Mountain sceneries, lonely bays and a lot of sun: Zakynthos! We show you the best tips for a successful holiday on Zakynthos.
When Is the Best Time to Travel to Zakynthos?
Those who love sun and warmth will certainly enjoy Zakynthos. The southernmost of the Ionian Islands promises a mild climate all year round, and the temperatures can even crack the 15 degree mark during winter. However, the season usually begins with the first charter flights at the end of April and in June, July and August temperatures rise to 30 degrees. Even the sea assumes a temperature of over 20 degrees. Our tip for those who prefer a more quiet time: September and October. Most of the tourists already left, there are barely any rainy days and even the sea still encourages you to go swimming.
Where Is the Best Place to Stay on Zakynthos?
The highest density of accommodations can be found in the south and east of the island. The west and north are indeed impressive due to the wild natural beauty and steep coasts, but specially in the north, there is barely any accommodation available as well as direct access to the beach. Indeed, the west of the island is rather quiet and romantic, but with each year, the tourism gains more and more importance. In the south, particularly friends of party and endless beaches get their money's worth. In the east, there are also numerous accommodations with direct access to the beach as well as the capital of the island and airport.
If you want to get to know the authentic and original Zakynthos, we recommend to go up country. Rental cars as well as the infrastructure on Zakynthos can be considered as very good.
Which Are the Most Beautiful Beaches of Zakynthos?
Shipwreck Beach Zakynthos
Probably the most photographed motif on Zakynthos: The Navagio beach. The so-called Shipwreck Beach in the northwest of the island is one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe and captivates with turquoise blue water, white sand and impressive rocky cliffs. Even though the bay is always well attended, at least one day trip is worthwhile. Especially in the morning or evening hours, the atmosphere is quite charming here and the majority of the beach visitors have already disappeared. Anyhow, the view from above is a must-see!
Dafni Beach Zakynthos
For those who prefer a more peaceful atmosphere, we recommend the Dafni beach on Zakynthos. The beach is located in the south-east of the island in the middle of the marine reserve, is a popular nesting area for the loggerhead turtle and is said to have the warmest water in Zakynthos. Even though the beach is not easy to reach due to its location, you will be rewarded with a beautiful pebble beach, crystal clear water and absolute tranquility.
Xigia Beach Zakynthos
In the northeast of the island you can already find our next beach tip: Xigia beach. The water here is especially bright, crystal clear and healing for the skin due to natural sulphur deposits. Friends of fine sandy beaches are also in good hands at Xigia Beach and those who accept the somewhat steep path to the beach will be rewarded with a wonderful view.
For those who have a fine nose and cannot stand the smell of sulphur, we recommend our next beach.
Porto Limnionas Zakynthos
Our next beach tip is a little more unusual, but spectacular: Porto Limnionas. This beach in the west of Zakynthos impresses with its natural beauty, its numerous rocky cliffs as well as underwater caves and seems therefore more like a lagoon or bay. The many rocks and stones provide a glass-clear view of the seabed and especially divers and snorkelers get their money's worth here.
Gerakas Beach Zakynthos
One of the most popular and at the same time most visited beaches on Zakynthos: Gerakas beach. This beach is the southernmost of the beaches of Zakynthos and the area now belongs to the marine reserve. Thus, the beach combines numerous highlights and advantages, such as azure blue water, long and wide sandy beaches, fine sand and only a few stones, as well as numerous sunbathing possibilities. With a little luck, one can also see the special loggerhead turtle. The nests of the sea turtle are mostly fenced in and enjoy special protection. Nevertheless, the little animals can be observed and are more than just worth seeing.
What Are the Must-Sees on Zakynthos
Island's Capital Zakynthos Town
Picturesque alleys, rustic taverns and pretty cafés. The capital of the island, Zakynthos Town, has a lot to offer and should not be missed during a holiday on Zakynthos. Especially the Venetian Citadel and the Basilica of St. Dionysius are absolutely worth seeing. From the Bochali Castle, you will have the best view over the city and can simply let the Greek-Venetian flair take effect on you.
National Park Ethniko Thalassio Parko Zakynthou
The National Park of Zakynthos is located in the south of the island and is home to the above mentioned Gerakas beach as well as numerous sea turtles. The animals enjoy strict nature and marine protection and if you want to take a closer look at them, you should go diving at Gerakas or Laganas beach. Another highlight is the Cameo Island, which can only be reached from the mainland by a paved footbridge. Once there, you have got a great view over the water and can enjoy cool drinks in the middle of the sea.
Blue Caves Zakynthos
There is not just a Blue Grotto on Capri, but also on Zakynthos. The Blue Caves can be found at Cape Skinari in the wild north of the island and are certainly no less exciting than the Blue Grotto of Capri. Once arrived there, you will quickly understand why the caves belong to the highlights of Zakynthos: bright and blue water, impressive rock formations and a unique scenery. The natural spectacle can either be explored by an organised boat tour or on your own. There are numerous tour operators and boat rentals on site. If the sea is calm, you can also swim, dive and snorkel without any problems. If the weather conditions are good, you can even see the opposite island of Kefalonia.
What to Eat on Zakynthos?
It is well known that Greek cuisine is one of the best in the world. Thus, one finds numerous and varied delicacies on Zakynthos, which are often refined with local foods such as honey, oil and goat cheese. In addition to the classics such as tzatziki, the Greek salad, gyros, goat cheese and seafood, visitors of the island should definitely try local dishes such as stuffed rabbit or "spetsofai", a sausage hotpot with paprika. Those who prefer sweets will also get their money's worth in the numerous pastry shops. Baklava and kataifi, which are primarily refined with nuts, almonds and cinnamon, are typical of this area.
Flights to Zakynthos With Austrian Airlines
Do you feel like strolling along one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, watching the extraordinary loggerhead turtles hatch or tasting Greek specialities in a traditional tavern? Then off to Zakynthos! With Austrian Airlines you can directly fly from Vienna to the Greek island in the Ionian Sea. Book now: