Zakynthos is home to one of the most famous and most photographed beaches in Greece, Navagio Beach. It's unbelievably blue waters is what first put Zakynthos on our radar but this wonderful island has so much more to experience.
Zakynthos, commonly known as Zante is the third largest and southern most of the Ionian Islands. A Zante holiday has something for everyone, whether you want to experience exciting nightlife or if you're looking to unwind.
We choose to take the tranquil route when vacationing in Zante. Here is our guide to finding bliss in Zakynthos.
Stay in Agios Nikolaos
Since all of our trips to Zante have been about relaxation, we like to say in the Northern part of the island away from the party towns in the south. Agios Nikolaos is a charming port town about 45 minutes from the airport/port. An added bonus of staying in the north, a much shorter boat ride to Shipwreck Beach and the Blue Caves.
We love to stay at Emerald Villas. The private villas are perched on top of a hill with unobstructed ocean views. With views like this, you'll never want to leave.
There are a ton of wonderful tavernas all over the island but there is only one that keeps us coming back over and over, The Old Windmill. Run by a husband and wife, this is the best Greek meal I've ever had. No nonsense food, just wonderful home cooking. Denny and his wife treat you like family when you dine with them.
The Old Windmill is located in Askos. It's a short drive from the port in Agios Nikolaos and up the road from Emerald Villas. Even if you are staying elsewhere on the island, a trip to Old Windmill is a must. Plus the view is spectacular.
Where to go in Zakynthos
No trip to Zakynthos would be complete without a trip to Navagio Beach, also know as shipwreck beach. The color of the water is mesmerizing, pictures don't don't do it justice. Navagio is spectacular not only from the beach but from above as well. Make a point to take a boat ride to the beach (since its only accessible by boat) and drive to the look out point.
Porto Limnionas is a beautiful cove for swimmers and sunbathers. There's a restaurant perched on the hill with stunning views. They also have loungers and umbrellas. Climb down the hill to swim in the turquoise waters.
Volimes is a charming little town on the way to the shipwreck lookout. Take a detour and stop in some of the shops along the road. The owners are friendly and genuinely want to show off the goods they've made. Think homemade tapestries, honey and wine!
Makris Gialos Beach
Makris Gialos is a quite beach between Zante town and Agios Nikolas. It has tranquil, crystal clear water and is a great place to relax with a cocktail. Since it's not an organized beach, it doesnt get as crowded in the summer months.
Xygia, or sulfur beach is a located down a steep hill in a beautiful cover. Blink and you might miss it. As soon as you step out of the car you will be hit with the smell of sulfur produced from a nearby cave. The beauty of this beach more than makes up for the smell. Plus the Greeks believe that the sulfur in the water has healing powers.
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