Zante holidays

Zante holidays

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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. And with action-packed waterparks and horse riding under the sunset, your mini travellers are bound to be just as impressed. 

Fancy trying your hand at some watersports? Holidays to Zante are the perfect opportunity to try out something new, whether that’s jumping over waves on water skis or hanging onto a banana boat. Spend an afternoon exploring the marvels of its underwater world with a spot of snorkelling and scuba diving. Weave in and out of coral reefs, caves and shipwrecks hiding in the Ionian Sea, before heading back to dry land for sunbathing stints under the Greek sun.

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

Things to do

Life here revolves around the ocean, and a glass-bottom boat trip from Skinari in the north is essential during your holiday to Zante. Couples should stop off at Navagio Beach for a romantic picnic on the sand or explore the famous Blue Caves. And if you really want to be impressed, head here 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 interest. Take some 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 Zante's unique attractions is its Loggerhead turtles, who flock to the island's Mediterranean beaches to nest. The best time to see them is between July and August on Laganas Beach. However, you may notice one or two throughout the year around areas such as the Blue Grotto caves on the island’s pinnacle.

And of course, no trip is complete without a day spent shopping. Check out Tsilivi village in the northeastern part of the island for an unbeatable retail 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

Greece holidays are famous for beaches, but Zante in particular is home to some of the most sought-after stretches in the whole of the Mediterranean. Pristine white shores and pebbly cove bays can be found at numerous resort locations. Speaking of coves, Smuggler’s Cove on the northwest coast of the island is a picturesque, sheltered bay made up of limestone cliffs. Sometimes referred to as Shipwreck Cove, it’s one of the most photographed destinations in all of Zante. Sadly, it's now closed to visitors but you can still see it from a boat trip.

Kalamaki Beach is another popular choice, renowned for its beautiful white sands and tranquil shallow waters ideal for swimming or floating. 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 that inhabit the area. It's a dedicated conservation site where the endangered Loggerhead species comes to nest.

Alternatively, take a trip to Laganas Beach and lap up the exciting atmosphere that makes this island so appealing. This coastal delight is packed full of holidaymakers from the early morning to the evening when the area comes alive with the buzzing restaurants and bars. As the busiest resort on the island, you won’t be disappointed if you want to uncover Zante’s lively side. 

The history and culture of Zante

Zante’s history is exciting and varied, with influences from ancient empires, Renaissance traders, and 20th-century freedom fighters. This has created a rich historical heritage, visible in the island’s landmarks, art, and even music. Zante holidays allow you to absorb its incredible culture, even if you’re not looking for it.

Tsilivi and Laganas nightlife

Be sure to enjoy some chill-out time before the sun goes down, because the party really gets started after-dark. Zante’s 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 clubs. Laganas is a 24-hour party playground with a neon entourage and a blend of revellers from all over Europe. Tsilivi has an upbeat vibe thanks to its stream of karaoke spots, shops, and tavernas.

Places to stay

Holidays to Zante have it all! From gently shelving sands perfect for building sandcastles with the kids to an array of watersports for adventurous holidaymakers. Every year, thousands flock to this idyllic Ionian island to relax on the picturesque beaches and sample the wonderful atmosphere. And there's a range of great hotels in Zante to suit everyone – from quiet, hidden retreats to more modern, bustling resorts. Whatever you choose for your Zante holiday, you’ll be amazed by the island’s natural splendour. Like the incredible views from charming Bohali. Set on a hillside in the heart of the island, it's a classic for the bucket list!

More travel guides

Find out more with our guides to top spots around Zante, including Alykanas | Alykes | Argassi | Kalamaki | Laganas | Tsilivi

Map of Zante

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.

Zante is best for...

Holiday snaps: Reach for your camera, because Zante holidays offer a chance to snap more than just selfies! Head for Shipwreck Cove, the most photographed site on the island, and accessible only by boat, for some fabulous shots from the water.

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 dance the night away at the super clubs. Expect plenty of energy with foam parties, 2-4-1 drinks offers, and an endless list of cocktails.

Fast facts for Zante

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

Currency: Zante's currency 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 the official website for tourism in Greece.

Visa / health: Before you travel, check the latest advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

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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 a convenient alternative. Official cabs should be metered, although it’s wise to agree a fixed price before you set off.

By scooter: Explore the whole island in just one day by renting a scooter locally. And if you prefer four wheels, there’s also the option to hire a quad. Top tip – make sure you choose one that provides a free helmet and roadside assistance.

Events in Zante

Saint Day: Every year for three days at the end of August, Saint’s Day celebrates Saint Dionysius, Zante’s patron saint. Festivities 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 occasion.

Zante weather

Temperature: 17-31°C

The weather in Zante is a sun-seekers paradise! From May to September, you can enjoy long, sunny days without worrying about showers. Visit in spring and autumn for warm weather without the crowds, or winter for a mild climate and quieter experience. The summer enjoys highs of 31 °C  and is busiest in June and July. And be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen as the UV index can be very high in the peak months.

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