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 2019 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.