Lush green hillsides, limestone cliffs, endless unspoilt beaches, and dazzling turquoise waters... Zakynthos is guaranteed to take your breath away. Along with its renowned scenery, a luxury holidays to Zakynthos can also promise first-class dining, a scintillating nightlife, and the kind of hospitality that always makes you feel at home.
Zakynthos, also known by its Italian name Zante, is famed for its natural beauty. Fertile valleys covered in olive groves, pine forests, and fruit orchards look over idyllic beaches, where turquoise waters gently lap the golden sand. Protected wildlife, including some 1,300 sea turtles and Mediterranean monk seals, call this part of the Ionian Sea home.
The best in boutique hotels, family-friendly resorts, and beaches lie just along the south coast. Here, you'll be able to find your own piece of paradise on Laganas Beach, the longest on Zakynthos at 5.5 miles long. Another firm favourite among both sun seekers and sightseers is Navagio, an exposed cove where the shipwrecked MV Panagiotis still remains, adding to the mystique of what many call 'Smugglers Cove'.
The island's capital, Zante Town, is where you can learn about its rich and intriguing history. The Byzantine Museum displays frescoes and religious icons from as far back as the 12th century, while the 17th century Venetian Castle offers superb views back across town. As soon as the sun sets, several Zakynthos towns play host to non-stop drinks and dancing, which continue into the early hours of the morning.