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Language: Greek | Currency: Euros (€) | Local time: CEST | Avg. Flight time: 3.5 hrs
If your primary reasons for going to Zante are its famously-fabulous beaches, then stick to one of its east coast resorts. Here you’ll find large hotels with 100+ rooms, pools, spas and a range of restaurants. There are also numerous smaller, cheaper options.
Many British holidaymakers are familiar with Laganas; a busy beach resort that caters to party-loving crowds. Further north, Tsilivi (aka Planos) is similar to Laganas, while Kalamaki and Argassi are calmer and much more family-oriented.
Plenty more superb shorelines freckle the Vasilikos Peninsula’s eastern flank, especially around the water sports hub of Agios Nikolaos (distinct to the northern port). The western side is headlined by Gerakas Beach, a long stretch of unspoiled beach and one of the best places to spot turtles.
West of the peninsula is the hillside Keri, whose shrub-dotted white sea cliffs are a popular location for wedding parties.
Zante Town’s leafy streets hide some excellent small hotels, particularly in the narrow lanes either side of its northern harbour arm. Such boutiques are ideal as a base for island exploration: you can just as easily drive south or north to those beaches as inland, to hiking and olive plantations.
Tsilivi (or Planos) is home to some of the best and most luxurious resorts on the island. These stylish, smartly-designed hotels set back or above the sea, offering seclusion and secrecy.
For something cheaper, try a mid-range resort like Argassi, at the beginning of the Vasilikos Peninsula. Beach hotels here tend to be fairly-priced, family-oriented and relatively tranquil compared to Laganas.
To truly hide away, you’ll want to stay in the north. A few wonderful hotels can be found in the mountains and villages here, from converted windmills to eco-friendly hideaways, worlds away from the gaze of mass tourism.
Hole up here and you’ll witness a rustic, traditional Zante unchanged for centuries, and the rhythms of its rural life – often with glorious sea and mountain views to boot. Not only that, you’ll be closer to the Blue Caves and their wondrous snorkelling. Hotels and villas in the handsome hamlet of Korithi are nearest of all.
To no-one’s surprise, high summer (mid-July to the end of August) is when hotel prices are highest; they also rise at Easter and, less commonly, during the May half-term. June and mid-September into October are cheaper, while April often sees discounts away from Easter. Most hotels shut for winter, but the few that stay open tend to be very affordable.
Looking to visit Zante? Make sure to check out our Tips and Advice first.