- Pretty, nice sights, friendly locals, good places to eat & visit
- Very touristy in parts, avoid such areas
Published on: 20 November 2014
Zakynthos, a Greek Island rich in natural beauty, offers a fantastic setting for a villa holiday. Its impressive, long sandy beaches and crystal waters - some home to nesting sea turtles - are beautifully contrasted with traditional stone-clad villages hidden in the pine covered mountains. The animated beach resorts on Zakynthos offer an array of restaurants, bars and watersports; along the southern and eastern coastlines - an ideal location for a summer holiday. In the west, spectacular sea caves and peaceful coves are surrounded by dramatic cliffs to offer tranquillity and seclusion.Learn more about Zakynthos »
The wonderful long sandy beach with its clear shallow waters at Tsilivi is perfect for families, whether you’re interested in paddling or parasailing.9 villas 20mins Zakynthos
In Vassilikos you’ll find a small selection of shops and tavernas scattered among orchards and lush farmland. The charming beaches here are favoured by local people simply for their peaceful seclusion.9 villas 20mins Zakynthos
The countryside village of Agios Leon has been untouched by tourism retaining many of the traditions of the island. A beautiful cliff-lined coast and stunning views out to sea are within easy reach.6 villas 40mins Zakynthos
Situated on the north-eastern coast of Zakynthos, the charming, tiny harbour of Agios Nikolaos is the gateway to 'Shipwreck Bay' and the 'Blue Caves', where tourists motor round to view these fantastic sights.4 villas 1hr Zakynthos
The coastal village of Beloussi enjoys an idyllic setting surrounded by rural landscape, remaining largely untouched by tourism and true to its traditions – a great place to enjoy an authentic villa holiday.4 villas 25mins Zakynthos
The typical little Greek village of Akrotiri is ideally located for those wishing to be close to Zante Town, which hosts a huge range of tavernas, cafés, shops and trendy bars all found within a 15 minute drive.3 villas 15mins Zakynthos
Set on the southern tip of the island, the quaint little coastal resort of Keri boasts scenic surroundings from dramatic olive tree-covered hillsides to enchanting cliff faces.2 villas 45mins Zakynthos
Lithakia is situated just south of bustling Laganas, one of the largest and liveliest resorts on the island and has remained refreshingly localised, with a selection of shops and tavernas conveniently close by.2 villas 20mins Zakynthos
The quiet village of Tragaki is located on the north side of Kavelaris Hill amid attractive scenery of olive trees and vineyards offering fantastic views over the glittering waters of the Ionian Sea.2 villas 20mins Zakynthos
Situated close to the sea, on the east coast of the island near to the resorts of Tragaki and Tsilivi, sits the small sleepy village of Kipseli.1 villa 15mins Zakynthos
Boasting a vibrant nightlife, gorgeous beach with crystal clear waters and surrounded by stunning landscapes, the bustling town of Laganas is well known for its lively atmosphere and party scene.1 villa 15mins Zakynthos
Macherado is a rural village surrounded by vineyards and centred around the production of local wine. Relax and discover the traditional Greek way of living with a bars and restaurants serving local dishes.1 villa 20mins Zakynthos
For a relaxed holiday in Greece look no further than Romiri, a peaceful village located in the south of the island just 5km inland from the coast and surrounded by a landscape of vines and olive groves.1 villa 20mins Zakynthos
Vanato is a very small and traditional village centrally located on the island of Zakynthos making it the perfect base from which to enjoy a relaxing holiday and to discover some of the larger resorts as well.1 villa 20mins Zakynthos
We have chosen a selection of 20 villas from our full list of properties in Zakynthos. Find the perfect villa below:
Agios Leon, Zakynthos
Agios Leon, Zakynthos
Agios Nikolaos, Zakynthos
Agios Leon, Zakynthos
Agios Leon, Zakynthos
Leisure pursuits, including cycling, hiking, horseback riding and nature trails, offer wonderful ways to enjoy the changeable Zakynthos landscape – from its rolling hills and olive groves to scented citrus orchards. A divers’ paradise, this Greek Island has an underwater world well worthy of exploration. On land, in between the sharp-edged rocks and protected white sandy beaches, you can watch the famous sea-turtles, native to Zakynthos, find refuge to reproduce. Paragliding, banana rides, pedalos and canoes are also available to help you cool off on your villa holiday in the dazzling sun.
Modern amenities are a feature of this Greek Island, but a long history steeped in tradition is also waiting to be discovered in Zakynthos. Beautiful orthodox churches, archaeological sites and Venetian castle ruins are dotted all around. Quiet villages and traditional stone houses line narrow streets, often perched in the mountains. Museums celebrate the Byzantine era and Greek literary works. Baroque and Renaissance architecture is also found all over Zakynthos, proudly maintained by its Greek Island native inhabitants.
The superb beaches of Zakynthos are famed for their natural, unspoilt beauty, fine white volcanic sand and turquoise waters. A Greek Island full of coastline variations, you’ll find rugged natural beaches nestled in rocky formations and little private, pine-clad islets for total seclusion. To protect the habitat of the endangered sea-turtle, many bays forbid building work and nightlife. Sunbeds and parasols can be found in most villa holiday resorts, alongside a wide variety of watersports facilities, snack bars and tavernas.
Zakynthos has a great variety of night-time entertainment with something to suit every taste. In early evening, bars and outside terraces offer magnificent views out to sea – best enjoyed over a soothing cocktail. Later on, the livelier atmosphere and faster tempo found in Zakynthos is perfect for dancing into the early hours. Traditional tavernas and nightspots are found in smaller resorts, with amenities that appeal to all ages. Live music, cabaret and authentic Greek dancing are among the best attractions.
Sometimes even the best of us need a little inspiration. Here are some recommendations from us to help you find your perfect holiday
Whether swimming in the sea or sunbathing on the sand, take advantage of a property located close to the beach.View Villas
Take time out to relax in your infinity pool whilst overlooking the sapphire waters that extend beautifully to the horizon.View Villas
Enjoy a location close to the heart of the action with plenty of amenities nearby, perfect if you prefer not to hire a car.View Villas
Whether its for family fun or just a few lengths in the morning, enjoy all the space and freedom that comes with a large pool.View Villas
Our smaller villas are perfect for couples offering all the space, privacy and freedom to enjoy a fantastic holiday just for two.View Villas
Enjoy complete comfort and relaxation following a day of exploring in your very own Jacuzzi or hot tub.View Villas
From neighbouring properties to stand alone villas that sleep up to 20 people, there are plenty of options for large groups.View Villas
Enjoy the peace and relaxation that comes with a private villa located off the beaten track.View Villas
Take in the wonderful site of the surrounding area from the comfort and privacy of your own villaView Villas
Nothing beats being able to enjoy a barbecue by the side of your pool, in the comfort of your own private villa.View Villas
Chill out in our air conditioned villas - respite from the midday sun and a guaranteed cool and comfortable nights' sleep.View Villas
Take a look at the added entertainment on offer at these fantastic villas - and perhaps swap the swimming pool for a pool table!View Villas
Free Wi-Fi connectivity makes it easy to plan your holiday itinerary - or show off your fantastic villa to your friends back home.View Villas
Finding the perfect beach in which to unwind is not easy. Let us help point the way with our interactive map:
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*Whilst wheelchair / disabled access (where stated) is deemed good in our opinion, it may not be compliant to Disability and Discrimination Act standards - for more detailed information we suggest that you contact the local tourist board.