Nestled at the foot of a mountain and fringed by a historic port overlooking the Ionian Sea, no one can say that Zante Town holidays are anything but picturesque. The capital city of the island of Zante is steeped in cultural significance – cobbled streets are lined with ornate Venetian-style architecture harking back to when the island was under Italian rule. History buffs will be interested to view precious artworks in the town’s Byzantine Museum, which were saved after the 1953 earthquake that destroyed much of the city.
Zante Town is full of vibrant bars and authentic restaurants and, although it’s quieter than nearby Laganas, its nightlife is a more sophisticated affair. After an excellent dinner of traditional ‘meze’ (selection of small dishes) and local wine, seek out one of the main squares where locals listen to live music and socialise until the early hours. The following day, recharge with a morning dip in the crystal-clear Ionian Sea. Holidays to Zante Town will leave you feeling cultured and refreshed.
Sip cocktails in style
Grab a drink or a bite to eat at one of the bars and restaurants in Saint Mark’s Square, surrounded by authentic, pastel-coloured Venetian buildings.
Get a cultural fix
Head to Solomos Square to see some of the island’s most illustrious buildings, including the Church of Saint Nicholas, the Byzantine Museum and the Cultural Centre of Zakynthos.
Visit a village
Take a 20-minute hike through a pine forest from Zante Town to Bochali village. Visit for the day or dinner, and take in a Venetian church, great views and lovely cafés and restaurants.