Zante is an idyllic Greek island with some of the best beaches in the country. It’s an ideal location for waterskiing, yachting, scuba diving and rambling. Zante is a great getaway spot where you’re truly away from it all. It has fun Nightlife and Zante town has good Shoppingand restaurants.
Zante is ideal for families, couples or party lovers. Whilst there are plenty of places to party, there are also quiet hideaways with the most breathtaking coastlines in the Mediterrean.
Modern bars, traditional Greek tavernas and boutique shops, holidays to Zante’s golden shores really do have it all.
Things to do
Zante’s great beaches equal fabulous watersports. It is a great place to have fun in the sun and try jet skis, banana boats and pedalos to water skiing, wind surfing and paragliding, to name a few. For those who enjoy diving, scuba diving Zante has it on offer.
Zante is known as the most important nesting ground for the endangered species of loggerhead sea turtles. During the summer months, holiday makers can visit Laganas and Kalamaki and take a glassed bottom boat trip to view the turtles in their natural habitat.
Away from the beaches, you can walk or hike on this green island through acres of lush vineyards and olive groves, and discover the relaxing side of Zante.
Zante Town is the place for serious shoppers. Behind the harbour is a maze of streets, where craft and curiosity shops jostle for space with achingly chic boutiques.
Much like the rest of Greece, the leather here is well-made and very cheap so shoes and bags are high on the best-buy list. There are also locally produced ceramics and fine jewelry. The capital’s main Shoppingstreet, Alexander Roma is literally lined with jewelers with glittering gold and silver window displays.
However the Ionian Islands are best known for needlework – in the form of embroidery and hand-made lace. They create anything from bed linen to delicate table cloths. There are endless items to choose from.
Laganas is the place to go if you’re looking for dancing all night and sleep in during the day. Laganas has a long and ever lengthening strip stretching inland from the beach in a big, brash line up of pubs, clubs and neon-lit bars.
Argassis is a lively place but less frenzied with a good variety of family friendly cafes, karaoke joints and a couple of discos.
Zante Town has a little of everything in terms of Nightlife. Its music bars and discos stretching down the Argassi road. Elsewhere you’re looking at leisurely evenings that start with sundowners in a favourite bar and end with a sticky baklava and coffee.
Zante has plenty of family run tavernas with their relaxed feel and gorgeous Greek dishes to eat. In the bigger resorts such as Laganas and Argassi, you can eat your way around the world from Indian to Chinese and quite a few nationalities inbetween. Thanks to Zante’s former masters – the Venetians – Italian food crops up a fair bit. However, whilst in Greece it would be good to try the local specialities which are simply cooked, lightly spiced and unpretentious. Order ‘mezes’ which are a selection of taster plates which may include octopus, squid, olives, feta and stuffed vine leaves.