Introducing holidays to Zante
The stunning island of Zante, also known as Zakynthos, is one of the major holiday hotspots in all of Greece, and just an extra hour away by plane than France so you shouldn’t be put off from flying here for a holiday in 2017. This fabulous region boasts everything from quaint and cosy little villages to incredible menus that won’t break the bank, to an unbeatable range of nightspots and family-friendly beaches and activities. So whether you fancy stretching out down by the beach as you top up your tan and those crucial vitamin D levels, setting out on a hike to explore the island, or humbly sipping cocktails as the sun begins to set in the distance, Zante has what you need in spades. Ideal for families due to the fantastic attractions on the island including water parks, mini golf courses; while couples on a romantic retreat can bask in the private coves dotted along the gorgeous coastline. As the sun sets, revellers make a break for Laganas, where all-night bars and clubs come alive every night.
Most popular hotels in Zante
Sandy Maria Hotel
Keri Village by Zante Plaza (Adults Only)
Plessas Palace Hotel
Diana Palace Hotel
Mariana Hotel and Studios
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Greek
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- Average flight time: 4h 10m
When to go
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If you want nothing more than to inject a little adrenaline into your holiday, Zante offers plenty of water sport mayhem along its shimmering coast; but if splaying out in the sun is more your bag, there’s plenty of opportunity for that too; you’re really spoilt for choice in vibrant Zante. As nightfall hits, the town centre buzzes with friendly local eateries and bars and clubs with DJs spinning all your favourites until the wee hours. After the blur of last night and you’re finished enjoying the view from your apartment, it’s time to dose up on culture; and Zante Town has no shortage of delights to keep your mind occupied. A wealth of museums lie in wait, so don’t feel guilty about taking one day off from the beach, with some culturally significant spots and a buzzing culture to drink in. If you fancy a spot of day-tripping during your stay, then the picturesque seaside town of Argassi or the rugged island of Kefalonia are both well worth exploring.
Wine and Dine
Dinner in Zante is a real treat for all the senses and a true smorgasbord of flavours and smells; with a number of dishes being specialities here. Among the most popular are tzatziki, a refreshing yoghurt, garlic and cucumber dish; the aubergine-heavy melitzanosalata (quite the mouthful...literally!) and ntolmadakia, a delicately light dish of grape leaves and rice. All these traditional dishes come served with delicious freshly baked bread, so no pre-dinner snacking... The Greeks are also famous for their salad so make sure you sample a few plates during your time here. Some of our favourites are choriatiki which is comprised of the freshest peppers, olives, tomatoes and cucumber; and a number of the locally produced feta-based salads. All of these delicious greens are served with a splash of olive oil and xydi to really bring out that Greek flavour. Cheese connoisseurs will be in heaven, with Zakynthos being of particular interest as it's famed for its tyrokayteri creamed cheese and spicy ladotyri, which really has some kick to it!
A family vacation to beautiful Zante will be comprised of so much more than splashing around on the beach and delving deep into the history of the ancient ruins scattered around the island. All the resorts you’ll find here are not just child friendly but actively geared towards kids, so you’ll never be short of things to keep them occupied. Tsilivi, Kalamaki and Alykanas all offer a plethora of water parks, amusement parks and game centres to keep young minds busy, so definitely consider making one of them your base on the trip.Why not saddle up and explore Zante’s diverse natural beauty on horseback on a cross country trail. You could also travel by car or hike, but we can’t see them kicking up a fuss when you offer them a horseback ride... All your budding animal lovers will be delighted to discover the tiny island of Marathonissi is affectionately dubbed ‘Turtle Island’... and with good reason! From here you’ll be able to spot rare loggerhead turtles (or Caretta Caretta to the locals). This island is one of the only places on earth you can spot these wonderful creatures so definitely pencil it in to your schedule.
