This Greek island is as famous for its beaches as it is well-known as a clubbing hotspot. Navagio beach, which is popular for its turquoise waters and white sand, is the go-to place for base-jumping enthusiasts and those who enjoy swimming in choppy seas. Laganas, on the other hand, is a busy coastal resort for party people. Family-friendly swimming options are also available at Gerakas, which is a relatively secluded beach located south of the island’s main town.
In Zakynthos you will find some beautiful attractions that you just cannot miss! Places like Panagia Skopiotissa Monastery, Alykanas Beach, and Aristeon Ecological Olive Press and many more. Continue reading to know more.
1. Panagia Skopiotissa Monastery
Panagia Skopiotissa Monastery, located in Zakynthos, Greece, is a must-visit destination where guests can enjoy the lovely ambiance it offers. The place is a historic monastery where it provides a serene escape from the noisy city. Visitors can also learn more bout the city’s local traditions and history through the small monastery exhibit.
2. Alykanas Beach
Alykanas Beach is well-known for its calm, crystalline waters and is a popular tourist destination with many facilities near the beach, including luxury accommodations, bars, restaurants, taverns, and water sports centers. The beach is closer to other major attractions such as Agios Nikolaos islands, from where you can take a ferry ride to Kefalonia island or a boat ride to Navagio beach. Also, Askos Stone Park (a zoo) is nearby to the beach. The beach is busy throughout the year; however, it is more crowded during the summer season.
3. Aristeon Ecological Olive Press
Aristeon Ecological Olive Press & Museum exhibits how olives are processed in the olden days from the 18th century to modern methods used today. They display olive oil in different flavors, including lemon, garlic, orange, and others. Olive oil soaps without aromas and colors are also produced here.
4. Alykes Beach
Alykes Beach is located off the east northeast point of Zakynthos Island, a tiny island of about 40,000 inhabitants in the Ionian Sea in western Greece, and has been granted the blue flag for cleanliness, an honor that not many beaches in the world have received. Its beautiful beaches and clear seas draw a large number of visitors.
5. Keri Caves
Keri Caves is in the southern part of Zakynthos Island, which has crystalline waters, blue beaches, and breathtaking caves. The sea where the caves are is deep and gives the best views of the coastal island. Give stunning views of the island with snorkeling and viewing of the turtles.
6. Kalamaki Beach
Kalamaki Beach, located in Zakynthos, Greece, is a must-visit beach as it is famous for its natural beauty. It is also a perfect place to unwind as it offers picturesque views of Greece’s water. Guests can also do exciting and thrilling outdoor water activities at the beach, such as snorkeling and diving.
7. The Byzantine Museum
After the earthquake in 1953, the Museum of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Art was erected. When you enter the Byzantine Museum, you’ll see how they used an image from 1934 to recreate how the island looked before the earthquake of 1953. This is one of the rare chances to observe things as they were back then. There are photographs throughout the hallways that will transport you back in time, showing the remains of churches and buildings following the earthquake.
8. Marathonisi (Turtle Island)
Marathonisi island also known as Turtle Island is located in Laganas Bay, a few miles away from the coast of Zakynthos. The island is a habitat only for sea turtles and it has been a place of their reproduction. The island is covered with dense trees and has two beaches, one is sandy and the other is a rocky beach. Taxi boats, rental boats, and excursion boats (which carry around 50 people) are available to drive to the island. You can get down at the beach, explore the island, and watch the turtles.
9. Agios Dionysios Church
Agios Dionysios church is the largest church of Zakynthos and lies in the middle of the town, on the waterfront. The church is named after Saint Agios Dionisios, who gave away all of his wealth and became a priest in the 16th century. It is now one of the major tourist attractions in the city and is visited by people who wanted to confess or ask for advice. The church has a spectacular wooden temple, large chandeliers, marble columns, stained glass windows, and red velvet seats.
10. Shipwreck Beach
Shipwreck Beach, located in Zakynthos, Greece, remains a crowd favorite as guests can admire the beauty of nature here. It is also known as the smuggler’s cove due to its folklore. Guests will have a great time here as they can also do various outdoor activities such as diving.
11. Dafni Beach
Dafni Beach, located in Zakynthos, Greece, is perfect for the summer as it offers a cool and refreshing way to relax. Guests can do various exciting outdoor water activities at the beach as it features crystal clear waters. Visitors can also unwind by admiring the beautiful views of nature the beach offers.
12. Laganas Beach
In Zakynthos, Greece, Laganas Beach is a crowd favorite as guests can relax and unwind on its fine white sand. Guests can also do various water sports and activities at the beach like jet skiing or diving, which will surely bring a thrill to those looking for fun.
13. Tsilivi Waterpark
Tsilivi Waterpark was created in a colorful natural setting, where many plants and trees have stayed untouched while others have been added to match its designation as an “aquatic paradise.” A range of aquatic attractions is available at the modest water park, including a calm river, a multi-slide ride, and a fast-paced rubber ring adventure.
14. Bohali Castle
Bohali Castle, located in Zakynthos, Greece, is known for its traditional and classic architecture and picturesque views. Visitors will love the castle to admire Varies, Akrotiri, and Kryoneri from there. The palace also offers engaging exhibits and tours where guests can learn more about its origins.
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