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 found along the southern and eastern coastlines offer an array of restaurants, bars and watersports. Meanwhile in the west, spectacular sea caves and peaceful coves are surrounded by dramatic cliffs to offer tranquillity and seclusion.
Named the ‘Flower of the East’ by the Venetians who once inhabited it, Zakynthos is an island beauty treasured throughout its rich history. Now it’s one of Greece’s most prized holiday destinations, and with our Zakynthos villas found throughout the island, it could soon be yours too.
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.
Zakynthos Holidays - Points of Interest
Take a boat trip round the island and explore the amazing blue-water caves and stunning Shipwreck Bay
At sunset, look out to sea and watch for Mediterranean monk seals from the tiny cliff-top hamlet of Kambi
Try the local ‘popolaro’ white wine and the honey-sweetened mandoláto nougat
Join a glass-bottomed boat trip and observe the nesting loggerhead turtles in Laganas Bay
Drive into the mountains and discover the traditional Zakynthian way of life at ancient towns and villages like Kiliomenos and Agios Leon.
Catch the ferry to neighbouring Kefalonia for the day and explore its many golden sandy beaches.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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