Zante is one of the most popular islands in the Ionian Sea. The official residence of the Caretta Caretta turtles, Zante is famous for its spectacular beaches and vibrant nightlife alike. In this guide, you will find out the best 5 things to do on a summer vacation in Zante.
Visit Navagio Beach
Navagio Beach is hands down the ultimate highlight of Zante. This pristine beach of incredibly turquoise waters and white cliffs is all the more enchanting because of the shipwreck that rests on its sand ever since the 80s. No trip to Zante is complete without a dip into the gorgeous waters of Navagio Beach. To get there, you need to join a boat tour as there is no way to reach the beach by land.
Look For Sea Turtles
Zante is the island of choice for the beautiful caretta caretta (loggerhead) sea turtles which lay and hatch their eggs on the beaches that line the pristine Laganas Bay. The latter is home to Marathonisi, a tiny islet which is also called Turtle Island as it is a major nesting site for these gorgeous sea creatures, thus the ideal place for some turtle spotting.
Loggerhead turtles were once abundant in Zante. Sadly, they are now an endangered species. This is why it’s important to choose a turtle watching tour conducted by a company that is respectful towards the ecosystem and has a mind to protect and conserve the turtles and their natural habitat.
Experience The Nightlife
Zante is (in)famous for its crazy nightlife. Even if you’re not the avid party-goer type, you shouldn’t leave the island without at least a slight taste of Zante’s vibrant nightlife.
Watch The Sunset From Keri Cliffs
Keri is a picturesque little town on the southernmost point of Zante. From there it’s an easy walk to one of the island’s most jaw-dropping natural landscapes: the Cliffs of Keri. The latter rise as high as 300m above the sea and they offer magnificent views to the Ionian Sea for as far as the eye can see. Needless to say that the Keri Cliffs boast the most superb sunset on the entire island.
Discover Anafonitria Monastery
Anafonitria is a beautiful monastery near Navagio Beach which dates back to the Byzantine Era. The monastery’s gorgeous courtyard is one of the prettiest and most photogenic spots on the island.