Zante

Zante holidays

Just off the south-west tip of mainland Greece, Zante is a glimmering Ionian jewel, where families come to relax, clubbers come to dance and sea turtles come to nest. Coves of curving azure water and sun-speckled sand are where you'll want to spend all your days. After a resort with a lively vibe? Laganas is a neon-lit playground for party goers, while Tsilivi serves up classic fun in the sun. And it’s over to Zante Town for chic boutiques and harbourside wining and dining. Hidden caves, shipwrecks, chalky white cliffs – they all add to the desert-island appeal of this Greek good looker too.

Popular Zante holiday resorts

Karras Grande Resort

Karras Grande Resort

Tsilivi, Zante

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Based on 498 reviews

  • Central location
  • Family friendly
  • Modern interior
Klelia Beach Hotel
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£466pp
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  • Bristol, Thu 13 Oct 2022
  • 7 Nights, All Inclusive
  • 2 Adults, 0 Children

Klelia Beach Hotel

Kalamaki, Zante

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Based on 1125 reviews

  • Small and friendly
  • Close to the beach
  • Great value All Inclusive
  • Relaxing pool area
  • Perfect for couples and families
Zante Sun Hotel
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£532pp
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  • Bristol, Thu 29 Sep 2022
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  • 2 Adults, 0 Children

Zante Sun Hotel

Aghios Sostis, Zante

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Based on 668 reviews

  • Close to the beach
  • Relaxed atmosphere
  • Suitable for couples and families
  • Modern and stylish accommodation
  • Great facilities
Diana Palace
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£513pp
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  • London Stansted, Thu 06 Oct 2022
  • 7 Nights, All Inclusive
  • 3 Adults, 0 Children

Diana Palace

Argassi, Zante

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Based on 2005 reviews

  • Close to the beach and resort centre
  • Great entertainment programme
  • Children's pool with slide
  • Great value All Inclusive
  • Fun for everyone
Filoxenia Hotel
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£434pp
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  • London Stansted, Thu 06 Oct 2022
  • 7 Nights, All Inclusive
  • 2 Adults, 0 Children

Filoxenia Hotel

Tsilivi, Zante

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Based on 1298 reviews

  • Great for families
  • Friendly service
  • Bright, comfortable rooms
  • Great All Inclusive programme
  • Regular entertainment
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Language

Greek

Currency

Euro

Time difference

+2hrs

Cost of a beer

€3 a bottle

3 course meal

from around €25

Flight times

3.5hrs

Nesting beauty

Zante’s stunning coast is lined with sandy beaches, rocky coves, dramatic cliffs and hidden sea caves. Further inland, lush olive groves and lemon trees give way to rolling hills. In summer, loggerhead turtles swim all the way from Africa to Zante to lay their eggs in the island’s golden grains.

A world-class party scene

If you’re looking for a no-bass-spared after-dark scene, Zante’s totally kitted out for your every clubbing desire. The cutting-edge venues in Laganas attract the sort of big-name superstar DJs you’d expect to see in Ibiza. And the parties on the beach are legendary – they kick on right until morning.

Fab for families

Over in Tsilivi, there’s a family feel with oodles of sand, plenty of restaurants and a fab waterpark that calls for hours of fun. Kalamaki’s another good all-rounder with calm waters for kids and cocktail bars for the grown-ups. While authentic Alykes slows the pace on its Blue Flag sands if it’s peace and quiet you fancy.

Tsilivi

From its golden sands to quaint tavernas, Tsilivi is a top beachfront pick that has retained its traditional Greek town feel.

Kalamaki

An idyllic choice for relaxing and unwinding on a gold-flecked beach, Kalamaki’s shores meet up with Laganas Bay, so keep your eyes peeled for loggerhead turtles.

Laganas Holidays

Laganas

Fizzing nightlife and miles of sand make Laganas one of the most sought-after locations in all of Zante.

Argassi Holidays

Argassi

Small but sweet, this compact resort centres around terracotta-topped buildings and a smattering of bars, restaurants and souvenir shops.

Alykes Holidays

Alykes

Alykes has a very authentic way about it. The intriguing salt flats are the place to start – prepare to be wowed.

