Nestled in some of the most beautiful waters of the Ionian Sea lies this stunning island so popular among tourists. There are so many things to do in Zakynthos, and we’ve put it all together in a comprehensive list. (Note: Zakynthos is also called Zante).
When visiting any Greek island, it only makes sense to be prepared some don’t miss anything. But, sometimes, it may be beneficial to hire a professional tour guide in Greece to really make it worth your while.
Things to Do in Zakynthos
Prepare to be amazed at the endless beauty of this island. From a historical point of view, for instance, Zakynthos Island has much to offer. It’s is rich in fortresses and castles and also architectural finds. In natural beauty, sheltered bays and coves, blooming hillsides, and cliffs provide some of the most beautiful views and sunsets you’ll ever see lie before you.
Firstly, at the top of the hill of Bochali (Bohali), above Zakynthos Town, lies the Venetian Fortress of Zakynthos. The fortress is such a significant island monument.
Built right on top of the Ancient Acropolis by the Venetians in the mid-1600s, and rebuilt by the British in 1812 to restore it because of war attacks and earthquakes; the fortress remains have lots to offer visitors. This Instagrammable hilltop provides incredible panoramic views of Zakynthos Town.
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Churches and Monasteries
Like most Greek islands, Zakynthos is no different with regards to its many churches and monasteries. Here are several to check out while vacationing in Zakynthos.
Agios Dionysios Church, near the harbor of the island, boasts Venetian architectural style. Named after the patron saint, Agios Dionysios, this church also has an impressive bell tower. But it is more famous for its museum and the fact that it preserves the relics of the saint.
The Church of Agios Nikolaos Molos, built in the Venetian architectural style, is located in the town Zakynthos, in Solomos Square.
Panagia Skopiotissa Church in Argassi Village is one of the oldest churches of the island. The church was built right on top of the temple of Artemis in the 1500s. But, there’s more! It provides excellent views to the eastern coastline.
Agia Mavra Church, located in Maherado Village is another important religious monument of the island. It distinguishes for its exquisite bell tower, which was built in the 14th century. But, visitors must make their way inside, as it is home to impressive frescoes.
Other notable churches and monuments include:
Agios Nikolaos Kiliomenos: renowned for its remarkable stone-carved belfry.
Agios Georgios Gremon Monastery in Volimes Village, is a great place to visit and in addition to that, provides spectacular views of Shipwreck Beach.
Panagia Anafonitria Monastery in Anafonitria Village, is a monastery true to Byzantine Times. Built in the 15th century, it’s notable for its impressive wall paintings.
Panagia Eleftherotria Monastery, in Lagopodo Village, offers spectacular views of the valleys and mountains. The monastery is famous for rugs making and other textiles the nuns make using their traditional homes.
Panagia Spiliotissa Monastery, situated in Orthonies Village is actually built on a cliff’s edge, providing some of those incredible views to take home with you.
Panagia Keriotissa Monastery, situated in Keri Village, is complete with its impressive and enormous Venetian bell tower. The monastery is rich with great artworks, making it a worthwhile place to visit.
Sightseeing in Zakynthos
Keri Lighthouse at Cape Marathia was built right on the edge of the cliff in 1925, making it one of the major Zakynthos attractions. It stands proudly at 9 m tall. Make your way here to enjoy stunning and memorable sunsets.
Strani Hill is an essential place on this Ionian Island, providing panoramic views of Zakynthos Town. It was the place where the famous poet, Dionysios Solomos became that inspired to write the words that eventually became the national anthem of Greece.
The Exhibition Center Of The Mediterranean Sea Turtles Caretta Caretta in Dafni Village is loaded with interesting information on the different species of the island’s flora and fauna. Initially, it was established to inform people of the endangered sea turtle, Caretta Caretta.
The Mansion of Roma, situated in Zakynthos Town, was the principal residence of the 13th century Roma family who came to the island from Sicily. This historical mansion was home to many important Greeks throughout history. Today, completely restored, it demonstrates the importance of the Roma family and its generations with beautiful paintings, an impressive library and historical items.
Solomos Museum is dedicated to this national poet of Greece, Dionysios Solomos, and includes manuscripts, portraits, books, as well as objects belonging to the poet and other significant poets of the island.
The Byzantine Museum of Zakynthos Island
Located in the heart of the island, Solomos Square, and dedicated to the national poet of Greece is the impressive Byzantine Museum of Zakynthos. Visitors have the opportunity to admire sculptures and statues that date back to the 19th century.
Other Zakynthos museums to explore include the Agricultural Museum of Zakynthos, The Grigorios Xenopoulos Museum, the Natural History Museum of Helmis, and the Milanio Maritime Museum.
This high peak of the island is only a couple of kilometers away from the capital! It is also home to one of the oldest neighborhoods of the island and boasts incredible views, along with the verdant landscape. There are tons of things to do in Zakynthos Town.
