Zakynthos (Greece)

Zakynthos Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Davide Genco

The flower of the east

Zakynthos is an island in the Ionian Sea off the Greek west coastToo many tourists on package deals can be a downer
The east has the lush plains, the west the mountains and dramatically steep cliffs
Zakynthos satisfies all tastes and goes to no extremes: OK if you want to party. OK for family. OK for romance.

Zakynthos (or Zante in Italian) is an island in the Greek Ionian Sea, just off the Peloponnese west coast. It is a popular destination for European tourists come summertime, who arrive here in droves and often on package deals once the season starts.

Zakynthos offers them quite a perfect mix of natural sights, fantastic beaches and places to eat, drink and shop. And all in a laid-back setting. Zakynthos is not necessarily an island for party hardies, nor is it necessarily somewhere you will want to go on honeymoon or with your extended family, or where you go spotting historical sights. Though you of course CAN perfectly well do all those things here. But the point we are getting at is that Zakynthos on all accounts hangs somewhere in the middle. That may be slowly changing however, as mass tourism is definitely having its impact on the island.

Even Zakynthos geography tries to cover all bases. While in the east you have lush green plains, beaches, towns and crowds, the west coast is mountainous and quiet, with some very steep cliffs falling straight into the Ionian.

The three main attractions on Zakynthos, besides eating, swimming in its turquoise waters and shopping, are: the Blue Caves, the cliffs and caves at Keri and Shipwreck Beach (see picture). Oh, and if you want to party head to the resorts of Laganas. If you don't, then head elsewhere! [Review by travelindicator]


You can find the best hotel deals in Zakynthos here.

Key info

  • Zakynthos is a region in Greece. It is situated at an altitude of 505ft and the best airport to fly into is ZTH (Zakinthos International Airport, Zakinthos)
  • The currency used in Greece is the Euro (EUR)

Zakynthos Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

57 57 63 66 75 82 88 88 82 75 66 59

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

3.2 2.7 2 2 0.8 0.3 0.3 0.3 2.6 2.8 6.6 6.9

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