Alykanas

This small, typically Greek village is surrounded by dreamy bright blue seas in north-eastern Zante.

Vassilikos Holidays

Vassilikos

Vassilikos takes up a good amount of the southern part of the island, so it’s got a little more than your ordinary small resort.

Aghios Sostis

A coastline less littered with parasols than your typical Zante resorts is waiting, so find yourself a sandy spot and settle down.

Keri

Watch warm waters bubble against the sand. Keri’s best known for its lighthouse and luscious lake.

Kypseli

Dotted with bougainvillea and traditional buildings and churches, Kypseli extends across a beach, town and valley area, nestled right within the coastline.

Tragaki

Verdant headland encases deep, clear aquamarine ocean, creating Tragaki’s sensational views.

Xigia

The beaches are what draws many holidaymakers to Xigia. Lying on the northeastern coast of Zante, the area boasts gorgeous beaches that are lapped by sulphuric waters, said to have unique healing properties.

Beaches

Smuggler’s Cove is the most spectacular beach on the island (and some would argue in all of Greece!). Think steep white cliffs, soft sands and a mysterious shipwreck. Certain beaches have small coves to explore too, so you’re in for plenty of choice across Zante if you’re big on sun-worshipping.

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Kalamaki Beach

Kalamaki Beach

Kalamaki, Zante

The beach by Kalamaki reaches out for five kilometres and is shared by the neighbouring town of Laganas. The sand is fine and the water is clear and shallow so that you can wade quite far out with your feet on...
 Porto Limnionas

Porto Limnionas

Zante

Swim the tranquil waters of Porto Limnionas. You’ll have to take a trek through vineyard-strewn hills on Zante’s wild west coast to seek out this hidden gem. Crystal-clear waters make it a top spot for...

Sights

Marathonissi – or Turtle Island – is a must-visit for nature buffs. Not only is it shaped liked the animal it’s named after, but it’s one of the top nesting spots for loggerhead turtles. You can take a boat to it from Keri and Laganas. Caves and ruins ought to tickle your fancy too.

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Blue Caves

Blue Caves

Zante

These magnificent caves are one of the island's most famous attractions, and see thousands of visitors each year. Anything that enters the water in the cave appears to turn bright blue, including swimmers! You...
Agios Dionysios

Agios Dionysios

Zante

Zante's patron saint Dionysios of Zakynthos is revered in Orthodox Christianity for his spiritual journey to the Holy Land. His body is buried at the Church of Dionysios. Although he died in the 16th century,...

Activities

To get a glimpse of traditional Greek life, stroll around the cobbled streets and stone cottages of the many dainty hillside villages on the south of the island. Right at the bottom, you’ll find there’s a beautiful lake where you can see wetland plants and birds. It’s a real hive of activity.

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Eating and drinking

Zante’s a great place to sample authentic Greek cuisine, from meze to moussaka. Seafood fans won’t want to miss the catch of the day, especially when grilled swordfish is on the menu. If you have a sweet tooth, the sticky walnut and cinnamon dessert called kataifi is one of the island’s specialities.

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Shopping

After authentic local gifts? Head to hillside villages for a strong line in carpets, lace and other traditional handicrafts. Foodies won’t want to leave without a stash of the local olive oil and honey. For a fashion fix, Zante Town has everything from designer boutiques to international high-street brands.

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Local craft shops

Local craft shops

Kypseli, Zante

Kypseli is a traditional village with a laid-back vibe, so there's not too much in the way of shopping. You’ll find a couple of local mini-markets and a few small shops selling souvenirs. If you want more...
Local souvenir and clothes shops

Local souvenir and clothes shops

Laganas, Zante

There are hundreds of shops in Laganas selling everything from groceries with local and even British brand foods, to souvenir shops. You can find more luxurious goods too, like jewellery, leather handbags and...

Nightlife

Zante’s got virtually everything you could want in the small hours. Hard-partying Laganas is famous for its Ibiza-worthy clubs and pumping beach parties. Tsilivi on the east coast is a good spot for bar hopping. Zante Town likes to take things a bit easier, with after-dinner cocktails overlooking the harbour.

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