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Best beaches on Zakynthos are on the Vassilikos Peninsula

Visit ZakynthosThis hilly corner of Zakynthos /Zante has the most picturesque, sandy beaches on the island. They include the well-known  Mavratzis and St Nicholas/St Nikolas beaches, as well as many beautiful, secluded coves.

Olive groves dot the lower slopes of this typically Greek farming area, with pine forests higher up the mountains.  

The island's capital, Zakynthos or Zante Town is about five miles up the coast from Vasilikos village, and about 2.5 miles from the airport.

It's a good shopping centre. Great for those "holiday gifts ", especially jewellery [or even jewelry!], antiques, leather goods and designer labels!

It can get a bit hectic here in high summer with very noisy traffic.

The fantastic frescos at St Dennis Church are really worth viewing.

Ferries run twice daily from Zante Town to Killini on the mainland and, in high season, to Kefalonia. The Flying Dolphin ferry visits the neighbouring islands of Ithaka, Poros and Lefkas.

Laganas, on the south coast, is the most popular resort on Zante/Zakynthos, with a beautiful sandy beach five miles long. It has every holiday facility you could wish for. It attracts large numbers of young people in July and August due to the lively atmosphere. Discos and bars are plentiful.

There are endangered Loggerhead Sea Turtles on parts of the beach. They are a protected species, which bury their eggs in the sand, so these areas are closely monitored. Visitors are asked to keep clear.

Tsilivi, 4 miles north of Zante Town, is in a very pretty setting, with a lovely sandy beach. It manages to combine a traditional village atmosphere with that of a holiday resort. It is great for families and couples of all ages.

Kalamaki is a quiet, up-market resort with golden sands and wonderfully clear, blue water. It offers a wide range of cuisine and stylish night-life. It is 3 miles from the airport and about 2.5miles east of lively Laganas.

The most famous beach of all on Zante is the very picturesque Smuggler's Cove, featured on thousands of postcards.

It really is beautiful!!

In fact, whether you call the island Zante or Zakynthos [or even Zakinthos!], you will be truly captured by its overall beauty!

One of the true gems of the Mediterranean region!!