Belief me once I say that Greece is a particular place! Not solely does it have some extremely historic cities like Athens, however it additionally has a load of epic places dotted all throughout the nation. That being mentioned, for me, it’s the stunning Greek islands which can be completely stunning and may’t be missed on any journey to Greece. That is very true in relation to all the very 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 certainly one of my favorite coastlines in all of Greece.
So, that can assist you alongside your merry solution to discover Zakynthos, I wished to share a few of our favorite spots that you just actually shouldn’t miss; particularly when you’re planning to drive or boat across the island.
Have a look, beneath, at the very best issues to do in Zakynthos. Get pleasure from your Greek journey!
1.) Discover the Navagio Seashore (Shipwreck Cove)
Yup, it nearly appears 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 a part of a shared boat (or rent your individual). Costs differ considerably and could 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 actually spend a major quantity extra when you’re fancying an enormous boat.
Most excursions recommend 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 may not get the identical stunning blues that you just see when the solar is excessive within the sky. It’s all a matter of choice 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 Beach View) and beneath, that is my very favorite spot.
Better of all, it’s fairly simple to drive to this viewpoint and there’s a little 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 individuals 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 perimeters 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 greatest issues to do in Zakynthos for sundown views and a yummy dinner.
E-book a desk round sundown and watch essentially the most wonderful sundown; all while consuming by 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 just’ll be spoilt for selection. The truth is, it may be onerous to slim down just some of the very best issues to do in Zakynthos on one journey.
So, like I mentioned when visiting spots like Navagio Seashore, it’s greatest to get your self a ship. This fashion, 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 unimaginable and completely spectacular caves that span the western shoreline.
While on a ship tour, you’ll get to move 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 evening).
We’ve spent just a few 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 executed if two of you go for lunch and get just a few drinks.
We’d undoubtedly advocate 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 greatest 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 searching for a beautiful place to remain, examine into Olea All Suites. We spent just a few weeks right here and beloved it right here. The swim-up swimming pools are unimaginable.
Should you do select to remain, head all the way 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 homeowners (two twin brothers are so welcoming). You’ll adore it.
For among the greatest seafood on Zakynthos, head to Dominicale Sea Food 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 dearer than among the different eating places on the town however it’s properly price it; particularly for a deal with.
We beloved the entire lobster and pasta. So good!
8.) Cameo Island
Simply off Laganas, Cameo Island is a tiny little island that’s connected to the Laganas space of Zakynthos through a small footbridge.
Through the years, the seashore bar has been a little bit gem of a spot to go to for a fast drink or relax on their intimate little shoreline.
Sure, you’ll have to pay a small price to enter, although it’s a small price that’s price 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.
9.) Marathonisi Island (Turtle Island)
One of many spots we included with our boat journey, exploring Turtle Island is among the greatest 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 sit back and look out for the hatching websites which can be protected across the island.
They’re sometimes protected by wood guards that you just’ll spot with ease.
10.) West Coat Boat Tour
For us, it’s the shoreline that makes the island so particular and is well among the finest issues to do in Zakynthos.
We booked with Big Blue Boat Rentals and beloved 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 functional tour. It was wonderful.
Now, what I’d say is that when you plan to rent your individual boat, ensure to incorporate Navagio Seashore as a cease and never a sole vacation spot. You see, Navagio is completely stunning however it may well 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 among the greatest souvlaki and do-it-yourself chips on the entire of Zakynthos.
11.) Zakynthos City
Zakynthos City is the biggest 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 sort of place that’s properly price visiting for a day and early night chew to eat.
We beloved the unfussy, Stathmos, for his or her scrumptious Greek meals. Their recent fish is completely scrumptious.
Afterwards, make sure you go to the Bochali Venetian Fort that’s simply exterior the harbourfront space of Zakynthos City itself.
The fort sits on a tall hill overlooking the ocean and is a reasonably beautiful place to study extra in regards to the historic Venetians that when dominated the island.
You’ll get to study masses in regards to 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 Winery Museum is a good stopping level to make for a little 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 dwelling. Costs are completely affordable and properly price 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 have to to park up close to Keri Lighthouse (the view beneath) and be a part of the dust street (through foot or quad bike) to the cliff edge. The views are beautiful.
Once more, like most spots of the west coast, Myzithres Viewpoint could be very harmful. That is very true as there aren’t any boundaries stopping you from falling off the sting. Be very cautious.
Not fancying a typical lodge keep? Test into Logothetis Organic Farm, a working farm that has a choice of rustic c Greek homes on its property. They’re completely quaint and delightful.
Should you’re wanting a little bit break from the gorgeous nature and need a fairly energetic evening in town, then Laganas is likely to be the spot for you. It’s obtained every thing from bars, taverns, and nightclubs that keep open till the wee hours of the morning.
Sure, it may well get fairly loud and lairy but when that’s what you’re searching for you’ll adore it right here. Although, if that doesn’t sound like your concept of enjoyable, you may need to keep away within the later evenings.