Zakynthos is an excellent choice to explore the islands lush natural environment, mountains, hills, sandy beaches, secluded coves and numerous traditional villages.
There are many activities suitable for families and all age groups. The more adventurous can enjoy water sports such as jet skiing, paragliding, banana, pedalo, water skiing, etc. You may also rent a boat and explore the coast line at your own pace.
For diving enthusiasts, there is the possibility of visiting the specialized diving centers and enjoy the island’s sea bottom especially on the western coast.
Trekking is also an attractive choice as there are many country roads, villages, hills and trails to explore. Also, in most resorts bicycles are rented at reasonable prices.
The options are endless with many other choices such as horse riding, sailing, tennis, climbing, go kart, mini golf.
The classical tour starts in the morning. The tour passes through the village of Katastari at Alikes, the small beach of Xigia, the mountain village of Volimes, and soon ends at Aghios Nikolas and the Blue Caves. The first stop is at the Blue Caves, and it is an ideal opportunity for a short boat ride. Next is a visit to the mountain villages where you can stroll through traditional narrow streets and discover local products. The main villages at which the excursion stops is the village of Aghios Leon, Maries where you can admire the magnificent sunset. Among the monasteries which you will meet is the Byzantine monastery near Anafonitria where St. Dionysios lived, and the Monastery of St. George. Nearby, you will have the opportunity to admire the spectacular views of Navagio (Shipwreck). When returning, the trip goes through the villages of Kiliomeno and Lithakia.
Boat Cruises are one of the best ways to explore the rugged shoreline of Zante. There are many coves and beaches that are inaccessible by land and a boat cruise is the best way to see them and explore some of them.You can visit the marine park of the Caretta-Caretta sea turtle, and if you are lucky enough you may see turtles swimming in the water. Later on the cruise goes to Marathonisi where there are two marvelous beaches, ideal for swimming. Finally, short cruises departing from various ports of the island, visit the famous caves of Keri.Another alternative route is to visit the famous Shipwreck, a lovely beach for swimming and sunbathing.
The cruise continues to the Blue Caves and Makris Gialos in the northern part of the island. The best time to visit the Blue Caves is in the morning when the sunbeams create stunning colors and reflections in the water and the caves.You can also rent boats and spend your day in the turquoise waters of the island. There are several glass bottom boats that cruise so that you may enjoy watching the sea turtles and the astonishing Zakynthian seabed.
Water Sports & Diving
During your holiday you’ll have also the possibility to rent Jet-ski-bikes to ride the Ionian waves or to follow diving lessons into the deep blue of our sea. Laganas beach is ideal for fitness lovers and water sports.
The island with its idyllic landscapes, lovely sandy beaches, clear blue waters, fantastic caves, wonderful sunsets and mild climate, is ideal for all diving enthusiasts. Have a swim at the wide sandy beaches in the company of sea turtles, enjoy snorkelling or scuba diving between rocks and in underwater caves.
There are many diving centers on the island for divers of every level of experience. The experience of underwater photography is exciting, because underwater visibility reaches 50 meters. And of course diving on the island of Zakynthos gives you the unique opportunity to observe the rare Caretta Caretta sea turtle and the Monachus Monachus seal monk in their natural habitats.
If you are keen on horse riding and would like to enjoy the landscape on horseback, you won't be hard-pressed to find stables to accommodate you. There are signs almost everywhere advertising a nearby stable, so just keep your eye out for them and you won't have to look too long, alternatively, ask at the reception desk of your hotel and they will try to help you with your request. Whether you want to go along a beach, trek through the hills and olive groves or even along one of the many country lanes, horse riding is one of the best ways to explore them. There is a variety of horse riding farms around Zakynthos, near all of the main resorts.
An original way to have fun in your free time, even if you are in Zakynthos with your family, is to visit Formula Zante Go Kart located in the southern part of the island, on the way from Kalamaki to Laganas. Let your adrenaline rush and have a truly unforgettable experience. In these facilities you will find go cart cars for adults and children as well as double go cart cars so that you can enjoy a ride with your little friends.
The versatile rural images, the superb olive groves and the unique sites of Zakynthos put together the ideal natural scenery for hiking. Discover unknown beauties and impressive places while working out. You can take the old Venetian path connecting Zakynthos town with the Bohalis Venetian fortress and once you reach the top of the hill, you can enjoy the unobstructed view of the port. For a more challenging experience, follow the Anafonitria-Agios Gerasimos Cave path going through mountain sides and offering the chance to take a look at Navagio form high above. An equally demanding path is the one from Ano Vilimes to Faros (6.5km), during which you can observe the various kinds of Mediterranean vegetation as well as enjoy the majestic view from the lighthouse of Kefalonia and the Ionian sea.
Zakynthos is an island full of cycling routes for those who love to explore during their holiday, as the versatile scenery of the island is ideal for touring on two wheels that will be truly unforgettable. During your stay on the island, you can enjoy cycling in the green woods at Volimes, or go mountain cycling from Keri to the famous lighthouse and Keri Lake or Gyri, one of the most traditional villages in Zakynthos. If you are truly sporty, go around the National Sea Park, cycling among olive trees or –why not?– try cycling around the whole island.
Zante Park and Galaxy Hotel are both bike friendly hotels.
Sailing gives you the opportunity to embark on any beach you want and you may customise your own program without any limitation in time. Sailing the turquoise waters of the island, you will discover secluded coves, caves, islands, well hidden beaches and unique natural beauties that only by boat can you are able to approach. Along with the ride and learn the function of a sailing boat to combine leisure cruise sailing lesson.
If tennis is your passion and you want to play during your holiday in Zante, there are a number of options available to you. Also, for those of you who are thinking of taking up tennis and never found the free time at home, why not take advantage of the opportunity to arrange a programme of starter lessons with our experts to get you off to a good start. This is a great way to keep fit during your Zakynthos island holiday. In Zakynthos there are several tennis courts where you can exercise.
Zante Paintball is a unique field and is located in Kalamaki.
The physical component of the area combined with the interventions that have been made create a unique field of action and expansion. Slopes have a variety of different levels, and are suitable to accommodate those who have the desire and interest to an alternative way of entertainment, a park very close to Laganas. Mini Golf
An ideal place to spend your holiday or evening enjoying beautifully and professionally designed courses, situated in Zakynthos, beautifully landscaped with gardens, ponds, rivers, waterfalls, fountains. With easier and more difficult courses, it is a pleasant experience which provides a challenge for all ages and also fun for the whole family.