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boqueron96

Kanali beach
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This "secluded" beach is half way between Trapezaki beach and Lourdas beach. It is, in my opinion, one of the best beaches I visited in Kefalonia, wild, beautiful sea and absolutely not crowded, maybe because to reach it you have to follow a steep path (but not dangerous) anyway the Caraibic atmosphere with crystal clear waters will repay you of all efforts made to achieve this small piece of paradise.
It is not organized, so don't forget to bring your parasols and water with you.



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Zakynthos from a different perspective
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Dear reader,

Almost 8 years ago I set for the first time foot on the island of Zakynthos. I was staying in the area of Planos-Tsilivi and arrived by bus in the very late evening. My first thoughts were ... never again ... when I saw the overcrowded centre of Tsilivi.

Since then every single year I did spend my holidays on Zakynthos. More or less two weeks in the "pre-season" as of early May, mainly to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and flora. And again more or less two weeks in the "post-season" during the month of September to enjoy the warm Ionian in places as Porto Roma or Korakonissi.

And a few years ago now, I have bought me a little holiday house near the airport where I hope to spent -later- most of my time.

When reading some of the reviews, Zakynthos is very much appreciated for the beautiful beaches, or the nightlife, of the good food and wine, or for diving and snorkling, ...you name it.

This proves that the island offers a bit of everything to please the average tourist. Unfortunately, very few visitors refer to Zakynthos as the perfect spot to relax, meditate and hike along the rough tracks in the western or southeastern hills. Spectacular views, landscapes -and in the right season- flora and fauna can be found on the westcoast from Limni Keriou to Keri and passing Agalas, Aghios Leon, Maries and Kampi up to the northern villages of Ano and Kato Volimes.

With this review I hope to be able to invite also those visitors who are seeking rest and relaxation in an environment untouched for many many years. At the same time I am convinced that this type of visitor has the heart "on the right spot" and will actively contribute to the preservation of this island.



velevele

My favorite island
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I've been in Zakynthos in 2009. It was my first time to go to a Greek island, and I must say I still remember it as the best vacation of my live.
I like Zakynthos because it is possible for everyone to find what they are looking for. For the party animals there is Laganas (not my cup of tea), for the families there is Tsilivi, etc.
We stayed at Argassi, in Porto Davia apartments, which were great, with their own private beach and a beautiful garden with palm trees. I liked Argassi because it is closest to the best beaches in Zakynthos (Agios Nikolaos, Banana beach, and my favorite Gerakas beach), and it's also very close to Zante Town.
It's a shame that Zakynthos is getting a reputation of a party island, because in reality there are much more things to see and do in this fabulous island.
I won't write anything about Navagio beach, just because it is a beach that everyone must see at least once in their lives, there are no words to describe it. After all, there is a reason why this island was the favorite one of the Venetians...


welovgreek
welovgreek wrote on Oct 03, 2013

thanks for the review we must give it a try [welovgreek]


boqueron96

The Flower of the East
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I spent one week on Zakynthos in early July. Ath the beginning I was a little bit worried about the party's atmosphere for which the Island is becoming famous in these last years, but after visiting it, I think Zakynthos has really everything for everybody: calm beaches with sand or pebbles,as well as party beaches.
The thing I liked most are the quite villages in the mountains like Anafonitria (the Monastery is worth visiting) and Volimes, and the southern part of the Island: Keri and Keri lake, the place where you can catch a boat to Marathonissi Island, a fantastic natural reserve where the turtles Caretta Caretta lay their nest.
Renting a car is definitely the best way to discover unspoiled points full of Greek charme, the roads are quite good even if the signals are not always visible.
I stayed in Alykes, the village is quite, the beach is fantastic (it has a European Blue Flag) and it is the ideal place to enjoy a relaxing holiday on the Island.
I am planning to come back there next year!



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Truly amazing
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We were pleased to stay in a beautiful hotel in Argassi last July. This resort is close to the town, quite developed with various things to do on holidays. Zakynthos has a good reputation, tourists are spread around the island, especially on the southern side but there are also few resorts on the north eastern.

We took a bus tour which included the villages of Volimes, Keri and Maherado, all quite traditional and beautiful. In Tsivili you will find a beautiful beach for swimming, well-organized and not so loud as Laganas. People were very friendly, taverns were quite expensive especially in Laganas but the food was nicely cooked.

We really enjoyed the evening walks, the bars in Zante Town and the amazing beauty of this island, the green landscape is what I will mostly remember. The Shipwreck beach was probably the best beach I've been, the water was more exotic than in the Carribean, truly amazing!



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A place for fun
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The trip to Zakynthos was great but quite tiring. Four days in such a big island are not enough, although we all agreed that it is one of the best places to spend your summer holidays. Calm beaches and fantastic paths to walk through are some of the characteristics of Zakynthos.

