Known in Italian as Zante, Zakynthos is the third largest island in the Ionian Sea. Located off the western coast of mainland Greece, the island is a picturesque mix of relaxing beaches and fun activities that will win over even the most pernickety traveller.

The southern and eastern coasts of the island are well-developed with hotels and restaurants along the beaches and plenty of activities.

The northern and western coasts have little to no development, and are known for their dramatic mountains and treacherous sheer cliff drops.With its postcard views, miles of beautiful beaches, and variety of sights and activities, it’s no wonder why Zante is one of the most popular Greek destinations.

Plenty of lodging options await you on Zante, from family-friendly resorts to romantic bed and breakfast inns to economical specialty hotels. There will be no shortage of views and access to the beautiful beaches, no matter where you stay on Zante.

Venus Hotel and Suites, located in Kalamaki, wins awards for its outstanding service, and that is apparent by the number of return guests it sees year after year. Personal attention, clean and comfortable guest rooms, excellent rates, and an overall feeling of warmth and welcome make this a special place to stay. The pool is lovely, with an excellent restaurant adjacent. Situated directly between the main road and the beach (it’s a very short walk), the location can’t be beat.

Located close to the center of Tsilivi, Zante Star offers clean and comfortable accommodations, friendly service, and excellent amenities at a very reasonable price. Proximity to the center of town affords the luxury of sampling excellent restaurants, and the beach is also very nearby.

The stunning views from the Lithies Studios Apartments might tempt you to never leave Zante. The studio apartments are spacious, clean, and well-equipped with everything you need to feel at home. The grounds are lush and immaculately kept, and the pool is modern and comfortable to lounge by.

The hotel feels very luxurious and secluded, and the price is right.

Dining options on Zante are plentiful, with Greek cuisine controlling the lion’s share of the choices. There are other cuisines to be found, like Indian, Chinese, and Italian. But a trip to the Greek isles calls for a little taste of the fresh and flavorful Mediterranean cuisine that they are known for.

Essence Restaurant in Kalamaki is worthy of any and all culinary awards. The beautiful menu is only topped by the beautiful presentation of the food, which is equal in flavor.

Traditional Greek dishes, along with perfectly-prepared steaks and the freshest seafood populate the menu of paradosiako, located in Alykes. Lovely views of the river and a romantic setting make this the perfect place to enjoy a quiet meal.

Fun for everyone, the Remezzo Beach Bar in Argassi combines a friendly, laid back atmosphere with great food and beach views. Watch the sun set while sipping a cold beverage, and enjoy some laughs with the warm and welcoming staff.

Zante is all about the beautiful beaches, and there is plenty to enjoy about them. Relax on the sand, swim in the sea, and enjoy water sports. Dive, fish, or sail in the gorgeous blue Ionian waters.

Enjoy all of the natural beauty that Zante has to offer. Explore Xygia Sulphur Beach, Blue Caves, Turtle Island, Gerakas Bay, Keri Caves, or Smuggler’s Cove.

Charter a boat for a private tour of the island or enjoy a day cruise with new friends.

The weather is beautiful all year round on Zante. The summers are hot, and therefore when the bulk of the crowds arrive.

Don’t discount a winter trip, though. Though it is the rainy season, it is still quite beautiful and temperate.