We love Greek culture and when were ready for a break, we love to visit the island of Zakynthos! This gorgeous island in the Ionian Sea is popular as a summer resort for many. We’ve been to the island to check out the hottest spots, so you can plan your trip to include the places to be this summer:
Navagio Shipwreck Cove:
Shipwreck cove is a beautiful exposed cove featuring incredible views from the top of the cliff. People even say it’s one of the most photogenic beaches in Greece. A visit to the cove is possible only by boat, which adds to the magic. One of the best things about the cove is the crystal clear ocean water, which is amazing for swimming! The shipwreck is from 1980 when a ship suspected of carrying contraband cigarettes hit rocks in bad weather.
The Blue Caves:
The Blue caves, named after the reflection of the water in the caves, are one of the most popular parts of the island. Tour boats operate regularly through the spectacular cave formations so visitors can marvel at their beauty. Although it is not possible to swim in the largest caves due to the boats, the smaller cave formations can be enjoyed. Be careful to check the weather before traveling, as during wind and rough seas, it is not possible to visit.
Marathonis – The Turtle Island:
On this beautiful islet, which is part of the Marine Park of Zakynthos, visitors hope to be able to spot the Loggerhead Sea Turtles that often roam around the island. The dig 1300 different nests to lay their eggs, you’ll be sure to see their tracks in the sand, but be careful not to disturb their nests as you explore! If you’re especially lucky, you could spot the endangered Monk Seal which visits the islet to breed and rest.
Another spectacular cave formation accessible by boat along the coast there are many entrances that you can find to enjoy a swim! While you are visiting the caves take the opportunity to search for starfish! We recommend a visit, especially if you prefer to avoid the crowds at the Blue Caves.
Banana beach named for its distinctive banana shape, is the largest and the longest beach on Vasilikos Peninsula. It is said to be known as the best place for beach parties on the island! If you love a great party vibe then head over July-August at the peak of season. Banana also has plenty of space for those who prefer a quieter time along the 5 km beach.
Located in D. Solomus square, the Museum opened to the public for the first time in 1960 to display Byzantine icons carved into wood. You can also see beautiful paintings from the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th century. You can see artefacts from before the earthquake that struck the area, as well as the evolution of art from the Byzantine period to contemporary times.
We hope you enjoy Zakynthos as much as we do! Head over to our Resort 21 Collection to add some beautiful resort wear to your suitcase for your journey!