Everything you need to know about Zakynthos (Zante) in the most up-to-date guide to the island!

What not to miss

Walk the length of Laganas bay from Kalamaki to Agios Sostis

Starting from Kalamaki this scenic golden sandy beach with the warm shallow waters stretches out for approximately 3km before merging with Laganas and Agios Sostis further on. Enjoy a quiet walk along the sea taking in the endless views of sand dunes as well as Marathonissi and Cameo in the distance.

 

Laganas bay Zakynthos

Try the local cheese of pretza and ladotyri

Pretza is not sold widely and the recipe is a very well kept secret among the locals but you can still find it in good family-run tavernas. This creamy salty cheese is served as a dip and is a combination of sheep milk feta, whole-milk yogurt, thyme, olive oil and lemon juice. Ladotyri (translating into oily cheese) is often used in casseroles and is a semi-hard oil-cured cheese that is a great accompaniment to the local favourite mastelado wine.

Lladotyri Pretza

Hang around the town for coffee

Local rhythms in Zante are generally leisurely slow. The town's many cafes provide beautiful atmosphere and a rich variety of coffees, juices and beverages for you to enjoy. Most cafés are licenced to sell spirits and cocktails and more often than not you will find they also provide cakes, sweets, crepes and ice-creams. Zakynthos town is a paradise of relaxed indulgence and it is impossible to resist a stop in a shady or air-conditioned corner to watch the world go by whilst enjoying an iced frappe, newspaper, book or your wi-fi connection.

Zante Town

Buy local produce

You cannot leave Zakynthos without having purchased some of the unique local products the island has to offer. Zakynthos is famous for its aromatic virgin olive oil, its raisins, grapes, delicious honey and many varieties of wine including mastelado, avgoustiatis and agiomavritiko. Zakynthos is also home to the locally produced traditional sweets of fytoura, paksimadi, mantolato and pasteli. Folk art souvenirs include pottery, hand-made jewellery, carpets, lace and textiles.

 

Visit Agia Kyriaki beach

Not a frequently featured resort, Agia Kyriaki, situated next to the famous Alykes, combines warm shallow waters with a sandy shore. Its geographical location in the north coast welcomes fresh gentle winds and is therefore ideal for sea sports.

 

Agia Kyriaki beach

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