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Zante Holidays

Zante Holidays

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Well known for its nightlife, Zakynthos Island (also known as Zante) is a popular holiday destination for all things lively, but this picturesque island has so much more to offer than just the infamous Laganas strip. Affectionately named ‘The Flower of the Orient’ by the Venetians, this idyllic little island is a glittering jewel in the Ionian Sea.

Zante is a real all-rounder and a perfect destination for holidaymakers of all ages and interests. The beautiful coastline is home to plenty of sandy beaches (and isn’t short of a good view or two!) which offer the perfect place to relax the days away, while the picturesque villages are great for spending the days exploring. Add some fantastic food and wonderful wine into the mix and voila! – the perfect holiday getaway.

Best beaches in Zante

Whichever type of beach you prefer, the Zakynthos’ coastline will not disappoint. Dotted with secluded inlets, rocky coves and sandy stretches, this Greek island has a beach for every mood. If sandy beaches with plenty of facilities are your ideal choice then head to the popular Tsilivi or Agios Nikolaos Beaches. You’ll find plenty of amenities, restaurants and even Wi-Fi here, plus, the water is shallow making it perfect for families with children. Looking for a lively beach? Then it has to be Laganas – brimming with beach bars, loungers and parasols, this beach is the best place to head for a great day out at the beach. For something a little quieter, try Banana Beach with its golden sandy shores or the beautiful pebbled cove of Porto Vromi. For a truly unique day out head to Navagio or Shipwreck Bay. Accessed only by boat this stunning beach is not to be missed!

Things to eat in Zante

Indicative of Greek cuisine, the food in Zante is packed full of flavour and has so much to offer. You’ll often find many restaurants serving small dishes known as mezze for starters. These are usually shared between the table (which means you get to try everything!) with typical dishes including dolmadakia – grape vine leaves stuffed with rice, tyropitakia – small pastries filled with feta cheese and fresh breads served with dipping sauces such as tzatziki and taramosalata. Main meals tend to feature plenty of grilled meats, fresh salads and fresh fish, with plenty of veggie options too. Must-try Greek dishes include souvlaki, moussaka, gyros and Greek salad – and of course – this is often washed down with a good Greek beer such as Mythos and a healthy glug of ouzo to finish. If wine is more your thing, then don’t worry, numerous family-run vineyards dotted around the island ensure that the wine here is delicious, with a pairing for every dish.Cultural holidays to Zante

Zakynthos is a Greek Island with many sides. Tranquil villages, popular tourist resorts and all of the history in between. The rich Venetian heritage is shown through the intricate architecture throughout the island with Byzantine influences and elaborate Gothic carvings. Christianity is the main religion on Zakynthos so the island isn’t short of stunning churches to visit. This magical island is also the birthplace of the Greek national anthem’s writer, Dionysios Solomos, so there’s no wonder it’s considered a land of music and poetry. For those visiting the island on December 17th or August 24th, the island celebrates the life of Saint Dionysios with festivities taking place across the island.

Clubbing holidays in Greece

Whilst Zante is infamous for its numerous late night bars and clubs that don’t stop until dawn, there’s also another side to this island – one with laid-back cocktail bars, traditional tavernas and live music jaunts. If you’re looking for a few relaxing after-dinner drinks, then the resorts of Kalamaki and Alykes are perfect for you. Argassi offers a slightly livelier nightlife with plenty of options including bars, karaoke dens and nightclubs. But, if it’s a wild night out you’re after, then nothing can compare to the world-famous Laganas strip. Bursting with bright lights, bustling bars and body shots, the “Zante Strip” will keep you dancing until the sun comes up (or goes down if you feel like an all-day booze cruise!).

Things to do in Zante

Turtle spotting in Zante

Nothing makes you feel like you’re on holiday more than seeing turtles first-hand in the sea. There are plenty of boat trips on offer that will take you on a voyage around the island’s rugged coastline and caves, providing the perfect opportunity to see these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Make sure to do your research beforehand, as turtles may not be as easy to find during their mating season. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not head out to a dive site and see if you can see the turtles up close and personal?

