Good friends of ours are getting married in September and they wanted to celebrate both their bachelors parties in Zakynthos. Not a problem for this group of friends! In no time a date was arranged and we boarded the plane with ten men and nine women, heading for Greece. We had booked our rental cars in advance. We stayed in the south in four cottage villas with a nice pool and an outdoor kitchen. In short, everything we needed at hand.
Travelling on Zakynthos is best done by car. If you are more adventurous, you can rent a quad. Take into account "long" travel times as you only drive an average of 40 km/h on curling roads.
The island has a warm and dry climate and is surrounded by the Ionian sea that turns in the most beautiful shades of blue. Be sure to take a boat to admire the island from the sea. You can also easily rent a boat, even without a license.
The center and the south of the island are quite touristic. The north is a bit quieter with idyllic roads along fields of olive trees. You can also buy olive oil, herbs and organic products here at various places along the way. Definitely worth stopping for souvenirs.
From north to south take into account to be approximately 1.5 hours on the road.
✶ Visit the countless beautiful bays and beaches:
✶ Search for turtles
Fun fact: our return flight was almost canceled, because normally no planes are allowed to depart from the island after 10 pm. The turtles get too much stress from the lights of the planes, so they don't want to lay eggs.
✶ Take a boat trip around the island
✶ Visit Navagio viewpoint, for a beautiful view of the ship wreck and the bay
My favorite spots to eat on the island:
✶ Nobelos: A wonderful restaurant with the best cocktails and the best view
✶ Porto Roma, for a nice piece of fish
✶ Tropix Beach for cocktails and dinner in a romantic setting
✶ Porto Limnionas Tavern
✶ Mythos restaurant
Do you want to surprise your other half with a romantic date? Go horse riding along the beach during sunset. We did this activity with all the girls during the bachelorette’s day and were really pleasantly surprised. Laganas Horse riding center superbly guided us and even without experience you can go and enjoy a ride.
To be honest, Zakynthos is not immediately a destination that we ourselves would choose as a holiday destination. The island is just a little too tourist oriented and we are just a little too adventurous. But it is a beautiful island to explore with your partner, family or friends, to spend a week out and just enjoy the food and to fully relax.
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