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 stated, for me, it’s the beautiful Greek islands which might be 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 truth, I’d go so far as saying it’s one in all my favorite coastlines in all of Greece.
So, that will help 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 when you’re planning to drive or boat across the island.
Have a look, beneath, 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 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 personal). That being stated, you may e-book 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 will 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 recommend heading to Navagio Seaside within the morning, however when 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 simply 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 high of the cliff and cease for a stunning sundown view throughout the Ionian Sea. It’s really unbelievable and, after seeing Navagio Seaside from above (at Navagio Seaside View) and beneath, that is my very favorite spot.
Better of all, it’s fairly simple to drive to this viewpoint and there’s a bit of 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 plenty of folks 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 finest issues to do in Zakynthos for sundown views and a yummy dinner.
Ebook a desk round sundown and watch probably the most superb sundown; all while consuming via 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 onerous to slender down just some 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 finest to get your self a ship. This manner, 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 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 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 unbelievable. 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 undoubtedly suggest it and it’s so good and peaceable.
6.) Anafonitria Monastery
Just a bit inland from Navagio Seaside, visiting the Anafonitria Monastery is among 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 simple 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 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 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 nevertheless it’s properly value it; particularly for a deal with.
We cherished 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 a bit of 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 when you’re spending a while on the island.
That being stated, when 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 among 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 relax and look out for the hatching websites which might be protected across the island.
They’re sometimes protected by wood 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 definitely top-of-the-line issues to do in Zakynthos.
We booked with Large 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 functional tour. It was superb.
Now, what I’d say is that when you plan to rent your personal boat, ensure 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 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 (when 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.
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11.) Zakynthos City
Zakynthos City is the most important city to go to on the island.
Stuffed with native outlets, stunning church buildings and a heap of bars and eating places, it’s the form of place that’s properly value visiting for a day and early night chunk to eat.
We cherished the unfussy, Stathmos, for his or her scrumptious Greek meals. Their recent fish is completely scrumptious.
Afterwards, remember to go to the Bochali Venetian Fortress that’s simply exterior the harbourfront space of Zakynthos City itself.
The citadel 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 hundreds 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 superb stopping level to make for a bit of 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 cheap and properly 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 will have 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 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 number of rustic c Greek homes on its property. They’re completely quaint and exquisite.
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In case you’re wanting a bit of break from the beautiful nature and need a fairly full of life evening in town, then Laganas is likely to be the spot for you. It’s obtained 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 like 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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