Belief me once I say that Greece is a particular place! Not solely does it have some extremely historic cities like Athens, nevertheless it additionally has a load of epic places dotted all throughout the nation. That being mentioned, for me, it’s the stunning Greek islands which might be completely stunning and may’t be missed on any journey to Greece. That is very true in terms of all the very best issues to do in Zakynthos – an Ionian Greek Island that’s simply beautiful to go to.
We’ve spent fairly a little bit of time in Zakynthos and it actually lives as much as the hype; particularly its stunning shoreline! In truth, I’d go so far as saying it’s one in all my favorite coastlines in all of Greece.
So, that can assist you alongside your merry option to discover Zakynthos, I wished to share a few of our favorite spots that you simply actually shouldn’t miss; particularly when you’re planning to drive or boat across the island.
Have a look, beneath, at the very best issues to do in Zakynthos. Take pleasure in your Greek journey!
1.) Discover the Navagio Seashore (Shipwreck Cove)
Yup, it virtually seems to be unreal! Navagio Seashore is one spot in Zakynthos that’s recognized all throughout the Mediterranean. It’s extremely stunning, dramatic and downright blissful.
Now, to get right here, you’ll must both be a part of a shared boat (or rent your personal). Costs range considerably and will be something from round €30 euro for a big shared boat and a brief tour, to round €750 for a ship that we rented with a skipper to drive us round for the entire day.
That being mentioned, you’ll be able to definitely spend a big quantity extra when you’re fancying a giant boat.
Most excursions recommend heading to Navagio Seashore within the morning, however when you actually wish to see a lot fewer crowds then head right here an hour or two earlier than sundown. It’s considerably quieter however you won’t get the identical stunning blues that you simply see when the solar is excessive within the sky. It’s all a matter of desire and what’s necessary to you most.
2.) Navagio Seashore View
If a ship journey doesn’t sound like your factor, head to the very prime of the cliff and cease for a stunning sundown view throughout the Ionian Sea. It’s really unimaginable and, after seeing Navagio Seashore from above (at Navagio Beach View) and beneath, that is my very favorite spot.
Better of all, it’s fairly simple to drive to this viewpoint and there’s a bit of little bit of parking, too. Head right here round 1-2 hours earlier than sundown and take within the attractive views and orange hues that bathe Zakynthos at sundown.
One phrase of warning, there’s a a lot risker (and closed) viewpoint that’s a brief stroll from the primary seaside view. We noticed numerous folks nonetheless strolling this route however it may be extraordinarily harmful and has, sadly, claimed lives prior to now. All the time be smart, don’t go too close to the sides and watch out.
Belief me, the cliffs are ginormous.
3.) Cave Damianos
Nestled on the cliffs of the west coast, reserving a desk at Cave Damianos is likely one of the greatest issues to do in Zakynthos for sundown views and a yummy dinner.
Ebook a desk round sundown and watch essentially the most superb sundown; all while consuming by way of the native catch of the day that’s too good to overlook.
4.) Keri Caves (and a wider boat tour)
There are such a lot of unimaginable locations to go to on the island that you simply’ll be spoilt for alternative. In truth, it may be arduous to slim down only a few of the very best issues to do in Zakynthos on one journey.
So, like I mentioned when visiting spots like Navagio Seashore, it’s greatest to get your self a ship. This fashion, you’ll be able to spend an entire day (or longer) stopping off on the inaccessible coves and seashores that may solely be reached by sea.
One such spot is the Keri Caves which is crammed with unimaginable and completely spectacular caves that span the western shoreline.
While on a ship tour, you’ll get to move between the arches, discover the little bays and take a snorkel within the crystal-clear waters.
Nobelos is a family-run seaside Lodge, bio restaurant and personal cove is a superb little spot to spend a lazy afternoon (or check-in and keep the night time).
We’ve spent a couple of afternoons right here and the meals is unimaginable. Now, you do must spend over €100 euros to make use of their cove/loungers however that is simply achieved if two of you go for lunch and get a couple of drinks.
We’d undoubtedly suggest it and it’s so good and peaceable.
6.) Anafonitria Monastery
Just a bit inland from Navagio Seashore, visiting the Anafonitria Monastery is likely one of the greatest issues to do in Zakynthos if you wish to discover extra of the island’s spiritual historical past.
Based within the fifteenth century, the monastery is devoted to the Holy Virgin Mary and is fairly spectacular to see. Contained in the constructing, the partitions are embellished with frescos.
It’ll solely take round 30-minutes to completely discover the monastery, which, makes it simple as a cease en route throughout the western shoreline.
In the event you’re on the lookout for a stunning place to remain, verify into Olea All Suites. We spent a couple of weeks right here and cherished it right here. The swim-up swimming pools are unimaginable.
