Aerial view of Porto Zorro Azzurro beach in Zakynthos (Zante) island, in Greece
IONIAN ADVENTURE

Cruisereise til Zakynthos, Greece

Located off the west coast of the Peloponnese Peninsula, Zakynthos doesn’t often make it onto the itinerary for travelers hitting better-known islands in the Aegean, like Mykonos and Santorini. But those who overlook this captivating gem are missing out. Zakynthos is home to an abundance of secluded grottos, dramatic white cliffs and some of Greece’s most beautiful beaches — not to mention plenty of charming tavernas serving up authentic Greek food and gorgeous sea views. Surrounded by the glimmering blue waters of the Ionian Sea, Zakynthos is a sun-seeker’s paradise — and it will cast a spell on you the moment you step ashore.
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Things To Do in Zakynthos, Greece

Picturesque sandy beach in Alykanas full of beautiful flowers and plants.

SHORE UP ON MEMORIES

Picturesque sandy beach in Alykanas full of beautiful flowers and plants.

Picturesque sandy beach in Alykanas full of beautiful flowers and plants.

SHORE UP ON MEMORIES

Zakynthos has some of the prettiest beaches in Europe. The most famous is Navagio, nicknamed “Shipwreck Beach” and sheltered by a curving rock formation you’ve likely seen on your Instagram feed. Tranquil Amboula Beach and buzzing Alykanas Beach are also good bets, depending on what vibe you’re going for.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Zakynthos

TURTLE TIME

Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Zakynthos

Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Zakynthos

TURTLE TIME

Zakynthos offers easy access to vibrant coral reefs, many of which are home to loggerhead sea turtles. One of the best places to see them is Marathonisis, or “Turtle Island,” part of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos. You can join a tour or hire a boat and explore on your own.

Agios Nikolaos blue caves in Zakynthos (Zante) island, in Greece
Agios Nikolaos blue caves in Zakynthos (Zante) island, in Greece

CAVE QUEST

One of the coolest things to do in Zakynthos, Greece is exploring its famous Blue Caves. This series of impressive rock formations stretches from Agios Nikolaus Beach to Skinari Cape and is popular among scuba divers. The water within the caves themselves seems to glow bright blue.

Typical Greek restaurant on the balcony blue building overlooking the sea, Greece
Typical Greek restaurant on the balcony blue building overlooking the sea, Greece

LOCAL CUISINE

Greece is known for its delicious cuisine, and you’ll find plenty to satisfy your cravings in Zakynthos. If you’re in the mood for something light, order some traditional Greek yogurt drizzled with local honey, or try some of the island’s fresh-caught seafood. There are charming tavernas on every corner, most offering beautiful ocean views.

Small traditional pottery souvenir shop in Zakynthos island, greece.
Small traditional pottery souvenir shop in Zakynthos island, greece.

SHOPPING

If you’re looking for the perfect souvenir to remember your visit to Zakynthos, duck into the many craft shops across the island. You’ll find pretty ornaments made from driftwood, traditional pottery made by local artisans, and edible treats like homemade cinnamon syrup and locally sourced olive oil.

Innsidetips
Innsidetips
1 If you want to explore the island on land, consider renting a quad bike. They’re perfect for Zakynthos’s rugged terrain.
2 If you’re visiting Shipwreck Beach, stop by the nearby village of Volimes for lunch and shopping.
3 Wear sneakers or water shoes if you’re exploring the seaside cliffs — the ground is rough and rocky.

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