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 mentioned, for me, it’s the beautiful Greek islands which are completely stunning and may’t be missed on any journey to Greece. That is very true relating to all one of the 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 stunning shoreline! In actual fact, 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 method to discover Zakynthos, I wished to share a few of our favorite spots that you just actually shouldn’t miss; particularly in the event you’re planning to drive or boat across the island.
Have a look, under, at one of the best issues to do in Zakynthos. Take pleasure in your Greek journey!
1.) Discover the Navagio Seaside (Shipwreck Cove)
Yup, it nearly seems unreal! Navagio Seaside is one spot in Zakynthos that’s recognized 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 personal). Costs range 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 mentioned, you may actually spend a big quantity extra in the event you’re fancying a giant boat.
Most excursions recommend heading to Navagio Seaside within the morning, however in the event 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 won’t get the identical stunning blues that you just see when the solar is excessive within the sky. It’s all a matter of desire and what’s necessary to you most.
2.) Navagio Seaside 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 really unimaginable and, after seeing Navagio Seaside from above (at Navagio Seaside 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 little bit 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 seaside view. We noticed plenty of individuals nonetheless strolling this route however it may be extraordinarily harmful and has, sadly, claimed lives previously. All the time 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 without doubt 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 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 unimaginable locations to go to on the island that you just’ll be spoilt for alternative. In actual fact, it may be laborious to slender down just some of one of the best issues to do in Zakynthos on one journey.
So, like I mentioned when visiting spots like Navagio Seaside, it’s finest to get your self a ship. This fashion, 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 stuffed with unimaginable 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 evening).
We’ve spent a number 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 achieved if two of you go for lunch and get a number of drinks.
We’d positively suggest it and it’s so good and peaceable.
6.) Anafonitria Monastery
Just a bit inland from Navagio Seaside, visiting the Anafonitria Monastery is without doubt 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 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 in search of a stunning place to remain, verify into Olea All Suites. We spent a number of weeks right here and cherished 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 house owners (two twin brothers are so welcoming). You’ll find it irresistible.
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 variety 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 nicely value 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.
Through the years, the seaside bar has been a little 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 charge to enter, although it’s a small charge that’s value it in the event you’re spending a while on the island.
That being mentioned, in the event you 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 without doubt 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 seaside, take a while to sit back and look out for the hatching websites which are protected across the island.
They’re sometimes protected by wood 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 among the best issues to do in Zakynthos.
We booked with Huge Blue Boat Leases 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 Seaside multi function tour. It was wonderful.
Now, what I’d say is that in the event you plan to rent your personal boat, be sure that to incorporate Navagio Seaside 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 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 (in the event 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 among the finest souvlaki and home made chips on the entire of Zakynthos.
11.) Zakynthos City
Zakynthos City is the biggest city to go to on the island.
Stuffed with native retailers, stunning church buildings and a heap of bars and eating places, it’s the type of place that’s nicely value visiting for a day and early night chew to eat.
We cherished 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 Citadel that’s simply exterior the harbourfront space of Zakynthos City itself.
The fort 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 a little bit wine tasting and be taught extra about wine manufacturing on the island.
Better of all, their cellars home an enormous quantity of wines which are produced on the island and simply packed in your baggage to get pleasure from at dwelling. Costs are completely affordable and nicely 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 may see probably 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 under) and be a part of the dust 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 could be very harmful. That is very true as there are not 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 choice of rustic c Greek homes on its property. They’re completely quaint and exquisite.
In case you’re wanting a little bit break from the beautiful nature and need a fairly energetic evening in town, then Laganas is perhaps the spot for you. It’s received all the things 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 in search of you’ll find it irresistible right here. Although, if that doesn’t sound like your thought of enjoyable, you may wish to keep away within the later evenings.
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