Destination guide

Pretty sure Zakynthos is Greek for "is this real life?"

As the southernmost island in the Ionian Sea, Zakynthos is a popular summer resort. Find pristine beaches along the southern coasts, filled with visitors in peak season, or step away and head west. Here you'll find untouched forests and remote villages, as well as limestone cliffs leading into impossibly turquoise waters. Along with its natural beauty, Zakynthos is also known for its nightlife, making it a popular destination for clubbers. Choose your Zakynthos vacation rental accordingly—do you prefer to be in the middle of the party, or set away from the action?

Things to do

Solomos was kind of a big deal around these parts

Much of Zakynthos's appeal lies in its natural beauty and pristine beaches, but there are plenty of museums to visit, too. Explore the vast collection in the Post Byzantine Art Museum in Solomos Square, or head to the Solomos Museum, which details the island's cultural history. It's dedicated to famous Zakynthians, including 2 locally important Greek poets, Solomos and Kalvos, whose mausoleums are both on site. Other local highlights include the Helmis Natural History Museum, the Naval Museum, and the Agricultural Museum, which are all focused on the island's unique history.

Activities

Vibrant beaches and lively festivals, all year long

Travelers love Zakynthos for its stunning beaches, and 1 in particular captures visitors' attention. Shipwreck Beach is named, of course, for the rusty, wrecked ship towering above white sands and tanned sunbathers. The beach is only accessible by boat, which takes you past another highlight, the Blue Caves. The island also hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year, with its most famous being Carnival, lasting for 2 weeks every February and March. Enjoy parades, lively music, dancing, and endless Greek food, all within steps of your Zakynthos vacation rental.

Weather

The summer is a circus, but winter is a Carnival

Like much of Greece, Zakynthos is most popular in the summer months, particularly July and August when the club scene comes alive and the beaches are packed. April through June is a safe bet for a quieter vibe, as is September and October. While most of Greece quiets down in winter, Zakynthos picks back up a bit earlier than the rest, thanks to Carnival in February and March. Brave the colder temps and potential rain for this lively street festival, and look for a Zakynthos vacation rental in the heart of it all.

Natural features

From cave hopping to caretta caretta spotting

Many of Zakynthos's beaches are known for their white sands and natural beauty, but Navagio and Shipwreck Beach are probably the most famous. From here, rent a boat and explore the Blue Caves, or spend your time beach-hopping along the southern coasts. Thanks to the soft sand and crystal clear waters, Zakynthos's beaches are now breeding spots for a specific breed of loggerhead sea turtles, called "caretta caretta." Visit the local rescue center, spot them swimming in their natural habitat, and try and spot them as they make their way along the shoreline.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Zakynthos

Fly into Zakynthos (ZTH-Zakynthos Intl.), the closest airport, located 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Argostolion (EFL-Kefalonia Island Intl.), which is 31.7 mi (51 km) away.

Where to stay around Zakynthos?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,763 vacation rentals near Zakynthos. From 897 Villas to 311 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Zakynthos for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Zakynthos?

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  • Laganas Beach: 1,259 vacation rentals
  • Zakynthos Port: 1,269 vacation rentals
  • Alykes Beach: 1,410 vacation rentals
  • Tsilivi Beach: 1,371 vacation rentals
  • Shipwreck Beach: 1,730 vacation rentals

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Can I rent Villas in Zakynthos?

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  • Bungalows: 54 rentals available

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