Water Park Fun at Zante Water Park
This relatively small water park on the island of Zante is great for a day out. Enough to do to keep you occupied but not huge like other parks i've been to.
Particulary enjoyed the slides in the photo even though one was fairly terrifying!! Be warned we saw a man nearly come off one slide but that was purely because he was messing about on the inflatable. So follow the rules and all will be fine :)
Small kids area. You have access to the hotel next doors pool which had huge big waves and was great laugh. A good mix of fast slides and smaller ones. My husband doesn't like to go under the water at the bottom of slides and he found plenty to go on.
We took our own food as these places are notorious for being overpriced and lacking in choice.
We went to the park as part of an organised day trip from our hotel but the prices (along with lots of other info) are listed on the website.
- Water Sports
- Family Travel
- Theme Park Trips
DIONYSIOS ART GALLERY
The DIONYSIOS ART GALLERY, Old building (1954) located inside the complex of old buildings GIATRAS MUSEUM in Agalas of Zakynthos Greece, in the old town center opposite the church.Artist Dionysios Giatras has here an ongoing exhibition of paintings, posters, post cards and bookmark paintings his work, during the May and October, very fairly priced with free entrance to all.
Gallery Hours: 10.00 - 14.30 & 17.30 - Sunset, or by appointment, 2695048550, 6978752199
Protected species caretta caretta nest in Zakynthos, but nonetheless, the 9km beach in Laganas bay where the most of their nests are (there are a few on nearby Marathonissi island as well) is crowded by tourists, sunbeds, and all the fuss and noise, even the part without bars and sunbeds that is supposed to be left for turtles. Tourists are irresponsible, they touch little turtles when they hatch out and thus they sign their death penalty as the little ones lose the senses and orientation. There are volunteers taking care of turtles, trying to close the beach at 7.30pm, but it's insufficient. Boats surround a turtle when they spot one and press the horn, tourists yell when it surfaces to take a breath, they just can't live in peace. I understand that tourism = money, but I feel sorry for the poor turtles. They are so used to people, though, one was swimming with me. It was a lovely experience I must admit! But I hope more could be done for their protection.
I think that ever island or a rocky place on the coast has its blue cave. This is the most famous cave area in Zakynthos, even though I preferred Keri caves in the south.
Do not go there by a big speed boat as I did, as you won't be able to get inside the cave, and they don't let you swim there, but somewhere near. Ideal thing would be to rent your own boat or pick a boat trip with a small boat that goes inside the caves.
Navagio - the ship wreck beach
Probably the most photographed spot in Greece together with the Santorini blue rooftops. Accessible only by boat, it's best to visit in the afternoon as it is on the north-western side of the island. In the morning there will be no sun and the colours won't be as exciting.
There are too many people and the atmosphere is too touristy, you can't relax and enjoy the place. but the water and caves and rocks are amazing!
From the The Official Web Site of KIS, the Central Jewish Council of Greece:
"In 1522 there were 30 Jewish families and a Synagogue in the island. Until 1712, the Community had two synagogues, the "Zante" Synagogue and the "Cretan" Synagogue, that took its name after the Jews from Crete who had settled in Zakynthos when Crete was occupied by the Ottomans in 1669. The "Zante" synagogue suffered serious damages during the earthquake that shook the Ionian Islands in 1953; the "Cretan" synagogue is completely ruined today.
During the Nazi Occupation, the Germans asked from the Mayor of the island, Mr Loukas Karrer, and from the Metropolitan Bishop, Chryssostomos, to hand them over the list of the Jews of Zakynthos. Thanks to the strong refusal of these two men to do so, the Jews were rescued, hiding in the remote villages of the island. In a gesture of gratitude, the Jews of Greece erected a monument in memory of the these two brave men in the area of the courtyard of the old Synagogue. One may visit this monument on 44 Tertseti Street.
Today Zakynthos no longer has a Jewish community, but the visitor may visit the cemetery, which is located in the Rouveli area near Bohali."
Hire a car
Hire a car for a few days and visit the mountain villages and out of the way beaches. Very easy island to drive around. We booked a car through our rep and had a car from Hertz at a (we think) a very good special offer, but there are loads of car hire firms in Kalamaki who will do a good deal.
After the Venetians left the island, there was a succession of other occupiers: Russian, French, and finally, the British. After the Venetians, the British stayed the longest. The English Cemetery contains graves from the mid-1800s.
Churches can be fun
Because the island was part of the Venetian Empire for over 300 years, there is a lot of Venetian-influenced architecture. Unfortunately, in 1953, there was a terrible earthquake that levelled the main town. Some churches were rebuilt stone by stone. In some of the villages, the effects of the earthquake weren't as strong and some churches survived.
A lot of people avoid the main town on the island and head to Alikes, Alikanas, Lagana, and other resort areas. Not being a beach person, I like staying in town. (When I was younger, I used to stay at my family's vineyard, but I could afford a hotel now!)
At one end of town is Solomos Square and St. Mark's Square, and at the other side of town is the church of St. Dennis. Connecting these two locations is Strata Marina. It's a street running along the waterfront that has shops, restaurants, and booking offices for ferries to the mainland and Italy.
In Solomos Square there is an incredible museum containing post-Byantine art in the "Ionian School" as well as a library. In St. Mark's Square you'll find a museum of prominent Zakynthians, St. Marks Church (the only Catholic church on the island), and clubs and restaurants.
Having been told that the sunset was best viewed from Keri on the south west of the island. We decided to go in daytime to check out the road which is always a good idea when in Greece. On the way we stopped at a lovely village which was the most traditional that I saw on Zante. An earthquake in 1953 had all but flattened Zante therefor as I say all the towns are relatively new. However when we finally reached Keri we came to a taverna with a terrace, on the terrace is a view point with the most terrific view of the sea and rocks below. If you are afraid of heights (as I am) this is not for you! The taverna was fantastic though good traditional food and very friendly. As for the sunset we decided the road was a bit too much at night .
- Food and Dining
- Family Travel
- Road Trip
all the way round
The boat trip leaves from Zante town. A bus will pick you up where ever you stay on zante, to take you to the port. It is a fantastic boat trip circling the whole island. You can see nearby kefalonia, the blue caves the shipwreck beach(famous picture) high cliffs , deep sea, and also the beautiful coastline scenery that zante has. My camera never stopped clicking, I also managed when trying to capture the caves a small boy only known as our kevin! He would move out of vision and yes when I clicked "our kevin" was there in the picture!!
- Sailing and Boating
No holiday to Zante would be compleat without a trip to smugglers cove. This is the most photographed beach of all the greek islands. Pick up any holiday mag or book on the greek islands and a photo of smugglers cove will be in it. This place is only accesable by boat and it does get very busy. Another thing to take notice of is the depth of the water you only have to go in 3 metres and the water is over your head, also because it is so deep it is also very cold.
- Family Travel
CAPE SCHINARI (BLUE CAVES)
These blue caves are amazing, when the light shines inside on to the water it makes everything turn a deep shade of blue. The best way to see these caves is by boat which you can get from Zante town. The boat trip takes you right round the island in one day, which goes to prove how small the island really is.
- Family Travel
You have got to hire a car, a four wheel drive is advisable, while staying in the resorts is good , drivig up into the mountains is amazing. The views were some of the most beautiful I have ever seen.