Belief me once I say that Greece is a particular place! Not solely does it have some extremely historic cities like Athens, but it surely additionally has a load of epic locations dotted all throughout the nation. That being mentioned, 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 relating 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! The truth is, I’d go so far as saying it’s one in all my favorite coastlines in all of Greece.
So, that will help you alongside your merry strategy to discover Zakynthos, I wished to share a few of our favorite spots that you simply actually shouldn’t miss; particularly when you’re planning to drive or boat across the island.
Have a look, beneath, at one of the best issues to do in Zakynthos. Get pleasure from your Greek journey!
1.) Discover the Navagio Seashore (Shipwreck Cove)
Yup, it nearly appears to be like unreal! Navagio Seashore is one spot in Zakynthos that’s identified all throughout the Mediterranean. It’s extremely stunning, dramatic and downright blissful.
Now, to get right here, you’ll must both be a part of a shared boat (or rent your personal). Costs fluctuate considerably and may 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 mentioned, you may definitely spend a major quantity extra when you’re fancying a giant boat.
Most excursions counsel heading to Navagio Seashore within the morning, however when you actually need 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 essential to you most.
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2.) Navagio Seashore View
If a ship journey doesn’t sound like your factor, head to the very prime of the cliff and cease for a beautiful sundown view throughout the Ionian Sea. It’s actually unbelievable and, after seeing Navagio Seashore from above (at Navagio Seashore View) and beneath, that is my very favorite spot.
Better of all, it’s fairly straightforward to drive to this viewpoint and there’s a bit little bit of parking, too. Head right here round 1-2 hours earlier than sundown and take within the beautiful 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 primary seashore view. We noticed a number of folks nonetheless strolling this route however it may be extraordinarily harmful and has, sadly, claimed lives prior to now. All the time be wise, don’t go too close to the sides and watch out.
Belief me, the cliffs are ginormous.
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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.
E-book a desk round sundown and watch essentially the most superb sundown; all while consuming by way 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 unbelievable locations to go to on the island that you simply’ll be spoilt for selection. The truth is, it may be onerous to slim down only a few of one of the best issues to do in Zakynthos on one journey.
So, like I mentioned when visiting spots like Navagio Seashore, it’s finest to get your self a ship. This manner, you may spend a complete 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 stuffed with unbelievable 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.
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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 evening).
We’ve spent a couple of afternoons right here and the meals is unbelievable. Now, you do must spend over €100 euros to make use of their cove/loungers however that is simply carried out if two of you go for lunch and get a couple 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 adorned with frescos.
It’ll solely take round 30-minutes to completely discover the monastery, which, makes it straightforward as a cease en route throughout the western shoreline.
For those who’re in search of a beautiful place to remain, verify into Olea All Suites. We spent a couple of weeks right here and cherished it right here. The swim-up swimming pools are unbelievable.
For those who 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 unbelievable; particularly the baked feta and the homeowners (two twin brothers are so welcoming). You’ll adore it.
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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 spread of freshly-caught seafood that’s simply so tasty.
Sure, it’s fairly a bit dearer than a number of the different eating places on the town but it surely’s properly value it; particularly for a deal with.
We cherished the entire lobster and pasta. So good!
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8.) Cameo Island
Simply off Laganas, Cameo Island is a tiny little island that’s connected to the Laganas space of Zakynthos by way of a small footbridge.
Through the years, the seashore bar has been a bit 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 charge to enter, although it’s a small charge that’s value it when you’re spending a while on the island.
That being mentioned, when you solely plan to spend a couple of minutes on Cameo Island you may wanna give it a miss.
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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 dear nesting websites across the Ionian Sea.
As soon as right here, spend a while on the seashore, take a while to sit back 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.
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10.) West Coat Boat Tour
For us, it’s the shoreline that makes the island so particular and is definitely top-of-the-line issues to do in Zakynthos.
We booked with Large 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’d say is that when you plan to rent your personal boat, ensure to incorporate Navagio Seashore as a cease and never a sole vacation spot. You see, Navagio is completely stunning however it could 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 (when you’re in a personal boat) to cease off for lunch at Porto Limnionas Tavern. It’s a quaint little place the place you may seize a number of the finest souvlaki and selfmade chips on the entire of Zakynthos.
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11.) Zakynthos City
Zakynthos City is the most important city to go to on the island.
Full of native outlets, 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 chew to eat.
We cherished the unfussy, Stathmos, for his or her scrumptious Greek meals. Their recent fish is completely scrumptious.
Afterwards, make sure 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 beautiful place to study extra concerning the historic Venetians that when dominated the island.
You’ll get to study masses concerning the historical past and peek behind the partitions of the fortress itself.
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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 a bit wine tasting and study 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 residence. 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 may see essentially the most dramatic views over the cliffs and throughout the Ionian Sea.
To get right here, you’ll need to park up close to Keri Lighthouse (the view beneath) and be a part of the filth highway (by way of foot or quad bike) to the cliff edge. The views are beautiful.
Once more, like most spots of the west coast, Myzithres Viewpoint may be very harmful. That is very true as there are not any boundaries stopping you from falling off the sting. Be very cautious.
Not fancying a typical resort keep? Test into Logothetis Natural Farm, a working farm that has a number of rustic c Greek homes on its property. They’re completely quaint and exquisite.
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For those who’re wanting a bit break from the gorgeous nature and need a fairly energetic evening in town, then Laganas may be the spot for you. It’s bought all the pieces from bars, taverns, and nightclubs that keep open till the wee hours of the morning.
Sure, it could get fairly loud and lairy but when that’s what you’re in search of you’ll adore it right here. Although, if that doesn’t sound like your thought of enjoyable, you may need to keep away within the later evenings.
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