Zakynthos and Zante are two names given to the same island, but to
save any confusion the Greeks call it Zakynthos.
Anyone in search of wildlife, a quiet-life or nightlife will not be
disappointed as the main resorts offer varied amenities for almost every
Choose carefully however, because there are vast differences between
The island is about the size if the Isle of Wight and tourism has
been growing over recent years with most the resorts losing some of
their village atmosphere.
Approx 3� - 3� hours from UK
Time Difference: GMT + 2.
||Enjoy Zakynthos with a good guide book
- The number one sightseeing
excursion on Zakynthos is Smuggler's Cove. Only
accessible by boat it is one of the most stunning and most
photographed beaches in the Mediterranean, (see above). On closer
inspection however the beach is pebbly and the wreck is daubed with
graffiti, and be prepared for the icy cold sea water if you take the
- On the north coast are the
spectacular Blue Caves where the continuous
pounding of the sea has formed grottoes and caves in the rocks.
- The famous loggerhead
turtles migrate thousands of miles from Africa to Zakynthos
to nest on the beaches of Lagana and Kalamaki where tourism almost
wiped them out. But now thankfully these amazing creatures are
finally getting the protection they deserve. The beaches here are
patrolled by conservationists.
- Boat trips are the best way of
witnessing the turtles along with much rarer glimpses of other
sealife like dolphins and seals.
- Inland there is some stunning
scenery dotted with mountain villages which walkers come to explore.
- Historically the island isn't as
well blessed with artifacts and ruins as some of its neighbours,
nevertheless there are one or two museums in Zakynthos Town.
- For those with enough stamina it is
possible to take a two day trip to Athens. The
cruise to the mainland usually takes at least half a day followed by
several hours traveling overland.