Set in Zante’s serene hills, Tragaki’s loudest inhabitants are chattering cicadas. Here, the rolling Greek countryside is studded with neat olive groves, verdant vineyards and the odd ruin. Time on Tragaki holidays is best spent pottering along village lanes and admiring its picturesque terracotta-roofed houses. It’s also worth walking to the hilltop Spilia monastery, where it’s said an icon of the Virgin Mary was discovered in a cave.
Visiting a local vineyard to try Zante’s signature Verdea wine is another thing to do on holidays to Tragaki. Produced on the island for generations, it’s made by harvesting slightly unripe grapes to increase acidity, before being matured in oak barrels, giving it a taste reminiscent of sherry. Many of these hillside vineyards offer sweeping views across the turquoise Ionian Sea, which is half an hour away by foot or 10 minutes by car. Once you experience Tragaki’s natural beauty and chocolate-box charm, you’ll never want to leave.
Drive to Bouka Beach
Bouka Beach is a fabulous sunbathing spot less than half an hour away from Tragaki. At the end of the day, head to the harbour to see the fishermen unload their catches.
Try the local wine
The area surrounding Tragaki is home to several vineyards producing Verdea wine. You can visit many of the vineyards to sample the wine and dine on traditional Greek dishes.
Sip cocktails in Tsilivi
Tsilivi is known for its vibrant nightlife, so hop in a taxi in Tragaki and travel 10 minutes to Tsilivi Beach for live music and sundowners.