View of Navagio Beach with shipwreck on Zakynthos island

Things to do in  Zakynthos

The bluest seas of your life

Zakynthos, one of Greece’s Ionian islands, packs a scenic punch. Its coastline unfurls everything from sandy bays to the cliff-framed Navagio Beach, also known as Shipwreck Beach, and turquoise Blue and Keri Caves—all of them tourist magnets. Boat trips to these highlights top the best things to do in Zakynthos, followed by cruises to see the island’s endangered loggerhead sea turtles and offshore islets. Other draws to Zante (the island's Italian name) include Zakynthos Town, water parks, and Zakynthos’ tranquil north, with its hiking trails, monasteries, and quiet villages.

Top 5 attractions in Zakynthos

Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)

With white sand and marble cliffs, Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)makes a striking setting for swimming and sunbathing. Set on sun-soaked Zakynthos island off the coast of Greece, Navagio Beach is a popular day trip destination. The beach’s centerpiece is a long-abandoned freighter—the remains of a smuggler’s shipwreck—that still languishes on the sands.More

Agios Nikolaos

Spread across three hills overlooking the crescent-shaped Mirabello Bay, Agios Nikolaos is a picturesque and cosmopolitan seaside resort. By day, visitors flock to the beaches, while at night, patrons fill chic waterfront restaurants and bars in the harbor and Voulismeni Lake—connected to the harbor via a narrow channel.More

Zante Water Village

One of Greece’s largest water parks, Zante Water Village in Zakynthos promises a fun family outing. The park offers nine main water attractions—some incorporating several slides and adventures—alongside food outlets, shops, and family-friendly land activities such as go-karts.More

Kourouta Beach

Golden sands meet the Ionian Sea at Kourouta Beach, which stretches for almost 10 miles (16 kilometers) along the coast of the Peloponnese. With clean shallow waters, the beach is well-suited to swimming and water sports.More

Blue Caves

The bright turquoise waters of the Greek Islands have inspired many a postcard, but perhaps no spot is more idyllic than Blue Caves of Zakynthos. Visit these sea grottoes, carved by thousands of years of erosion, to bask in the glow of the cobalt-blue water that creates a magical reflection on the caves' pale stone walls.More
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All about Zakynthos

When to visit

Tourists flock to Zakynthos from June to September, when blue skies reign and average highs regularly exceed 85°F (30°C). Spring or fall are good for avoiding summer’s crowds: April-May and late September bring milder, sunny days, with the only downside being a higher chance of rain. Summer highlights include the post-Easter Giostra, celebrated with medieval-style jousting in Zakynthos Town, and the St. Dionysios festival, marked by processions and partying right across the island in August.

Getting around

Zakynthos’ public transportation amounts to a limited bus network linking its capital, Zakynthos Town, with other towns. Most buses run to places including Tsilivi and Laganas several times daily in summer, with reduced services at other times, and buses also connect towns such as Laganas and Kalamaki. If you’re planning on exploring—particularly around Zakynthos’ north—car rental is essential. While cabs are plentiful, aim to advance-book for any longer trips as that's where you'll find the better value.

Traveler tips

Refuel after a trip to Zakynthos’ Shipwreck Beach or the nearby Anafonitria Monastery with a meal at Taverna Anastasia—an unassuming vine-covered roadside taverna tucked into Zakynthos’ northwestern hills. The emphasis is on traditional Greek staples like tzatziki, rabbit stew, and tangy, freshly grilled fish, all served with breads and a smiley welcome from Anastasia herself.


People Also Ask

What is Zakynthos known for?

Zakynthos is known for Navagio Beach, a cliff-cupped bay on its rugged west coast. Dubbed Shipwreck Beach for the shipwreck wedged into its white pebbles, this picturebook cove draws boatloads of tourists. Zakynthos is also famous for its beaches, sea grottoes like the Blue Caves, and endangered loggerhead sea turtles.

What is the difference between Zakynthos and Zante?

There’s no difference: Zakynthos and Zante are the same island. Zakynthos is its original Greek name, and Zante is its Italian name. Homer first mentioned Zakynthos in the Iliad and Odyssey around the seventh century BC, and the Venetians called it Zante when they occupied the island in the 15th century.

Is Zakynthos worth going to?

Yes, Zakynthos is worth visiting. Sun-and-surf enthusiasts love its beaches, families adore its fun-filled attractions, and party animals enjoy its blistering nightlife. Zakynthos’ natural wonders are its biggest draws, from Navagio Beach and its Blue Caves, to its turquoise seas—the latter presenting the chance to spot endangered loggerhead turtles.

Does Zakynthos have nightlife?

Yes, Zakynthos is renowned for its energetic nightlife, but it has plenty of other attractions. Its party capital is the southern resort of Laganas, where pubs, bars, and clubs attract young crowds. The island also has slower-paced resorts, quiet beaches, and a wooded interior ideal for hikers and peace-seekers.

What is the best month to visit Zakynthos?

The best months to visit Zakynthos depend on what you’re seeking. For beach life and partying, come in July-August to enjoy the island at its warmest and buzziest. For something more laid-back, consider May-June or September-October, when the crowds have gone, but restaurants, bars, and boat trips are still running.

How many days do I need in Zakynthos?

Plan at least three days in Zakynthos: That's enough to enjoy the beach, experience Navagio (Shipwreck) Beach, the Blue Caves, and a turtle-spotting cruise and sample the island’s shops, bars, and tavernas. Stay longer for extra beach time and to explore the bays, green hills, and villages of Zakynthos’ north.

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