To the west of mainland Greece lies Zakynthos, a picturesque jewel in the Ionian Sea that’s ideal for relaxation
Head to the coast to for vast stretches of golden sand, secluded coves and chic beach bars. Discover Navagio Beach on the southwest shore, kick back on the hot sand and watch the tourist boats come and go in the crystal clear sea. For a more vibrant scene, visit the resort beaches of Kalamaki or Agios Nikolaos. Tavernas and bars are in abundance and you’ll find relaxation with a mellow beat. Whether you’re looking for a private escape or ice-cold cocktails and sun loungers, you’ll find the perfect seaside setting to suit.
The most famous landmark of the island is the cove Navagio beach, also known as ‘smuggler’s cove’. It’s on the southwest shore, isolated by high cliffs and accessible only by boat.
Sun-seekers aren’t the only ones to find a home on Zakynthos’ beaches. Baby loggerhead turtles make a dash for the sea in the moonlight. Seals and dolphins also call the waters around the island their own, basking in the sun on protected sand and swimming playfully alongside passing boats.
Those looking for a thrill need only take to the water. Hover above the lapping waves with a spot of flyboarding. Soar into the sky on a parasail as the turquoise sea stretches out before you. Whatever way you choose to get a rush, let the Ionian Sea be your playground.
Explore an inspiring blend of winding streets, arched arcades and cobbled squares in Zante Town. Journey up to the ruined Venetian castle and get a sense of the island’s varied history at the Byzantine Museum. As the sun sets and a peal of bells echoes through the streets, find yourself a traditional restaurant and dine on mouth-watering local cuisine.
When to go
Zakynthos enjoys a typically Greek climate with temperatures ranging from the mid-20s to high-30s in the main visiting months, May – September are the best months to visit.