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Zante (Zakynthos) Hotels and Apartments
Accommodation in Zante
The island of Zante will leave you spoilt for accommodation choices. You can find all kinds of hotels in Zante and for all budgets. whether you are looking for cheap Zante hotels or luxury stay, there is something for everyone. The upscale hotels in Zante are located in Tragaki, Tsilivi and Laganas. These resorts on Zante offer a wide range of options for luxury hotels. Mabely Grand, St. John Villas and spa, Mediterranean beach resort, Lesante hotel and spa, Zante Marris, Aqua Bay, etc. are some of the most famous Zante hotels that offer top class facilities for a memorable stay. You can also find luxury as well as cheap apartments in Zante. There are many self-catering apartments in Zante ideal for families and couples alike.
Located in the Ionian Sea, 20 km west of the Greek mainland, is the picturesque holiday island of Zante. It is the 3rd largest of the Ionian islands of Greece. The western half of the island is mountainous terrain and towards the east lies the plains and beaches and most of the resorts. The port of Zakynthos has a ferry connecting to the port of Kyllini on the mainland. The island experiences mild Mediterranean climate throughout the year and rainfall in winter from October to March. The best part is the temperatures never go below 9 or 10 degrees. Thanks to the availability of plenty of cheap hotels in Zante, the island has become one of the preferred holiday destinations for European holiday holidaymakers.
Where to Stay in Zante
There are several hotels and apartments in Zante for all budgets and taste. If you are a budget traveller looking for cheap hotels in Zante, you can find plenty of options in Laganas, Argassi, Kalamaki, Tsilivi, Alykanas, Planos, etc. These holiday resorts are also ideal for finding cheap apartments in Zante. In fact, there are more number of cheap hotels in Zante than luxury ones. Alexander, Canadian, Macedonia, Filoxenia, Plessas Palace, Oscar, etc. are some of the well-known budget hotels in Zante. You can also book cheap self catering apartments in Zante if you wish to cook your own meals like Village Inn, Krinas Aparthotel, Tassia Studios, Zante View studios, etc. These cheap accommodations in Zante are ideal whether you are travelling solo or with family or friends.
Things to See and Do in Zante
The gorgeous island of Zante has many naturally beautiful places you can visit. Stone parks and pebbled beaches are the major attractions on the western part of the island which is more mountainous. Porto Vromi beach and Alykes beach are well nown beaches. Askos stone park with plants and wildlife is a famous park here. You can also visit the various museums here or spend a day with your family at the Water village aquapark. The eastern apart of the island has vast stretches of various sandy beaches. The Bochali View Point attracts tourists from all over the island to enjoy tranquil sunsets. You can also take boat trips to nearby islands of Marathonisi, Pelouzo, Agios Sostis, and many more. Don’t forget to visit the Bay of Laganas which is the site of the first National Marine Park and the prime nesting area for loggerhead sea turtles in the Mediterranean.
Nightlife in Zante
Get ready for one of the liveliest nightlife on Zante as there are a variety of bars and clubs available here. The main town Zakynthos has the most number of options. You can also find plenty of clubs and chic bars in Agios Sostis, Kalamaki, Alykanas and Planos. Paradise cocktail bar in Planos is quiet famous. If you are in Laganas, you can go to Republic Beach Club, Sand Beach bar or Rescue clubs which are most famous hang outs in Laganas. Kalamaki also has few bars like Oceanic Chill Out Bar, Red Tail Cocktail Bar, Alykanas Busters bar, etc. The bars and clubs here are open till break of dawn and some are also open 24 hours. The hotels in Zante also offer various bars onsite where you can enjoy your evening cocktail. Those looking for night clubs can visit Nightclubs Zeros and Club Barrage, Island club, venue bar, etc.
Food options in Zante
The island of Zante offers a wide range of dining outlets and one of the richest cuisines. The island produces some exotic varieties of olives, vines and fruits and vegetables which forms the heart of traditional cusine. Giaprakia, Meliasti, Avranies, Pitaroudia, Gemista, Rouzetia, Skorthalia, Kakavia etc. are some of the must try traditional dishes. The dishes are humble looking but large in servings and flavour. As these are prepared with olive oil, it forms a very healthy diet. There are many traditional restaurants where you can try rich and delicious authentic Greek cuisine. The resorts of Alykanas, Tsilivi, Limani, Argassi-Vassilikos Road, Kalamaki and Agios Sostis, have more number of restaurants than other resorts on the island. If you have booked one of the hotels in Zante, you can also die at the onsite restaurants. Not only traditional Greek cuisine, you can also find various international cuisines here.
Shopping in Zante
Zante has various shopping choices for your retail therapy. You may not find large malls here, but you can find everything you need at the local shops and markets here. At various places there are stores like Tourist Shop Erika and Jumbo Zakynthos selling all necessities under one place. There are also many supermarkets and larger stores selling essentials for tourists. If you are staying at one of the self-catering apartments in Zante and cooking on your own, you can visit the Farmers market Zante in Lomvardou open 6 am to 2 pm on Thursdays and Saturdays. In Zante you will also find various shops for buying pottery, fresh seafood, groceries, embroidery, jewelry, clothing, gifts, souvenirs, accessories, footwear, medicines, handicrafts, leather goods, carpets, etc. The specialty here is you can find things of all range – from cheap to high end. The main street of Zakynthos town has many beautiful boutiques and shops. Many smaller traditional market stalls are located in the charming little village of Anafonitria, also in the North west of Zante.
Fast Facts about Zante
- Currency: Euros
- Language: Greek
- Nearest Airport: Zakynthos International Airport
- Direct Flight time from Dublin to Zante: 5 hours 40 minutes with 1 stop
- Transfer time from airport to Zante: 10 minutes
- Time difference between Dublin and Zante: Zante is 2 hours ahead of Dublin