So you’ve decided that you definitely do need a holiday this summer and you fancy heading to Greece. That’s, with a doubt, a great decision. But I have to say, it’s a pretty vague one too, considering you’ve got the mainland and all the incredible and varied Greek islands to choose from. So let me tell you a bit more about one particular island and see if it helps in your decision making. Here are seven reasons why I think you’ll love Zante holidays.
1) Shipwreck Bay
Of course, top of the list has to be the iconic Nevagio Beach, otherwise known as Shipwreck Bay or Smugglers' Cove. If you’ve seen photos of Zante, then chances are they’re of this stunning bit of coastline. You can only reach the beach by boat, and once you’re there, you’ll find yourself surrounded by smooth white pebbles, dramatic cliff faces and glistening turquoise seas.
2) The resorts
Whether you’re heading to Zante for its party lifestyle, its ancient history or its Greek charm; there’s a resort that’s right for you. Laganas is lively and popular with young crowds, Zakynthos Town is the capital of the island and bursting with history and the picturesque resort of Tsilivi has a beautiful beach to rival all others.
3) The food
One of the best things about any holiday to Greece is all the delicious food. There’s nothing better than fresh, Mediterranean delicacies, especially when you can eat so much in the form of mezze; Greece’s answer to tapas. And for the ultimate Greek lunch? Seek out somewhere selling mouth-watering traditional gyros; a meaty wrap with CHIPS in it! You can thank me for that later…
4) The Nightlife
We’re all aware that the Greek islands certainly know how to have a good party, and Zante is no exception to the rule. The nightlife capital in Zante is the bustling resort of Laganas, with its pumping clubs and lively beachfront bars. Head to Sugar or Cheeky Tikis Bar for an unforgettable night.
5) The history
When you think of Zante, you might automatically think ‘party island’, but that’s definitely not all that it’s about. As with many of the Greek islands, it has a rich history dating back to ancient times, which is evident when you explore all the fascinating architecture and old churches in places such as Zakynthos Town. While you’re there, the Byzantine Museum of Zakynthos is well worth a visit.
6) The scenery
I’ve already touched on this when I spoke about Shipwreck Bay, but the stunning scenery of Zante doesn’t stop just there. Dotted with beautiful beaches and incredible cave and rock formations all along its coast; one of the best ways to see Zante is by boat. Be sure to keep an eye out for the graceful loggerhead turtles that call these waters home too.
7) The weather
Zante’s location in the heart of the Mediterranean means you’re pretty much guaranteed the idyllic weather you’ll be hoping for. Summers are long and hot, with very little chance of rain and even the winters are mild; much warmer than it’d be at home. July is the hottest month, with an average temperature of 26˚C.
Have you ever been to Zante before? What’s your favourite thing about the island? Or what’s making you want to go? Let me know in the comments below.