS & ACCOMMODATIONS
Seafront hotels, luxury suites, resorts with swimming pools and modern villas are among the accommodation facilities of Zakynthos. Accommodation facilities for all budgets are usually located near the beach or in the mountains.
The top areas to look for a place to stay in Zakynthos are the Town, Laganas and Tsilivi.
HOW TO GET TO ZANTE & MOVE AROUND
Zakynthos island has an International airport with flights from many European cities. Another way to reach Zakynthos is by ferry from the port of Killini in the Peloponnese.
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HIGHLIGHTS: BEST OF ZANTE
Discover the highlights of Zakynthos! From sightseeing to activities and from tours to restaurants, we present you the best recommendations for the ultimate holiday experience! You can also view the best things to do.
Day boat trips depart from various ports of Zakynthos to the secluded beach of Navagio (the Shipwreck) with its exotic waters and the Blue Caves.
The Blue Caves are only accessible by the sea. However, that does not stop them from being one of the main attractions of this Greek island, especially at certain times of the day.
Discover tours organized around the island, to the Blue Caves and Shipwreck Beach.
Marathonisi is a pristine island in the bay of Laganas, right opposite Limni Keriou Beach. Excursion boats go to Marathonisi daily.
Located on the southern side of Zante Island, Gerakas is a large beach with a sandy shore. Due to its soft sand and clean waters, it is a frequent breeding spot for sea turtles.
The long and sandy Banana Beach is a wonderful place to spend a day in the sun. One part of this beach is organized, while the other is secluded.
Agios Sostis is a rocky islet accessible through a wooden bridge from Laganas. On the back side of it lies a small crystal beach with sandy shore.
On the picturesque hill of Bohali above Zakynthos Town stands a Venetian Castle. The location of this castle allows great views of the town and the Ionian Sea.
Zakynthos is a fun island, with plenty of night entertainment options and exciting Zakynthos clubs that attract thousands of international tourists, mostly students and youth.