Zakinthos, also known by its Italian name, Zante, is an incredibly scenic island most famous for a shipwreck that’s become the island’s symbol. Splashed across countless postcards and viral images on the Internet, it lies in a breathtaking cove on the pristine white sands of Navagio, or Shipwreck Beach, framed by strikingly turquoise waters. There are many beautiful beaches for swimming and other water sports, while Zante Town boasts a thriving local arts scene and a wide range of cultural and historical attractions.

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Zakinthos At A Glance

Population of Zakinthos Island 40,759

What to See in Zakinthos Island 
Shipwreck (Navigio) Beach, Castle of Zakynthos, monasteries and historic churches; museums like the Solomos Museum dedicated to the poet Dionysios Solomos, swimming, and other water sports

Towns or islands to visit near Zakinthos Island Kefalonia, Ithaka, Lefkada

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Things to do in Zakinthos

Shipwreck Beach Zakinthos

Visit Shipwreck Beach

Accessing the sands of Zakinthos’ most famous beach can only be done by boat, although it is possible to view it from a platform on the cliffs above by land. For the best experience take a boat tour from Zante/Zakinthos Town or Agios Nikolaos. These excursions usually include a stop at the Blue Caves too and last anywhere from four to eight hours. Once there, you can enjoy sunbathing, swimming, exploring the wreck and capturing photos of its striking beauty.

Watersports, kayaking in Greece

Water sports

One of the most popular things to do on Zakinthos is to take advantage of the many opportunities for water sports. Banana Beach on the southeast part of the island in Vasilikos is one of the most popular when it comes to activities on the water offering jet skiing, banana boat rides, paddleboarding, kayaking, swimming and more. There are also opportunities for outstanding diving and parasailing.

Zakynthos town, Greece

Explore Zante/Zakinthos Town

The main town on the island was reconstructed in traditional Venetian-style following the massive earthquake in 1953 that destroyed much of it. Today it’s a wonderful place to wander, watch the fishing boats along the waterfront, enjoy the thriving local arts scene, museums and historic sites. The Byzantine Museum is a must-visit, housed within a stunningly restored building on the central part of the waterfront. Filled with ecclesiastical art, nearly everything here was rescued hereby volunteer sailors after the earthquake. It exhibits everything from beautiful frescoes arranged in a replica of the 16th-century St. Andreas monastery and entire church interiors.