48 hours in Zakynthos

To enjoy this island of the Ionian Sea you will need to leave behind the touristy eastern coast and head to the central and western regions, where you will discover picturesque mountain villages and breathtaking beaches with turquoise waters.

Day One


9 am
Check in to Nobelos Luxury Suites. Right above the sea this extraordinary mansion has been converted into four spacious unique suites, each one dedicated to a different theme and imaginatively decorated in rich furnishings. All have breathtaking views to the open sea and to the picturesque small port of Agios Nickolaos (tel .: +3026950 27632, www.nobelos.gr). 



Emerald Villas. Luxury stone villas with pool built on a hillside, only a few minutes away from the beach of Agios Nikolaos (tel.: +3026950 32006,  www.emerald-villas.gr).


Palatino Hotel. Four star hotel in a quiet spot in the city. It has 64 rooms and suites with a balcony overlooking the green hill of Bochali or the Ionian Sea. It is close to the municipal parking, a playground and a tennis court (Kolokotroni 10 & Kolyva, tel .: +3026950 27780, www.palatinohotel.gr). Lesante Five-star option of accommodation with luxurious rooms and suites, some of which have an outdoor jacuzzi. Spa, swimming pools and stylish restaurants, amongst the amenities (Tsilivi, tel .: +3026950 41330, www.lesante.gr).


Lesante

10 am.
Before heading to the beaches, you will enjoy the best introduction to the island with a visit to the Museum of Dionysios Solomos and eminent people of Zakynthos at St Mark's Square, in the city center. On the ground floor you will see the tombs of Dionysios Solomos and Andreas Kalvos, while in the rooms are kept manuscripts, paintings, portraits, coats of arms, period furniture and objects that illustrate the life and work of local artists such as Grigorios Xenopoulos (15 Agios Markos Street, tel. : +3026950 48982, www.zakynthos-museumsolomos.gr, entrance fee €4, opening hours 9am-2pm.). 



12am
For a swim, head to the southeastern part of the island to the area of Vasilikos. Here you will find the sandy and organized beaches of Dafni and Gerakas. The coasts are protected by the National Marine Park of Zakynthos, which protects the Caretta-Caretta sea turtle, so the stay at the beach is allowed until sunset. Close by is the small and quiet Porto Roma beach, with rich sand, clear waters, umbrellas, sun beds, cafe and taverns.


Gerakas

Alternatively you will head to Limnionas beach, on the west side of the island, about 30 kilometers from the city. A rocky bay surrounded by pine trees is more of a lake than a beach and is an ideal spot for sunset views.



3pm.
Lunch at the Porto Limnionas tavern, at the beach of the same name. Above the rocks, at the balcony overlooking the sea and under the pine trees, you will taste local cheese, fried zucchini balls with four cheeses, traditional stewed veal, large grilled steaks and, of course, fresh fish (Porto Limnionas, tel .: +3026950 48650, from €15 per person).



6 pm
Take a road trip to the mountainous villages of Zakynthos: at Macherado with the 14th century Ypapanti church, which is of special interest for its architecture and its reliefs, Saint Leon in the western part of the island with the church of Saint Leon which was built in the 14th century. In the village there is another chapel, unique on the island, as its bell tower is the bottom part of an old windmill. Loucha village with a few inhabitants, seems to have stopped in time, while Koiliomeno village has a traditional architecture and houses built on the 16th century.



9pm.
Dinner in Alitzerinoi, housed in an old mansion renovated with local stone.It serves local and traditional dishes, overlooking the green mountains Zakynthos: try sofigadoura (local recipe with beef, local cheese, olive oil, garlic and tomato sauce), pork in wine sauce, oven baked eggplant and, of course, the dish of the day cooked by the women of the village (Koiliomenos, tel: +3026950 48552, from €15 per person).



11pm
Return to the city for a relaxed drink and cold beer at the 34 Bar with nice music and atmosphere in the heart of the city. It is one of the local favorites and you will also return for coffee (Filitas 34, tel .: +3026950 22333).



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