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Guide to Zakynthos

‘An eclectic, hedonistic mix of nature and modern indulgence.’

The Ionian Island of Zakynthos embodies a patchwork of landscapes divided between wild, unspoilt coastline and lively cosmopolitan towns. Together this makes a perfect setting for a luxury charter yacht vacation, allowing you to experience the idyllic beauty for which Greece is famed while enjoying some modern indulgences both aboard and ashore.

Zakynthos, otherwise known as Zakinthos, Zacinto or more commonly Zante, is the southernmost island of the beautiful Ionian group and is unique in its three distinct zones. The northwestern part of the island is dotted with barren mountainous peaks while the centre is green and verdant, scattered with the blossoming flora that prompted the Venetians to give it its name “Fioro di Levante” (flower of the East). The historical Venetian ruling is also evident in the islands charming architecture, most notably the coastal capital city Zakinthos which is renowned for its collection of Byzantine buildings, museums and traditional piazzas such as Solomos Square.

The southern part of the island is known for its Mediterranean party atmosphere, indented with luxury resorts and long stretches of white sands lapped by the warm Ionian Sea. Kicking off in Easter and running through until the end of October, this coastline is a hotspot for visitors and yachts of all shapes and sizes though it is still possible to find some quiet solitude amongst the hustle and bustle. The Vasilikós peninsula is home to some of the most beautiful countryside, beaches and seaside towns in Greece to include the stunning city of Yérakas which only being accessible by water, has long attracted superyachts in search of a few days escape.

It is impossible to talk about Zakynthos without mentioning its crowing glory, Shipwreck Cove or Navagio Beach. This pocket of ice-white sand surrounded by towering limestone cliffs and impossibly blue waters is iconic in its beauty and one of the most photographed beaches in the world. Inevitably this makes it a very popular with tourists so make sure to head there first thing in the morning or late-afternoon - perfect for a couple of hours sunbathing followed by sundowners in deck. The island is also home to the protected area of Laganás Bay, one of the world’s key breeding sites for the endangered Loggerhead Sea Turtle. If you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of a hatchling taking its first tentative swim into the sea.

If you are interested in a luxury crewed yachting vacation in the clear Ionian waters of the Greek Islands view all Greece Yacht Charters which are available for private rental

Reasons to Visit

Long sandy beaches
Beautiful countryside
Renowned Shipwreck Beach
Protected Laganás Bay
Stunning architecture
Chic bars and restaurants
Secluded coves and bays

Good For

  • Snorkeling
  • Nightlife
  • Monuments
  • Nature
  • Diving
  • Shopping
  • Fine Dining
  • Anchorage

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