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zakynthos greece

Zakynthos, also known as Zante, is the southernmost and third largest of the Ionian Islands and its position ensures easy travel to the other islands and Greece’s mainland.

Our recommended resort on Zakynthos is the luxurious Porto Zante Villas & Spa with just 6 exceptional villas.

The island has a wealth of history and tradition, as for many centuries it was the crossroads for numerous nations and cultures. From being part of the Byzantine Empire, then ruled by the Ottomans, followed by the Venetians, who ruled the island in the Middle Ages, naming it “Flower of the East” and then the French, its history is evident across the island.

The western half of Zakynthos is a mountainous plateau, and the southwest coast consists mostly of steep cliffs. The eastern half is a densely populated fertile plain, with long sandy beaches, interrupted with several isolated hills, notably Bochali, overlooking the city, and the peninsula of Vasilikos in the northeast. The capital is the town of Zakynthos, set on the eastern part of the northern coast. There are several, small uninhabited islands off the coast.

The most famous landmark of the island is the Navagio beach. It is a cove on the southwest shore, isolated by high cliffs and accessible only by boat. The white pebbled beach and sea floor surrounded by turquoise waters, is named after a shipwreck (MV Panagiotis). Numerous "Blue Caves", are cut into cliffs around Cape Skinari, and accessible only by small boats. Sunrays reflect through blue sea water from white stones of cave bottoms and walls, creating beautiful effects. Keri, a mountain village with a lighthouse, is located in the far south of the island. The views of the Ionian, and rock formations with towering arches are worth visiting.

Other featured destinations in Greece

  • Attica - an hour from the Acropolis in Athens, Cape Sounio Resort is set on a pretty beach overlooking the ancient Temple of Poseidon.
  • Corfu - selection of stunning villas, available with visiting yoga teachers, personal trainers, massage therapists etc. for the perfect 'healthy villa holiday.
  • Crete - choice of excellent resorts.
  • Halkidiki - stay at Danai Beach Resort with its excellent spa and lots of activities.  Or try the hip and funky, great value, Ekies All Senses Resort.
  • Mykonos - the famously cosmopolitan jet-set island and home to the excellent Mykonos Grand.  Great for couples.
  • Santorini - the prettiest and most famous of the Cycladic islands.  Stay at Vedema and explore.

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porto zante villas and spa

porto zante villas and spa

zakynthos, greece    villa for 7 nights from £1,695

Crowned as Europe's Leading Villa Resort at the World Travel Awards 2011, Porto Zante is a boutique resort of six luxury villas located on the private beach of a secluded bay on the island of Zakynthos, just west of Greece's mainland.


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