The Blue Caves of Zakynthos
The Blue Caves of Zakynthos are an absolute must-see place of the island. They are only accessible by sea; therefore you will have to go on a boat tour to experience the beauty of these caves.
They have imposing arches, a gift from the waters and winds that eroded them. Wildly beautiful, their surfaces reflect striking colors from the sunlight.
The Islet of Marathonisi
At Laganas Bay, two were the southern side of the island, is one of the prettiest uninhabited islets of this island. Marathonisi Islet can be accessed by boat from either Keri Village or the Bay of Laganas. Hop over to this islet to experience a land that is naturally beautiful and unspoiled, with lush green vegetation and abundant marine life. This is also a breeding site for the endangered sea turtles, the Caretta Caretta.
National Marine Park of Zakynthos
The National Marine Park of Zakynthos is also right at Laganas Bay. It serves to conserve this marine area and ensure ecological balance. It too is also a breeding site for the endangered sea turtles.
Agios Sostis Islet
Agios Sostis Islet, located in the Bay of Laganas, was actually a part of the island until the devastating earthquake of 1633. Today, the islet connects to the main island by a large wooden bridge.
Spend a summer afternoon here as there are a cafe and club to serve you.
Askos Stone Park
Askos Stone Park, located on the northern part of the island, is a forest reserve and low wildlife sanctuary. Admire the different stone structures of walls and pavements constructed six centuries ago!
Navagio or Shipwreck Beach
This is one reason that makes Zakynthos Greece so popular. It is home to the shipwreck involved in smuggling activities when it washed ashore in the early 1980s. Navagio Beach attracts thousands of tourists, both international and local, because of its remarkable landscape. It is also known as Shipwreck Beach.
Imagine deep crystal clear waters contrast in against white rocks and golden sand as well as an old ship carcass! Access to this beach is only by small boat from Agios Nikolaos Port of the Port of Porto Vromi. Alternatively, admire this beach from above in Anafonitria Village.
One cannot go to Zakynthos Island and not visit Laganas Beach. Well-developed and tourist-friendly, this is the famous beach where the endangered sea turtles lay their eggs.
Crowded and cosmopolitan, Laganas is home to many vibrant bars. Consider renting a boat to explore the impressive coastline.
Hiking in Zakynthos
Hiking in Zakynthos will help uncover the unexplored parts of this magnificent island. Get away from all the crowds and take on the land. Many mysteries are waiting to be discovered in the rocky, mountainous terrain on the western side of the island. The northern part of Zakynthos is the most remote area of the island where visitors can explore seemingly forever.
Discover the traditional settlements around the island. Each village is known for something uniquely special. Enjoy the locally grown produce, especially the black raisins, and the traditional crafts of the people.
Climb to the tops of the majestic cliffs and marvel at the beauty all around. Panoramic views of the landscapes and the impressive architecture will surely fill your soul. Visit Kambi and experience the winemaking traditions of the island that date back to Venetian times. Take your pick from any one of the five notable wineries: Komoutos, Callinico, Oenolpi, Gramps, or Mouzakis.
Mountain Biking Trails
With Zakynthos Island being so naturally diverse, there are thrilling mountain biking trails in different parts of the island. Cycle on the western coastline by the Lighthouse of Keri. It will bring you on a journey of panoramic views of the island, a pine forest and so much more!
Follow the trail on the western side of Mount Vrahionas toward the abandoned Monastery of Yperagathou. Explore Kiliomenos and Louha villages while rolling through the spectacular vineyards.
Climb up Mount Skopos, located at the southeastern part of Zakynthos. Reach the summit where lies Panagia Skopiotissa. Enjoy the rewards of the remarkable views of Laganas Bay.
From the northern part of the island, up toward Mount Vrahonias can also be rewarding. Though reserved for the more experienced mountain bikers, this trail leads to Mount Atheras, the island’s highest peak.
Then it descends on the southeastern side. Bask in the opportunities to see sights most visitors don’t. See traditional villages, lush landscapes, and awe-inspiring views to remember for always.
Relax at the Xigia Beach Natural Mud Spa
Xigia Beach, as a result of sulfur waters, is rich in therapeutic properties that come from the nearby caves. Experience this pebbled beach with its inviting turquoise waters. Enjoy the unique and rugged backdrop of Xigia on the northeastern side of the island.
Zakynthos Water Slides
If the glorious beaches that go on forever aren’t enough for you, then discover the water slides of Zakynthos. The island is home to two water parks: in Tsilivi Village and Sarakinado Village.
Enjoy coffee or cocktails at Bochali, for great flavors and even better views.
Instagram moments for the photographer in you are everywhere around Zakynthos Island. So be sure to have your camera ready.
Whatever kind of tourist you are, you’ll find things to do in Zakynthos Island no matter your age.
While a vacation in Zante Island is one in itself, consider a Greek Island hopping adventure. Include neighboring islands, such as Lefkada, Kefalonia, or Corfu, for instance.