The Greek islands feature some stunning coastlines, and Zante in particular is renowned for having one of the very best. This island, also known as Zakynthos, is the third-largest of the Ionians, and features what is widely considered to be the best beach in Greece – Smugglers Cove or Navagio. This white pebble beach enjoys a peaceful, secluded setting thanks to the fact that it can only be reached by boat.
In fact, there are fabulous beaches dotted all over Zante, with those in the north and east particularly family-friendly. Kids and adults alike will love to see the island’s famous loggerhead turtles in the Bay of Laganas, who nest and lay their eggs in the area. Visitors also have the opportunity to explore the island’s interior, a beguiling landscape awash with vineyards, mountains, olive and lemon groves, abundant bougainvillea and tiny, traditional villages with whitewashed buildings.
There are seemingly as many types of Zante hotels as there are visitors to the Ionian island. Cheap hotels in Zante might consist of a small, family-run property with a warm welcome, plus an on-site pool and taverna, while 5-star hotels in Zante may offer sweeping, panoramic ocean vistas from sumptuously decorated rooms, and include a spa and choice of eateries within.
Food is a particular highlight of any visit to Greece. Your day may begin with a light breakfast of Greek yogurt, honey and locally grown fruit, while at lunchtime you might savour freshly-baked pitta breads with meat, cheese, olives, hummus and taramasalata. By night, visitors can dine on the freshest seafood or grilled lamb dishes served alongside Greek salad, or try the favourite baked moussaka - all washed down with local wine or potent ouzo.
For a quiet, relaxing stay, couples and families head for the laid-back resorts of Alykanas or Kalamaki, while groups of young, lively holidaymakers revel in the buzzing nightlife in the likes of Laganas, which is nightclub central, or Tsilivi, which also appeals to families thanks to the soft sands, cafes, restaurants and shops.
Zante is only 25 by 11 miles, yet it has so much to offer as a destination for the Greek holiday of your dreams. If a stay on this gorgeous Ionian isle appeals to you and your partner, family or group of friends, why not have a look at our range of hotels in Zante, Greece?