Belief me after 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 stated, for me, it’s the stunning Greek islands which can be completely stunning and might’t be missed on any journey to Greece. That is very true in relation to all the most effective 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! The truth is, I’d go so far as saying it’s certainly one of my favorite coastlines in all of Greece.
So, that will help you alongside your merry option to discover Zakynthos, I wished to share a few of our favorite spots that you just actually shouldn’t miss; particularly should you’re planning to drive or boat across the island.
Have a look, under, at the most effective issues to do in Zakynthos. Take pleasure in your Greek journey!
1.) Discover the Navagio Seashore (Shipwreck Cove)
Yup, it nearly appears unreal! Navagio Seashore is one spot in Zakynthos that’s identified all throughout the Mediterranean. It’s extremely stunning, dramatic and downright blissful.
Now, to get right here, you’ll have to both be a part of a shared boat (or rent your individual). Costs differ considerably and may 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 stated, you may actually spend a major quantity extra should you’re fancying a giant boat.
Most excursions counsel heading to Navagio Seashore within the morning, however should 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 may not get the identical stunning blues that you just see when the solar is excessive within the sky. It’s all a matter of choice and what’s essential 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 beautiful sundown view throughout the Ionian Sea. It’s really unimaginable and, after seeing Navagio Seashore from above (at Navagio Beach View) and under, that is my very favorite spot.
Better of all, it’s fairly straightforward to drive to this viewpoint and there’s a bit little bit of parking, too. Head right here round 1-2 hours earlier than sundown and take within the beautiful 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 plenty of individuals nonetheless strolling this route however it may be extraordinarily harmful and has, sadly, claimed lives previously. At all times be smart, 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 among the greatest issues to do in Zakynthos for sundown views and a yummy dinner.
E-book 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 unimaginable locations to go to on the island that you just’ll be spoilt for selection. The truth is, it may be onerous to slender down only a few of the most effective issues to do in Zakynthos on one journey.
So, like I stated when visiting spots like Navagio Seashore, it’s greatest to get your self a ship. This manner, you may spend a complete 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 full of 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 have to spend over €100 euros to make use of their cove/loungers however that is simply accomplished if two of you go for lunch and get a couple of drinks.
We’d positively suggest it and it’s so good and peaceable.
6.) Anafonitria Monastery
Just a bit inland from Navagio Seashore, visiting the Anafonitria Monastery is among 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 adorned with frescos.
It’ll solely take round 30-minutes to totally discover the monastery, which, makes it straightforward as a cease en route throughout the western shoreline.
In case you’re on the lookout for a beautiful place to remain, test 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 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 unimaginable; particularly the baked feta and the house owners (two twin brothers are so welcoming). You’ll adore it.
For a number of 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 a number of the different eating places on the town nevertheless it’s properly price 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 by way of a small footbridge.
Over time, the seaside bar has been a bit 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 price to enter, although it’s a small price that’s price it should you’re spending a while on the island.
That being stated, should you solely plan to spend a couple of minutes on Cameo Island you would possibly wanna give it a miss.
9.) Marathonisi Island (Turtle Island)
One of many spots we included with our boat journey, exploring Turtle Island is among the greatest issues to do in Zakynthos if you wish to see the valuable 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 can be protected across the island.
They’re sometimes protected by picket guards that you just’ll spot with ease.
10.) West Coat Boat Tour
For us, it’s the shoreline that makes the island so particular and is well probably the greatest 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 functional tour. It was wonderful.
Now, what I might say is that should you plan to rent your individual boat, ensure 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 season 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 (should you’re in a non-public boat) to cease off for lunch at Porto Limnionas Tavern. It’s a quaint little place the place you may seize a number of 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 form of place that’s properly price 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, make sure you go to the Bochali Venetian Fortress that’s simply outdoors the harbourfront space of Zakynthos City itself.
The citadel sits on a tall hill overlooking the ocean and is a reasonably beautiful place to study extra in regards to the historic Venetians that when dominated the island.
You’ll get to study masses 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 Winery Museum is a superb stopping level to make for a bit wine tasting and study 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 get pleasure from at residence. Costs are completely cheap and properly price 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 may see probably 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 under) and be a part of the dust highway (by way of foot or quad bike) to the cliff edge. The views are beautiful.
Once more, like most spots of the west coast, Myzithres Viewpoint may 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 lodge keep? Examine into Logothetis Organic Farm, a working farm that has a collection of rustic c Greek homes on its property. They’re completely quaint and delightful.
In case you’re wanting a bit break from the beautiful nature and need a fairly energetic night time in town, then Laganas is likely to be the spot for you. It’s bought the whole lot 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 concept of enjoyable, you would possibly wish to keep away within the later evenings.
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