Just a few miles from the capital of Zante Town, the laid-back resort of Tsilivi attracts holidaymakers with its authentic Greek charm and hospitality. From the Blue Flag award-winning beach to the water park that the kids will love, there are plenty of family-friendly things to do on holidays to Tsilivi. If you’re here with friends then don’t worry, there’s plenty of clubs and pubs to explore. The resort is popular with groups of mates, thanks to its lively nightlife!
The long, sunny days in June and July make this the most popular time of year for sun worshippers.
Zakynthos International Airport (ZTH).
Spend sunny days sailing around Turtle Island and racing on the water slides at Tsilivi Waterpark when you book a Thomas Cook holiday to Tsilivi.
The best place to be on sunny days is Tsilivi Beach. This Blue Flag award-winning beach is perfect for sun worshippers; you can work on your tan on the golden sands, splash about in the water, or even try some water sports like banana boating or water skiing. A boat trip to Turtle Island (Marathonisi) is a must on any holidays to Tsilivi. Here you may be lucky enough to spot endangered loggerhead turtles, who come to the island to nest. Or why not hop aboard a boat to Smugglers Cove, where you can explore a shipwreck from the 1980s? Kids of all ages will love the thrilling slides at Tsilivi Water Park, and there’s even crazy golf in the town centre. When the sun sets, you’ll find plenty of cosy tavernas and restaurants on the waterfront, as well as some lively bars and clubs open until late. It’s just a short drive to Zante Town where you can enjoy souvenir shopping for some authentic Greek delights such as handmade ceramics or local arts and crafts to take back home for friends and family.
Stretching for almost 2km, the Blue Flag beach at Tsilivi has calm, shallow waters that are ideal for kids and timid toe dippers. Relax on a sun lounger with a parasol on the golden sands, or enjoy banana boating, rubber ring rides and water skiing. The seafront is lined with shops and cafés where you can grab lunch or an ice cream to fuel an afternoon of sandcastle building with the kids.
Tsilivi Water Park is the most popular family attraction here. Ride the Black Hole water slide for thrills, or unwind on the Lazy River. With a pool, Jacuzzis, and a water playground for little ones, it’s easy to spend a whole day cooling off under the hot summer sun. Tsilivi has three mini golf courses that are great for a round of crazy golf with the family, while in the evenings the town’s bowling alleys are popular, with pool tables and bars for the grown-ups.
Tsilivi holidays are packed with traditional taverns, these are the ideal place to give Greek cuisine a go. Zakynthos is known for its fresh seafood, and the swordfish and mussels here are delicious. Local dishes like Lamb Kleftiko and Beef Stifado are on offer at most restaurants, and you’ll find the majority of places are happy to cater for kids, who will love the entertainment on offer like plate smashing and Greek dancing! There are fast food options in the town centre too, with plenty of outlets here and along the waterfront offering gyros, flatbreads filled with grilled meat, salad and tzatziki (a yogurt, cucumber and mint sauce). For those who prefer European food, pizza and burger restaurants can be found in Tsilivi too, so there really is something for everyone when it comes to dining out.
Sun worshippers: With over 300 days of sunshine per year, it’s easy to see why people flock to the Blue Flag beach to work on their tan and relax.
Families: There’s plenty here for kids of all ages including the beach, Water Park and activities such as crazy golf and bowling.
Sailors: Life revolves around the sea here, with plenty of boat trips, as well as swimming and snorkelling opportunities, and thrilling water sports to try.
Language: The language spoken here is Greek, but you’ll find most people in the town centre speak a good level of English, particularly in the shops, bars, and restaurants.
Currency: The local currency is the Euro (€).
Local time: It’s two hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Zakynthos International Airport (ZTH).
Flight time from UK: Approximately 4 hours.
Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at www.visitgreece.gr/en/greek_islands/ionian_islands/zakynthos.
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday.
Temperature: Average of 26°C in summer with highs of around 30°C in July.
Best time to visit: Beach lovers should come in June and July for the long, hot sunny days.
The Mediterranean climate means long hours of sunshine in the summer, with average temperatures in the mid 20s (°C) that can last until autumn, peaking at around 30°C in July and August.
By bus: The bus network here is extensive and regular, cheap buses connect Tsilivi to Zante Town and the surrounding area. Bus stops are located in the town centre.
By taxi: Taxis are readily available and are a popular, affordable option for airport transfers, thanks to the proximity of Zakynthos Airport.
By bike: Tsilivi is a lovely place to cycle with peaceful roads and plenty of beautiful countryside to explore, and getting around on two wheels is affordable and fun! Many hotels provide cycle hire, and there are also cycle hire shops in the town centre.
Wine festival: Come to Zakynthos in late August or early September and you might just catch the annual wine festival in Zante Town. Listen to traditional Greek music, explore the stands in the town square, and sip on the island’s finest wines.
Summer feasts: Enjoy Tsilivi holidays in August, and you could be a part of the festival in honour of Zante’s patron saint, Agios Dionysios. This includes a religious procession that is very important to the island’s residents, followed by three days of feasting, celebrations, and music.