The “Fior di Levante”

This island in the southeast of the Ionian Sea unravels its unparalleled beauty before its visitors’ eyes, no matter what they seek during their summer getaways: beaches with white sand, sea turtles, rich culture, and action from early morning by the tides until late at night, are just few of the elements composing a destination that is fascinating beyond expectations.

Navagio Beach

This secluded beach, one of the most iconic and enchanting landmarks of Zakynthos, is accessible only by boat and surrounded by high cliffs – a truly enchanting sight. The fine white sand and bright turquoise waters make Navagio Beach an ideal place for swimming and sunbathing. Here also lies the rusty wreck of a smuggling ship that run ashore in 1980, adding another special feature to the unique allure of the landscape.

Gerakas Beach

This beautiful and pristine beach is located on the south coast of Zakynthos. It is designated as protective nesting area for the caretta-caretta sea turtles, making it an excellent spot for wildlife observation. Visitors can take part in a sightseeing tour to learn more for turtles and the effort for their protection. The beach itself is also amazing, with fine white sand and crystal blue waters – a truly excellent spot for swimming and sunbathing.

Blue Caves

A series of natural sea caves at the north coast of the island, the Blue Caves were named after the bright blue sea waters caused by the sunlight that is reflected on the walls of the caves. Visitors can explore the caves by boat and swim in their captivating waters.

Keri Caves

Yet another popular landmark of Zakynthos, the caves of Keri are located at the southwest coast of the island. Visitors can explore them by boat and study the spectacular rock formations and crystal blue waters. The highlight of this experience is the natural arc that extends over one of the largest caves – also the point where everyone stops in astonishment at the sight to take pictures. Visitors can also swim through the caves, with or without a snorkel. 

Mount Skopos

Mount Skopos is an excellent hiking destination for those seeking a little bit of adventure. The mountain is located in the southeast side of Zakynthos and offers a splendid view to the surrounding countryside and coastline. Visitors can take a guided hiking tour to the top of the mountain and visit the Monastery of Panagia Skopiotissa, one of the island’s oldest churches, and afterwards explore the mountain’s flora and fauna, full of wildflowers, birds, and butterflies. The ideal season for hiking is springtime, when the weather is cooler, and the wildflowers are in full bloom. 

Laganas Bay

The bay of Laganas, on the south coast of Zakynthos, is a popular destination for visitors in search of nightlife and entertainment and notable for its crowded bars, nightclubs, and restaurants. Visitors can enjoy live music, dance parties, and international kitchen – along with the spectacular view to the bay – enhanced by the sights of the small islands of Pelouzo and Marathonisi.

A multitude of activities

Scuba diving: The crystal waters of Zakynthos make it an excellent place for snorkeling and scuba diving. Visitors can explore the colorful underwater world and study the diversity of sea life, which includes sea turtles, colorful dishes, and even shipwrecks. 

Sailing and boat excursions: The coastline of Zakynthos is strewn with isolated coves and beaches accessible only by boat. You can sail or take a boat tour and explore these hidden gems, as well as admire the magnificent view of the cliffs and coastline of Zakynthos.

Horse riding: The island’s rural countryside and hills are ideal for horseback riding. Visitors can take a tour by horse and appreciate the serene environment and clean atmosphere of the island.

Kayaking and canoeing: The calm waters of Zakynthos are perfect for such activities. You can rent equipment and explore the coasts of the island at your own pace, and from a different perspective.

Hiking – cycling: Mount Vrachionas is layered with many hiking and cycling trails through lush paths and crossings with a view to the endless Ionian seascape.

Culture and landmarks

Zakynthos, the capital city and main port of the island, is stretched over the foothills below the Venetian Castle. The city presents buildings and manors built in the 17th century, painted in a distinctive ochre color, and complete with Venetian loggias and archways. A few sites that are worth a visit is the Monastery of Saint Dionysios, which houses the holy relic of the patron saint of the island and an ecclesiastical museum, as well as the other very interesting museums found throughout the city. Solomos Square, the central square of Zakynthos, was named after the celebrated Greek poet. Visitors can also go to the Byzantine Museum, which displays a collection of religious objects and icons from the island’s rich Christian heritage.

The Venetian Castle atop Bochali hill and overlooking the city is a great sightseeing destination. The castle was built in the 15th century and offers a magnificent view of the city of Zakynthos and the surrounding sea. Visitors can explore the castle’s walls and towers and relax in the nearby café. 

