Zante is the beach holiday island that dreams are made of. With a coastline roughly 123 kilometers in length, the island of Zante is trimmed with beautifully tranquil coves, broad white-sandy bays and resort beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. Zante is known to locals as “Zakynthos” and only in English as “Zante”.
Nicknamed centuries ago as “flower of the East” by the Venetians who once colonised it, Zante gets its Greek name from an ancient mythical character: Zacynthus, son of the legendary Arcadian chief Dardanus Third largest of the Ionian Islands and most Southerly, Zante has a thriving tourism industry which caters for everyone. Party seekers dance the night away in the bars and clubs on Zante’s vibrant club scene; then recover by day on one of Zante’s many quiet coves and beaches. ‘Laganas’, situated on the South coast is the biggest and liveliest resort on Zante, well renowned for its nightlife.
Laganas has possibly the best beach on the island, and this is where Zante’s endangered loggerhead turtles nest. From here, it is easy to venture to the most photographed spot on Zante – the famous Smuggler’s Cove. Parents with young families come to Zante to take advantage of the rather more quiet and family focused resorts on Zante, which provide entertainment for the kids and a well earned rest in the Zante sunshine for mum and dad. Argassi and Tsilivi are the contenders here.
For those with the curiosity to explore Zante’s interior, Zante is an island of contrasts offering stunning scenery, white cliffs, sleepy olive groves and dusky mountains. The roads on Zante are driveable and there are car hire companies aplenty. Zante also has some amazing cave dives, with marine life rich in moray eels, monk seals, octopus, and loggerhead turtles (caretta caretta).
International air travelers to Zante arrive via Zakynthos International Airport. Olympic Airways flies 2-3 times daily to Zante from Athens – even in winter. Zante is also well served by ferries running from the Greek mainland; plus ferries sail regularly from Brindisi in Italy, direct to Zante’s shores.Zante is a picturesque island with a village atmosphere. Holiday makers are as welcome in Zante’s friendly tavernas and local shops, as they are in Zante’s resort bars and shopping complexes. The natural beauty of the island and the variety of holidays available on Zante, combine to make it one of the top tourist destinations in Greece.
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