Action and Adventure
Without a doubt there’s no better way to instil a sense of adventure into your trip in Zante than by getting off the beaten track in a Jeep Safari. Picked up in your hotel or resort, your driver will then take you off road on a bumpy journey you’ll never forget! There’s an abundance of historic landmarks and beautiful scenery to take in en route, and you’ll also discover the history and culture of this gorgeous island, as well as finding out about the monuments and buildings that pass you by. Venturing all around Agalas, Kiliomeno, Iperagakos, Louha & Gyri, you’ll then veer off road to explore the rugged terrains of the Vrachionas mountainscapes. The safari comes with plenty of photo opportunities, especially when you reach the highest point of Zante, where we’re sure your driver will be nice enough to let you hop out and truly drink in the stunning surrounding scenery! After lunch, the trip swings though Maries to Anafonitria where you can haggle yourself some bargains at the local craft market.
Life's a Beach
There are an unbeatable number of accommodation options available when it comes to Zante, so from there it’s simply a case of deciding how near or far from the action you want to be; whether in the town centre, or in a more secluded base camp closer to the coast. Culture and historical influence is everywhere you look on this charming island, with Zante Town home to picturesque Ventian style houses that you’ll have to stop and admire.
Those in search of a bit of peace will flock to Argassi; a gorgeous little coastal town where a laid back lifestyle reins supreme and beach going is a fine art. If you’d like a bit of culture while you top up your tan, check into a beachside hotel or apartment in Aghios Sostis; with sandy beaches aplenty but also dollops of historical sightseeing to get stuck into right on your doorstep. Cool down on Xygia Sulphur Beach which can only be described as a personal slice of paradise; sugar-white sand stretches for kilometres and is lapped up by the shimmering turquoise waves. You couldn’t ask for a better place to relax after some adrenaline pumping days exploring the island.
If you’re the life and soul of a party, there’s only one place to head and that’s Laganas. Known as the island’s top nightlife hotspot it’s the go-to destination for holiday-makers looking for laid-back days and fun-filled nights. The ancient Greeks were well known for their hedonistic lifestyles and to be honest, things haven’t changed all that much. No matter which holiday resort in Zante you choose, you’re sure to find a good time; with Laganas especially offering a wealth of opportunities for cocktails and club nights Dance the night away at specialised beach bars; indulge in drinks promos and free poured cocktails; the moonlight hitting the coast will have never looked so beautiful.The islands alleys are awash with vibrant and stylish bars, with speakers pumping the latest chart bangers and international DJs making special appearances all over. What will your holiday song be?! Just do yourself a favour and stay away from the infamous fish bowls! Far... far away.
Calling all you unashamed romantics out there, you’ve found what you’re after! If it’s romance you seek then you’re completely spoiled for choice in Zante; with a number of classy restaurants, secluded spots and gorgeous sunsets, you’re sure to be whisked up in the romance. Porto Roma is cute little sand-and-pebble beach next to Gerakas peninsula often overlooked in favour of the more obvious Gerakas, It has retained a quiet and picturesque quality so is perfect for finding a secluded spot for you and your beau. Elsewhere, Alikanas offers white sandy beaches with dunes and a ridiculously romantic 'mini wreck' of a sunken boat in off in the distance; perfect for couples photo opportunities. Go on, make your friends back home jealous!
The island of Zante has been subject to numerous foreign occupations for a large part of its history, which is abundantly clear once you set eyes on the stunningly diverse architecture of the towns and villages. There are also plenty of museums around that have documented these historical hardships, so culture vultures will be impressed. One of our favourites is the Museum of Byzantine and Post Byzantine Artat Solomos Square; with an impressive collection of artifacts, hagiographies, wood carvings and stunningly beautiful paintings and wall frescos. Elsewhere, the Naval Museum near Strani Hill charts the islands naval history from 1700 to the present day and boasts Byzantine vessels and uniforms from the Greek civil wars during World War 1 and World War 2; so this is a must-see for war buffs.