Whether you’re looking to party or to simply wind down on the sands, Zante can make your holiday dreams come true…
The attractive and green Ionian island of Zante, which is located off the west coast of mainland Greece, lures families looking for shallow waters and soft sands for safe beach fun, travellers with a nose for adventure, and party animals in search of a wild time. The varied resorts of the island cater for all kinds of holidays under the sun.
Use our guide to discover which resort on popular Zante will meet your holiday requirements…
Pick your accommodation carefully on this island, as Zante hotels can be found in loud and lively party towns and hushed, stylish resorts. If it’s night-time tunes you’re after, Laganas is the place to be. Tsilivi has plenty of bars and clubs, though nightlife is a little more restrained than in Laganas, while in resorts such as Kalamaki, Alykanas and Vassilikos, the pace of life is much, much slower and evenings much quieter.
Most of the hotels in Zante are white-washed and low-rise, and many centre on a pool or two, with the very best offering direct beach access. There are some five-star hotels and luxury hotels, often replete with wonderful spas, and these are mostly located in Tsivili and Kalamaki. Budget hotels, self-catering apartments and apart-hotels can be booked at many locations around the island.
Even if you check into an all-inclusive hotel, or your stay is on a full-board basis, you should taste the wonderful dishes served up by local independent restaurants around the villages, towns and resorts of Zante. Greek cuisine is fresh and zesty and freshly-caught seafood is in abundance.
Peel yourself away from the sun lounger and tour Zante, you won’t regret it…
Hire a car in Zante to see the sights of the island. It’s an easy and cheap way to get around.
Top five attractions
Dazzling aquamarine waters and pure white sands are framed by dramatic cliffs at this beach, also known as Navagio. The shipwreck on the beach has been captured by thousands of cameras.
Journey into these caves in the north of the island and watch as everything appears to turn blue when immersed in the water, including daring swimmers.
Zante Town (Zakynthos Town)
See everyday life at its most hectic – and that’s not very hectic on this laidback island in the sun. The capital is a great place to do some souvenir shopping amid stunning architecture.
See the Loggerhead Turtles
This island is a safe haven for turtles that come ashore to lay their eggs in summer. Laganas is a good spot to see this miracle of nature taking place.
There’s water-based action for all ages at this fun-filled park in Tsilivi.
Zante is mainly a summer holiday destination, though there are events staged throughout the year...
Catch one of these terrific events if you can; it’s a great way to get a better look at island life.
Carnival; February: The traditions of Greece are celebrated for two whole weeks during the fantastic carnival in Zante Town/Zakynthos Town.
Wine Feast; August-September: Greek wine might not be globally popular but you should taste the local harvest while in Zante. This event, held in the capital, celebrates the best wines in Zante.
Turtle hatching; September: The turtles came in summer, laid their eggs, and now it’s time for the babies to hatch and take their first wobbly steps. There are many hatching locations around Laganas Bay in the south, with Gerakas Beach being a popular watching spot.