Just off the south-west tip of mainland Greece, Zante is a glimmering Ionian Sea jewel, where families come to relax, clubbers come to party and sea turtles come to nest. Coves of curving azure water and sun-speckled sand are set to enchant, with cobbled streets opening to excite foodies and shoppers


If shopping is your thing then head to hillside villages for a strong line in carpets, lace and other traditional handicrafts. Foodies won’t want to leave without a stash of the local olive oil and honey. For a fashion fix, Zante Town has everything from designer boutiques to international high-street brands.

No visit to Zante is complete to a visit Smuggler’s Cove is the most spectacular beach on the island (and some would argue in all of Greece!). Think steep white cliffs, soft sands and a mysterious shipwreck

Popular resorts in Zante are:

Laganas with its fizzing nightlife and miles of sand make Laganas one of the most sought-after locations in all of Zante.

Kalamaki is an idyllic choice for relaxing and unwinding on a gold-flecked beach, Kalamaki’s shores meet up with Laganas Bay, so keep your eyes peeled for loggerhead turtles

Tsilivi from its golden sands to quaint tavernas, Tsilivi is a top beachfront pick that has retained its traditional Greek town feel.

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