The perfect Greek Island, excellent beaches and a relaxed getaway
If you fancy Greece and your holiday involved a beautiful beach and a relaxing getaway, then you should seriously think of Zante, also known as Zakynthos. Zante is the most southerly of the Ionian Islands and the third largest behind Corfu and Kefalonia.
Zante ranges from mountainous landscapes in the north of the island to gentle hills and flay countryside n the south. You will find lush countryside rich with olive groves, lemon trees and bougainvillea. Zante also has a stunning coastline, perfect for lazy days on the beach. Watersports are also available.
You will also find loggerhead turtles in Zante, and they do take the centre stage on Zante, with the island being the most important nesting spot in the Med for them. The best place for spotting these amazing creatures is Laganas Beach and particularly at sundown between July and August.
Zante Town is reminiscent of Venice, with its historic St Mark's Square and Solomos Square lined by reconstructed neo-classical buildings. The picturesque town even curves around a bay, dominated by a Venetian Fortress and the St Dennis Cathedral. In and around the town, holidaymakers will find a range of activities to partake in - from shopping and sightseeing to visiting the local wineries.
The lively resort of Laganas in the South of the island, with its 5 mile sandy beach is known as the place to party on the island whilst you will find quieter resorts like Tsilivi with its fabulous beach of fine sand, just 6 kms north of Zante Town. Argassi, with the mountains as its backdrop and with a long sand and shingle beach is becoming increasingly popular offering a wide selection of bars, tavernas and restaurants and being the closest resort to Zante Town it is a great place from which to launch shopping trips to the island's capital.
Other must-see attractions include Zante's traditional tavernas, the island's stalactites and blue caves, and a 'ship wreck' sunk in the sand.
Zante Island, Zakinthos, Greece