The Island of Zakynthos in Greece is revered for its complex network of roads, beautiful beaches, and welcoming locals. Zakynthos appeals to anyone looking to spend time off of the mainland and experience its stunning sandy shores, vineyards, olive groves, and small villages. We have a few recommendations of what you should do and where you should go during your trip.
Keri Sea Caves
On the southern part of the island, you will find this group of caves and arches. They are the perfect excuse to take a boat trip because they are only accessible by private boat or another type of guided tour. The caves are remarkably white in colour which looks beautiful against the astonishingly blue water in the cape. During a boat tour, your guide will stop amongst the caves so that you can get an amazing photo and also jump into the water and swim there!
Navagio Beach Outlook
Your trip to Zakynthos will not be complete without a visit to this famous overlook on the island. To get there, you can reserve a tour or rent a car and follow the signed route to Navagio. You could also make it a more fun day excursion by biking there (bring your own or rent a quad bike) which will allow you to enjoy the scenery of the countryside better. You will not be able to reach the beach from the lookout point, but you will be able to take some magnificent photos of the shipwreck from up top.
Askos Stone Park
If you are an animal lover or want to learn more about conservation techniques and archeology in the area, then the Askos Stone Park is not to be missed. This forest reserve and archeological site is also home to agricultural research and different kinds of animals. While you walk through the park, you will be able to remark upon all of the different nontoxic agriculture techniques and a variety of endangered animals. Visitors enjoy taking the opportunity to feed the animals, milk cows or pick olives on site.
Churches & Monasteries
There are numerous churches and monasteries all over the island that are a wonderful way to appreciate the culture and architecture of the area. We highlight The Church of St. Dionysios for its impressive gilt structures and The Monastery of St. George for its eccentric tower. No matter where you choose to visit, you will be awed by the beautiful frescoes that cover the interiors and how much the history and culture of the region is connected to them.
Lodging & cuisine
There are a few nicely located hotels in the city, but it is just as ideal to stay just outside of the city because it is calmer and quieter. For restaurants, we recommend you go anywhere near the port or in Laganas, which has a wide variety to choose from. You should absolutely try a lonian stew and other specialties like grilled halloumi and spetsofai, which is a dish made with special spicy sausage and red peppers. If you get the chance, don't miss out on touring a winery or olive oil grove and reserving a tasting, you won't regret it.
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Zakynthos is home to a nice array of museums. Paying a visit to them is an outstanding way to support the local economy and learn something new. You will have to inquire at the local centre for tourism to find out which one is most suited to your interests. We recommend the Museum of D. Solomos and Eminent People because it will give you the chance to see a renowned library, artefacts and learn about some important people, like the poet, Solomos. Going to the Olive Press Museum of Zante in Lithakia will give you the chance to learn about the traditional olive oil production while also tasting some of the facility's products.