Why Holiday in Zante?
Hot summers and warm evenings are assured on this southernmost Ionian Island. Visitors will find established resorts with plenty of amenities and activities to keep the children busy.
We specialise in Zante villas and apartments outside resorts and in quieter areas on the island such as Bouka and Vassilikos. Enjoy the calm turquoise waters that lap golden beaches along the South coast or explore the more rugged Northern corners of the island. Shipwreck Bay (Navagio Beach) and the Blue Caves are certainly worth seeing. Zante's coastline is just as impressive as its interior and has a spectacular shoreline. The sandy shores give way to turquoise sea caves, and hidden coves and rugged cliffs offer excellent views of the Ionian sunsets.
Smuggler's Cove leads the way as far as beaches are concerned. Overlooked by soaring cliffs, this sandy bay is one of the most beautiful in Greece. Shipwreck Bay (Navagio Beach) and the Blue Caves are well worth a visit.
Its the loggerhead turtles that really put Zante on the map, though the island is the most important nesting spot in the Mediterranean for them. If you're here between July and August, head to Laganas Beach, where you've got the best chance of spotting the creatures.
Another part of Zante's appeal is the fact it caters for all sorts of holidays. Laganas is the place to go for the big clubs, while Tsilivi's streets are brimming with bars and pubs. Head for the likes of Alykanas and Kalamaki, meanwhile, and you'll find soft sands and a more go-slow pace.
The island's capital is a busy port with some excellent shops and restaurants. Follow the locals' lead enjoy a frappe and people watch whilst the morning slips into the afternoon.
A large rusting wreck perched in a beautiful sandy cove. It's origins remain uncertain. The debris of an insurance coup. The remnants of a story involving smuggling and the black market. A purpose made attraction for tourists. Whatever the story it can't detract from the cove's natural beauty.
Blue Grotto Caves
At the northern tip of Zante,the afternoon sun shines on the sea to create patterns in every conceivable shade of blue on the cave walls eerily beautiful.
Resorts in Zante
This charming village is eleven kilometres southwest of Zante's capital is one of the island's most beautiful villages. Aghios Sostis has kept a grip on its traditional charm so you'll find chapels and old-style Greek tavernas. Its most handsome feature, though, is the quiet coastline, dotted with little coves and pine trees. And when you fancy a change of pace, party town Laganas is just a kilometre's walk away.
The golden-sand beach at Aghios Sostis might be rather on the small side, but it's a real looker. Rocky, pine-clad cliffs surround the sands, giving it a cosy, secluded feel, and the shallow waters are incredibly clear. There's a full array of sunloungers and umbrellas along with beachside tavernas and coffee shops yet despite all this, the place never gets too crowded.
You can reach the island's capital, Zante Town, in 20 minutes. The place was rebuilt after an earthquake in 1953, but it's kept its old-fashioned Venetian style and it's very easy to find your way around the town. Highlights include the busy marina and the Venetian fortress on the hill. There is also got a cluster of decent museums, including the Museum of Byzantine Art.
Sitting pretty on Zante's northeast coast, Tsilivi is a relative latecomer to the tourist boom on Zante dash; but it's making up for lost time. Not only does it have an outstanding sandy beach, but its winding streets lead to a waterpark, a mini golf and many tavernas. And away from the main strip, it's still got the feel of an old fishing village, with old men dozing in the afternoon sun.
Tsilivi Beach is vast white sand with a Blue Flag for cleanliness. The beach has bars, restaurants and watersports for everyone's entertainment. Half of the beach is lined with sunloungers, the other half is strictly for towel users. And if it gets too busy, you can always head to the quieter beaches of Tragaki and Bouka, immediately west from here.
Tsilivi is popular with families and couples. The resorts has recently added a brand new waterpark, the Splash Fun,just behind the Planos Bay Hotel. There's also Fantasy Mini Golf set in gardens, and if you're into 10-pin bowling, there is a bowling alley nearby.
Zante Town, the capital, is just a 20-minute taxi ride from Tsilivi. From boutique-lined avenues to a port filled with superyachts, it's a town that likes the high life. The most fashionable area is by the Venetian castle, where laid back cafes and cool bars sit side by side.
East Coast Beaches
Amoudi's sand and shingle stretch is a classic of the village beach genre. There are a few sunloungers and umbrellas, but most locals just grab some shade under the pine trees that line the shore. A few shack restaurants sit back from the beach, and there is shallow turquoise water to wade in. It's all very laid-back here but livelier beaches with lots of watersports are 5 minutes drive up the road at Alykes and Alykanas.
Daytrips to ZanteTown
ZanteTown which is the capital is approx 25 mins driveaway from Amoudi. Its all happening around Solomos Square, as the huge statue of Dionysios Solomos is right in the middle of it. Solomos was the 19th-century Zakynthian poet who wrote the famous Greek national anthem. Across the road is the 17th-century Renaissance-style Saint Nicholas Church, and around the corner is the Byzantine Museum, home to the 15th-century wall paintings.
Alykanas Beach is a 1,200 metres of soft golden sand with lush mountains and hosts views of Kefalonia in the distance. There is a great selection of watersports, including pedalos, windsurfing and banana boats. The harbour at the edge of the beach offers many boat trips to some of Zante's most beautiful beaches.
This is the perfect getaway as there is no loud nightlife or busy streets here, which makes it perfect for a family holiday.Along the main part of the resort there's a cluster of bars and restaurants,which have play areas to keep children occupied. Also you can go into neighbouring Alykes when the sun goes down for a family meal by the beach which is a 10-minute walk away.
Smugglers Cove was where the smugglers boat that ran aground in the bay and is a 40-minute boat trip from Alykanas. With beautiful turquoise waters sheltered by 200-metre high limestone cliffs, it's been on the cover of many travel magazines.
If you're here for sea and sand, you're quids in. The great thing about Vassilikos is that it can pull any number of beaches out of its hat. Banana, St Nicholas, Sekania, Porto Zorro, Gerakas, Daphne they're all different, but all top of their game. Some have watersports and bars, others are dressed with little more than virtual vacant signs. No matter where you roll out your towel, though, you'll be guaranteed golden sands and clear, shallow waters.
This neck of the woods is criss-crossed with off-the-radar tracks and trails. It's heaven for ramblers, who can follow scenic routes around the coastline and through the forests into olive grove territory. It's also worth taking a trip inland to nose around whitewashed villages swathed in blossom and vineyards. Volumes is a great end point. It's about an hours drive away, and packs in monasteries, pretty churches, and snack bars that double as gift shops. Beautiful carpets and ceramics, plus local cheese, bread and honey are easy to come by.
Between June and August, the loggerhead sea turtles haul themselves up the beaches and sandy coves around Vassilikos to lay their eggs. Boat trips around the island stop in the waters here to catch a glimpse of the endangered species. If you really want to get up close, swim out from Gerakas Beach, and keep your eyes peeled.
How To Get There
Flights to Zante leave from the following UK airports: Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Luton, Manchester, Newcastle, Stansted.
The majority of Zante flights depart on Sundays and Thursdays. There are no flights from the UK available on Saturdays, when direct flight instead run from Cork and Dublin. Daily flights to Zante are available from Athens Airport.
Perfect Blue Holidays offer a full travel service including flights, car hire and private taxi transfers as well as apartments, hotels and villas on an accommodation-only basis.