"A gorgeous island, complete with unspoilt beaches, majestic marine life and some of the best diving and snorkelling in Europe."
Zakynthos is a stunning island located in the heart of the Ionian Sea, it
combines beautiful beaches with a host of underwater treasures, to create the
holiday package. It is an island that is blessed with a plethora of
incredible beaches, many of which are used by a colony of sea turtles as
breeding grounds, making them far less developed than other Greek beaches. This
only serves to enhance their beauty and when coupled with the incredible sea
caves that are dotted around the island’s coast, it turns Zakynthos into an
aquatic paradise; the perfect blend of nature, wildlife and underwater
The island is split into two very different scenic views. In the North and West
the island is covered with wild greenery and mountains. However, within the
central and southern plain there is a delightful mix of shady olive groves,
vineyards and valleys. In the south is where you will find the best sandy
beaches which lie within the Marine Park which has been set up to protect the
nesting grounds for the endangered loggerhead turtle. If you are seeking a
tranquil unspoilt rural surrounding close to a beach then Laganas Bay in
Zakynthos is the best place for you. With a selection of tavernas, cafes and
mini markets, as well as some great walks that can be taken through the villages
and boat rides to be taken to explore the caves and Marathonissi (turtle island)
there is something for everyone.
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The beautiful island is relatively large covering an area of 406 kilometres
and has a population of 40,000 people. Its capital is an old harbour town, also
called Zakynthos, which is a hub of tourist activity. Outside of the capital the
island is famous for its gorgeous beaches and stunning white cliffs, making it
the ideal holiday destination for those who love beautiful natural scenery. The
island is also ideal for anyone interested in an
island hopping holiday.
Zakynthos is characterised by a warm summer climate, making it ideal for people who want to enjoy the sparkling blue waters of the Ionian Sea. The hottest months of the year are June, July and August, when the temperature regularly sits in the high-twenties, the sea is warm and rain is incredibly rare. Zakynthos is also lucky enough to have warm springs and autumns, meaning that it can be visited as early as April and stays hot well into October.
History and Culture
Inhabited since Neolithic times it was even mentioned by Homer in the Iliad.
It became rich, due to its important strategic location, with inhabitants of the
island establishing colonies in
Paros and Spain. It
remained neutral during the Persian wars, before joining the Athenian side in
the Peloponnesian war. This meant that it became an oligarchy after Athens’
defeat, passing through Macedonian and then Roman rule, in the forthcoming
centuries. Zakynthos became a Venetian state, known as the Flower of the East,
before eventually falling to the Ottomans in the 15th century. The island then
swapped between France and Britain in the 19th century, before eventually
joining the new Greek state in 1864.
Some of the most well-known dishes on the island include the stuffed rabbit, with Greek classics like souvlaki, gyros and stifado all eaten regularly. The island also has a wide selection of fish dishes, including mullet and swordfish. There are also a number of authentic deserts on the island including kadaifi, a sweet spiced with cinnamon and syrup.
The island paradise of Marathonissi is ideal for wildlife enthusiasts, due to
its large population of sea turtles that breed on the beaches of the island. The
Tsilivi Waterpark is a beautifully situated waterpark offering aquatic fun for
people of all ages. Moreover, there are many beaches and sea caves that populate
the island’s coastline and are ideal for those who love to snorkel or dive. With
much variety, a
to Zakynthos will be one to remember.
Tours and Attractions
The famous Navagio Beach is an isolated cove that can only be accessed by boat. It is renowned for the lonely shipwrecked boat that rests upon its sands and is a must for anyone on the island. Visitors should also go to the uninhabited island of Marathonissi, an unspoilt area, where sea turtles breed. In addition, there is also a host of great diving sites around the island, including the blue caves, which can be visited by canoe or as part of a boat tour.
The island does not disappoint for its entertainment and is one of the best Greek islands for nightlife, with a myriad of bars and restaurants. The best region to visit is Laganas, with both the waterfront and the main-street populated with clubs. Other nightlife destinations include Tsilivi and Argassi, two other popular beach resorts, as well as in Zakynthos Town itself. The island also has a wide selection of tavernas and bars, ideal for friends and families.