Zante

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.

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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.

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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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Mario's Cave and Turtle Boat Trips

Mario's Cave and Turtle Boat Trips

Vassilikos, Zante

Mario and his glass-bottomed boat will take you out for an afternoon visiting different coves to see the turtles. You can go to Keri cave, with its beautiful clear waters and opportunities to go swimming, or to...
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...

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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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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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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