Lying fairly close to the shores of the Peloponnese, the beautiful island of Zakynthos (or Zante) is about 40kms long and half that across. It is also the most southerly in the Ionian chain of islands.
Contrasting scenery of mountains in the west and fertile plains in the east make up this attractive island. Because of the landscape, most villages and resorts fringe the eastern coast, including the capital Zakynthos Town. And the exception to this is Laganas; the island’s most popular and developed holiday spot which sits on the southern shore along the best beach.
Excellent golden sandy beaches and secluded coves boasting dramatic rocky scenery, Zakynthos holds plenty of appeal for sun worshippers. The lovely bays on the island’s south coast close to Laganas are also renowned for being the chosen nesting-place of the beautiful Caretta Caretta, or loggerhead sea turtle.
Best Time to VisitMarch to October
And because these enchanting creatures have become an endangered species, some water-sports restrictions may apply in this area.
Ranking highly on the ‘must-do’ list for many visitors are to take a trip to the intriguing shipwreck at Smuggler’s Cove or explore the magnificent Blue Grotto caves.
Despite the development of tourist areas like Laganas, the overall pace of life in Zante remains relaxed and easy going like for many of the Greek islands.