In the event you do select to remain, head right down to Avra Taverna Restaurant or their second restaurant Avli (that’s nearer to the shore). The Greek dishes are unimaginable; particularly the baked feta and the house owners (two twin brothers are so welcoming). You’ll adore it.
For among the greatest seafood on Zakynthos, head to Dominicale Sea Food that’s so good. Round a 7-minute drive from Zakynthos City, Dominicale Sea Meals has a spread of freshly-caught seafood that’s simply so tasty.
Sure, it’s fairly a bit dearer than among the different eating places on the town nevertheless it’s effectively value it; particularly for a deal with.
We cherished the entire lobster and pasta. So good!
8.) Cameo Island
Simply off Laganas, Cameo Island is a tiny little island that’s connected to the Laganas space of Zakynthos through a small footbridge.
Through the years, the seaside bar has been a bit of gem of a spot to go to for a fast drink or sit back on their intimate little shoreline.
Sure, you’ll have to pay a small payment to enter, although it’s a small payment that’s value it when you’re spending a while on the island.
That being mentioned, when you solely plan to spend a couple of minutes on Cameo Island you may wanna give it a miss.
9.) Marathonisi Island (Turtle Island)
One of many spots we included with our boat journey, exploring Turtle Island is likely one of the greatest issues to do in Zakynthos if you wish to see the dear nesting websites across the Ionian Sea.
As soon as right here, spend a while on the seaside, take a while to relax and look out for the hatching websites which might be protected across the island.
They’re sometimes protected by picket guards that you simply’ll spot with ease.
10.) West Coat Boat Tour
For us, it’s the shoreline that makes the island so particular and is well the most effective issues to do in Zakynthos.
We booked with Big Blue Boat Rentals and cherished it. We included; Porto Vromi, Kampi-Schiza, Porto Limnionas, Porto Roxa, Korakonisi, Agalas Caves, Pischines, Myzithres, Keri Caves, the arches and the waters round Keri Seashore multi function tour. It was superb.
Now, what I might say is that when you plan to rent your personal boat, be sure to incorporate Navagio Seashore as a cease and never a sole vacation spot. You see, Navagio is completely stunning however it will possibly get unbearably busy within the busy summer time months.
Plus, there’s a heap of beautiful bays, coves and caves to discover all alongside the west coast of Zakynthos.
Afterwards, ask your skipper (when you’re in a personal boat) to cease off for lunch at Porto Limnionas Tavern. It’s a quaint little place the place you’ll be able to seize among the greatest souvlaki and selfmade chips on the entire of Zakynthos.
11.) Zakynthos City
Zakynthos City is the biggest city to go to on the island.
Crammed with native retailers, stunning church buildings and a heap of bars and eating places, it’s the sort of place that’s effectively value visiting for a day and early night chew to eat.
We cherished the unfussy, Stathmos, for his or her scrumptious Greek meals. Their contemporary fish is completely scrumptious.
Afterwards, you should definitely go to the Bochali Venetian Citadel that’s simply exterior the harbourfront space of Zakynthos City itself.
The fort sits on a tall hill overlooking the ocean and is a fairly attractive place to study extra concerning the historic Venetians that after dominated the island.
You’ll get to study masses concerning the historical past and peek behind the partitions of the fortress itself.
12.) Callinico Vineyard Museum
Round a 10-15 minute drive from Zakynthos City, the Callinico Winery Museum is a superb stopping level to make for a bit of wine tasting and study extra about wine manufacturing on the island.
Better of all, their cellars home an enormous quantity of wines which might be produced on the island and simply packed in your baggage to get pleasure from at dwelling. Costs are completely affordable and effectively value stopping by for some native favourites.
13.) Myzithres Viewpoint
One other nice viewpoint from the west coast of the island is from Myzithres Viewpoint, the place you’ll be able to see essentially the most dramatic views over the cliffs and throughout the Ionian Sea.
To get right here, you will have to park up close to Keri Lighthouse (the view beneath) and be a part of the dust highway (through foot or quad bike) to the cliff edge. The views are attractive.
Once more, like most spots of the west coast, Myzithres Viewpoint will be very harmful. That is very true as there are not any limitations stopping you from falling off the sting. Be very cautious.
Not fancying a typical lodge keep? Test into Logothetis Organic Farm, a working farm that has a choice of rustic c Greek homes on its property. They’re completely quaint and delightful.
In the event you’re wanting a bit of break from the beautiful nature and need a fairly vigorous night time in town, then Laganas is likely to be the spot for you. It’s acquired every part from bars, taverns, and nightclubs that keep open till the wee hours of the morning.
Sure, it will possibly get fairly loud and lairy but when that’s what you’re on the lookout for you’ll adore it right here. Although, if that doesn’t sound like your thought of enjoyable, you may wish to keep away within the later evenings.
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