Belief me once I say that Greece is a particular place! Not solely does it have some extremely historic cities like Athens, but it surely additionally has a load of epic locations dotted all throughout the nation. That being mentioned, for me, it’s the gorgeous Greek islands which can be completely lovely and might’t be missed on any journey to Greece. That is very true in relation to all the perfect issues to do in Zakynthos – an Ionian Greek Island that’s simply gorgeous 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 lovely shoreline! In truth, I’d go so far as saying it’s one among my favorite coastlines in all of Greece.
So, that can assist you alongside your merry strategy to discover Zakynthos, I wished to share a few of our favorite spots that you simply actually shouldn’t miss; particularly for those who’re planning to drive or boat across the island.
Have a look, under, at the perfect issues to do in Zakynthos. Get pleasure from your Greek journey!
1.) Discover the Navagio Seashore (Shipwreck Cove)
Yup, it nearly appears to be like unreal! Navagio Seashore is one spot in Zakynthos that’s identified all throughout the Mediterranean. It’s extremely lovely, dramatic and downright blissful.
Now, to get right here, you’ll must both be a part of an unbelievable boat tour round Zakynthos (or rent your individual). That being mentioned, you’ll be able to e-book this attractive, small group boat tour across the coast and the skippers are so well-informed to take you to the perfect spots.
Costs fluctuate considerably and might be something from round €30 euro for a small group boat and a tour, to round €750 for a ship that we rented with a skipper to drive us round for the entire day.
Most excursions recommend heading to Navagio Seashore within the morning, however for those who actually need to see a lot fewer crowds then head right here an hour or two earlier than sundown.
It’s considerably quieter however you may not get the identical lovely blues that you simply see when the solar is excessive within the sky. It’s all a matter of choice 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 unbelievable and, after seeing Navagio Seashore from above (at Navagio Seashore View) and under, that is my very favorite spot.
Better of all, it’s fairly simple to drive to this viewpoint and there’s just a little 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 seashore view. We noticed numerous folks nonetheless strolling this route however it may be extraordinarily harmful and has, sadly, claimed lives previously. All the time be wise, don’t go too close to the perimeters 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 finest issues to do in Zakynthos for sundown views and a yummy dinner.
Guide a desk round sundown and watch probably the most wonderful sundown; all while consuming via 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 unbelievable locations to go to on the island that you simply’ll be spoilt for alternative. In truth, it may be arduous to slender down just some of the perfect issues to do in Zakynthos on one journey.
So, like I mentioned when visiting spots like Navagio Seashore, it’s finest 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 stuffed with unbelievable and completely spectacular caves that span the western shoreline.
While on a ship tour, you’ll get to go 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 unbelievable. Now, you do must spend over €100 euros to make use of their cove/loungers however that is simply completed 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 finest issues to do in Zakynthos if you wish to discover extra of the island’s non secular 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 totally discover the monastery, which, makes it simple as a cease en route throughout the western shoreline.
In case 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 liked it right here. The swim-up swimming pools are unbelievable.
In case you do select to remain, head all the way down to Avra Taverna Restaurant or their second restaurant Avli (that’s nearer to the shore). The Greek dishes are unbelievable; particularly the baked feta and the homeowners (two twin brothers are so welcoming). You’ll like it.
For among the finest seafood on Zakynthos, head to Dominicale Sea Meals 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 but it surely’s effectively value it; particularly for a deal with.
We liked 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 by way of a small footbridge.
Over time, the seashore bar has been just a little 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 for those who’re spending a while on the island.
That being mentioned, for those who 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 finest 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 seashore, take a while to relax and look out for the hatching websites which can 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 among the finest issues to do in Zakynthos.
We booked with Huge Blue Boat Leases and liked 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 wonderful.
Now, what I’d say is that for those who plan to rent your individual boat, make sure that to incorporate Navagio Seashore as a cease and never a sole vacation spot. You see, Navagio is completely lovely however it will possibly get unbearably busy within the busy summer season months.
Plus, there’s a heap of gorgeous bays, coves and caves to discover all alongside the west coast of Zakynthos.
Afterwards, ask your skipper (for those who’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 finest souvlaki and home made chips on the entire of Zakynthos.
11.) Zakynthos City
Zakynthos City is the most important city to go to on the island.
Crammed with native outlets, lovely church buildings and a heap of bars and eating places, it’s the form of place that’s effectively value visiting for a day and early night chew to eat.
We liked the unfussy, Stathmos, for his or her scrumptious Greek meals. Their recent fish is completely scrumptious.
Afterwards, you should definitely go to the Bochali Venetian Fortress that’s simply exterior the harbourfront space of Zakynthos City itself.
The fortress sits on a tall hill overlooking the ocean and is a fairly attractive place to be taught extra in regards to the historic Venetians that when dominated the island.
You’ll get to be taught hundreds in regards to 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 Vineyard Museum is a superb stopping level to make for just a little wine tasting and be taught extra about wine manufacturing on the island.
Better of all, their cellars home an enormous quantity of wines which can be produced on the island and simply packed in your baggage to take pleasure in at residence. Costs are completely cheap 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 probably the most dramatic views over the cliffs and throughout the Ionian Sea.
To get right here, you will want to park up close to Keri Lighthouse (the view under) and be a part of the filth highway (by way of foot or quad bike) to the cliff edge. The views are attractive.
Once more, like most spots of the west coast, Myzithres Viewpoint might be very harmful. That is very true as there aren’t any limitations stopping you from falling off the sting. Be very cautious.
Not fancying a typical resort keep? Examine into Logothetis Natural Farm, a working farm that has a number of rustic c Greek homes on its property. They’re completely quaint and delightful.
In case you’re wanting just a little break from the gorgeous nature and desire a fairly full of life night time in town, then Laganas is perhaps the spot for you. It’s bought all the pieces 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 like it right here. Although, if that doesn’t sound like your thought of enjoyable, you may need to keep away within the later evenings.
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