Without a doubt the most famous resort on the island with 14km sweep of soft sand around the bay. Situated on the south coast the beach is very popular with families and youth alike, a great shelving beach and shallow waters. Laganas is the main nesting area of the loggerhead turtles (caretta caretta) and continued efforts are made to preserve the natural environment for the survival of these endangered creatures. Nightlife is fast and fun, definitely the party centre of the island and your chance to party all night long with a wide range of bars, restaurants, shops and clubs. One of the great things about Laganas is that once you are in the resort you can walk anywhere, itís completely flat and the amenities are all close together.
Tsilivi lies on a fertile stretch of the coastline north of Zakynthos Town and is a developed resort that still manages to retain its friendly charm. This is perhaps down to its relaxing, almost rural setting amidst olive groves.†It boasts a superb beach with many facilities, including watersports and as the water shelves gently it is ideal for families. As the sun sets, Tsilivi becomes alive with an abundance of cocktail and music bars, providing you with excellent evening entertainment. The younger crowd will appreciate its many cocktail bars and nightclubs.
Argassi is set around a busy main street and has the buzz that comes with being a compact resort. Only 4km south and within easy reach of Zante Town, the resort of Argassi has become very popular and is certainly a rival to the nightlife of Laganas. In high season, its bars, restaurants and nightclubs are brimming with visitors. It has a very small, narrow sand-and-shingle beach that is close to the town and therefore popular. The centre of the resort is flanked both sides with a wide variety of shops, bars, restaurants and supermarkets making it very easy to find everything that you would need.
Kalamaki has a golden sandy beach and wonderfully clear waters. You will find a wide range of cuisine on offer in Kalamaki and nightlife here has a touch more style than in some other areas - with most of it to be found along the resort's one main street. Just 3km east from Laganas, Kalamaki is also home to the loggerhead turtles (caretta caretta) which come to nest on the long sandy beach which is a continuation of Laganas Bay. The friendly locals offer a traditional welcome for holidaymakers of all ages and there are many quality restaurants where you can enjoy local cuisine. The nightlife is quite low key but there are still many bars to drink and dance in, shops to explore and also the added option of Laganas only being a 5-minute taxi ride away.
Vassilikos peninsula, on the south east coast of the island is spread over an area blessed with some of the best beaches in Zakynthos. Beach lovers can enjoy the sunshine down on the sandy beaches which gently shelve into the sea in a very picturesque setting and are reputed to have the best scuba diving on the island. Watersports are widely available overall; this is a perfect holiday spot for families and couples alike. The resort is spread out among winding roads, olive groves and local farms. There are some excellent tavernas selling local delicacies, a few mini markets and bars. Vassilikos is very popular with visitors from surrounding areas and with its beautiful coves and turquoise sea; it's not hard to see why.
Located on the South West coast of the island and tucked into the corner of Laganas Bay is the pretty fishing village of Limni Keriou (Keri Lake), the waterfront harbour of the mountain village of Keri. From the shingle beach there a lovely view across the bay to the Vassilikos peninsula and the golden sands of Gerakas beach. The waterfront is dotted with tavernas, shops and bars. The small harbour shelters local fishing boats and day trip boats that offer trips to the stunning Keri Caves and the little island of Marathonisi (Turtle Island). Quiet and peaceful Keri is the perfect retreat for a relaxing holiday.
Alykes and Alykanas on the north east coast of the island and as the resorts are only 1km apart they have virtually blended into one. The main feature of Alykes is the endless golden sandy beach and shallow warm waters which is ideal for children and is definitely one of the best in Zakynthos. With its village atmosphere and stunning scenery, many bars and tavernas, shops and excursions, it really is the complete holiday experience.
The friendly resort of Alykanas is nestled amongst olive groves and surrounded by lush green scenery. The resort is slightly larger than its neighbour Alykes and has many restaurants, tavernas serving local cuisine, bars and souvenir shops. The beach is a continuation of the coastline from Alykes with its golden sand and clear blue sea. A blend of traditional Greek character and modern amenities make Alykes and Alykanas an ideal retreat for families and couples.
The district of Skinari is located on the North coast of Zakynthos and contains several villages including the traditional mountain village of Volimes. The area is also home to the port of St Nikolas, the natural health spa Xigia, Makro Gialos, Mikronisi, the stunning Blue Caves and the most famous landmark of Zakynthos, the Shipwreck cove.
Volimes is completely unspoilt and it feels as though you are stepping back in time. The locals are well known for their market that sells traditional handmade products including, rugs and lace and also homemade cheese, wine and natural honey from their own hives. The scenery is breathtaking with spectacular pine clad mountains and panoramic views over the Ionian Sea. From the port of St Nikolas you can take a ferry boat to the neighbouring island of Kefalonia or a trip to the Blue Caves and Shipwreck.
Over the centuries a succession of rulers have captured the capital town and left their mark and traditions. The capital of the island is also the main port; Zante town is easily accessible to all of the resorts and other towns and villages on the island by road. There are many historical sights and numerous churches to visit including Agios Dionysios (St Dennis) church which is also the patron saint of the island. With the town set along the harbour front it is worth taking an afternoon for a leisurely walk and an ideal chance to try the restaurants and coffee bars. Here in Zante town you will find everything you are looking for, supermarkets, shops, banks, tourist offices and bus station are all easy to find.
Agios Sostis is situated between Laganas and Keri and the sandy beach is named after the small island that you can see from the coast. The small island of Agios Sostis is extremely beautiful on account of its peculiar stone, little coves and pine trees. The village is beautiful unspoilt and traditional giving an insight into the Greek way of life. The sea front is dotted with traditional tavernas and cosy cafe bars but is just a short walk to Laganas for those visitors seeking livelier nightlife or a range of shops to explore.