Zakynthos

Show-stopping beauty and hidden depths
Navagio beach from above
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White beaches, sea turtles and partying around the clock make Zakynthos a favourite holiday destination

The Venetians called this southernmost Ionian island Fiore di Levante, the Flower of the East. Its nobility and fertility made it the jewel of their empire. Today’s visitors would agree, though they come for its endless beaches – Lagana, Tsilivi, Argassi, Kalamaki, Alykes – where British, French and Italians party day and night.

Looking for indelible moments? You’ll find them when you swim at the famous Shipwreck Beach, watch the sunset from the cliffs of Keri and Kryoneri, listen to the islanders sing their cantatas and see the endangered caretta caretta sea turtles lay their eggs in the island’s white sands. Welcome to Zakynthos, as it is known in Greece, the island that has it all.

What to do in Zakynthos

Set sail for fabulous beaches

From your seat on the caique that does the circuit of Zakynthos, you’ll see a cavalcade of beaches, each one more magical than the last. Shipwreck Beach, Laganas, Gerakas, Vasilikos, Marathonisi, the Blue Caves ... all rank among the most splendid in Greece. Vying for  first place, the renowned shipwreck at the eponymous  beach adds drama to the ubiquitous white sand, white cliffs and turquoise green water. Come early in the morning, or drop anchor the previous evening, so you can enjoy your first dive before the rest of the world arrives.

The National Marine Park: reserved for sea turtles in the Ionian

The sea and coast around Zakynthos were picked for Greece’s first marine park. This is where the rare caretta caretta sea turtles lay their eggs. In spring these endangered creatures set off for Zante from the Libyan Sea and the southern Adriatic, not because they like the swim but because nature tells them to lay their eggs in the sands of Gerakas, Dafni, Kalamaki, Marathonisi and, especially, Sakania, east of Laganas, as they always have. If you’re lucky enough to witness this spectacle, please don’t disturb. 

Bokhali, the prettiest part of town

Zante is not only beaches. Take a stroll through lovely Bokhali, 2km from the centre of town, and you’ll find yourself stopping every few minutes to admire the panoramic view of the harbour, Argassi and the Bay of Laganas. Or to photograph the alleys lined with old houses and traditional cafes. Walk a bit higher, and you’ll come to the castle, camouflaged by all manner of plant and shrub, where the Venetians had their island capital.

St Dionysios

One of Orthodox pilgrimage sites in the Ionian, St Dionysios draws crowds of believers throughout the year as it houses the relics of the saint of the same name (also the island’s patron saint). The impressive church was built in 1926, with a three-aisled basilica and inner arch. The catastrophic earthquake of 1953 left it virtually undamaged. Miracle or just solid foundations?

 

Hidden gems of Zakynthos

The Strofades, more islands to explore

Only 37 nautical miles from Zante, these two islets are unknown to most tourists, Greek or foreign. A mystery surrounds the 15th century fortified monastery here. It houses an icon of the Virgin that washed up here undamaged after being thrown into the sea by 13th century Orthodox Christians in Constantinople to save it from the Iconoclasts who were destroying all paintings with human figures. 

The Rolling… Stone?

Locals claim that Mick Jagger hails from the village of Kiliomeno (which translates as rolling) and that’s why he named his band The Rolling Stones. This is a big  local tease, but nobody’s kidding when it comes to extoling the virtues of this delightful settlement. Take your time to admire its traditional architectural style and old homes which resemble fortresses.

Zante by the glass

Set aside some time for a visit to an island winery, some of which go back centuries. Hundreds of hectares are devoted to vineyards and there are more than 60 different grape varietals.

Porto Vromi beach

Experience the best of Zakynthos

A bird's eye view of Navagio beach

Zakintos’daki gemi enkazı sahile tekne turu

Elektrik mavisi suyu ve ikonik gemi enkazı buranın yıldızlarıdır ancak diğer nüanslardan da hayrete düşmeye hazır olun.
  • Set sail for fabulous beaches
  • The Strofades, more islands to explore
  • St Dionysios
  • The National Marine Park: reserved for sea turtles in the Ionian
  • Zante by the glass
  • Keri Sea Caves
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Travel ideas

Shining the light on stories
Porto Katsiki beach

İyonya adalari'nin en İyİ plajlari

İyonya adaları, nadiren görülebilecek renklerden oluşan zengin bir dokuya sahip plajlarıyla karşınıza çıkmaktadır. Sadece bir kaç gözalıcı detay bile iştahınızı kabartmaya yetecektir.
Navagio beach from above

Yunani̇stan’in en İyİ plajlarindan on tanesİ

Hepsi ödüllü: Fotoğraflarını, volkanik kaya oluşumlarını çevreleyen tavus kuşu mavi yeşil sularını, altın rengi plajlarını ve pürüzsüz çakıl taşlarını gördünüz. Gelin ve bir dalış yapın!
Marathonisi, Zakynthos

İyonya adalari: Zümrüt yeşilinin cennet mavisiyle bütünleştiği adalar

Yüksek sıcaklıkların yaşandığı yaz mevsiminim ilk ve son aylarında İyonya adalarına yapacağınız gezi bu muhteşem renklerin her birini hayal bile edemeyeceğiniz şekillerde görmenize imkan sağlayacaktır.