The stunning island of Zakynthos
Imagine yourself in an outstanding place with clear turquoise water, fine white sand and lush vegetation rich in olive groves, citrus, and rare fauna? Yes, this place exists between dream and reality, welcome to the stunning island of Zakynthos! Surrounded by de Ionian Sea, this magical place offers you a wealth of tourist attractions and breathtaking landscapes that cannot be missed.
Zakynthos is served by one airport (airport code ZTH), located towards the south end of the island near to the resort of Laganas and Kalamaki, it caters for both international and domestic flights. Almost all international flights are chartered flights from other European cities during the holiday season (May-October). Domestic flights are available between Zakynthos airport and Athens, served by the national airline Olympic Airlines, there are usually two flights a day. The journey time to Athens is approximately 1 hour. As of January 2010, EasyJet started flying to Zante from nearly all UK airports and flights are usually Thursday to Sunday.
Zakynthos has ferry links to Kyllini on the Greek mainland from Zakynthos town. During the last years, the area has evolved to a famous tourist resort with clubs, restaurants, cafes, and shops € 8.20 per person and € 38 per car. Ferries to Kefalonia can be joined at Aghios Nikolas, on the North-East tip of the island.
Explore the island
Here is some help! You may begin your tour with Zakynthos town, the capital of the island and then, you can drive north along the coast road and visit Tsilivi. On the east coast of the island, the scenery gets more thrilling as you climb towards the mountains.
From here, you can arrive at Navagio (the shipwreck) and admire the symbol of this island from above. If you move further to the west cost you can stop at Limnionas, the most beautiful place, full of tavernas where you can taste the authentic Greek food. Then to the south from there you have Kampi with stunning clifftop views and eventually Keri lighthouse with more dazzling views, especially at sunset.
If you are a diving fan you can do a little exciting exploration of the underwater magic of Zakynthos. You can see the rare fauna, the Caretta-Caretta turtles. Diving, snorkeling and canoeing is the most turtle friendly way to see a turtle, boats often injure and distress the animals.
For a history lesson, you can visit the Dionysios Solomos museum in Zakynthos Town, dedicated to the national poet of the Greeks, who wrote the nation’s national anthem.
If you need an adrenaline rush you can go to Navagio beach to jump with a parachute from the 200 meters rocks and cliffs.
High tides and good vibes
Zakynthos Island is adored by tourists especially because of the beautiful beaches that have preserved their natural beauty. Many of the beaches in the south of the island are also nesting places for the Caretta – Caretta turtles. To see them you can take boat trips, the most popular place to start is Laganas beach. The most famous beach on the island of Zakynthos is Navagio or the Golf of Contrabandists.
The natural environment of the island, with its massive rocks and its green fields, offers the opportunity to choose from several types of beaches: untouched beaches, fine sandy beaches, secluded beaches, beaches for practicing water sports and the list is endless. No matter how long you stay here, there will always be a new beach to explore. From mid-May until late October, swimming in the Ionian Sea of Zakynthos is a fantastic experience. You can enjoy swimming and sun while relaxing on a number of different beaches. The beautiful beaches of Zakynthos are renowned in Greece for their unaltered beauty and turquoise waters.
If you want to relax for a day and enjoy the sun you need to get to this popular beach, located 9 km north of Zante. It lies around the bay where there are many sunbeds and umbrellas. Numerous water sports are available in this area and you can serve your meals at one of the taverns near the beach.
Kalamaki beach is the perfect spot where you can enjoy sun with your entire family. Located about 6 km south of Zakynthos, in the prolongation of Laganas Bay, it is a favorite area for families with children due to the fine sand and water entry.
The fine sandy beach is one of the main reason you should visit this place. One of the most popular resorts in Zakynthos located 6 km west of the capita, Tsilivi beach attracts many visitors during the summer season. Near the beach of Tsilivi is a small harbor full of traditional Greek fishing boats and small private boats.
If you are in Zakynthos and you want to keep your tan, you should visit Argassi beach, is just 5 km from the island’s capital and is the most important beach resort on the island.
Fine and golden sandy beach with clear and turquoise waters, Alykey beach is located 18 km northwest of the island’s capital. There are numerous terraces and restaurants near the beach where you can enjoy a cocktail.
Agios Nikolaos – Volimes beach
Located near the harbor Agios Nikolaos, the small white gravel beach is ideal for swimming due to is deeper water. In Agios Nikolaos is the largest port in the north of the island, from where you can make optional excursions to Blue Caves and Navagio beach.
There are bars, cafes and taverns – all featuring quality soft drinks, fresh fish and traditional delicacies. You can take boat trips to Keri Caves or Marathonisi. It is also called Keri-Lake, after a lake, but it is dry for a long time. Here is a famous scuba diving school and snorkeling.
Famous for its fine sand and very clear water that shines under the sunshine, this place is definitely one of the island’s longest beaches, located 14 km from the island’s capital. It is organized very well, offering sunbeds and umbrellas that can be rented on request. It also offers parking spaces.