An idyllic place with soaring cliffs and lush greenery set in the azure waters of the Ionian Sea, Zakynthos will take your breath away. From the island’s secluded coves and hidden caves to its charming seaside villages, Zakynthos is the kind of holiday destination that most travellers only dream of.
Above all else, Zakynthos is famous for its stunning vistas and its verdant nature. Visitors to the island will want to be sure to have their camera close at hand: the island’s 75+ miles of scenic coastline holds everything from loggerhead turtles making their home on the protected beaches of the island’s south side to the natural geological formations known as the blue caves to the famous shipwreck cove, thought by some to be the most picture-perfect location in all of Greece. Exploration is the name of the game in Zakynthos, but once you’ve had your fill of navigating the island’s beauty, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the hospitality of the island’s residents, who welcome visitors with open arms. The youthful and vibrant nightlife will keep travellers dancing to the rhythm until the sun comes up.
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What is the best way to get around Zakynthos?
Within many of the island’s villages, visitors will need no more than their own two feet to get from place to place. Travellers interested in exploring the island will likely want to rent a car – plenty of rental agencies provide services on the island. Experienced visitors to Zakynthos recommend looking for a car with four-wheel drive, as some of the island’s attractions are off the main roads. Buses that travel between the island’s most populated areas are available, although travellers should be forewarned that their service can be infrequent or unreliable.
What is the best time of year to visit Zakynthos?
Because of Zakynthos’ Mediterranean climate, summers tend to be quite hot and relatively dry, while winters are mild with some precipitation. As summer is peak tourism season, many travellers find visiting on either side of the summer season (in April and May or September and October) yields favourable conditions: less-crowded beaches and pleasurable temperatures without the full brunt of winter rain.
What currency is used on Zakynthos?
The currency of Greece is the euro. Debit and credit cards are generally accepted in the island’s larger villages, and ATMs are available in those villages as well. That said, travellers should note that ATMs sometimes become disconnected and therefore unusable for long periods of time, so it is prudent to have a backup source of money when travelling the island. Zakynthos does have currency exchange facilities in some of the more popular tourist areas, but be aware that they charge a hefty fee.
Take advantage of Zakynthos’ endless coastline
With just over 75 miles of coastline on the Ionian Sea, Zakynthos has no shortage of places to enjoy the water. Indeed, beaches, coves, and seaside caves are what the island is best known for. Sun-seekers will be spoilt for choice when picking their favourite spot to work on their tans. Navagio Beach, also known as Shipwreck Beach, is a picturesque and popular cove that features a cargo ship that ran aground on its soft sand – and it’s a common place for families to spend some time together in the sun. Kalamaki Beach, meanwhile, on the island’s south side, is geared towards tourists, featuring plenty of visitor-friendly facilities, especially for travellers with children.
Adventure-seekers may choose Akios Nikolaos Beach on the north side of the island in order to take advantage of its scuba diving and water sport options. No matter how you like to spend your time at the beach, there’s a perfect piece of paradise waiting for you on Zakynthos – it’s just a matter of finding it.
- Porto Zoro Beach
- Banana Beach
- Limni Keriou Beach
- Tsilivi Beach
Travellers interested in taking in a little local culture with their sunshine may choose to visit during one of the island’s two annual festivals celebrating its patron saint, Algos Dionysios. On 24 August every year, the transportation of the saint’s body is celebrated; 17 December honours the date of the saint’s death. Both festivals last three days and are festive occasions that attract visitors from across the country.
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Indulge yourself after hitting Zakynthos’s beaches
As more and more tourists have started to make their way to Zakynthos, the options available for food are becoming more and more diverse – but it would be a shame to visit the island and not take advantage of some traditional Greek meals. Zakynthos has a long tradition of producing tantalising goods such as olive oil, honey from the island’s mountain villages, a local cheese known as ladotyri, and a unique fruit called the Zante currant that is highly prized by many foodies. Traditional Greek staples such as fresh seafood and baklava will also wow travellers’ taste buds.
Be a star after nightfall
Zakynthos loves tourists – and tourists love Zakynthos, too. A thriving party scene has evolved on the island for the 18-35 crowd looking to have the time of their lives in a Mediterranean paradise. If you’re looking to join the party, villages such as Argasi, Tsilivi, or Kalamaki may fit the bill perfectly. Of course, if you’re looking for a little something to quench your thirst, try the local wines where possible at the island’s tavernas – beware, though, as the wines can be potent. When in Greece, the other drink of choice is ouzo: the anise-flavoured aperitif pairs perfectly with mezes like octopus or marinated anchovies and is the best way to drink like a local.
Shop your way across the island
Zakynthos may be more about sand and surf than shopping, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a perfect souvenir. The best shopping is to be found in the island’s capital town, but smaller markets can be found in villages across the island. Greece is well-known for its handmade jewellery and its ceramics, among other things, so keep your eyes peeled for the perfect deal.
Zurich - GenevaFlight duration: 00:50 hrs total, Frequency: 8 x daily
Departure ZurichTerminal: 1 / 3Counter opening time: 24 h prior to departure
Airbus A320-214Height: 11.80 mLength: 37.60 mSeats: 136-168
Crew:Pilots: 2Cabin crew: 4
Transit Geneva Arpt (GVA)Arrival: 14:00Transit time: 3h 40m
Geneva - ZakynthosFlight duration: 02:25 hrs total, Frequency: Sat
Bombardier CS300Height: 11.50 mLength: 38 mSeats: 145
Crew:Pilots: 2Cabin crew: 2
Arrival ZakynthosDistance to city centre: 6 km