Picturesque countryside, dramatic cliff sides, gloriously golden sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters make Zante holidays utterly irresistible.
Green valleys, lush picturesque countryside and golden sandy beaches fringed with crystal clear waters make Zante, also known as Zakynthos, a delightful holiday destination. Holidays to Zante are especially loved by those who can't get enough of the sea and watersports and are enticed back year after year. Make Zante your next choice for a holiday in 2018 and beyond.
There are many attractions that should be high on your list of things to see and do on holidays to Zante. Make sure to tick as many off your wish list as you can. Take a boat trip to see the shipwreck at the world-famous Smugglers’ Cove and marvel at the views here. Zante’s coastline is spectacular and you’re assured some remarkable Ionion sunsets so be sure to check out as many as you can.
Visit Kari and marvel at the incredible sea caves. Sail on a traditional Kaiki boat (sailing boat) to Marathonissi in Laganas Bay. It is here on Laganas Beach that loggerhead turtles take centre stage on Zante, with the island being the most important nesting spot in the Med for them. This is the best place for spotting these amazing creatures and particularly at sundown between July and August. Explore the famous Blue Caves of Zante, a popular must-see attraction, be sure to take a boat trip from Skinari in the northern region, to witness these stunning rock formations for yourself. Don’t forget your camera so you can capture the sea caves and arches as light does its magic within the caves, turning the water several hauntingly beautiful and translucent shades of azure and sapphire blue. Try and go as early as possible to experience this spectacle at its very best.
Zante Town reminds us a little of Venice, with its historic St Mark's Square and Solomos Square lined by reconstructed neo-classical buildings. The picturesque town even curves around a bay, dominated by a Venetian Fortress and the St Dennis Cathedral. In and around the town, holidaymakers will find a range of activities to partake in - from shopping and sightseeing to visiting the local wineries. Take time to indulge your taste buds in fabulous restaurants and tavernas, and grab a bit of nightlife too. And look out for Zante’s famous nougat ‘Mandolato’ and take some home as a reminder of your holiday.
There are simply dozens of beaches to choose from in Zante, all offering something different to entice you to spend lazy days in the sun or getting active if you choose to, with a host of watersports available. The lively resort of Laganas in the south of the island, with its five mile sandy beach is known as the place to party on the island while Tsilivi with its fabulous beach of fine sand, just six kilometres north of Zante Town has managed to maintain its traditional village charm whilst still offering a wide range of bars and eateries. Argassi, with the mountains as its backdrop and with a long sand and shingle beach is becoming increasingly popular offering a wide selection of bars, tavernas and restaurants and being the closest resort to Zante Town it is a great place from which to launch shopping trips to the island's capital.
Zante is a popular destination for weddings and honeymoons. The island has been colourfully billed as 'the green island of poetry, song and love', mainly because it was the home of Dionysios Solomos, who wrote the Greek national anthem, 'The hymn to liberty'. It’s your holiday, so you have certainly have the freedom to do as you please, but make sure you venture out and see some of the island’s best sights, like Zante's traditional tavernas, the island's stalactites and blue caves, and a 'ship wreck' sunk in the sand. You'll be glad you did.
If you're planning to tie the knot abroad, then weddings in Greece are the perfect solution for a paradise venue on your special day. Take your pick from a wide variety of idyllic settings in nine of our Greek Islands: Rhodes, Crete, Zante, Corfu, Kefalonia, Santorini, Skiathos, Kos and Parga. Each island offers its own unique atmosphere, from quaint to sophisticated and from modern to traditional. We can provide civil wedding ceremonies and renewal of vows in a variety of locations, which include registry offices, open air venues and stunning hotel settings. For more information and inspiration, take a look at our weddings pages.
The Best Beaches in Zante
Laganas Beach- is located on the south eastern part of the island and is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Laganas Beach is nine kilometres in length and is one of the longest beaches on Zante. It even has a small seaport too.
Vassilikos Beach - and Gerakas . Endangered sea turtles Caretta-Caretta come to the beaches at Vassilikos and Gerakas to lay their eggs.
Navagio Beach - Otherwise known as Shipwreck Beach, is the most beautiful beach on the island. You can reach it from Porto Vromi (at the west) by boat and swim in the turquoise ocean and check out the sea caves while you're there.
Make the most of your trip Things to see & do
Things To Do
Great Excursions During Zante Holidays
Beach Day: Get down and party! Games & fun in the sun on one of the best beaches in Zante. On arrival to the funkiest beach on the island St Nicks you have a chance to experience the discounted watersports. Beachside lunch included.
Smugglers Cruise: Cruising to the North of the island to discover the most picturesque view of the island, the famous shipwreck. One of the most photographed sights in Greece. A great day exploring caves and swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Ionian sea.
Land Rover Discovery: Get your adrenalin flowing with this great fun packed adventure, known as the Heineken tour as it reaches parts that others don't. Off the beaten track through the lush green forestry, olive groves and vineyards bringing you to villages and beaches that can only be reached by 4 wheel drive.
Keri Kaiki: Zante is the home to the Caretta Caretta loggerhead turtle, who nest on this island of dreams. Heading out of Zante town looking back sugar cube buildings, before heading towards Keri the old fishing village. Caves and translucent waters will be awaiting you for a couple of swim stops.
Splash Waterpark: A fun day for all at Zante's waterpark with tempting slides and rides to get you in the mood. With the black hole and new boomer bowel along with other slides there is plenty to keep you occupied. Even the young kids have a mini aqua park in the cool waters. Or for those who just want to relax there are plenty of loungers and the lazy river to just take it easy. So all the big kids and the little kids get on down to Splash!
Scuba Diving: After preparation and a talk, put on your suit, pick up your flippers and walk into the crystal clear waters of St Nicks beach with your British speaking one 2 one Padi instructor, for your introduction dive to the underwater world. A photo opportunity can be had whilst underwater to keep as a momentum.
Kefalonia Magic: Across the Ionian waters to our sister island Kefalonia, the home where Captain Corelli's mandolin became one of the greatest movies of all time. An island still having culture at its best. Learn of the many Greek myths and legends of this beautiful island , Melissani underground lake being just one of them. A two in one holiday is an opportunity not to be missed.
Olympia: Step back in time & visit the birthplace of the Olympic games, one of the wonders of the ancient world. See where the journey of the Olympic flame begins.
Boat - The best way to see the island is by boat.
Bus - There are bus connections to many of the beautiful beaches, small towns and villages.
Car - Rental cars and Jeeps are available with insurance Olympic Holidays car hire.
Best time to go to Zante
Zante, also known as Zakynthos, enjoys perfect Mediterranean weather with long, hot summers and endless sunshine. Summer, from June to September, is hot, dry and sunny and clouds and rain are rare. Spring from March to May is a lovely time to visit. Plants have been brought to life by the winter rains. It's still sunny and dry but slightly cooler with temperatures dropping at night and the sea can be chilly but you'll benefit from less crowds at this time of year.
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