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Zakynthos | A Fabulous Holiday Destination

Zakynthos, Greece, It’s quite possible that this is the most stunning of the Ionian Greek Island. With its world-famous Navagio shipwreck, breathtaking beaches, and charming villages, it stands out as a remarkable destination.

Zakynthos Greece beach with shipwreck
Shipwreck beach on Zakynthos shore. Located on the western side of the island, near the village of Anafotiria.

Places to see

Towns and Villages of Zakynthos

  • Zakynthos Town: As the capital of the island, Zakynthos Town is a bustling hub of activity. Visit the historic Solomos Square, and immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture.
  • Maherado: Take a walk in the small streets of central Zakynthos. Find local places with good food and enjoy the calm feeling of the nice village.
  • Volimes: In the northern part of Zakynthos, Volimes offers a glimpse into the island’s rural life. The village is famous for its handicrafts, particularly intricate lacework and handwoven rugs.
  • Maries: Lush greenery embraces Maries. Located on the western side of Zakynthos, this small village serves as an excellent starting point. Consequently, it offers a picturesque gateway for actively exploring the nearby Shipwreck Beach.
  • Agios Leon: This charming coastal village is indeed perfect for unwinding and soaking up the Mediterranean sun. Enjoy the sandy beaches, savor fresh seafood at seaside tavernas, and experience the warm hospitality of the locals.

Discover Zakynthos’s Unique Attractions

  • Blue Caves: Located on the dramatic west coast of Zakynthos, the Blue Caves are a natural wonder. Sail through the crystal-clear waters and marvel at the mesmerizing play of light and color created by the cave formations.
  • The Church of Agios Nikolaos Molos: This quaint church provides a glimpse into the serene religious history of Zakynthos.
  • The Helmis National History Museum: Explore exhibits showcasing the island’s past. Meanwhile, learn about its geological formations, diverse flora, and fauna.
  • The Monastery of Agios Georgios Krimnon: Immerse yourself in the island’s spiritual side with a visit to this monastery. As a matter of fact, sitting on top of a hill gives you amazing views of the land around and the Ionian Sea.
  • The Naval Museum: Explore Zakynthos’s maritime history at the Naval Museum. Discover artifacts, models, and exhibits of how people on the island sailed boats and showcase naval history.
  • Sarakina Mansion: Step back in time by visiting this stunning historic estate. Centuries-old olive trees especially surround it.
  • The Venetian Bridge of Argassi: This ancient bridge stands as a testament to the island’s past. For instance, it’s also a great chance for some unique photos.
  • The Venetian Castle: Discover the remains of the Venetian Castle. Specifically, it stands as a historical site that provides a fascinating glimpse into Zakynthos’s medieval past.

Things to do

  • Head to the beach and explore Navagio Beach, famous for its Shipwreck Cove. Conversely, you can choose to visit beautiful beaches like Gerakas, Kalamaki, Agios Nikolaos, and Spiantza.
  • Kayak. Sea Kayaking Zakynthos provides organized trips that are a good fit for all ages and skill levels. In addition, the company offers SUP trips and lessons.
  • Create. Make a ceramic souvenir of Zakynthos at Dionysia Avouri Studios. This is a fun thing to do for both kids and adults.


Zakynthos has a Mediterranean climate, with mild, rainy winters and hot, sunny summers. Furthermore, the winter here is quite mild, lasting from December to the middle of March. However, it can be rainy, especially in December and January. During those months, the island can receive more than 6 inches of rain per month.


Traditional cuisine on the island includes meat, fish, vegetables, cheeses, salads, and olive oil. Try stuffed red peppers, mousaka, yiouvetsi (lamb with pasta), stuffed rabbit cooked in wine, or stewed. Additionally, savor stifado (calf with onions and tomatoes) or papoutsakia (eggplant stuffed with meat and béchamel).

For traditional fare, visit Avra Taverna Restaurant or Premier Restaurant.

Visit the island on your next Ionian Islands Yacht Charter. Zakynthos and Kefalonia are particularly the two of the most famous islands in the Ionians. Both islands have airports with flights to Athens and other destinations.