Holidays to Zakynthos Town are spent exploring monuments and museums, relaxing on the beach, and dining in traditional Greek tavernas.
Zante’s capital city
As the capital of Zante, Zakynthos Town is the largest city on the south-east coast. Although it comes with its fair share of bars and restaurants, it’s more low-key than in the island’s well-known party playgrounds. Instead, the focus is on relaxing, culture and sightseeing – museums, Orthodox churches and age-old castles are dotted throughout its compact, grid-like streets.
Days on the beach
Zante has a reputation for good-looking beaches and, although Zakynthos Town’s shoreline is pebbly, it’s no exception to the rule. Park yourself on a lounger and soak up the views of the clear blue waters. If you want to feel the sand between your toes, Argassi Beach is a 10-minute drive away. Or, if you fancy a stroll, you can walk there in under an hour along a scenic coastal path.
An earthquake and fire devastated Zakynthos Town in 1953. You’d never know it these days though, since many of the monuments have been restored to their original glory. Artworks that were recovered from crumbling churches can be found in the Post Byzantine Museum, along with relics dating back to the 16th century.
With a port on the doorstep, exploring is easy from Zakynthos Town. Boat charters shuttle visitors out to the island’s best-known beauty spots, including Shipwreck Beach, Alykes’ Blue Caves, and Marathonisi AKA Turtle Island.
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