Belief me after 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 stated, for me, it’s the beautiful Greek islands which can be completely lovely and may’t be missed on any journey to Greece. That is very true in the case 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 lovely shoreline! In actual fact, 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 strategy to discover Zakynthos, I needed to share a few of our favorite spots that you just actually shouldn’t miss; particularly if you happen to’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 identified all throughout the Mediterranean. It’s extremely lovely, dramatic and downright blissful.
Now, to get right here, you’ll must both be part of a shared boat (or rent your personal). Costs fluctuate considerably and could 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 definitely spend a major quantity extra if you happen to’re fancying an enormous boat.
Most excursions recommend heading to Navagio Seashore within the morning, however if you happen to 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 lovely 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.
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2.) Navagio Seashore View
If a ship journey doesn’t sound like your factor, head to the very high of the cliff and cease for a stunning sundown view throughout the Ionian Sea. It’s actually 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 straightforward to drive to this viewpoint and there’s slightly 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 principle seaside view. We noticed plenty of folks nonetheless strolling this route however it may be extraordinarily harmful and has, sadly, claimed lives up to now. At all times be wise, don’t go too close to the sides and watch out.
Belief me, the cliffs are ginormous.
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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.
Guide 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 just’ll be spoilt for selection. In actual fact, it may be onerous to slim down only a few of the very best 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 fashion, you may 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 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.
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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 performed if two of you go for lunch and get a couple of drinks.
We’d undoubtedly advocate 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 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 straightforward as a cease en route throughout the western shoreline.
In case you’re in search of a stunning place to remain, examine into Olea All Suites. We spent a couple of weeks right here and beloved it right here. The swim-up swimming pools are unimaginable.
In case 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 homeowners (two twin brothers are so welcoming). You’ll adore it.
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For a few 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 variety of freshly-caught seafood that’s simply so tasty.
Sure, it’s fairly a bit costlier than a few of the different eating places on the town but it surely’s nicely price it; particularly for a deal with.
We beloved the entire lobster and pasta. So good!
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8.) Cameo Island
Simply off Laganas, Cameo Island is a tiny little island that’s hooked up to the Laganas space of Zakynthos through a small footbridge.
Through the years, the seaside bar has been slightly gem of a spot to go to for a fast drink or relax 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 if you happen to’re spending a while on the island.
That being stated, if you happen to solely plan to spend a couple of minutes on Cameo Island you would possibly wanna give it a miss.
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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 can be protected across the island.
They’re usually protected by wood guards that you just’ll spot with ease.
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10.) West Coat Boat Tour
For us, it’s the shoreline that makes the island so particular and is definitely among the finest issues to do in Zakynthos.
We booked with Big Blue Boat Rentals and beloved 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 if you happen to plan to rent your personal boat, be certain to incorporate Navagio Seashore as a cease and never a sole vacation spot. You see, Navagio is completely lovely however it could 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 (if you happen to’re in a personal boat) to cease off for lunch at Porto Limnionas Tavern. It’s a quaint little place the place you may seize a few of the greatest souvlaki and home made chips on the entire of Zakynthos.
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11.) Zakynthos City
Zakynthos City is the most important city to go to on the island.
Full of native retailers, lovely church buildings and a heap of bars and eating places, it’s the sort of place that’s nicely price visiting for a day and early night chew to eat.
We beloved the unfussy, Stathmos, for his or her scrumptious Greek meals. Their recent fish is completely scrumptious.
Afterwards, make sure you go to the Bochali Venetian Fort that’s simply exterior the harbourfront space of Zakynthos City itself.
The fort sits on a tall hill overlooking the ocean and is a reasonably attractive place to study extra concerning the historic Venetians that when dominated the island.
You’ll get to study masses concerning the historical past and peek behind the partitions of the fortress itself.
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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 slightly 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 house. Costs are completely affordable and nicely 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 essentially the most dramatic views over the cliffs and throughout the Ionian Sea.
To get right here, you have to to park up close to Keri Lighthouse (the view beneath) and be 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 could be very harmful. That is very true as there are not any boundaries 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 collection of rustic c Greek homes on its property. They’re completely quaint and exquisite.
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In case you’re wanting slightly break from the beautiful nature and need a fairly energetic night time in town, then Laganas could be the spot for you. It’s obtained all the pieces from bars, taverns, and nightclubs that keep open till the wee hours of the morning.
Sure, it could get fairly loud and lairy but when that’s what you’re in search of 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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