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Once dubbed the ‘flower of the Orient’ thanks to its stunning rurality and coastline, Zante is much loved by the many families, couples, friends and even loggerhead turtles that journey to the beautiful island each year. This verdant, fertile isle has it all, from powder white sands on Navagio ‘shipwreck’ beach, slow and steady island living in the North, vibrant nightlife in Laganas and stunning, unspoilt pine forests with sweeping valley views at sunset. Surrounded by the turquoise ionian sea, Marathonisi Island provides the perfect daytrip to discover a lush, green land away from the clutches of the masses.


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Discover sun-drenched Zante and its breath-taking scenery with a stay at the Hotel Koukounaria. Nestled among pines just a stone’s throw from the beach, this hotel is the perfect, comfortable base from which to explore the verdant island and all it has...


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Escape to a sun-drenched Greek island with a holiday at the Diana Palace, situated in the popular area of Argassi. A splendid base from which to explore the stunning surrounding areas, you will be able to discover breath-taking sights such as the blue...


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Escape to a luxury hideaway nestled among verdant greenery overlooking the Ionian Sea at the Mabely Grand Hotel. Located on the stunning Greek island of Zante, the hotel sits high atop the hillside in a serene, rural spot with breath-taking views....


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Enjoy a chic, Greek getaway to the Lesante Luxury Hotel and Spa, a stunning retreat on the island of Zante. Luxurious rooms and fabulous facilities are on offer alongside breath-taking views and delicious cuisine, making for a blissful break among the...


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Escape to an adults-only oasis on the verdant island of Zante, Greece at the Lesante Blu resort. With a vast onsite pool, luxurious rooms and other flawless facilities, this beachfront abode is the perfect place to forget your cares. While away your...


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Escape to the tranquil shores of Zante for a divine all-inclusive holiday at the Exotica Hotel and Spa by Zante Plaza. Sitting in an idyllic setting, close to an endless golden sandy beach, this sun-kissed sanctuary is a perfect choice for families,...

Beach Holidays in Zante

Stunning beaches, turquoise waters, magnificent scenery and vibrant nightlife are among the attractions that make Zante the perfect island escape for an amazing holiday in the sun.

This fabulous Mediterranean getaway - also known as Zakynthos - has it all when it comes to enjoying an unforgettable beach holiday. From long sandy expanses to quiet and secluded coves, there’s something for everyone in Zante.

Navagio Beach - also fondly referred to as Shipwreck Beach - is the most renowned sandy stretch on the island with its famous stranded ship which ran aground in 1980. This cove beach is definitely worth visiting but be prepared for the crowds who visit in the high season to see the shipwreck.

Makris Gialos beach at Kefalonia is less busy and is a great place for enjoying some water sports action, snorkelling and diving. The waters are very deep here so extra care is needed where children are concerned.

Dafni beach is a gorgeous sandy stretch on the south west of Laganas Bay. The turquoise waters are very inviting and the beach is also a nesting ground for sea turtles.

Banana Beach is the island’s largest sandy stretch with plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas for relaxing and catching some rays. Clear blue waters, golden sands and a range of beach bars make this a very appealing choice.

Located on the north of the island, Agios Nikolaos is the ideal beach for water sports. It is very family-friendly with plenty going on to keep children entertained and no shortage of nice places to eat and drink.

If you are looking for somewhere a bit more secluded and off the beaten track, you won’t be disappointed with Porto Roxa, a charming little cove on the west coast of the island. This area is mainly rocky and not recommended for families with young children. The cove features a diving board on the rocks for jumping into the deep waters.

Events and Festivals in Zante

Zante’s rich heritage is celebrated in style at many of the island’s festivals and special events. Here are a few which are worth seeing if they are taking place during your stay.

Carnival Time

This is held in Zante Town August and includes wonderful parades, parties, firework displays, dancing and theatrical shows. Much of the celebration is themed on the island’s Venetian history.


This is held 50 days after the Greek Orthodox Easter and is part of 3 days of celebrations of the Holy Spirit. It includes an event where riders on horseback compete against each other. This is a truly colourful spectacle with charming costumes and plenty of traditional activities.

Macherado Festival

This takes place in the village of Macherado on May 3 and involves a day of feasting, dancing and celebration. It is held in honour of the protectors of the village Saint Mavra and St Timothy.

Festival of Saint Dionysios

Saint Dionysios is the patron saint of Zante and this event in August celebrates the return of his relics to the island. This festival is very significant to islanders and is highly celebrated.

What to eat in Zante

There’s plenty of choice in Zante when it comes to traditional foods and dishes which will tantalise your taste buds.

Among the local produce which is definitely worth sampling during your holiday is the honey, goat yoghurt, cheese and olive oil.

One of the most popular dishes on the island is stuffed rabbit which has been stewed or cooked in wine. Another delicious favourite is bifteki, a large meatball cooked to perfection with parsley, onions and garlic.

Tyropita is a marvellous snack which consists of puff pastry stuffed with feta, ham or spinach and a range of vegetables.

Aubergines skordostoubi is a popular local vegetarian dish. It involves cooking aubergines with tomatoes, potatoes and carrots. A rich tasty sauce is seasoned with garlic, paprika and vinegar.

There are also plenty of scrumptious desserts and sweet snacks in Zante including bugata which is a delightful puff pastry stuffed with cream and coated with icing sugar and cinnamon.

Zante has an abundance of superb restaurants. Among those of note are Taverna Varkarola in Zante Town, Votsalo in Marathias, Olive Tree Restaurant in Kalamaki and Pilarinos Tavern above Makris Gialos beach.