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 locations dotted all throughout the nation. That being mentioned, for me, it’s the beautiful Greek islands which might be completely lovely and might’t be missed on any journey to Greece. That is very true relating to all the perfect 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 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 solution to discover Zakynthos, I needed 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, beneath, at the perfect issues to do in Zakynthos. Take pleasure in your Greek journey!
1.) Discover the Navagio Seashore (Shipwreck Cove)
Yup, it nearly seems unreal! Navagio Seashore is one spot in Zakynthos that’s recognized all throughout the Mediterranean. It’s extremely lovely, 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 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 possibly can definitely spend a big quantity extra for those who’re fancying a giant boat.
Most excursions counsel 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 won’t get the identical lovely blues that you simply see when the solar is excessive within the sky. It’s all a matter of desire 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 prime of the cliff and cease for a beautiful sundown view throughout the Ionian Sea. It’s really unbelievable and, after seeing Navagio Seashore from above (at Navagio Seashore View) and beneath, that is my very favorite spot.
Better of all, it’s fairly straightforward to drive to this viewpoint and there’s somewhat 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 a lot of individuals nonetheless strolling this route however it may be extraordinarily harmful and has, sadly, claimed lives prior to now. All the time 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 among the greatest issues to do in Zakynthos for sundown views and a yummy dinner.
Guide a desk round sundown and watch essentially the most wonderful sundown; all while consuming by means 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 unbelievable locations to go to on the island that you simply’ll be spoilt for selection. In truth, it may be laborious to slim 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 greatest to get your self a ship. This manner, you possibly can 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 crammed with unbelievable 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 good little spot to spend a lazy afternoon (or check-in and keep the evening).
We’ve spent a number of afternoons right here and the meals is unbelievable. Now, you do have to 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 number 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 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 embellished with frescos.
It’ll solely take round 30-minutes to completely discover the monastery, which, makes it straightforward as a cease en route throughout the western shoreline.
In case you’re in search of a beautiful place to remain, examine into Olea All Suites. We spent a number 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 house owners (two twin brothers are so welcoming). You’ll like it.
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For a few of the greatest 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 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 nevertheless it’s properly price it; particularly for a deal with.
We liked 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.
Over time, the seaside bar has been somewhat 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 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.
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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 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 usually protected by picket guards that you simply’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 well top-of-the-line issues to do in Zakynthos.
We booked with Large 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 could 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 (for those who’re in a non-public boat) to cease off for lunch at Porto Limnionas Tavern. It’s a quaint little place the place you possibly can 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 biggest city to go to on the island.
Stuffed with native retailers, lovely 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 liked the unfussy, Stathmos, for his or her scrumptious Greek meals. Their recent fish is completely scrumptious.
Afterwards, you’ll want to go to the Bochali Venetian Citadel that’s simply exterior the harbourfront space of Zakynthos City itself.
The fortress sits on a tall hill overlooking the ocean and is a reasonably beautiful 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.
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12.) Callinico Vineyard Museum
Round a 10-15 minute drive from Zakynthos City, the Callinico Vineyard Museum is a good stopping level to make for somewhat 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 residence. Costs are completely affordable 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 possibly can 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 a part of the dust street (through foot or quad bike) to the cliff edge. The views are beautiful.
Once more, like most spots of the west coast, Myzithres Viewpoint will 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? Examine into Logothetis Natural Farm, a working farm that has a collection of rustic c Greek homes on its property. They’re completely quaint and delightful.
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In case you’re wanting somewhat break from the beautiful nature and desire a fairly energetic evening in town, then Laganas may be the spot for you. It’s bought every thing 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 like it right here. Although, if that doesn’t sound like your concept of enjoyable, you may need to keep away within the later evenings.
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