The Greek island of Zante is a long popular holiday destination with families looking for a fun holiday for everyone, couples seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of life and young people looking to find lively nightlife and fun. All of these are on offer in Zante, depending on where you go as well as a sense of history and culture which is found in all of the Greek Islands.
Zante also boasts some natural wonders, including Caretta-Caretta, a beach where the turtles go to lay their eggs, a truly beautiful sight, we assure you. Other animals which call Zante home are the Monk Seals who give birth to their cubs in this idyllic setting. Of course this is all further complimented by beautiful weather, a great atmosphere and a warm welcome.
Though offering no theme parks, Zante does not lack for things to do. If fun is what you seek then the Water Village is the place to visit, offering slides and chutes aplenty, guaranteed to have everyone wearing a big smile by the end of the day. For a family day out there is the Emu Zoo, a chance you’ll seldom come across in everyday life to learn everything there is to know about emus!
There are more time honoured holiday attractions available in zante too, with paintballing, water sports, horse riding and scuba diving available on different parts of the island for your enjoyment. For more leisurely pursuits there is of course the chance to laze peacefully on a beach working on that tan, a number of shopping establishments to make your credit card weep and a wide range of restaurants where you can find traditional and international cuisine galore. The busier resorts in Zante also offer some nightlife, ranging from secluded bars to rowdy nightclubs, depending on which appeals to you.
The resorts in Zante differ greatly, with many quiet traditional villages, where you’ll find little more than a beach, a taverna and a bar to enjoy, perfect for those who just want a quiet place to call home for a couple of weeks.
If excitement is what you see then Laganas may be the place for you, offering a beach where you can happily spend the day lazing on the sands or even hop on a boat over to the turtle island. The resort also offers a number of shopping options, whether you want to pick up something for yourself o r gifts for those who are stuck back at home. In the evenings this resort really gets going with a number of nightclubs opening, happy to keep you entertained into the early hours of the morning.
Zante Town is also worthy of attention, offering a more cosmopolitan vibe, complete with a selection of restaurants, bars and shopping which are sure to keep you occupied during your stay.
On the north west coast of the Greek Ionian island of Zakynthos you will find Shipwreck Cove or Smugglers Cove also called Navagio Beach which is probably the most famous beach in Greece and can only be accessed by boat but is well worth the trip. This picturesque beach has been photographed and featured in many holiday brochures, travel books and televised advertisements. The boat was shipwrecked back in 1980 after hitting rocks in bad weather while being pursued by the Greek Navy who suspected it was carrying contraband cigarettes. Those tourists planning to lounge in the sun are advised to bring all necessities with them as there are no facilities in this secluded bay. A sun umbrella is a must, as the heat radiates off the white cliffs and there is no shade on the beach to get away from it, especially at midday.
Zakynthos is home to the endangered Loggerhead Turtle, Caretta, Caretta. The Bay of Laganas is the most important breeding ground for the Mediterranean Loggerhead, although they can be found in Turkey and Italy as well. The sandy beaches of the Lagana Bay are now a protected area, it is unfortunate that the breeding grounds for these magnificent animals is also the place where the holiday maker comes to soak up the sun, sea and sand.
Turtles return to the beach they were born on to nest, the mating season is around April - June with the hatchlings being born about 60 days after the eggs have been laid. This of course coincides with the peak holiday season. There are six main nesting beaches in the Bay of Lagana, by far the most important of these is Sekania.
Although Zante is just a small island, sometimes you really need to escape from everything and relax in a more secluded corner of the world. Marathonissi Island fits the bill perfectly. This tiny island has just two perfectly powdery beaches, both lined with twinkling turquoise waters and adorned with loggerhead turtles. It's a true taste of the exotic and just moments away from the popular Zante base of Laganas.
With a good selection of hot spots nearby, the option of exploring a number of Greek Islands on holidays in Zante is always available. Just under an hour away from Zante port, the picturesque island of Kefalonia is a choice excursion for beach lovers and anyone who appreciates experiencing a little piece of paradise. That will be everyone, then!
Yerakas is an untouched, peaceful area of Zante, with little to do but tuck into some authentic Greek cuisine at the local tavernas, or sip a cool drink and relax in a bar. The low-key feel to the town naturally complements your afternoon activity of turtle spotting on the nearby beach, where loggerheads nest.