The rural community of Vasilikos is a collection of small villages in the south of Zante, located on a peninsula that runs from the town of Argasi down to Gerakas beach – best known as the nesting site for rare loggerhead turtles. The area is a beacon of unparalleled natural beauty, encompassing Mount Skopos, pristine beaches backed by fragrant pine forest and quiet coves that are home to diverse wildlife.
Vasilikos holidays are ideal for adventurous types looking to experience unspoilt Greece and turn their hand to outdoor pursuits, such as horse riding or hiking in the mountains. For dinner and drinks, the coast is lined with beach bars and tavernas serving traditional Greek dishes, such as lamb ‘gyros’ (sliced rotisserie meat) and Kasseri cheese (a traditional sheep and goats’ milk cheese). Wash it down with Verdea wine, produced in local vineyards. Holidays to Vasilikos will appeal to families, couples and travellers looking to escape the busier tourist-trap resorts.
With so many stunning beaches, it makes sense to try to visit as many as possible. Try Dafni and Porto Zorro, or Gerakas if you want to look for turtles.
Explore on foot
With so much lush countryside on the doorstep, Vasilikos is the perfect place to explore on foot. Whether you prefer mountainous or coastal walks, there’s lots to enjoy.
Take a boat tour
To see the local marine life, book a day trip from the beach stalls that are selling boat trips. You might encounter octopus, loggerhead turtles and beautiful coral.