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Paradise found

If you are a couple of beach lovers, the Ionian island of Zante is a wedding setting in paradise, with landscapes ranging from beaches to gentle hills and imposing mountains.

Zante Town, with its historic squares and reconstructed neo-classical buildings, also has plenty of nightlife and a bountiful choice of restaurants for evenings among friends.

There is a fantastic choice of romantic venues in breathtaking settings, including Cameo Island, a picture-perfect backdrop for romantic wedding photographs, an aerial video and fabulous post on Instagram!, while at Agios Sostis, accessible only by boat, the iconic Navagio Beach is one of the island's most sought-after wedding locations.

Ladofanaro traditional tavern, at Aboula Beach in Tsilivi’s Tragaki area, has a restaurant above two lower levels, on the grass and sand, with more gorgeous sea views, and the traditional menus offer gourmet cuisine and homemade wine.

At Akrotiri North, the bride can make a grand entrance for the ceremony and open air banquet, with a choice of three-course, meze-style or barbecue menus.

Cameo island

The Vardiola Restaurant offers seafront or indoor receptions, and can arrange an elevated dance floor, and at Laganas packages for the Republic Beach Club are suitable for intimate affairs and larger-than-life celebrations.

Like all the Ionian islands, Zante basks in gloriously hot summers, and offers golden sands and gentle seas, as well as picturesque countryside and dramatic cliffs.

Ideal for a chilled-out getaway, with peaceful, secluded spots, it also attracts couples seeking a more active start to married life, with plenty of opportunities for watersports thrills and a party atmosphere in lively Laganas.

Explore further with a traditional Kaiki sailing boat to Marathonissi island, home of the loggerhead turtle, and see the Blue Caves at Skinari and the shipwreck at Smugglers’ Cove – not forgetting to sample the island’s favourite Mandolato nougat.