White beaches, sea turtles and a party atmosphere make Zante a favourite holiday destination in the magical Ionian Sea.

Greek: Ζάκυνθος
pronounced [ˈzacinthos]

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Welcome to Zante

A complete guide for your vacation

Zakynthos (aka Zante) is a verdant island endowed with fertile valleys and a temperate climate (area: 406 sq. km; coastline: 123 km). Its landscape diversity has resulted in different types of beaches: there are sandy beaches in secluded coves where the tranquil waters are deep blue on the island’s southeastern part; yet, if rugged cliffs and an interesting underwater world are to your liking, try the western part of the island.

The Venetians, who ruled Zákynthos from 1484 to 1797, called the island “Fioro di Levante” (flower of the East) as there are over 7,000 species of flowers on Zákynthos. The third largest island of the Ionian Sea, after Corfu and Kefalonia, is internationally known as “Zante”. Zakynthos is said to have been the island’s first inhabitant and the ancient acropolis is attributed to him. He was the son of Dardanos who ruled the ancient kingdom of Frigia. A Venetian fort was built at later times on the site.

One could say that Zante is synonym to superb beaches, great nightlife, beautiful scenery and ideal watersports destination. What more can you ask when on holiday?

Recent stories about Zante

A boat trip to Shipwreckbeach in Zante

Take a boat trip to Shipwreck beach in Zante (Navagio) and discover what makes it the most famous beach in Zakynthos A boat trip to Shipwreckbeach in Zante When the MV Panagiotis ran aground on a sandy cove in northwest Zakynthos in 1980, no one could have predicted that one of Europe’s most iconic beaches would be born....