Zante, the third largest of the Ionian Islands, is one of Greece’s top holiday - and party - destinations. Perhaps it’s the picturesque beaches, the Greek culture or tourist amenities that make this Mediterranean island popular year after year. With a short flight time from the UK, year round sunshine and shed loads of activities for all ages, holidays to Zante are perfect for anyone looking for a fantastic Greek beach holiday.
Zante boasts one of the most spectacular beaches in the Mediterranean, Navagio, sometimes known as ‘Smugglers Cove.’ This turquoise water and white pebble beach is only accessed by boat, making it a secluded and idyllic setting. Around the island are several more outstanding beaches, especially on the northern and eastern shores and these are perfect for families.
The capital of Zante, Zante Town, is a cultural haven and the church of Agios Dionysios is well worth a visit. Nearby Bochali village houses a beautiful castle, a relic of the Venetian rule of the island, as well as panoramic views. The island itself dates back to the Neolithic age.
Make like a Greek and experience Zante’s slow pace of life and long hot days in the sun. However holidays to Zante aren’t just about lying on the beach with a cocktail. The landscape is diverse, with the western half comprising of a mountainous plateau and the south eastern half being characterised by a wide shallow bay, making Zante a very unique island, dying to be explored.
The Bay of Laganas boasts a National Marine park where loggerhead sea turtles come to lay eggs. Around Cape Skinari are the famous ‘Blue Caves’ and a holiday to Zante isn’t complete without visiting these spectacular formations of rocks and sunlight. There are also great scuba diving opportunities around the island, including chances to see seals and different species of octopus.
Music is a huge part of Greek culture and Zante is no exception. There is a huge jazz festival during the summer months as well as many clubs playing everything from Basement Jaxx to The Beatles. If it’s rural Greek living you are after, head to Keri, home to the islands southernmost point, Cape Marathia. With unparalleled views over the Ionian Sea, this village is worth a trip for the panorama alone.
With a buzzing atmosphere, Mediterranean climate and a great range of activities, holidays to Zante tick all the boxes. Find a great money saving holiday to Greece with lastminute.com now.