The perfect Greek Island, excellent beaches and a relaxed getawayIf you fancy Greece and your holiday involved a beautiful beach and a relaxing getaway, then you should seriously think of Zante, also known as Zakynthos. Zante is the most southerly of the Ionian Islands and the third largest behind Corfu and Kefalonia.
Zante ranges from mountainous landscapes in the north of the island to gentle hills and flay countryside n the south. You will find lush countryside rich with olive groves, lemon trees and bougainvillea. Zante also has a stunning coastline, perfect for lazy days on the beach. Watersports are also available.
You will also find loggerhead turtles in Zante, and they do take the centre stage on Zante, with the island being the most important nesting spot in the Med for them. The best place for spotting these amazing creatures is Laganas Beach and particularly at sundown between July and August.
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Zante experiences a typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and cooler winters. July is the hottest month with an average daytime temperature of 26 degrees Celsius. August and September can also be very hot. Temperatures in the coldest month of December can drop to 11 degrees. October to March are the wettest months.
Leisure & Activities
Glass Bottomed Boat
You can take a fantastic boat trip to the islands’ famous Blue Caves where the sea waters inside the caves are a stunning turquoise colour. The caves are situated at Cape Skinari in the north of the island near the lighthouse. The boats travel right inside so you can view the magnificent marine life below
Zante Town is reminiscent of Venice, with its historic St Mark's Square and Solomos Square lined with reconstructed neo-classical buildings. The picturesque town even curves around a bay, dominated by a Venetian Fortress and the St Dennis Cathedral. In and around the town, holidaymakers will find a range of activities to partake in…. from shopping and sightseeing to visiting the local wineries.
The lively resort of Laganas, in the South of the island, has a 5 mile long sandy beach and is known as the place to party. Elsewhere, you will find quieter resorts like Tsilivi with its fabulous beach of fine sand and is situated 6 Kms north of Zante Town. Argassi has a stunning mountain backdrop and a long sand and shingle beach. It’s becoming increasingly popular, offering a wide selection of bars, tavernas and restaurants.