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Holidays in Zante

Zante is a real gem of an island – the gently shelving sands are great for children, whilst an array of watersports can be enjoyed. Known by the Greeks as Zakynthos, there's a range of places to stay from quiet, hidden spots to more modern, bustling resorts. Whichever resort you choose to book your Zante holiday in, you’ll be amazed by Zante’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.

17-26 °C

Zante enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with long, sunny days in summer and mild winter temperatures.

3.5-4 hours

The only airport on the island is Zakynthos International Airport, "Dionysios Solomos" (ZTH), located just 1km from Laganas and under 4km from Zante Town.

Book your Zante holiday with Thomas Cook now and enjoy a summer brim-full of Greek sun, sea and colour.

Recommended offers in Zante

smartline Margarita

Laganas, Zante

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Peaceful location
  • Large family rooms
  • Adult-only swimming pool and kids' pool

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Based on 807 reviews

What is included?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service

From

£306

Golden Sun Hotel

Kalamaki, Zante

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Only 150m from the beach
  • Buffet/waiter-service restaurant
  • On-site mini-market

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 472 reviews

What is included?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service

From

£350

Diana Palace Hotel

Argassi, Zante

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Within 200m of the resort centre
  • Main buffet restaurant with theme nights and kids' buffet
  • Two outdoor swimming pools

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1195 reviews

What is included?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

From

£353

Zante Plaza Hotel & Apartments

Laganas, Zante

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Lively atmosphere
  • Short walk to shops, bars and restaurants
  • Just 200m to the beach

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 804 reviews

What is included?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service

From

£354

Bitzaro Grande Hotel

Kalamaki, Zante

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Only 600m to the beach
  • Close to bars, discos and nightlife
  • Bright, family-friendly hotel

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1214 reviews

What is included?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

From

£370

Zante is a real gem of an island – the gently shelving sands are great for children, whilst an array of watersports can be enjoyed. Known by the Greeks as Zakynthos, there's a range of places to stay from quiet, hidden spots to more modern, bustling resorts. Whichever resort you choose to book your Zante holiday in, you’ll be amazed by Zante’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.

No trip to Zante is complete without exploring its watery wonders. Why not do it in style on board a glass-bottomed boat? Most of these run daily - and frequently throughout the day - from Skinari, found in the north of the island. Many tours will combine a visit to the soft sands of Navagio Beach and inside the famous Blue Caves, where you can witness the “magic” of their colour-changing waters. Make sure you set out early in the day – morning is the best time to see the caves’ water change from translucent to dark blue and back again.

One of the top attractions in Zante is its lively clubbing scene. Known as Greece’s summer party central, the resort of Laganas truly knows how to keep the buzz going night and day. Foam-parties, beach-parties and all-nighter club-events will have you spoilt for choice. Grab a fish-bowl and your friends and dance the night away at Rescue Club, the largest club in the whole of Zante as well as the Ionian islands.

Similarly to the rest of Greece, fresh, organic produce is the staple of Zakynthians. Meat lovers will love the island’s signature dish, Zakynthino stifado, a rabbit stew slowly simmered with aromatic herbs and stuffed with lumps of Zante’s regional cheese (ladotyri). Matured in olive oil and with a distinctively spicy flavour, ladotyri is often enjoyed by locals with a glass of Zante’s white wine Verdea. Most places to go in Zante are bound to satisfy your sweet tooth too; don’t miss out on trying the island’s traditional treats: chewy, nougat-and-honey based madolato and mouth-watering madoles (crunchy caramelised almonds).

Apart from being a party playground for grown-ups, Laganas also offers some of the most exciting things for kids to do in Zante. Laganas Beach, along with its 6 neighbouring beaches, is home to the Carretta-Caretta sea-turtle. Head for some sea-turtle-spotting during the day but note that access restrictions are put in place on certain parts of the beaches at night time; this is to avoid the disturbance of the nightly laying of baby sea-turtle eggs. You’re also likely to spot one of the world’s rarest mammals, the Mediterranean monk seal Monachus-Monachus, which has also selected Zante’s cosy caves and crystal-clear waters as its home.

ZANTE IS BEST FOR...

Holidays snaps: The most photographed spot in Zante, Smugglers' Cove and its famous shipwreck is only accessible by boat.

Greek mythology: Visit Olympia on the mainland and the statue of Zeus, one of the Wonders of the Ancient World.

Party people: Dance the night away on Laganas’ legendary Strip.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Zante is Greek.

Currency: The currency used in Zante is Euro (€).

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

Fly to: The only airport on the island is Zakynthos International Airport, "Dionysios Solomos" (ZTH), located just 1km from Laganas and under 4km from Zante Town.

Flight time from UK: 3.5-4 hours

Tourist Information: Further Zante 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 to Zante.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: 17-26 °C

Zante enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with long days of sunshine from May to September. Spring and autumn are great times to visit if you’re looking for warm weather without the crowds, while summer is always a popular season with visitors thanks glorious highs of 31 (°C) and little chance of rain. If you’re looking for relaxation, book your holiday in the winter when the weather is mild and the resort is at its quietest.


Getting around

By taxi: Zante’s frequent taxi services are an inexpensive and easy way to get around the island. Note that, even though there is no available bus service at the airport, the taxi ranks found right outside are still a low-cost and certainly convenient alternative.

By scooter: If you don’t want to miss a minute of the sunshine, why not hire a scooter and make a round-the-island trip in under a day.


Events

Saint day : Pencil in the end of August, for 3 days (and nights) of eating, drinking and being merry in honour of the island’s patron saint, Saint Dionysius. Lavish celebrations are held in every single corner of the island but Zante Town is known to outdo the rest in extravagance year after year. Follow the crowd to the harbour and join the locals bringing the celebrations to a close with a fantastic fireworks night-show accompanied by the triumphant sounds of the ships’ horns.


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