Zante

Zante Destination Guide

Zante (Zakynthos named after the son of an Arcadian chief) is the southernmost and third largest of the Greek Ionian Islands and was named by Edgar Allen Poe as the “Flower of the East” with its many gorgeous flowers that bloom all year long. There are mountains with steep cliffs, fertile plains, bays, and soft sandy beaches that stretch along a coastline that is approximately 76 miles long. The main products include grapes, citrus fruit, and olive oil.

Monk seals and turtles are endangered and protected (with turtle watching being an activity and the beaches being closed in the evenings), and the wetlands are full of birds and wildlife.

The churches and monasteries have beautiful frescos, and the museums offer a glimpse into the past with artefacts, sculptures, and statues.

Shipwreck Beach is one of the world’s most photographed locations and can only be reached by boat. It has steep cliffs and small coves to explore.

Zante is also a thriving tourist destination with an old world charm even though it had to be rebuilt that way after an earthquake in 1953.

The Venetian Castle has unbelievable views and was where the poet Dionysios Solomos in the 19th century wrote the poem that became the Greek National Anthem. You will find his statue in the Solomou Square. Nearby is the House of Latas restaurant with live Greek music and inexpensive seafood.

In the cliffs of Keri is the Lighthouse Taverna with its spectacular view. It features traditional island food and locally made wines.

A treasure to enjoy is the Lemon Tree Garden off the main street in Zante Town where you can dine in the garden or inside. It even has a special children’s play area.

Castaways Argassi in Argassi also has a children’s play area and has a wide choice of delicious food. The owners also have a supermarket there.

Calypso Bar is like an English pub with Greek dancing, the Jungle Bar is a tropical island setting with lively music, Mad Murpheys is an Irish bar catering to ages 18 to 30’s, and the Barrage Night Club in Argassi has well-known DJs and is one of the best-known clubs on the island.

There is a musical tradition here that includes the first Music School in Greece in 1815 and having the Music Band in the first Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. It now has its own Jazz Festival.

Zante holidays make for an ideal summer holiday destination with year round warm weather and regular flights from the UK this is the place to book next holiday too.