Belief me once 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 stated, for me, it’s the gorgeous 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 one of the best issues to do in Zakynthos – an Ionian Greek Island that’s simply gorgeous 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 reality, I’d go so far as saying it’s considered 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 one of the best issues to do in Zakynthos. Take pleasure in your Greek journey!
1.) Discover the Navagio Seaside (Shipwreck Cove)
Yup, it virtually seems unreal! Navagio Seaside 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 an unbelievable boat tour round Zakynthos (or rent your individual). That being stated, you’ll be able to guide this beautiful, small group boat tour across the coast and the skippers are so well-informed to take you to one of the best spots.
Costs differ considerably and may be something from round €30 euro for a small group boat and a tour, to round €750 for a ship that we rented with a skipper to drive us round for the entire day.
Most excursions counsel heading to Navagio Seaside within the morning, however should you 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 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 necessary to you most.
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2.) Navagio Seaside 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 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 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 seashore view. We noticed a number of folks 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 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 without doubt one of the greatest 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 unbelievable locations to go to on the island that you just’ll be spoilt for alternative. In reality, it may be onerous to slender down only a few of one of the best issues to do in Zakynthos on one journey.
So, like I stated when visiting spots like Navagio Seaside, it’s greatest to get your self a ship. This fashion, you’ll be able to 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 full of unbelievable 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.
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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 night time).
We’ve spent just a few 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 accomplished if two of you go for lunch and get just a few drinks.
We’d positively advocate 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 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.
If you happen to’re in search of a beautiful place to remain, test into Olea All Suites. We spent just a few weeks right here and beloved it right here. The swim-up swimming pools are unbelievable.
If you happen to 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 unbelievable; particularly the baked feta and the homeowners (two twin brothers are so welcoming). You’ll adore it.
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For among 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 among the different eating places on the town nevertheless it’s nicely value 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 by way of a small footbridge.
Through the years, the seashore 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 price to enter, although it’s a small price that’s value 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.
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9.) Marathonisi Island (Turtle Island)
One of many spots we included with our boat journey, exploring Turtle Island is without doubt 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 seashore, take a while to sit back and look out for the hatching websites which can be protected across the island.
They’re usually protected by picket 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 well among the best issues to do in Zakynthos.
We booked with Large Blue Boat Leases 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 Seaside multi function tour. It was wonderful.
Now, what I’d say is that should you plan to rent your individual 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 gorgeous bays, coves and caves to discover all alongside the west coast of Zakynthos.
Afterwards, ask your skipper (should you’re in a personal boat) to cease off for lunch at Porto Limnionas Tavern. It’s a quaint little place the place you’ll be able to seize among the greatest souvlaki and selfmade 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.
Full of native outlets, stunning church buildings and a heap of bars and eating places, it’s the sort of place that’s nicely value visiting for a day and early night chew to eat.
We beloved the unfussy, Stathmos, for his or her scrumptious Greek meals. Their contemporary fish is completely scrumptious.
Afterwards, you should definitely go to the Bochali Venetian Fortress 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 beautiful place to be taught extra concerning the historic Venetians that after dominated the island.
You’ll get to be taught 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 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 can be produced on the island and simply packed in your baggage to get pleasure from at residence. Costs are completely cheap 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’ll be able to 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 street (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 obstacles stopping you from falling off the sting. Be very cautious.
Not fancying a typical resort keep? Test into Logothetis Natural 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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If you happen to’re wanting a little bit break from the gorgeous nature and need a fairly vigorous night time in town, then Laganas may be the spot for you. It’s acquired 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 in search of you’ll adore it right here. Although, if that doesn’t sound like your concept of enjoyable, you would possibly need to keep away within the later evenings.
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