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Zante holidays

Just off the south-west tip of mainland Greece, Zante is a glimmering Ionian Sea jewel, where families come to relax, clubbers come to party and sea turtles come to nest. Coves of curving azure water and sun-speckled sand are set to enchant, with cobbled streets opening to excite foodies and shoppers.

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.

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Tsilivi

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

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Alykes

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

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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.

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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Agios Sostis Beach

Agios Sostis Beach

Aghios Sostis, Zante

Before you hit the beach, you'll find a pretty promenade you can wander along, with lots of little bars and restaurants. The beach itself is quite small, but has rich golden sands and shallow waters to swim in....
Alykes Beach

Alykes Beach

Alykes, Zante

A famous Blue Flag, golden sand beach with hundreds of sun loungers and parasols. The waters are very shallow and great for swimming. The beach is really popular for the great water sports on offer. Try...

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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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,...
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...

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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Bowl’m Over

Bowl’m Over

Tsilivi, Zante

Bowl'm Over is a four-lane bowling alley and fun bar with a 50s diner theme. It's also got pool tables, air hockey, amusements and crazy golf. During a break from bowling you can take your drinks outside on to...
Cameo Island beach club

Cameo Island beach club

Laganas, Zante

Walk along the wooden bridge out to the island as it is lit up at evening or bathed in the afternoon sun. There you’ll come to the pretty little Cameo Island Beach Club which is so stunning that it is the most...

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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Beachfront restaurant and bars

Beachfront restaurant and bars

Laganas, Zante

For a slightly more relaxed vibe than the central party area of Laganas, head down to the beach to find some smaller waterfront bars and restaurants. Many of them back onto the sand and serve all sorts of...
Beachfront tavernas and cafés

Beachfront tavernas and cafés

Aghios Sostis, Zante

All along the small beachfront are a selection of Greek tavernas where you can cool off from the afternoon sun or relax in the evening. They serve up all sorts of local foods, mostly fresh fish or roasted lamb,...

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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Gift shops selling ceramics and jewellery

Gift shops selling ceramics and jewellery

Alykes, Zante

The district of Alykes has a few small shops that offer most of what you need on holiday. Places like Souvenir Georgia and Ilyessa Souvenir Shop have lots of locally crafter ceramics and silver and gold...
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...

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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Beachfront cocktail bars

Beachfront cocktail bars

Aghios Sostis, Zante

Finish a blissful summer day on the beach with some well-deserved cocktails. All along the promenade by the beach are late-night bars that serve a selection of European beers, handmade cocktails, and bar...
Chilled-out cocktail bars and family bars

Chilled-out cocktail bars and family bars

Kalamaki, Zante

If you want to go for the biggest parties in the largest clubs around then head to Laganas, the neighbouring town. Kalamaki goes a little easier with some very chilled out bars, family-friendly karaoke venues...
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