"Also called ‘The Flower of the Orient’ by the Venetians, Zante is a beautiful island just waiting to be explored"
Sizzling Zante HolidaysThe island of Zante, or Zakynthos, is one of the top holiday spots in Greece. Just a 4 hour flight from Ireland, the region offers everything from idyllic villages and great food, to excellent nightlife spots and fun for all the family. Whether you fancy revelling in relaxation down at the beach, embarking on some island adventure or enjoying cocktails come sundown, Zante holidays have a lot to offer. Families love the fantastic attractions on the island, including fun mini golf courses and wild water parks, while couples enjoy the secluded coves found along the coastline. Those who are looking for Zante’s fun side love Laganas, where late-night bars and clubs make this party central.
Zante Active Breaks
Diving in ZanteThe calm waters of Agios Nicolaos are great for scuba diving, but for a diving excursion with a difference, Limnionas has some excellent caves perfect for the more adventurous divers seeking refreshing waters. For beginner, Laganas has a great diving school where you can find your flippers and get to grips with the sport.
Water SportsAgain, Agios Nicolaos is a popular spot with lots of facilities, but for more of a surf head to Alikes. Tsilivi and Laganas are also lively resorts where there are no shortages of water sports for all ages and abilities including water skiing, wind surfing and fun floats.
Go-KartingGet the adrenaline racing by going go-karting with family or friends. On the road between Laganas and Kalamaki you can find an impressive F1 track which is host to family fun throughout the season; the venue offers child karts through to high speed vehicles for experienced drivers, so is suitable for all ages.
Cycling and ClimbingThe varied landscape of the island is ideal for hiking and triking of all gradients. Take a relaxing ride or walk with a picnic around the countryside surrounding the beaches and villages; or for more challenging treks head off into the hills further inland.
Zante Family Getaways
Family Friendly BeachesThe island is renowned for its popular beach resorts, so you’ll never be far from a family friendly spot along the coast. Alykes and Tsilivi are perhaps the best known with the benefit of beautiful sands, lots of activities and an abundance of facilities, but for a quieter location Marathias is a great escape from the crowds.
AttractionsIf you get bored of the beach, Tsilivi’s water park is one of the island’s best family attractions and fills hours of fun, as does the mini golf park nearby. You can also find mini golf in Laganas and Kalamaki, the latter of which also has a horse riding centre for family friendly island tours.
Eating Out with the KidsThe versatile Greek cuisine offers something for all tastes and you would struggle to disappoint even the fussy eaters in one of the local taverns. However, for more familiar foods stick to the more popular centres like Tsilivi where a pizzeria or pub lunch are never hard to find.
Vist the TurtlesThe marine conservation beach of Gerakas is gifted with unspoilt natural beauty and its shallow waters are ideal for more than just the turtles who frequent it every year. Kalamaki is equally gorgeous for a stroll along the beach, although has more restricted visiting times so be sure to check before you visit.
Zante Group Holidays
BeachesTsilivi is perfect for young groups on a lively getaway as this vibrant resort has a great blend of beach activity and nightlife to keep you entertained around the clock. For a more relaxing group holiday though, the fishing port of Alykanas offers a wide range of activity without the hustle and bustle. Find more info about:
NightlifeLaganas, Tsilivi, Kalamaki and Alykes all have a buzzing scene on an evening, with the live music, bars and clubs filling strips of the resorts with activity. For a disco with a difference, Makris Gialos is host to Greece’s biggest beach party so see what’s going on during your stay. Find more info about:
Things to DoImpress your mates at the F1 racing track where you can compete for the title of best driver in an afternoon of go-karting, or head off on a slower track and hop on a horse to explore the wildlife, villages and beaches of the area. Groups wanting to explore should also visit the Keri caves and beach along the coast.
Water SportsIn the more popular resorts, have fun doing anything from riding banana boats to scuba diving – great for group activities for all abilities. Take a pedalo along the waves, cut up the waters on a windsurf or simply make a splash by swimming in the shallow waters.
Zante Romantic Retreats
Places to stayA great choice for couples is the Macedonia Apartments in Kalamaki. This popular complex is close to the harbour and only a stroll away from a stunning beach, making it a great base for those who are looking to top up their tans. The complex also has a mini golf course and an adults only pool – great for indulging in some pure relaxation. Find more info about:
- Macedonia Apartments
Eating OutAmongst the quiet villages you can find some delightful little taverns serving local specialities such as seafood, casseroles and Greek salads. Here you will find passion in more than just the food, though if you are looking for finer dining, Limni Keri, Tsilivi and Laganas have some of the best eateries of the island.
AttractionsTo unwind away from the sun, visit the Holistic Heaven Day retreat in Kalamaki for wonderfully relaxing spa and treatment days. If you are looking for a taste of something different, the Callinico winery gives you a flavour of the region’s produce and a chance to buy a few bottles to take home!
Horse RidingTake in the scenery of the island’s beautiful countryside on horseback for an unforgettable addition to the holiday. These leisurely trips are the perfect way to while away an afternoon without the pain of tired feet, so you can explore the area for hours together without hurrying back to the hotel.
Things to do in Zante
During the day, Zante Town offers something for everyone. Home to museums, restaurants and a Water Park, it makes a great place to spend a day away from the beach. Zante has some great historical spots and a vibrant culture so it would be a shame not to make the most of it in between soaking up the sun on the beach. Other resorts on the island include Argassi, which is one of the more picturesque coastal towns and Kefalonia on the mainland. Families will find plenty of things to do in Zante. From making their way through the quirky mini golf courses to making a splash at the Tsilivi Waterpark, there is something for all ages. There are also opportunities to enjoy go-karting.
Island LivingWhen it comes to island adventure, Zante holidays have you covered. From making a splash in in Laganas Bay, the home of breeding turtles, to seeking out the gorgeous Blue Caves, there are a myriad of things to get your teeth into here. Don’t discount heading inland either, where you won’t only find some captivating towns to wander through but you’ll also enjoy some stunning scenery.
When it’s time to cool off, Xygia Sulphur Beach is what can only be described as heaven on earth. With a stretch of sugar-white sand and lapped by the terrifically turquoise waves, it’s the perfect place to relax after some adrenaline pumping days exploring the island.
Those who are looking for Zante’s wild side will enjoy the many cocktail bars, trendy clubs and beach parties that happen nightly, while foodies will be able to tuck into some top-notch Greek cuisine. From the locally run tavernas to the beach front restaurants, taking a seat on one of the sun-kissed terraces is an idyllic way to spend an afternoon while on a Zante holiday.
Retreat to the BeachWhether you want to be on the doorstep of the sights or nestled along the coastline, there are plenty of places to stay on this beautiful island. For history and culture, Zante town is the ideal place to base yourself. Home to picturesque Venetian style houses, it’s pretty from every angle. Book yourself into a central hotel to immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of this vibrant town.
If you’re the life and soul of a party, there’s only one place to head and that’s Laganas. Known as the island’s top nightlife hotspot it’s the go-to destination for holiday-makers looking for laid-back days and fun-filled nights.
Those who are looking for an altogether more laid-back experience will revel in Argassi, a beautiful coastal town where beach relaxation comes as standard. Aghios Sostis also offers this, but with a large helping of historical sightseeing. Check yourself into a beach front hotel to enjoy the best of both worlds.