What to do & see on Zante
Zante is a place that can satisfy diversified travelling tastes and needs. From its partying nightlife to its exceptional natural beauty, the Flower of the East is primarily an ideal vacationing destination for youngsters and nature lovers. During summer months Zante is being flooded with tourists from abroad that want to taste the vibrating nightlife of the island in its popular nightclubs but also the incomparable bliss of its famous beach bars.
A vast variety of dazzling beaches with whitish sand and turquoise clean waters lace the island’s 123km coastline and offer some of the most treasured summer-fun experiences. Yachting around the island is a must as many of its most dramatic settings are unreachable by mainland.
For outdoor activities’ lovers, Zante boasts some old pathways that traverse its mainland and lead to beautiful traditional villages, well-preserved monasteries and churches and sites of historical importance. Moreover, there is a well-organized riding centre in Laganas’ area where experienced guides lead visitors to stunningly beautiful spots. The Formula Zante go-kart circuit will give thrills to both young and older visitors while there is also a mini golf located at Kalamaki, surrounded by small waterfalls, small streams and ponds. Scuba diving is definitely among the top things to do in Zante as the seabed of the area boasts unparalleled beauty while there are many diving schools that offer diving lessons and equipment.
Those who wish to dive deep into the island’s rich history and tradition should visit the Venetian Castle, right above the capital of the island, providing stunning views to the bay although there are only a few remnants of this past city preserved. Another must-visit, the Sarakina Mansion, is a sample of a striking architecture influenced by the Venetian style with baroque elements. A great number of remarkable museums is also at the visitors’ disposal: the Dionysios Solomos museum (Greece’s national poet), the Helmis Natural History Museum, showcasing some fine samples of the local flora, fauna and sea life, and the Post Byzantine Art Museum.
Lastly, visitors should definitely stroll around the Askos Stone Park, an amazing wildlife sanctuary adorned with 600-year old stone fences and pavements where a rare variety of animals live protected and free in their natural environment.
Best beaches on Zante
An outstanding coast of fine white sand and exotic waters, completely non-organized and only accessible by boat. The beach of Navagio or the Smugglers’ Wreck is surrounded by high, steep cliffs that create an utterly dramatic setting.
A fully organized beach at the western coast of Zante and very close to the island’s capital. Light-coloured sand, crystal clear waters and a vibrating setting with luxurious resorts and cosmopolitan beach bars are among Tsivili’s highlights.
The longest beach on Zante, Banana is a fully organized beach with sunbeds and umbrellas along with quite a few beach bars. Its coast is covered with whitish soft sand while its waters are clean and shallow making them ideal for young children.
One of Zante’s most popular beaches Laganas beach is usually swamped with visitors but rarely crowded as it is a really long coast. The beach is also a protected biotope of Caretta – Caretta sea turtles thus extra caution is required.
The extension of Laganas beach with a charming setting, surrounded by high, lush verdant hills, Agios Sostis is a sandy coast that offers beach facilities and water sports’ options. Staying until sunset is a must as the landscape is a beauty.
A sandy, fully organized beach located at approximately 32km north of Zakynthos Hora, Agios Nikolaos is a family friendly coast with beach facilities and water sports’ options. Those who want calmness can choose the right part of the coast.
Calm and quiet, Porto Zoro is located on the south-eastern coast and provides a gorgeous setting with turquoise waters, light-coloured sand and lush vegetation. Rock formations that emerge from the sea add a dramatic touch to the scenery.
A partly organized beach perfect for families with young children, Gerakas is found at about 18km south from Zante Hora. Its crystalline waters, golden sandy coast and serene ambience promise a fun and relaxing day at the beach.
One of the northernmost coasts of Zante, Porto Vromi is actually a small cove where the sea reaches the shore traversing the steep hills that surround the spot. White pebbles and tropical waters create an utterly breathtaking ambience.
Facing the beautiful islet of Marathonisi, Keri beach is a long, wide pebbly coast surrounded by pine trees and a few taverns and cafes. Calm and usually quiet the resort of Keri is a delightful traditional village hiding many treasured marvels.
One of the most beautiful beaches on Zante, Porto Roma is a partially organized, family friendly coast with sand and pebbles. Surrounded by lush pine trees, the beach features amazing waters making it ideal for snorkelling and diving.
A natural spa infused with brimstone elements emerging from the surrounding caves, Xygia is a very popular beach located on the northern part of Zante. The shore is short and features both pebbles and sand along with deep, clean waters.