Zakynthos - Travel Journal

We first saw the photo of iconic Navagio Beach on Trip Advisor's home page couple of years ago. Since then we have really wanted to visit Zakynthos but for some reason kept putting that off. This year, after the dreadfully long winter here in London, we were so craving for some sea and sun and finally during the May Bank holiday we went to Zakynthos for four days.
Although Santorini and Mykonos may be your first choices for Greece trip, Zakynthos definitely need to be in your Greece itinerary as it is gifted with alluring crystalline waters, stunning greenery and charming hospitality of locals. Busiest months in Zakynthos are June, July and August and because it is summer time, sea is much warmer and there is less chance of rain. If you prefer a less busy time, try to go in May or in September/October.
Getting to Zakynthos :
Average journey time from London to Zakynthos is around 3 hours 30 minutes and there are Easy Jet flights from London Gatwick. Or if you are flying from other countries and have plans to visit Mainland Greece, then there are multiple flights from Athens.
Getting around Zakynthos :
Highly recommend renting a car in Zakynthos as we didn't find any public transport/ buses even though there were some random bus stops. So having your own car gives you that freedom to drive around and enjoy the lush greenery and some amazing scenic views of Ionian Sea. Everything on the island is pretty nearby and you can cover quite a lot in a day.We had booked our car from Avis and you should be able to find good deals from Rental cars as well. If you book in advance you should be able to get a good automatic car from £20 per day. There were no Uber on the island and pretty sure the cabs would cost a hand and leg !
What to See : 
Long Sandy beaches along the southern shoreline,  olive trees, forested wilderness, spectacular limestone cliffs plummeting into turquoise waters - Zakynthos has a lot to offer. Visit Greece website has a detailed post on popular attractions in Zakynthos and here were our favorites from the places that we visited.
Navagio Beach/Shipwreck beach view from the cliffs 

Navagio Beach ( Beach can only be reached by boat)
Blue Caves
Zakynthos Marine National Park
Unforturnately weather played spoilsport and we couldn't see the turtles. However we drove all the way to Marine National park and saw a few turtle nests (not the same as seeing turtles - sigh!).
Source : Google Images
Being an island there is no scarcity of beaches in Zakynthos. Our favorites were the Xygia Sulphur Beach - where it smelt like rotten eggs.Due to high sulphur content in water,  our feet felt baby smooth after a dip for few minutes. Endless sandy shore of Banana Beach was also stunning - we couldn't stay for longer as it started raining. 
Olive Press museum is also worth a visit - if you are not interested in listening to how olives are grown and olive oil is made, you can do a mini shopping for some fresh Extra Virgin Olive oil and Olive oil soaps and moisturisers.
Where to Stay
We stayed at LeSante Blu beach resort which is one of the most stunning hotels that we have stayed at so far.  With an immaculate view of  Ionian sea from all rooms, stunning infinity pool and service on par with any of the luxury hotels, this gem from leading hotels of the world is worth every penny.Prices start at £130 per night .There are so many other gorgeous resorts and Air B&Bs available in the island at varying budgets. There's a wee discount of £15 from Booking.com if you book via this link.
Where to Eat
There are so many traditional tavernas in Zakynthos and food is relatively cheaper compared to other mainstream island. Here are the places that we went to apart from the restaurants at LeSante while we were staying. 
Ones that we really liked are 
1) Nobelos Boutique Hotel - Bio Restaurant (Views and food were AMAZING!)
2)Yard of Taste ( run by a lovely lovely lady and she herself cooked a few dishes for us including this yummy cheese dish!)
3) Taverna Akrotiri ( tables under lovely lemon trees)
Definitely recommend visiting Zakynthos and hope you will have a lovely time like we did. Thanks for reading :) xx
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  1. Lovely post! Can’t wait to go to Zakynthos:-)

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