Holidays in Tsilivi
A few miles outside island capital Zante Town, Tsilivi offers a more laid-back lifestyle in Zakynthos, with buckets of small-town Greek charm and a beautiful waterfront. The beach is a Blue Flag award winner, right on the doorstep of the island’s best sailing trips, a great water park and lots of kid-friendly things to do. If you like a lively night out when you’re on holiday, Tsilivi has that covered, too.
June and July are popular with beach lovers for the long hours of sunshine.
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 first thing to do is get down to Tsilivi’s award winning beach, and plant yourself on the soft golden sand for some quality sunbathing time. Cool off in the water with a swim or try some water sports, and for a special day trip, jump on a boat to visit the beautiful Turtle Island. If you’re away with kids, take them to the fantastic slides and pools at Tsilivi Waterpark, or have a game of crazy golf or pool in the town. Tsilivi has an upbeat, sociable atmosphere in the evenings, with a few lively bars as well as chilled-out tavernas and restaurants on the waterfront.
Tsilivi’s Blue Flag beach is a golden arc of sand nearly two kilometres long, stretching between green-covered headlands and with a beautifully warm, clear shore. The powdery, caramel-coloured sand is the perfect place to relax for the day, with plenty of sun beds and parasols to go around. The water is shallow and safe for even little kids to swim in. The seafront is bustling with cafes and shops ideal for a lunchtime pizza or quick ice cream, and for something a little more energetic, top beach activities in Tsilivi are jet skiing, banana boating and rubber ring rides.
The best family attraction in Tsilivi is the resort’s water park, Tsilivi Waterpark. Popular with all ages, the park has a variety of water slides from the super-speedy Black Hole to a relaxed lazy river. There is also a huge swimming pool, jacuzzis and water playground for small children. Challenge the kids to a round of crazy golf at Tsilivi’s mini golf courses, with three to choose from in peaceful garden landscapes. The bowling alleys in the town centre are great fun after dinner, with pool tables and a bar for the grown ups.
Sailing trips are a must in Zakynthos, with so much to explore off the glorious turquoise coast. Take a boat trip out to explore Smuggler’s Cove, the fascinating 1980s shipwreck only accessible by boat. The island is famous for its large number of rare loggerhead turtles, and their favourite place to nest is Marathonisi, known as Turtle Island, a tiny islet off Zakynthos’ coast. When you’re ready to head back to dry land, there are lots of things to do in Tsilivi in the evenings, with a burgeoning nightlife scene with a variety of Greek tavernas, pizzerias and seafood restaurants, plus a few buzzing bars and clubs to visit afterwards.
Sun worshippers: Tsilivi has over 300 days of sunshine per year, and the award-winning golden beach is the perfect place to enjoy it.
Families: Families of all ages will love Tsilivi’s beaches, fantastic water park and fun activities in the town, including mini golf and bowling.
Sailors: Life is all about the sea in Zakynthos, with lots of exciting sailing excursions available, as well as top water sports.
Language: The language spoken in Tsilivi is Greek
Currency: The currency used in Tsilivi is the Euro (€)
Local time: Tsilivi is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Zakynthos International Airport (ZTH)
Flight time from UK: Approximately 4 hours
Tourist Information: Further Tsilivi 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 to Tsilivi
Temperature: Average of 26°C in summer, peaking at 30°C in July.
Best time to visit: June and July are popular with beach lovers for the long hours of sunshine.
Tsilivi enjoys Zakynthos’ classically Mediterranean summers, with long hours of sunshine and average temperatures in the mid 20s (°C), often all the way into October. The temperature occasionally peaks at 30 °C in July and August.
By bus: Zakynthos operates an extensive bus network. The buses are regular and cheap, connecting resorts like Tsilivi to nearby Zante Town and further afield. There are bus stops in the centre of town.
By taxi: With Zakynthos Airport being so close by, taxis are a popular and affordable option for airport transfers, and are readily available in Tsilivi.
By bike: Tsilivi is a lovely place to cycle, and getting around on two wheels is a cheap and fun option. There are bicycle hire companies in the resort, and many hotels also provide them.
Wine festival: Island capital Zante Town hosts its annual wine festival in late August to early September. Local wine buffs and visitors wander the stands set up on the town square to taste the island’s finest wines and listen to traditional music.
Summer feasts: In August, Zakynthos holds a festival in honour of its 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.