Zante is the third largest of Greece’s Ionian Islands. The staggering natural beauty and richness of culture makes holidays to Zante ideal for the inquisitive traveller looking for a glorious break in the sun. Although Zante has gained a reputation for its rowdy nightlife, the majority of the island is very peaceful, with a few luxury resorts dotted around the coast. Taking Zante holiday rentals means you can get away from it all in spectacular scenery, with the option of enjoying the nightlife not far away.
Arriving into the port, the first thing you will notice is the picturesque town of St Denis, whose skyline is dominated by the Venetian Fortress and the imposing Cathedral. St Denis is a magnificent place to explore upon your arrival at a Zante apartment and get a feel for the carefree, relaxed atmosphere.
Taking self catering accommodation in Zante is a genuine treat, not only for the scenery but due to the hugely warm welcome you receive, and the glorious gastronomy which thrives on the island. Make sure you manage to stock your self catering Zante villa’s fridge with local cheeses, cold meats and of course, the fantastic wines.
The coastline of Zante seems to have come straight out of a fable, with shear white cliffs plummeting into unreasonably transparent, still dark blue waters, only interrupted by tiny, isolated white sand beaches. Sites like the blue caves, smugglers cove, the cave of St Damian and the ‘ship wreck’ in the sand are unmissable sights from a Zante apartment or villa.
Both the Blue Caves and the shipwreck are easily accessible from the long sandy beaches of Alikes and Alikanas in the north east of Zante. They are both family friendly beaches, safe for swimming and lined with tavernas and restaurants. There are marvellous beaches all around the island, some tourist orientated like Porto Koukla and Tsilivi with water sport facilities and refreshments, and others, like Porto Roma, which are unspoilt and often empty.
Scuba diving is possibly the most popular water sport in Zante, due to the combination of unfeasibly clear waters and the abundant wildlife, especially turtles.
Holidays to Zakynthos Town are filled with culture. The Solomou Square is at the heart of the town, and is at the centre of almost everything which happens in the town. The Byzantine Museum and Cultural Centre of Zakynthos and the church of Saint Nikolaos on the Mole surround the square, which makes the square a seriously beautiful place to visit in the evening.
Summers in Zante see average temperatures soaring to the mid-30’s in July and August. Although from May until the end of October temperatures remain above 24°C. Winters are very mild, staying above 10°C at all times.
Holiday accommodation in Zante is very easy to reach due to the fact that Zante Airport (ZTH) receives direct flights from many airports right across the UK. Thomsonfly provide a range of very cheap flights to Zante from London Gatwick (LGW).