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.
Head away from the beach, inland, and you’ll discover ancient olive groves and timeless villages, surrounded by beautiful countryside. The island’s pristine coastline 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 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.
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 and toe-sinking sands. Sometimes referred to as Shipwreck Cove, it’s one of the most photographed destinations in all of Zante.
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 who inhabit the area. The location is a dedicated conservation site where these 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 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 are a range of places to stay, from quiet, hidden resorts to more modern, bustling retreats. 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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