Zakynthos tips – Paradise in the Ionian Islands
Zakynthos is an island paradise for thousands of tourists from all around the world every year. This Ionian island lies in western Greece and is part of the same islands as Corfu and Kefalonia. Zakynthos is characterised by steep cliffs and lush, green landscapes as well as the numerous, gorgeous bays and the crystal clear waters. It’s the ultimate Summer getaway!
Flights from Ireland to Zakynthos
Zakynthos has one airport, Zakynthos International Airport “Dionysios Solomos”. It is located in the south side of the island and is 4.3km from the town of Zakynthos. The cheapest flights this year from Ireland to Zakynthos are from Dublin. However, TUI is the only airline that offers direct flights. Direct flights take just over four hours and as of 2019, are from Dublin, Tuesday to Tuesday. It’s best to explore the island with a rental car or a motorbike, so you can reach all the beaches and sights
Things to do in Zakynthos
The most famous beach on Zakynthos is the Beach of Navagio, also known as Smugglers Cove. The bay is enclosed by high and steep rock faces and can only be entered from the sea. Here you’ll find one of the most intriguing attractions on the island: a wreck of a smugglers’ ship! Head to the viewing platform which is located high above on the steep rocks of the bay. It has inspired many great holiday photographs!
Sandy Kalamaki Beach is perfect for a lavish sunbathing session and enjoying a meal at the numerous taverns nearby. You can see the lovely Karetta turtles which are under protection. the Limnionas Bay doesn’t have a beach but its wonderfully turquoise-blue waters are great for snorkelling.
Laganas Beach, set 9km from the island’s main town, is for the party-til-dawn crowd. Sip on cocktails as you bar hop throughout the night. You’ll get plenty of socialising and entertainment here!
Things to do
You’ll quickly realise that Zante’s turtle’s make up the bulk of its tourism attractions. You can book a tour in a boat with a glass floor for example, in order to observe these creatures in their natural habitat or even to swim with them. Can’t get enough? Head to Marathonissi Island, also known as the Turtle Island.
It’s best to just take your snorkelling gear with you since the small bays of the island are perfect for extensive, underwater exploration. Make a trip to the small town of Limni Keri in the south-west of the island. You can enjoy the breathtaking, panoramic view from the lighthouse!
Since you’re already in Keri, you could also visit the Keri Caves. You can either rent a boat privately or book a group guided tour. Occasionally the boat anchor at various spots and you have the opportunity to swim a little and go snorkelling.
A nice trip to make on foot is to the small Cameo Island. The island, which was connected to the mainland until a couple of centuries ago when it was finally separated by an earthquake, can be reached via an illuminated, wooden bridge. The small, idyllic island invites to linger in the small beach-bar, where you can enjoy a drink accompanied by a view of Zakynthos. Cameo transforms into a real party-island at night. Travellers to Zakynthos talk about unforgettable evenings filled with a breathtaking atmosphere!
The best Zakynthos holiday deals
Zakynthos is simply a great travel destination! Check out the holiday packages I have on offer from TUI, or the flight and hotel deals I can rustle together with Expedia.