Zakynthos is also famous for its traditional festivals, raisin and wine fairs, and the important annual celebration of Saint Dionysios, patron saint of the island, on the 24th of August. These events are a very good approach for becoming acquainted with the vibrant culture and traditions of the island.


The cuisine of Zakynthos is mainly Mediterranean in nature, and dominated by extra virgin olive oil, which neutralizes the acidity of tomato and lemon, sharp garlic, and the addition of aromatic herbs instead of strong spices.

The flavors of Zakynthos are based on fresh local ingredients such as seafood, olive oil, and vegetables. The island is famous for its masterful versions of traditional dishes such as stew, ragout, and egg-lemon sauce.

Visitors must definitely try out the island’s seafood dishes, such as octopus roast, fried squids, and seafood risotto. Don’t skip the opportunity to try the local cheese varieties, such as feta, ladotyri, and graviera, along with the excellent honey of Zakynthos, famous for its rich flavor and aroma, the black currant, and the wonderful wines made from the unique local grape varieties.

A few other notable local products are the homemade bread of Zakynthos, the ladotyri cheese, which is a spicy cheese made from sheep’s milk and preserved in clay pots filled with olive oil, and the local mizithra cheese, with or without salt, served with sugar or honey. The island is equally notable for its local sweets, such as mandolato. Zakynthos is regarded as the homeland of mandolato, which is a sweet that is made with egg whites, roasted almonds, and honey.

Zakynthos also produces the vaunted pasteli, the ancient Greek delicacy made with sesame, honey, and almonds.

Zakynthos is a sublime island that can offer something unique to each and every traveler. No matter if you are looking for relaxing vacations on the beach, or an adventurous excursion at the countryside, Zakynthos is an ideal destination. So, pack your bags and get ready to explore this rare jewel of Greece!

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Events calendar

13 Σεπτέμβριου 2023
ZAKYNTHOS 24/08/2023

Agios Dionysios Festival

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24 August 2023

ZAKYNTHOS 22/08/2023

Shapes Festival Zakynthos

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22 August - 27 August 2023

ZAKYNTHOS 04/06/2023

White Party

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4 June - 10 September 2023

Thematic tourism

Sea Tourism

Zakynthos, the third largest Ionian Island and notable for its beautiful beaches and crystal waters, is a popular destination for younger generations and families alike, offering activities suitable for all ages.

The most popular among them is visiting the celebrated Navagio beach, with its clear blue waters and namesake wrecked ship. A favorite activity option is visiting the enchanting Blue Caves at the north coast of Zakynthos.

Gerakas Beach is an attractive pristine beach at the south coast of Zakynthos, as well as a protected nesting area for caretta-caretta sea turtles, making it an excellent spot for wildlife observation. Visitors can take part in a tour to find out more about sea turtles and the effort to protect them. The beach itself, with its fine white sand and clear blue waters, is equally exquisite and also a perfect spot for swimming and sunbathing.

Family Vacations

Are you thinking about which destination to choose for your next family vacations? Gift your loved ones with valuable and unique moments and memories in the Ionian Islands, a small “family” of Greek islands, and explore the wide range of experiences and thrills they can offer.

Zakynthos is also a favorite island, which is famous for its beautiful beaches and unique landscapes. Zakynthos is home to the renowned Navagio beach, one of the most photographed Greek beaches. Visitors are also given the opportunity to explore the Blue Caves, a series of sea caves which are known for their amazing blue waters and rocky formations.

Gastronomic tourism and Wine tourism

The Ionian Islands offer a rich and diverse cuisine, a blend of traditional Greek gastronomy and influences from other cultures. By emphasizing locally produced ingredients and the power of taste, it is made evident that the Ionian Islands are a special destination for all food lovers.

The Ionian Islands are famous for their “trademark” tasteful qualities, combining traditional Greek dishes with influences from the Italian, Turkish, and Venetian cuisine. The islands offer a wealth of fresh local ingredients such as fish, seafood, olive oil, vegetables, herbs, and wines. Their gastronomy constitutes a unique experience that is bound to thrill and delight all connoisseurs of fine food. 

Each Ionian Island features a variety of traditional recipes and dishes which are unique to the region.

Sartsa ragout – The most distinctive delicacy of Zakynthos, consisting of diced beef with tomato sauce, finely chopped garlic, sugar, bay leaves, pepper, oregano, and pieces of traditional ladotyri cheese.

Melitzanes skordostoubi – Fried eggplants cooked with tomato sauce, garlic, vinegar, virgin olive oil, and local cheese.

