Flights to Zakynthos
Known as both Zakynthos and often as Zante, this island is the third largest of Greece’s Ionian Islands and a popular tourist destination. Zakynthos is located a short way off the east coast of the Greek mainland and as well as its popular beaches and beautiful scenery it offers history and culture.
The main point of entry for flights to Zakynthos is the Zakynthos International Airport (airport code: ZTH), located near the town of Kalamaki. From South Africa, all flights to Zakynthos will have 2 connections. Virgin Atlantic and British Airways have a route through London and Athens, but you will stop in Cairo if you fly with either South African Airways or Egyptair. Most flights to Zakynthos are around 23 hours long, but some airlines will take nearly 40.
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The Tourist Attractions of Zakynthos:
When you’re planning a trip to Zakynthos, be aware that the island is also known as Zante and this name is often used in English and Italian speaking countries. Whether you call it Zakynthos or Zante you’ll find the island to offer a great mix for tourists looking for something a little different. It’s not over developed when it comes to tourism so although there’s plenty of places to stay, eat out and find entertainment, this isn’t a nightlife mecca. By the same token Zakynthos isn’t just a sleepy backwater and so there’s lots to see and do.
The towns and villages of Zakynthos are nearly all situated on the island’s east and south coasts because the west and north coasts are very mountainous and rugged. This makes these places interesting to explore, but no good for building hotels and beaches!
The capital of the island is Zakynthos Town located just south of the centre of Zakynthos and on the eastern coast. If you want to do some shopping or take a ferry to the mainland of Greece this is the place to come. Alternatively a popular excursion is to take a ferry to the nearby island of Kefalonia from the northern village of Agios Nikolaos.
If you’re someone who does enjoy a bit of partying while on holiday then you’ll want to base yourself in or near to the resort town of Laganas. This is the main party spot on Zakynthos and is full of bars and nightclubs, but also offers some nice beaches and places to eat.
The other extreme if you’re looking for a quiet and relaxing holiday is the village of Vasillikos. This has places to stay, and a number of restaurants, but there are no noisy bars or nightclubs here. Nearby you can visit the turtle nesting beaches of Dafnia and Gerakas.
Somewhere in between Laganas and Vasillikos in terms of size is Tsilivi. This is a great place to stay on Zakynthos if you’re visiting with family and want a family-friendly resort. It does have some nightlife but isn’t the hotspot that Laganas is, plus it has a great long beach where there’s plenty of watersports to try out.
When Should You Visit?:
Zakynthos has a wonderful Mediterranean climate which provides the island with lots of sunshine and hot weather during the summer and plentiful rainfall during the winter, giving Zakynthos a lush appearance. Summers, between May and September, are definitely the most popular time to visit but spring and autumn can be nice too and quieter.