Are you traveling to Zakynthos? Here’s a list of our favorite attractions and the top 10 things to do in Zakynthos as a tourist!
Navagio Beach, also known by the names Shipwreck Beach and Smugglers’ Cove, is one of the world’s most famous beaches. This beach is located near the picturesque mountain village Volimes and is one of the most beautiful and most photographed beaches in Greece. Come here to see the perfect crystal clear, and turquoise waters and the white stone beach that’s lined by towering stone walls.
The nicknames of the beach come from the old shipwreck that lies on the beach, and according to stories, there’s a fascinating story behind it.
For those who want a great view of the beach, you have to walk up to the top of the cliffs that are lining the beach. Then you get spectacularly beautiful views of the island, the beach, and its crystal clear water.
A perfect opportunity to snap some photos, since this is one of the most beautiful and best things to do in Zakynthos!
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Head to the beautiful small island of Marathonissi, located in the center of Laganas Bay. Not only that the island is shaped like a turtle, but it’s also home to the famous Greek loggerhead turtle. Zakynthos National Marine Park monitors the visitors to ensure that the natural environment of the turtles is protected.
A must is to go for a day trip by boat to Zakynthos famous Blue Caves. They’re located just below the lighthouse at Cape Skinari, on the northern part of Zakynthos. The caves got its beautiful name because they’re surrounded by turquoise waters, both outside and inside the caves.
One tip is to go for a boat trip with a glass bottom; then you get a good opportunity to see the marine life of Zakynthos.
Visit the capital of Zakynthos, built up after several of their buildings were destroyed in an earthquake in 1953. The city is now reconstructed into beautiful and traditional Venetian style. To stroll around the cobbled streets & squares, and along the cozy fishing harbor, is a delightful way to spend your day.
In Zakynthos Town lies the beautiful church of Aghios Dionysios, where Zakynthos famous patron saint is buried.
Keri Caves are a must for those who love to snorkel in turquoise and crystal clear waters. Here there are several small caves with crystal clear water that’s ready to be explored by its visitors. Many companies organize boat trips to go there, and one tip is to walk around and compare prices between the different companies, or rent your own boat if you have the experience of being out at sea.
If you like to party, then this is one of the best things to do in Zakynthos for you. In Laganas, you’ll find a lively nightlife and beautiful sandy beaches that offer party boats, day trips, water activities, swimming and sunbathing. Along Lagana’s famous bar street, there’s many lively pubs, bars, and large nightclubs that are open until the wee hours.
Porto Limnionas Beach
Porto Limnionas Beach is Zakynthos own turquoise gem that’s located in an abandoned fishing port along the west coast of the island. Here you can snorkel, swim into caves, sunbathe, swim, and jump off cliffs. Sun beds are available for a fee, and there’s also a restaurant that serves delicious food with an ocean view.
On the western side of the island lies the cozy village Kampi. Here you can enjoy stunning sunsets at the top of the hill which lies 300 meters above sea level. On the way up the hill, one can stop at the Cross Shiva, which is a memorial for those who died during the Greek Civil War.
Mario’s Cave and Turtle Boat Trips
If you want to discover Zakynthos sea life up close, you should book a trip with Mario’s Cave and Turtle Boat Trips. Mario has a long experience out at sea and provides his customers with an exciting and educational tour. Follow along on a boat trip with Mario and have a look at sea turtles, explore various caves and see Mario’s favorite places around the island.
This is a great tour for those who want to snorkel and discover the best spots and the marine life around the island!
Kalamaki is located right next to the island’s capital and is one of Zakynthos most beautiful areas. In central Kalamaki lies the main road where you will find several bars, restaurants, and hotels. Kalamaki is best known for its beautiful beach where you can find thousands of turtle eggs, and of course for its great opportunities for sunshine and swimming.
One of the best things to do in Zakynthos if you love animals!