Guide to Exploring Zakynthos, Greece

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Curator’s statement

I know most people visiting Greece are in a hurry to visit a new island every two to three days. Hear me out, though - Zakynthos is pretty big - stay for five days! It takes one hour to get from the south to the north end of the island, so you'll find a lot of the hidden gems are spread around the island. In order to really delve into this island, I think it deserves some extra time. Trust me, there’s plenty to see. I would highly recommend renting a car for your stay - Carreta Rentals is an awesome local company. Scooters and ATVs are an option, but be warned that the roads are windy, steep, and places are more spread out than some other islands.

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Where to stay in Zakynthos, Greece

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Olea All Suite Hotel

Surrender to luxury and relaxation in Santorini, where bespoke suites, breathtaking views, and Greek hospitality combine for an unforgettable island retreat.

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  • Breakfast daily.


A luxurious haven on Zakynthos Island, where Mediterranean elegance and personalized service create an unforgettable retreat.

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  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Domes Aulus Zante, Autograph Collection

A harmonious blend of contemporary luxury and Ionian charm, offering an exclusive escape on the shores of Zakynthos.

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  • $25 food / beverage credit.

  • Welcome treat in room on arrival.

  • Upgrade & guaranteed late check-out.

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Things to do in Zakynthos, Greece



Xigia Pelagaki Beach

Right next to the more popular Xigia Sulfur Beach, this one is a little less crowded.

Porto Roxa

Here you have the option to grab a free beach chair or sun bed at Sunset Restaurant & Beach Bar Porta Roxa. On the other side of the beach bars you’ll find a bright blue swimming cove with a makeshift diving board for cliff jumping. You can swim around, snorkel, and take breaks at the beach bar.

Filippoi Beach

A journey to get to, but worth it. Drive down a steep, winding road to reach this cove surrounded by tall, green cliffs. The shore is very rocky, so bring good water shoes or Tevas. Swim around, cliff jump, snorkel, and take in the killer views.

Porto Steniti

A small bay with turquoise water, great for swimming (wouldn’t spend all day here, as it's pretty small).

Porto Limnionas Beach

A popular place for swimming & cliff jumping, worth the hang! There is a tavern on site with beach chairs, if you prefer that over tossing a towel on a rock.

Boat Day

Go through Luxury Travel Zakynthos. This company was so great to work with. They were extremely communicative and responsive to all my questions before booking and throughout our day. We had a blast driving our own boat and having the flexibility to stay as long or as little in one swimming spot. There’s two directions you can go; I'd recommend the north for this day. It can be choppier getting out to the north side, so they’ll let you know if it’s not a feasible option for your chosen day. We thought eight hours would be way too long, but it ended up flying by. If you aren’t comfortable driving your own boat, you can hire a skipper.

Sunset Cruise

Do a private cruise with the above company and head towards Myzithres. It's perfect.


Rent from Paddle Surf Zante.

Places to eat & drink in Zakynthos, Greece


Levante Beers Zakynthos

The island's one & only brewery. You’ll find locals drinking their beer throughout the island.

Avli Taverna

A classic Greek tavern.


Owned by brothers from Chicago. The vibes are sexy, cocktails are bangin’, and a wide variety of food means something for everyone.

Skinos Restaurant & Pool Bar

The staff here is so friendly and we found ourselves here a couple times. They even bring out little blankets for the girlies wearing dresses if it’s cool out. The pool/chairs are free for guests to use. Awesome views and delicious food.


Traditional Greek tavern with stunning views of a little beach, where you’ll find locals hanging out.

Art Cafe Mahogani

A quirky bar with some tasty Greek appetizers. The owner's family has a variety of personal funky art within the building, and outside are large tables with a view of the sea. They’re serious about their cocktails! Open evenings/nights only.

Fresh Orange Juice Bar

A roadside fresh orange juice truck worth stopping for.

Sunset Michali’s Taverna

A classic Greek restaurant, perched up on a steep cliff overlooking a seemingly endless bay. As the name suggests, it's perfect for sunset. It's worth noting, this can feel like a bit of a tourist trap, but the views are worth it and the food was decent.

The Old Windmill

A unique location, just as the name suggests - in an old windmill, with sweeping views. Traditional Greek cuisine.

Paradosiako Alykes

An elevated take on Greek cuisine, done right. Make reservations.

To Diafokereiko

This historic restaurant has been around for some time and is worth the detour. Don’t expect super-friendly service, moreso to-the-point service. The charming building and delicious food is what makes it special.

Brusco Kitchen & Bar

Beachfront with an aesthetic “beach club” vibe. A variety of food for a variety of appetites.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Elizabeth Kaczka's guide, Unforgettable Luxury Escapes: Top Hotels in Crete, Greece

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