- Zante Luxury holidays
Zakynthos is the third-largest of the Ionian Islands, found in the Ionian Sea off the coast of Greece. With the exception of Kythira, located some distance further south of the mainland, Zakynthos is the most easterly of the main Ionian Islands, and has the nickname 'To fioro tou Levante', meaning 'The flower of the East'. With rainy winters leading to lush vegetation, much of it edible, it's easy to see how the island earned its name, and why tourists continue to visit it all year round.
The shipwreck sands of Zante
Zakynthos has several beaches, caves and coves popular with tourists, but the so-called Shipwreck Beach at Navagio is one of the most interesting. The wrecked skeleton of the Panagiotis juts upwards out of its white sands, having run aground there on October 1st 1980. So the story goes, the ship was carrying contraband cigarettes, and went on the run to escape the pursuing Greek Navy, when rough weather forced it on to the shore. The crew abandoned ship to evade capture, and the wreck remains in place to this day, giving its name to the bay ('Navagio' meaning 'Shipwreck') and attracting sightseers to this north-western part of the Zakynthos coastline year after year.
Zante in tastes and flavours
While many islands in this part of the world are very dry, Zakynthos benefits from winter rainfall, leading to a plethora of edible plant life on the island. Among these are citrus fruits, grapes, currants and olive oil - all hallmarks of the Mediterranean diet. Perhaps the best known of these is the Zante currant, which takes Zakynthos' alternative name, and this is small, sweet and seedless.
As well as its flora, the island plays host to one very important species of fauna, the Loggerhead turtle, many of which make their nests in the Bay of Laganas. With the help of present-day tourists respecting the nesting sites, more hatchlings are able to enter the sea, which despite their low chances of survival in the wild, gives these endangered turtles a chance to last into future generations.
When should I visit Zante?
Daily temperatures are welcoming throughout the year, remaining in double figures even in the winter months, and rising to the mid to high-20°C in summer. As usual, July and August are the hottest months, while any time from May to October offers plenty of warmth. May to September are also the driest months, but even in the winter most days see no rainfall, and plenty of people choose Zakynthos for a luxurious winter sun getaway instead.
What’s on offer on a luxury holiday?
It’s easy to see why luxury holidays have become so popular in recent years. If you want to watch stunning sunsets in private from your balcony, you can. If you want to be at the heart of all the party happenings, stay in a luxury central hotel. With a luxury holiday, you choose the elements that meet all your holiday requirements – including your budget. Part of the beauty of Zakynthos is its diverse range of activities. You can party on the beach, relax on secluded parts of the island, or take a boat to see many of the beautiful sites. It boasts everything Greece is so famous for.