Pancetta paragiomisti – Pancetta rolls tied with a string and stuffed with garlic, onion, oregano, ladotyri cheese, and freshly ground pepper.

Zakynthino splinadero – Prepared mostly with goat or lamb spleen and heart and served with a lemon dressing. 

Sofigadoura – A type of potato stew. Generally speaking, stew dishes with vegetables, legumes, and potatoes are among the island’s most favorite dishes.

Mandolato – The trademark pastry of Zakynthos, originating from the times of the Venetian Rule. The version of Zakynthos is distinct thanks to its chewy texture.

Mandoles – Produced not only in Kefalonia, but in all seven Ionian Islands, this tiny red delicacy is named after “mandorla”, which is the Italian word for almond. Its shape is slightly irregular and very similar to sugared almonds, and its interior consists solely of freshly roasted, caramelized, and flavored almond with honey and sesame. Kefalonian mandoles are regarded as unique and their taste is still sublime despite throughout the ages. 

Pasteli – The traditional pastry made with sesame and excellent quality honey.

Fritoura (or fitoura) – A traditional pastry, consisting of fried bites of semolina, sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. Mostly served in village festivals and weddings.

Religious tourism

The Ionian Islands have been a hub of religious activities for hundreds of years, hosting a vast number of churches, monasteries, and Byzantine monuments, many of which are open for religious tourists during the months of summer and spring, whether for pilgrimages or just out of desire to explore the rich history of the region through its religious tradition.

Church of Saint Nicholas of Molos in Zakynthos: Situated at Solomou Square and the only building of Venetian architecture that did not collapse during the earthquake of 1953.

Church of Saint Mark: A small church – and the island’s only Catholic temple – located at the Square of Agios Markos.

Church of Saint Maura: Located at the center of Machairado village and distinctive for its many frescoes. According to the legend, the holy icon of Saint Maura dates back to the 3rd century A.D. and originates from Egypt, which was where Saint Maura lived and martyred.

Monastery of Agios Dionysios: Located in the capital city of Zakynthos and dedicated to the island’s patron saint, this monastery houses the saint’s holy relic and is a popular destination for pilgrimages. Its external architecture is quite special, and upon entering its halls, you will be astonished by the quality of its frescos, chandeliers, and colors. 

Monastery of Panagia Spiliotissa: One of the most famous religious monuments of the Ionian Islands. This amazing monastery rests “perched” on a rock overlooking the sea, and it is accessible only through a narrow pathway. It was founded in the 17th century and decorated with many attractive frescoes and holy icons.

Monastery of Yperagathos: A 17th-century monastery dedicated to Virgin Mary and situated between the communities of Koiliomenos and Agios Leon.

Monastery of Agios Georgios Krimnon: Other than the monastery of Panagia, the village of Anafonitria also hosts the Monastery of Agios Georgios Krimnon (Saint George of the Cliff Rocks), built on a small cape with a splendid view towards the sea. Although the period when it was built is not known, the monastery was destroyed by pirates in 1553 and afterwards rebuilt in a Venetian architectural style.   

Monastery of Panagia Anafonitria: This medieval 15th-century fortress is located at the northwest of Zakynthos. The interior of the temple houses an immeasurably valuable holy icon of Virgin Mary, also dating back to the 15th century and originating from Constantinople (the later Istanbul), as well as numerous frescoes. This is the monastery where Saint Dionysios took refuge in and lived a monastic life.

Cultural Tourism

The island of Zakynthos also has a great number of impressive monuments, including the ruins of the 15th-century Venetian Castle, which is built atop the remains of the island’s ancient acropolis and once was the most important fortified structure in the entire region. Although a large segment of the castle has been destroyed over the centuries, its majestic walls and towers are still there for visitors to admire. The Mycenean cemetery at Kambi is also a site of great archaeological significance. 

Another one of Zakynthos’s ancient monuments is the Temple of Apollo that was built in 6th century B.C. Here you can see history come alive as you explore the majestic columns.

Korgialeneio History and Folklore Museum of Zakynthos: Located in the town of Zakynthos, it presents the history and culture of the island through exhibits of traditional garments, household objects, musical instruments, paintings, and photographs.

Byzantine Museum of Zakynthos: This museum presents an interesting collecting of religious objects from the island’s rich history.

Museum of Solomos and Eminent Zakynthian People: Dedicated to the life and works of Dionysios Solomos, Greece’s national poet, this museum also presents the contributions of other eminent figures of Zakynthos, including politicians, artists, and scientists.