We can’t get enough of the Mediterranean, and we wanted to give you as much information as possible about all of the Greek Islands. Today is all about Zakynthos for a lot of reasons: balance, plenty of things to do, and an overwhelming sense of calm. You get the best of both worlds when you step into Zakynthos, also referred to as Zante (its Italian name).
Zakynthos isn’t all about the late night crowd, but it’s not always quiet and innocent either. You’ll find a little bit of both sides to keep you interested, and that’s why we like it. We think that a good holiday should be on your terms, but who said you couldn’t get a little wild and crazy? After all, how many times will you really be in Greece?
Zakynthos has a capital — Zakynthos Town. This is where most of your activity will be, especially if you’re trying to catch a ferry.
You also have Alykes and Agios Nikolaos. Alykes has a family resort where many people like to stay. If you’re looking for the party action, you want to go to Laganas. This resort village has nothing but nightlife for the under 30 crowd. If it’s not your scene, feel free to avoid this place. But if it is your scene, you’ll find just about everything you’re looking for in terms of classic nightlife fun.
There’s an airport on the island, but it’s over near Laganas. You will have international flights, but it’s mostly to European cities while the holiday season is in effect.
The best way to explore would be to go by taxi, rent a car (though driving is risky) or to go around on a motorbike. You’ll have enough speed and power to conquer hills with ease, so don’t worry about that at all. Some people even like to go cycling in Greece, and it’s a very inexpensive type of thing to do. There are tours of the island available for cyclists that are really interested in that sort of thing.
Most of the beaches are set up the same way. You will need to pay to use a sun lounger, but it’s not that expensive at all. There’s also water sports available, like diving and going snorkeling. It just depends on what you would like to do while you’re on the island.
One thing that you will want to avoid is disturbing the turtles that call this island home. They aren’t any harm to you, and they’re actually an endangered species.
The wildest thing you can do in Zakynthos would be to go base jumping. Yes, that’s right — you are jumping with a parachute on. It’s not as dangerous as it might seem, but it’s definitely not for the faint at heart!
Like most of the Greek Islands, Zakynthos has a lot of little hidden coves that you should explore. No, you will not find them on a map — you have to discover them for yourself. Laying on the beach is nice for a while, but shouldn’t you explore some of the natural scenery around you?
Okay, maybe you’re too hungry to do much exploring. If that’s the case, you’ll get to get a lot of traditional Greek food. Baklava, anyone? You get the real stuff here. Of course, since it is a tourist island you’ll find the classic English fry-up alongside other international cuisine. Pizza can be found, if you really want it. If you want to go where the locals eat, you’re going to have to go explore the island on your own. There’s just no way around it.
There are plenty of different places to stay on the island. Like most other places in the island chain, it’s all about budget. You can go with a family run hostel all the way up to a luxury villa that has just about everything that you could possibly want. If you’re going to go with a luxury place, make sure that it has some sort of air conditioning. Some establishments have it, while other establishments don’t.
Now is the perfect time to check out Zakynthos for yourself. This is the time of year where you’ll find connections to most European airports, so why not see if you can get a flight booked near you? You’ll be glad that you did when you see just how beautiful this island really is!