Visit Zakynthos Town

Explore the wonderful island’s capital city and experience the enchanting ambience that leaves tourists re-visiting Zante year after year. Wander through the rustic streets and visit Agiou Markou Square. Agios Dionisios Church is a must-see when in the area, a magnificent piece of architecture, which will leave you stunned. If you’re a lover of seafood, you can end your night perfectly by dining at one of the seafront restaurants for a delightfully fresh dinner with a view.

Take a boat trip to Shipwreck Beach

Reachable only by boat, Navagio Beach is a small cove on the North West of the island. With the main focus being the ruins of an abandoned freightliner, the sometimes named ‘Smuggler’s Cove’ has an exciting air of mystery about it. Once the shipwreck has been explored, the beach itself offers stunning views with white, rocky sand and crystal blue waters.

Discover the Venetian Castle

Situated at the top of Bohali hill, the Venetian Castle of Zakynthos is a spectacular piece of history that shouldn’t be missed. Learn about the castle’s past and the interesting facts surrounding it whilst taking in the jaw-dropping views. A lovely day out and a perfect chance to get some stunning photos.

Important information about travelling to Zante

How long does it take to fly to Zante?

It takes about four hours to fly to Zante from the UK.

What's the time difference between the UK and Zante?

Zante is two hours ahead of the time in the UK.

What currency do they use in Zante?

The official currency of Zante is the Euro

What language do they speak in Zante?

The official language spoken in Zante is Greek.

Do I need any vaccinations to visit Zante?

Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.

Do I need to pay tourist tax on my holiday to Zante?

The Greek goverment charges a sustainable tourism tax on all overnight stays which will be payable on arrival in the hotel:

  • 5-star hotels: €4 per room, per night
  • 4-star hotels: €3 per room, per night
  • 3-star hotels: €1.50 per room, per night
  • 1-star & 2-star hotels: €0.50 per room, per night
  • 1-4 key apartments: €0.50 per room, per night

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Top Zante Hotels

Exotica Hotel & Spa by Zante Plaza

Kalamaki, Zante, Greece

Marelen Hotel

Kalamaki, Zante, Greece


Kalamaki, Zante, Greece

Anagenessis Village Hotel

Kalamaki, Zante, Greece

Porto Koukla Hotel

Porto Koukla, Zante, Greece

Zante View Studios

Tsilivi, Zante, Greece

Aqua Bay Suites

Planos, Zante, Greece

Alykanas Village Resort

Alikanas, Zante, Greece

Caretta Beach

Kalamaki, Zante, Greece

Tsamis Zante Spa Resort

Kypseli, Zante, Greece

Filoxenia Hotel

Tsilivi, Zante, Greece

Plaza Pallas

Tsilivi, Zante, Greece

Diana Hotel

Zakynthos Town, Zante, Greece

Palazzo Di Zante Hotel

Vassilikos, Zante, Greece


Kalamaki, Zante, Greece

Sirocco Hotel - Adults Only

Kalamaki, Zante, Greece

Mabely Grand Hotel

Kampi, Zante, Greece

Planos Beach Aparthotel

Tsilivi, Zante, Greece

Zante Village Hotel

Alikanas, Zante, Greece

Dream Studios

Tragaki, Zante, Greece

Astoria Hotel

Alykes, Zante, Greece

Petros Hotel

Tsilivi, Zante, Greece

Zante Plaza Hotel & Apartments

Laganas, Zante, Greece

Tsilivi Admiral Aparthotel

Tsilivi, Zante, Greece

Klelia Beach Hotel by Zante Plaza

Kalamaki, Zante, Greece

Gerakas Belvedere Luxury Suites

Vassilikos, Zante, Greece

Mirabelle Hotel

Argassi, Zante, Greece

Avalon Hotel - Adults Only

Zakynthos Town, Zante, Greece

Pansion Limni

Limni Keri, Zante, Greece

Golden Sun Resort & Spa

Kalamaki, Zante, Greece

Zante Weather

June to September are the island’s hottest months with averages between 23°C and 26°C. May and October are on the milder side but still comfortable with averages of 19°C and 20°C. November to April are cooler with averages between 16°C and 11°C.
Jan 12ºC
Feb 12ºC
Mar 14ºC
Apr 19ºC
May 23ºC
Jun 26ºC
Jul 30ºC
Aug 30ºC
Sep 24ºC
Oct 20ºC
Nov 15ºC
Dec 13ºC

Zante Resorts



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