This island covers all tastes. You can find remote beaches, secret coves or many organized beaches with cosmopolitan atmosphere. One beach highly recommended is Navagio beach. A sheltered cove with huge rocks, the softest/whitest sand you will see in Greece and exotic water. Sadly the boat left us only for an hour, I wish we could stay more in that amazing place!

There are restaurants in Zante where the food is a bit expensive, especially in the tourist places. We discovered our own small taverns up in the mountain villages with incredible homemade recipes. The heart of nightlife entertainment and wild parties is in Laganas. A place with great toursit development, although so much noise bothered us. The beach of Laganas though is pretty nice and long.



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Enjoy the peace and beaches
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Last year I visited Zakynthos, one of the most beautiful green islands of Greece with nice people and magnificent beaches. Zakynthos is much bigger than I thought. We traveled mostly at the eastern coast of the island with the peaceful coves and golden sandy beaches.

One is Porto Zoro, it is very popular among the locals and tourists as well. It has an extraordinary beauty with crystalline waters and rocks emerging from the sea. I personally recommend Agios Sostis, it is a small beach between the villages Laganas and Porto Koukla. However, you should not miss the most popular beach of the island, the Shipwreck. It receives a great number during the summer months for the blue waters and the rocky formations.

Some of the villages that are worth visiting are Agios Nikolaos and Keri. They are both located far away from the town but if you have a car, you will definitely enjoy the trip. I was quite amazed by the flower yards in the houses and the local shops scattered around the town with souvenirs and gifts. I found them very sweet and had some nice gifts for everybody.



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Zante has changed over years
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We have been coming to Zante for many years and have seen many changes, some for the better, some not. Zante is still one of the most enjoyable islands in Greece. And simply put if you don't want to be with the noisy crowds, then it's easy: don't go to Laganas in the high summer season.

Although the major tour companies are getting much of their own way, there are still places for everyone to enjoy. Couples and families should try Tsilivi, Kalamaki, or Alykas etc, even the outskirts of Lagana. Yes Lagana has changed, but only really at night when it becomes a club scene for 18- 30 age groups.

There are plenty of golden beaches, hidden coves, and quaint Villages to be found in Zante, but instead of taking a tour operators trip, hire a car and explore for yourself, places like Zante Town, Porto Vromi, Ceri, and the many quaint traditional villages up in the mountains area. Families & couples will all love Zante. It may have grown, yet still retains its charm and traditional history.



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Top beaches and water games
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I just returned from a week long holiday in Zakynthos and I am already planning my next holiday there. My apartment on the beautiful coastal region of Limanaki, about 6 kilometers from the town of Zakynthos, was a charming one, perched in the middle of a verdant olive grove and very close to the sunny beach and a quaint little port. I did some beach hopping on the narrow peninsula on Zakynthos which is teeming with beaches. Porto Zoro, Porto Roma and Banana are worth visiting, especially the Banana, which turned out to be relatively less crowded and cheap too, I could rent 2 sun beds and an umbrella for 6 Euros.

On the second day, I drove to Tsilivi, a busy tourist center bustling with bars, clubs, restaurants and shops. On the remaining days, it was beaches, beaches and more beaches. Clean sands, sparkling waters and lush vegetation that sometimes touched the water's edge. Zakynthos beaches were all breathtakingly beautiful and ideal for relaxing holiday. The loggerhead turtles are a big bonus on some of the beaches, where they come to nest.

On the last day, I took my seven-year old son to the indoor children's play centre called the Playaway, the beach-by-day routine had begun to get a tad boring for him, and this turned out to be the best treat for him. Playway is the only one of its kind on the island, conveniently located on the airport road. The place is absolutely safe and suitable for all ages.



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Very relaxing and picturesque holiday
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We have just returned from a lovely holiday in Zakynthos and as we used greeka.com extensively before our holiday we thought we should make a contribution ourselves! We would definitely agree with the ideas suggested in other reviews on this site. The Smugglers/ Navagio cove is certainly beautiful, we would recommend seeing it from the platform above where you really appreciate the amazing colour of the water. Our favourite activity has to be turtle spotting though. Seeing loggerhead turtles in the wild was fantastic... we recommend taking one of the glass bottom boats so you see them above and below water.

We combined seeing the turtles with an afternoon on the island of Marathoni which was perfect. We are also really pleased though that we took some people's advice and headed inland as well to some of the villages in the mountains. As well as Loucha, there are stunning views from the taverna in Agios Marina and from Gerakari looking inland. As for beaches we recommend Gerakas, Marathonisi, Vromi and Makris Gialos. Some like Gerakas have lovely sand and gently shelves into the sea while others are pebbly but have fantastic views... there is an excellent view of Kefalonia from Makris Gialos, especially from the wonderful fish restaurant on the top of the cliff. We also definitely recommend Kostas Brothers restaurant in Vasilikos.



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