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 with regards 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 actual fact, I’d go so far as saying it’s one among my favorite coastlines in all of Greece.
So, that can assist you alongside your merry method to discover Zakynthos, I needed to share a few of our favorite spots that you simply 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 Seashore (Shipwreck Cove)
Yup, it virtually seems to be unreal! Navagio Seashore is one spot in Zakynthos that’s recognized all throughout the Mediterranean. It’s extremely stunning, dramatic and downright blissful.
Now, to get right here, you’ll must both be part of a shared boat (or rent your individual). Costs range considerably and might be something from round €30 euro for a big shared boat and a brief tour, to round €750 for a ship that we rented with a skipper to drive us round for the entire day.
That being stated, you possibly can actually spend a big quantity extra should you’re fancying a giant boat.
Most excursions recommend heading to Navagio Seashore within the morning, however should you actually wish to see a lot fewer crowds then head right here an hour or two earlier than sundown. It’s considerably quieter however you won’t get the identical stunning blues that you simply see when the solar is excessive within the sky. It’s all a matter of desire and what’s vital to you most.
2.) Navagio Seashore View
If a ship journey doesn’t sound like your factor, head to the very high of the cliff and cease for a beautiful sundown view throughout the Ionian Sea. It’s really unimaginable and, after seeing Navagio Seashore from above (at Navagio Seashore View) and under, that is my very favorite spot.
Better of all, it’s fairly simple to drive to this viewpoint and there’s slightly little bit of parking, too. Head right here round 1-2 hours earlier than sundown and take within the attractive 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 principle seashore view. We noticed a number of individuals nonetheless strolling this route however it may be extraordinarily harmful and has, sadly, claimed lives up to now. All the time be wise, don’t go too close to the sides and watch out.
Belief me, the cliffs are ginormous.
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.
Guide a desk round sundown and watch probably the most superb 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 unimaginable locations to go to on the island that you simply’ll be spoilt for selection. In actual fact, it may be arduous 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 Seashore, it’s finest to get your self a ship. This fashion, you possibly can 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 crammed with unimaginable 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.
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 a number of afternoons right here and the meals is unimaginable. Now, you do must 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 Seashore, 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 embellished 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.
Should you’re in search of a beautiful place to remain, examine into Olea All Suites. We spent a number of weeks right here and cherished it right here. The swim-up swimming pools are unimaginable.
Should you 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 unimaginable; particularly the baked feta and the house owners (two twin brothers are so welcoming). You’ll like it.
For a number of 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 costlier than a number of 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!
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.
Through the years, the seashore bar has been slightly 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 may wanna give it a miss.
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 valuable nesting websites across the Ionian Sea.
As soon as right here, spend a while on the seashore, take a while to relax and look out for the hatching websites which can be protected across the island.
They’re usually protected by wood guards that you simply’ll spot with ease.
10.) West Coat Boat Tour
For us, it’s the shoreline that makes the island so particular and is definitely the most effective issues to do in Zakynthos.
We booked with Huge 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 Seashore multi function tour. It was superb.
Now, what I might say is that should you plan to rent your individual boat, be certain to incorporate Navagio Seashore as a cease and never a sole vacation spot. You see, Navagio is completely stunning however it may get unbearably busy within the busy summer season 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 possibly can seize a number of the finest souvlaki and selfmade chips on the entire of Zakynthos.
11.) Zakynthos City
Zakynthos City is the most important city to go to on the island.
Stuffed with native retailers, stunning church buildings and a heap of bars and eating places, it’s the type 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 Fort that’s simply outdoors the harbourfront space of Zakynthos City itself.
The citadel sits on a tall hill overlooking the ocean and is a reasonably attractive place to be taught extra concerning the historic Venetians that when dominated the island.
You’ll get to be taught hundreds concerning the historical past and peek behind the partitions of the fortress itself.
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 slightly 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 house. Costs are completely affordable 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 possibly can see probably the most dramatic views over the cliffs and throughout the Ionian Sea.
To get right here, you have to to park up close to Keri Lighthouse (the view under) and be part of the dust highway (through foot or quad bike) to the cliff edge. The views are attractive.
Once more, like most spots of the west coast, Myzithres Viewpoint might be very harmful. That is very true as there are not any obstacles stopping you from falling off the sting. Be very cautious.
Not fancying a typical lodge 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 delightful.
Should you’re wanting slightly break from the gorgeous nature and desire a fairly vigorous night time in town, then Laganas is likely to 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 may 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 thought of enjoyable, you may wish to keep away within the later evenings.
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