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Also known as Zakynthos, the handsome and verdant Ionian island of Zante lies off the west coast of mainland Greece and the pace of life here is so relaxed, it's almost horizontal. You'll certainly want to orientate yourself in that position when you hit the beaches or poolside sun beds in your chosen resort.

Why go?

Dreams of sun-drenched holidays are why holidaymakers return to this Greek isle time after time. Whether it's nightlife, beaches or day trips, holidays here have it all...

There are plenty of great resorts to choose from on holidays to Zante. Laganas, with its golden sand beaches is one option, or you may prefer to opt for quietly sophisticated Kalamaki. Alykes and Alykanas are characterful neighbours and home to the island's famous saltpans, while the cliff-top village of Kampi offers a different view on Zante. Other popular resorts include Argassi, Tsilivi, Aghios Sostis, Agios Dimitrios, Lithakia, Tragaki, Vassilikos, Amoudi, and Limni Keriou.

You might want to consider car hire during your holiday in Zante, as the island's treasures are worthy of a hunt. Rentals are available at Zante Airport (ZTH).

Take a look at your map of the island and you'll find flat land in the south and mountainous peaks in the north. You'll discover Smuggler's Cove and the simply stunning Navagio, or 'shipwreck', Beach. If visiting monasteries is your thing, then the Monastery of St George Gremon is one not to be missed.

Other popular jaunts around the island include a visit by boat to the famous Blue Caves - check out the snorkellers under the waves, they really do look blue - or take a 90-minute boat ride across to incredible Olympia and the Temple of Zeus.

While you're out and about in Zante, a trip to Zante Town (Zakynthos Town) is vital to get a flavour of the island's past and the locals who live and breathe their beloved island every day.

The island of Zante is also famous for another set of residents. Loggerhead Turtles also like to visit Laganas to lay their eggs in the sands in July and August. You'll find access to the beach is shut off during the evenings at this precious time and watersports are limited to certain parts of the bay. You'll probably agree that these minor inconveniences are worth it to help protect this endangered creatures - and for the chance to see them up close.

Zante holidays are ideal for families, couples and groups, and you'll find an array of self-catering accommodation and a range of hotels. All-inclusive holidays are also growing in popularity here. Peak season on the island is during the summer months, so be aware that many tourist facilities may be closed at this time.

So, get your skates on and zip off to Zante now. And don't forget to check prices and availability with TravelSupermarket.

When to go

The fantastic weather is one of the main draws for visitors to this beautiful island, but when is the best time to travel?

The mercury soars during the sizzling summer, with daily average temperatures peaking at 28C. You'll get a whopping 13 hours of sunshine a day on average during July too. During the winter months, temperatures remain mild hovering at around 11C and plenty of clouds wet the island with rain.

What's on?

From carnivals to club nights, there is always something going on in Zante if you want to get involved. Here's our pick of some of the best events...

Carnival; February: If you happen to be around at the tail end of winter, do catch the Zakynthos Carnival. It's a two-week spectacular during which ancient Greek traditions come to life.

Holy Week; Easter: The Christian celebrations that surround the Holy Week make for an unforgettable visitor experience. The dawn procession in the capital is especially moving.

Club events; throughout summer: If you're a member of the 18-30 brigade, you'll want to check what's happening during your stay. The clubs of Laganas host regular events.

What to do

Whether you're looking for romance and relaxation or action and adventure, Zante holidays have plenty on offer to keep you happy...

Romance: If you're looking to impress, a boat trip out to the Blue Caves in the far north of the island won't disappoint. The inside of the caves are filled with an ethereal blue light reflected from the sky onto the water making it a romantic and magical experience.

Free and cheap: History buffs will be able to go back in time in the museums of Zakynthos Town which either offer entry for a small fee or completely free. The Post-Byzantine Museum, for example, is home to carved masterpieces, ecclesiastical items and works of art.

Relaxing: Head west to the village of Kampi and ascend the steep drive to the top of the hill. Here you will be able to watch a magical sunset - and finish off your evening sampling the Greek delicacies in one of the local tavernas.

Nightlife: Those looking for a night on the tiles won't be disappointed by Laganas which is jam-packed with bars and clubs, just waiting for you to take to the floor and dance the night away.

If a more laidback vibe is more to your taste, smaller resorts such as Kalamaki have many beachfront restaurants.

Active types: Adrenaline junkies can get their fix at St Nicholas Beach where water sports galore await. If you're looking for something a bit tamer, canoes and pedalos are also available.

Kids and teens: A great family day out can be found at Splash Fun Waterpark in Tsilivi (sometimes just referred to as Tsilivi Waterpark) where the kids will be able to navigate through the aqua jungle and enjoy slides galore.

Babies and toddlers: The warm shallow waters at a number of the beaches in Zakynthos coupled with long stretches of sand make the island perfect for little ones. Gerakas, Kalamaki and Keri beaches are among many that are perfect for tots.