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Zakynthos: the insider's guide to its hidden gems

Ionian islands ● Zakynthos ● 09 September 2017

Zakynthos is an island with top touristic facilities, organised beaches and thousands of visitors every year that book a room in a hotel in Zakynthos in order to live its vivid nightlife and swim in its crystal waters. However, Zakynthos has also many hidden gems that only locals can reveal. With these insider's tips, you can discover authentic Zakynthos and spend some days in really wonderful places away from the mass tourism. Even in September, Zakynthos is an excellent place to spend vacations for every taste. Plus, during the off-season, you can find special accommodation deals in Zakynthos.

Zakynthos is like two islands. One with its eastern coast with sandy, shallow shores, and the other with its western coast that is wilder and more beautiful, with impressive mountains and steep cliffs that drop into the sea. Of the many stunning beaches in Zakynthos, off-the-beaten-path choices are Limnionas on the western coast, the pebbly Makris Gialos and Dafni for a morning swim. Another nice choice is Marathias, which is a pebble beach with rocky outcrops near the picturesque village of Keri with its magnificent sunset.

Sunset from Keri

Korakonisi is a rocky and wildly beautiful spot, with natural pools etched into the rock, which can be reached through a difficult path that starts at the end of the road after Agios Leontas.

In Zakynthos Town, a lovely walk is at Dionysios Solomos Square, with its local shops, the cafés and the restaurants, and from there to Psiloma and to the Venetian Castle in Bochali, where the view of Zakynthos Town from above is simply breathtaking.

Dionysios Solomos Square

Zakynthos Town has also many other worthwhile spots, such as Agios Markos Square and the Museum of Dionysios Solomos and other Eminent Zakynthians, which is located there, as well as the town's Byzantine Museum.

If you want to head away from the crowds and the popular side of the island, Vassilikos is a top option as it combines natural attractions and beautiful beaches. Pretty is also Agios Nikolaos Volimon, a small and isolated harbour on the northern coast.

The highland village of Kiliomenos has quality taverns to taste the culinary specialty of Zakynthos, rabbit in the oven. In this village, you can also go for a horse ride. In Portokali restaurant in Argasi, you should definitely taste mushroom risotto, a dish which is very famous in Zakynthos.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Zakynthos, Greece Varres Hotel
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Varres Hotel
Mpohali, Zakynthos Town, 29100 Zakynthos, Greece

Hotel Varres is located on Bochalis Hill, just 1.2 km away from the city center of Zakynthos. Zakynthos Airport is 4 km away from Varres.