Zante holidays

One of the most famous Greek islands, Zante is also known by the Greeks as Zakynthos. It’s perfect for family holidays, with sun, sea, and sand on offer all year round. It’s also a very family-friendly island, with plenty of things to see and do for the little ones.

Fancy trying your hand at some water sports? Holidays to Zante are the perfect opportunity to try out something new, whether that’s getting upright on a set of water skis or hanging on to a banana boat ride! Get to grips with snorkeling and scuba diving and spend an afternoon exploring the depths of the underwater world. The Ionian Sea surrounding Zante is packed full of amazing marine life, so there’s plenty to explore.

Head away from the beach, inland, and you’ll discover ancient olive groves and timeless villages, surrounded by beautiful countryside. The island’s pristine beaches and family-friendly attractions ensure it’s the perfect destination for holidaymakers of all ages. Bohali village is a must-see, and its hillside location affords it spectacular views over Zante Town. Take a boat trip around the stunning shorelines and discover the island’s wonders.

Things to do

Life here revolves around the sea, and a glass-bottom boat trip from Skinari in the north is a must. Stop off at Navagio Beach or explore the famous Blue Caves; it’s best to go early in the morning to see the magical colour-changing waters at their best!

For those wanting to explore the cultural hotspots, Zante boasts many points of note. Take time to visit the Agios Dionysios Church on the harbour in Zante Town or the Anafonitria Monastery, situated only a stone’s throw from Navagio. When the sun begins to set, head to one of the many waterside tavernas where you can witness picturesque views of the shimmering waters and sample delicious Greek cuisine.

One of the unique attractions of Zante is the Loggerhead turtles that flock to the Mediterranean island’s beaches as a nesting spot. The best time to see them is on Laganas beach between July and August. However, they can be spotted throughout the year around different areas such as the Blue Grotto caves on the island’s pinnacle.

And of course, no trip to Zante is complete without a quick shopping exhibition. Check out Tsilivi village in the north-eastern part of the island for an unbeatable experience. Here you’ll find a range of gift shops, boutiques and bakeries that are sure to please even the most serious of shoppers.

Amazing beaches

Zante is famous for its beaches, home to some of the most sought-after spots across the whole of the Mediterranean. Pristine white shores and pebbly cove bays can be found at numerous resort locations and secluded beach coves. Smuggler’s Cove on the north-west coast of the island is a picturesque, sheltered bay made up of limestone cliffs and gorgeous sands. Sometimes referred to as Shipwreck Cove, it’s one of the most photographed spots in all of Zante.

Kalamaki Beach is another popular choice, home to beautiful white sands and tranquil shallow waters to swim or float. Perfect for both families and couples, it’s situated six kilometres south of Zante Town and is the closest beach to the airport. If you’re lucky, you might even spot one of the many turtles who inhabit this beach. The location is a dedicated conservation area where the endangered Loggerhead species come to nest.

Alternatively, take a trip to Laganas Beach and lap up the exciting atmosphere that makes this island so appealing. This beach is packed full of holidaymakers from the early morning to the evening when the area comes alive with the buzz of the many restaurants and bars. As the busiest resort on the island, it’s ideal for those who are after a lively time.

The history and culture of Zante

Zante’s history is exciting and varied, with influences on its culture from ancient empires, Renaissance traders, and 20th-century freedom fighters. This has created a rich historical culture, visible in the island’s landmarks, art, and even music. From ancient times to modern, the changing culture of the island has left a remarkable impact on Zante. On holiday here you’ll absorb a lot of this incredible culture, even if you’re not looking for it.

Tsilivi and Laganas nightlife

Be sure to get some chill-out time in the afternoon, because the party really gets started after the sun goes down. Zante nightlife is famous for its banging beats, friendly atmosphere, and up-until-dawn fun that is bound to get you on your feet and dancing! Tsilivi and Laganas each have a unique tempo, with a dash of Greek charm thrown into the mix of pubs, bars, restaurants, and nightlife. Laganas is a 24-hour party playground with neon entourage and a blend of revellers from all over Europe. Tsilivi has an upbeat vibe and its fair share of bars, clubs, shops, and restaurants.

Places to stay

Zante is a real gem of an island – the gently shelving sands are great for children, whilst an array of watersports can be enjoyed by adventurous holidaymakers. Every year, thousands flock to this idyllic Ionian island to relax on the picturesque beaches and sample the wonderful atmosphere. Known by the Greeks as Zakynthos, there’s a range of places to stay from quiet, hidden spots to more modern, bustling resorts. Whichever you choose for your Zante holiday, you’ll be amazed by the island’s natural splendour. Charming Bohali remains a classic. Set on a hillside in the heart of the island, its views over Zante Town will leave you truly inspired.

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17-26 ℃

The climate is typically Mediterranean. Summer days are long and sunny, with mild winters.

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3.5 to 4 hours

Zakynthos International Airport, "Dionysios Solomos" (ZTH) is just 1km from Laganas and under 4km from Zante Town.

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Holidays snaps: Break out your camera, because Zante holidays are a chance to snap more than just selfies all day! Head for Shipwreck Cove, the most photographed site in Zante, and accessible only by boat, for some fabulous landscape shots.

Greek mythology: History buffs will love a visit to Olympia on the mainland, where you can see the statue of Zeus, one of the Wonders of the Ancient World.

Party people: The Laganas Strip is where the young and lively go to party the night away at the super clubs. Expect plenty of energy, with foam parties, 2-4-1 drinks offers, and clubs that keep everyone dancing until the sun comes up.

Fast facts for Zante

Language: The language spoken here is Greek, although English is widely spoken across the entire island.

Currency: The currency used here is the Euro (€).

Local time: Zante is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Zakynthos International Airport. The transfer time to Tsilivi and Kalamaki is 30 minutes, to Argassi and Laganas it's 1 hour, and to Alykanas and Alykes it takes 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Zante is 3.5 hours.

Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found at www.visitgreece.gr.

Visa / health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday.

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Getting around Zante

By taxi: Frequent and inexpensive, taxis are an easy way to get around the island. While there’s no bus service at the airport, the taxi ranks outside are a low-cost and convenient alternative. Official taxis should be metered, although it’s wise to agree the price before you start your journey.

By scooter: Explore the whole island in just one day by renting a scooter locally. Make sure you choose one that also gives you a free helmet, and check that it’s in good condition before you set off, as roads can be a little lumpy!

Events in Zante

Saint day: Every year for three days (and nights) at the end of August, Saint’s Day celebrates Saint Dionysius, Zante’s patron saint. Celebrations take place everywhere, but Zante Town has the best eating, drinking and partying, with a fantastic fireworks display at the harbour marking the end of the festivities.

Zante weather

Temperature: 17-26°C

From May to September, you can enjoy long, sunny days. Come in spring and autumn for warm weather without the crowds, or winter for mild weather and a quieter experience. The summer highs of 31 (°C) ensure its busiest in June and July. Pack plenty of sunscreen as the UV index can be very high in the summer.

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