Dubbed the ‘Flower of the Orient’ because of its sprawling rural landscape, the island has much to offer for those who revel in the calmer ambience of life – with gorgeous trekking paths, idyllic fishing villages and historical wonders. Explore the fascinating Greek culture found in Aghios Sostis or simply kick back and relax in the stunning coastal villages that surround the area.
Unwind in the laid-back coastal town of Tsilivi while on holidays in Zante or dance until sunrise in vibrant Zante Town. If you like the buzz of the crowd, Laganas is the place for you, with plenty of bars and clubs on hand for evening entertainment. Wherever you choose to explore, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Zante.
When deciding where to chill out and soak up the sun, Zante boasts a long list of idyllic locations to choose from. The island’s beaches remain a draw for many embarking on their Zante holidays, with several to choose from. Kalamaki is a beach of two halves and well worth a visit –indulge in the myriad of water sports on offer or linger over drinks at the on-site beach bar. Meanwhile, the beach at Alykanas has everything on offer to keep you captivated – from windsurfing to banana boats.
If you’d rather somewhere a little more romantic, take a stroll down to Dafni. Access is via a steep hilly road in between Argassi and Vassilikos, resulting in a quietly pleasant beach to in Zante.
Those who enjoy a slice of history can revel in culture on their holidays in Zante. Spectacular landmarks include Soloumou Square and the majestic Saint Nikolas church, boasting an impressive legacy and striking Venetian architecture. Take the stroll down to the stunning blue caves of Cape Skinari, where you’ll find a Smuggler’s Cove at the site of a famous shipwreck.
Located on the Ionian Sea, discovering Zante’s scenic delights is best done on the water. Jump aboard a boat and sail along its extensive coast, embark on a deep sea adventure to glimpse delightful coral reefs or get your adrenaline pumping with one of the fantastic water sports on offer. Whether you’re looking for an action-packed adventure or something more laid-back, it’s a great way to see Zante from a distinctive angle.
When the sun goes down is when this island really comes alive. A clubber’s haven, it is easy to see why the island is popular with party-goers on their Zante holidays. Dressed top to toe in neon, head straight for Laganas and Tsilivi, which are filled with bars, clubs and pubs – offering everything from foam parties to neon nights.
Your visit to Zante won’t be complete without sampling some of the island’s mouth-watering cuisine. This luscious island is filled with an impressive choice of restaurants, serving everything from Greek classics to Mediterranean fusions. Take a seat along one of the beaches to enjoy fantastic servings of seafood or head inland to tuck into authentic Greek cuisine in a charming tavern for the perfect Greek experience on your holidays in Zante.
The 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.
Again, 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.
Get 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.
The 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.
The 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.
If 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.
The 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.
The 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.
Tsilivi 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.
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Laganas, 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.
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Impress 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.
In 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.
A 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.
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Amongst 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.
To 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!
Take 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.