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Navagio Beach and the shipwreck, Zante

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Zante, also known as Zakynthos, is the third largest of the Ionian Islands. It offers a wide range of resorts and landscapes, suitable for all holidaymakers, with hotels and apartments and some all-inclusive offers available and makes a great destination for a summer holiday.

Why go?

This Greek island is a firm favourite during the summer months, with many flights non-stop and direct from the UK...

Kampi, one of the traditional villages of the mountainous North West, has stunning sunset views, while Lithakia is unspoiled and picturesque.

The flat landscape of the south east produces wine and olive oil and the main golden beach and hotel resorts of Laganas, Kalamaki, Argassi and Limni Keriou are found on the coast.

Vasilikos, with its quiet apartments and villas, is on the peninsula.

Car hire in Zante is much cheaper than taxis and provides easy access to the island's sights, including the pretty mountain village of Agios Dimitrios in the west. Zante Airport (ZTH) is the base for a number of car hire companies and in Zante car hire is the best way to get around.

Where to explore?

From a bustling capital to small unspoilt villages, there is much to explore. Use your car to navigate your way around the island...

The capital town of Zante is the main shopping and cultural centre and from there you can take a ferry to Kyllini and drive the 30km to Olympia, where a visit to the Temple of Zeus is a must. The bustling resort of Tsilivi and the quieter Tragaki, both just north of the capital, are only a short drive from the St George at Gremna Monastery.

Laganas is the main party resort, with lively nightlife, but some people may prefer the quieter Aghios Sostis. Around the bay surrounding Laganas, endangered loggerhead turtles have made the largest nesting ground for the species in the Mediterranean.

Alykes, a traditional fishing village, is named after the nearby salt pans and with its twin, Alykanas, offers sandy beaches which stretch down to Amoudi. There are regular boat trips to the Blue Caves at Skeir and to the Shipwreck Beach, or Smuggler's Cove, at Navagio Bay, with its glorious white sand and limestone cliffs.