Nicknamed the “Flower of the Levant”, Zakynthos is a verdant island ringed by beautiful beaches in the Ionian Sea. It was once ruled by Venetians who left their architectural mark in the charismatic main town.
Things to do in Zakynthos
Spend a day exploring Zakynthos Town, which centres around Solomons Square and is clustered with traditional buildings featuring arch-shaped windows and arcades. Admire the iconography and artworks at the Post-Byzantine Museum of Zante, then relax in one of the waterfront restaurants of lively Strata Marina.
Jump aboard a boat in the port city of Agios Nikolaos to explore the spectacular Blue Caves eroded into the sea cliffs of Cape Skinari. The azure waters are particularly striking during the morning light, with the arched entrance of Kianoun Cave large enough for boats.
Another boat cruise highlight is visiting Navagio or Shipwreck Beach, where a freight liner, the MV Panagiotis, ran aground in 1980. It now lies half buried in the pebbly cove, with the best photo opportunities available from the elevated viewing platform.
Zakynthos has no shortage of beaches where you can soak up the laid-back Greek lifestyle, with Agios Nikolaos in the south-east considered one of the best. Relax on a sun lounger in the picturesque resort of Alikes, soak up the views of Kefalonia from peaceful Xehoriati or grab a bite to eat in one of the traditional tavernas backing Dafni Beach.
Getting around Zakynthos
Zakynthos International Airport is around 10 minutes’ drive from Zakynthos Town. Buses travel between the island’s main settlements, but renting your own car or scooter is the most convenient way of getting around.