Cheap flights to Zante
Advert beaches, rolling green countryside and traditional mountain villages; Zante is Greece at its very best. The Venetians used to call it the “flower of the east,” and any tourist who sets foot on the Greek island of Zante, or Zakynthos as it is known in Greece, will immediately understand why.
Today it’s as famous for its lush green vegetation and colourful wild flowers as it is for its tourist resorts and thumping nightlife. Of course, this is ignoring the 92 kilometres of pristine coastline complete with some of the world’s best beaches – check out the jaw-dropping turquoise beauty of Smugglers’ Cove, one of the most photographed bays in the world.
Let’s just say if it’s stunning scenery you’re after, then Zante has it in abundance. But it’s also got a large slice of traditional Greek culture too. So if you like your mountain villages quaint and small, your churches old and fresco filled and your tavernas offering moussaka with a glass or two of ouzo to wash it down, then you’ll be spoilt for choice. And let’s not forget that hospitality for which the Greeks have been famous throughout history, trust us, the locals of Zante don’t disappoint.
One of the most reliable places to buy traditional rugs and other handmade fabrics in the weaving centre of Volimes is the shop of Christos Theodosis (Meso Volimes, tel: 26950 31445).
If you are on the island for Orthodox Easter, taking place the same weekend as the Protestant/Catholic festival this year, be sure to attend the mournful Epitafios parade on Good Friday evening and the joyful celebration of the resurrection at midnight on Saturday at a local church.
Whether you are actively seeking some clubbing action or content simply to watch others shaking their stuff, the main strip of Laganas is always an entertaining spot for a nocturnal outing.
A boat tour round the island makes for a great day out and gives you the opportunity to see the island's inaccessible coastal features, such as the Blue Caves and famous Shipwreck Bay. Shop around at Zakynthos Town harbour for the best deals and vessels, which vary in size and comfort.