Picturesque countryside, dramatic cliff sides, glorious golden sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters make Zante an irresistible holiday.
Green valleys, lush picturesque countryside and golden sandy beaches fringed with crystal clear waters entice holidaymakers to Zante year after year. In fact, 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 is however the loggerhead turtles that really take centre stage on Zante, with the island being the most important nesting spot in the Med for them. The best place for spotting these amazing creatures is Laganas Beach and particularly at sundown between July and August.
Zante Town is reminiscent 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.
The lively resort of Laganas in the South of the island, with its 5 mile sandy beach is known as the place to party on the island while Tsilivi with its fabulous beach of fine sand, just 6 kms 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.
Other must-see attractions include Zante's traditional tavernas, the island's stalactites and blue caves, and a 'ship wreck' sunk in the sand.
Laganas - is located on the south eastern part of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of the island. Laganas Beach is 9 kms in length and is considered to be one of the longest beaches of Zante with a small seaport too.
Vassilikos - and Gerakas . The endangered sea turtle Caretta-Caretta is known to come to the beach at Vassilikos and Gerakas to lay her eggs.
Navagio beach - The wreck, the most beautiful beach on the island. You can reach it from Porto Vromi (at the west) by boat.
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.
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