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Zakynthos Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Zakynthos , created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

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Overview+

Language Greek
Time Difference 2 hours
Currency Euro
Voltage 220V

The third largest island in the Ionian Sea, beautiful Zakynthos is a popular island for discerning travellers. This glorious island offers an eclectic assortment of attractions, boasting vibrant stretches of shoreline, as well as more remote areas, comprising laid-back, little resorts and forested, rural areas dotted with sleepy villages. A particularly beautiful area, the dramatic west coast showcases the island’s iconic limestone scenery and dazzling turquoise seas. A terrific choice of water sports, historical sightseeing, unique culture and amazing wildlife means that beautiful Zakynthos truly offers something for every age and inclination.

Highlights+

Scenery
With its plummeting limestone walls, gleaming white-pebble sands and extraordinarily turquoise seas, ‘Shipwreck Beach’ is a celebrated image of Zakynthos and “must-visit” on the island. Also known as ‘Smuggler’s Cove’ or Navagio Bay, the beach is only accessible by boat and day trips are often combined with the Blue Caves and a traditional lunch in a mountain taverna. Relax on the sands and soak up the sun, enjoy a swim, and gape at the famous shipwreck that ran aground in the 1980s. You can also glimpse this spectacular cove from a lookout tower outside the village of Anafonitria – a dizzying experience with breathtaking views.

Wildlife
On the south-west coast, the National Marine Park of Zakynthos in the Bay of Laganas was created to protect the endangered Caretta Caretta, or loggerhead sea turtle. It’s one of the largest nesting grounds in the Mediterranean and the turtles are the world’s biggest hard-shelled turtles, weighing up to 160kg. The area is also home to a variety of other flora and fauna, including the exquisite sea daffodil, stunning underwater reefs and the shy Mediterranean monk seal. Don’t miss a wildlife watching boat trip to spot these wonderful creatures swimming in their natural habitats, and find out more by visiting the Thematic Exhibition Centre or join guided eco walks and presentations.

Scuba Diving
Zakynthos is a fantastic place to go diving, boasting a selection of dive sites and courses to choose from. Highlights include Barracuda Reef, Octopus Reef, Marathia and Arc de Triomphe, famed for resembling its namesake Parisian landmark. As you swim through the arc, look out for beautiful red corals and sponges, as well as morays, large bream, grouper and, often, tuna.

History
For a glimpse of the island’s history, explore Zakynthos Town’s Byzantine Museum on the main waterfront. Nearly all of the artefacts were rescued by volunteer sailors following the big earthquake of 1953, including exhibits of church interiors, ecclesiastical art and fancy frescoes. Another gem is the Church of St. Dionysios, dedicated to the island patron saint. Located near to the ferry jetty, there are some splendid examples of gilt work and frescoes, as well as a museum filled with religious garments and accessories. Follow this with a short, steep hike out of town up to Kastro, an abandoned Venetian fort atop a hill from which the panoramic views are awe-inspiring.

Culture
While tourism is a huge source of income for Zakynthos, many traditional Greek practices are still carried out on the island. In the summer, local fishermen scour the coast for the freshest catches, while the winter months tend to focus on the agricultural industry, particularly the production of olive oil, raisins and grapes. The latter is made into local wines and at the end of August or start of September, the Wine Festival provides a great opportunity to sample various bottles of island grapes, alongside an evening of traditional dancing.

Climate+

Zakynthos enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with hot, sunny summers pleasantly cooled by north-western winds, and mild to cold winters. Average maximum temperatures reach sweltering readings of 32°C in July and August, while plentiful rainfall during the cooler months ensures lush vegetation. May is a good time to visit, with lots of sunshine, daytime temperatures climbing to 23°C, little or no precipitation and smaller numbers of visitors. June and September are also worth considering, when temperatures hover around 28°C and there is a notable increase in the sea temperature.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Zakynthos.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January11150
February11113
March1390
April1551
May1917
June237
July265
August269
September2425
October20147
November16159
December13170

Getting There+

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Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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