Zante, officially known as Zakynthos (Zante is the more common Italian name), is one of Greece’s most popular islands. It’s a common summer destination for many Europeans.
Zante offers much in the way of beautiful beaches. Navagio beach is picture perfect with its turquoise waters and the surrounding high cliffs mean it’s secluded from the rest of the Island and only reachable by boat. The resort of Laganas has an amazing 9km long beach with shallow waters that’s recognised as one of the few places you can see endangered Caretta-Caretta turtles.
Water sports enthusiasts won’t be disappointed in what Zante has to offer. Jet skiing, jet packs, scuba diving, snorkelling, wake boarding, fly fishing and kayaking are just some of the activities the island has to offer. Our favourite would have to be stand up paddle boarding offered by Travel and Hospitality award winner stand up paddle surf Zante, profiled on the following page.
Like any other part of Greece, Zante has its fair share of historical and cultural sites. The Byzantine museum of Zakynthos and Church of St Dionsyios are both located in Zakynthos town (the capital) and easy to reach. Further afield you can find the monastery of St Denis near Volimes, the Venetian tower near Exo Chora and Sarakina house close to the town of Mouzaki.
Nefis Travel, a travel and hospitality award winner profiled in this chapter, are more than happy to welcome you the island and organise tours to the beaches mentioned earlier in this article and historical sites.