Zakynthos (aka Zante)

Greek: Ζάκυνθος | Pronounced: `zak̯in̪θos
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Overview of Zakynthos

Emerald green and turquoise blue are the colors that dominate Zakynthos, one of the most popular Greek islands of the Ionian Sea. Forests, cliffs and sea caves also mark Zante or “Fioro di Levante” (Flower of the East), as Zakynthos is known since Venetian times.

Zakynthos, cosmopolitan and tourist-friendly all the way, offers options for every taste and budget. It has a large number of wonderful sandy beaches, while it is the Mediterranean main homeland of the caretta-caretta sea turtle. The island’s Town architecture gives away a fine Italian aroma of another era: it was rebuilt after the 1953 earthquake, preserving its former grace, with neoclassical public premises, dominating squares, small streets and arcades.

During your stay in Zakynthos, mind the details that make a difference: listen to serenades (gr. kantadhes, the traditional songs), explore the inland, enjoy the food and nightlife and presume upon the numerous tourist facilities. Furthermore, take the chance to visit the other Ionian islands, as well as the nearby coasts of Peloponnese. Some would say Zakynthos is a fairly commercialized place, but everybody would agree that it will enchant you with its beauty and hospitality, making you feel at home right away.

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Beaches Food Things to see & do


: long and sandy beach, with any kind of tourist props available.


: Wide and sandy, organized, with gorgeous crystal blue waters.


: Pebbly beach, one of the least crowded of the island, ideal to lay back and enjoy the shadow of pine trees.


: Golden, long and sandy, well-organized beach. Sea turtles also come here to lay their eggs, therefore access is not allowed from sunset till dawn, from May to October.


: Tourist-packed, sandy and fully organized beach. It is the “home-base” of caretta-caretta sea turtles and part of the Greek National Marine Park. On the other hand, Laganas is also the island’s number one nightlife spot for 24/7 party-goers, with whatever this entails.

Porto Zoro

: Sandy, popular, with interesting rock formations and a lovely landscape.


: Quite different from the majority of the beaches found in Zakynthos, it is a small rocky bay, ideal for those who seek moderate isolation.

Essence Restaurant

: Kalamaki, Greek cuisine

Lino Bistro

: Alykes, Greek and international cuisine

The Olive Tree

: Tsilivi, Greek cuisine

Komis Fish Tavern

: Sea food.

The Green Frog

: Argassi, Greek, mediterranean and international cuisine.

Boat trip to the Blue Caves (gr. Galazies Spilies)

: They are among the best ones in Greece, with magical waters. Definitely, a boat trip to Navayio (eng. Shipwreck Bay), one of the top sights of all Greek islands. It is a worldwide famous sandy beach, surrounded by vertical rocks that form a magnificent landscape. It was named Navayio after a boat that carried cigarettes sunk there in mid ‘80s. Better to visit it in low season and avoid a windy day.

A town stroll will give you a generous taste of local tradition and Greek history

: Strata Marina (the coastal road), Solomou Square (named after the poet Dionysios Solomos, “father” of modern Greek literature and author of the lyrics of the national anthem) and Agios Dionysios church (the island’s patron saint) are some of the must-sees situated at the heart of Zakynthos.

Cape Keri

: Wild beauty, rocks, a lighthouse and the homonymous picturesque village are not to be missed.


: A slice of paradise accessible only by boat, which combines greenery, rocks, caves and sand.

Kambi village

: Offers a fascinating sunset from 300 metres above the sea. Other excellent island views include the Venetian Castle, Stranis Hill and Bohali.

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