Zakynthos Island is a top tourist destination, with an international airport served by charter flights from numerous countries. The island's nickname is To fioro tou Levante (Italian: Il fiore di Levante, English: The flower of the East), given by the Venetians who were in possession of Zakynthos from 1484–1797. It offers a little bit of everything and you can experience a dreamy summer holiday. Zakynthos is famous for the Navagio beach and the sandy beaches with the turquoise waters, while many tourists visit the island to see from close the caretta-caretta turtles.
Zakynthos is a busy town with a wide range of choices for dining or entertainment, shopping souvenirs and a great variety of cultural attractions. It is worth visiting the statue of Dionysios Solomos in Solomos Square and the town hall Library. The Church of Saint Dennis (Agios Dionysios), the Saint protector of the island and Saint Marcos Square with the Catholic Church and the Venetian style clock. You can also visit the Byzantine Museum and the Solomos and Kalvos Museum. Don’t miss the chance to walk around the port of the town and enjoy the view.
Bohali is a village on top of the hill that stands above Zakynthos offering a panoramic view of the town and the port. The place is really amazing as you can relax, admire the view and take pictures. The view from up there is breathtaking especially during the sunset and night time. There are cafes, bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a drink, a meal, an ice cream or the famous traditional sweet “frigania”.
Marathonisi is a tiny uninhabited island in Laganas Gulf, with exotic beauty, white sand, crystal clear waters and it is visited by the caretta - caretta turtles! It is preferred by the turtles to lay their eggs. It also looks like a turtle and therefore it is known as the turtle island. Marathonisi is part of the national marine park and it contains tropical vegetation, turquoise waters and sea caves. The remoteness of the island offers peacefulness. To visit Marathonisi book a boat trip from Laganas, Agios Sostis, Porto Koukla, Keri or rent a boat to explore the coast. The organized tours offer you turtle spotting, to view the turtles up close. It is really worth it!
Gerakas beach is located on the south of Zakynthos and is part of the national marine park. There is a huge sandy beach of exotic beauty with warm, shallow sea water. The caretta turtles lay their eggs there too. There are a few umbrellas and sunbeds. Gerakas is ideal for those who wish to spend their day relaxing in a peaceful beach.
Porto Limnionas is a rocky beach of unique wild beauty on the western part of Zakynthos. It is one of the most beautiful places of the island. The cliffs that surround the beach offer magnificent view of the Ionian Sea. The place is ideal for scuba diving or snorkeling as the bottom of the sea is quite rich. The whole area is of natural and wild beauty.
The northern and eastern shores of Zakynthos feature numerous wide sandy beaches. The largest resort is Laganas, whose beach stretches around 10 kilometers (6 miles). You can enjoy the sun and the warm shallow water in this sandy beach. Laganas is known all over the world for the wild nightlife. There, you can party all day and all night long in big night clubs or in cool beach bars. Cameo is an islet off the shore of Laganas. In the daytime it is a tranquil area to enjoy your swim and at night there is a nightclub. The islet Cameo is accessible through a picturesque bridge from the port of Agios Sostis.
You should also explore the Blue Caves, situated on the northern tip of the island, near the port of Agios Nicolas (Saint Nicolas). Numerous natural "Blue Caves", are cut into cliffs around Cape Skinari. These natural arches and water-caves that have been cut out by tides over thousands of years are accessible only by small boats. Sunrays reflect through blue sea water from white stones of cave bottoms and walls, creating visual lighting effects. Swim and explore the caves. Snorkeling and diving are also suggested so that you have a unique experience viewing the rich underwater life.
The gorgeous Keri is located in the far south of the island. It is a mountain village and has a lighthouse in the south coastline of the Keri peninsula. There you can enjoy the best view during the sunset. Keri will win your heart over at first sight. You can swim at the beach of Keri, called the Limni of Keri. You can rent a boat and sail around it to explore the caves. Reaching the shores, you will be able to find some of the most secluded and quiet beaches of Zakynthos island and explore the nature’s beauty. Marathias is a beach close to Keri. There, the crystal blue of the water and the green of the trees create a unique atmosphere. It is a small, secluded and pebbled beach. This area combines spectacular beaches and incredible mountainous view.
From June till September, during the night, the carettas come out to the shore where they make their nests and lay about 100 eggs each into the sand. The breeding area is around the bay of Lagana. After two months, the eggs hatch and the new born sea turtles make their way to the sea. It is not easy to spot the Caretta-caretta turtles since they are very vulnerable and easily frightened by noise and bright lights. For their protection many beaches are closed at night and guarded by volunteers of the Sea Turtle Protection Society.