Last Minute Zakynthos
Zakynthos, or Zante, is a spectacular last-minute escape, offering everything from well-trodden tourist resorts to remote and rugged landscapes. Whatever you choose is up to you – but wherever you go, you’re never far from azure shores. In the west, a rugged coastline of mighty limestone cliffs towers above turquoise waters, while the east is a beach haven of white sands. Sandwiched between the two are plenty of pretty picture-postcard fishing villages to ensnare the senses.
The top 5 things to do last-minute in Zakynthos
1. Zakynthos Town
The vibrant capital of the island is more than just a good night out – it’s a veritable treasure trove of Venetian treasures. The ruined fortress of Kastro is a particularly peaceful area with spectacular views from the ramparts. Other highlights in town include the Museum of Solomos and the Church of St Dionysios, home to a peculiar 400-year-old preserved body.
2. Zakynthos' Bay of Laganas
This spectacular bay on the east of Zakynthos is a beachgoers paradise. However, it's the National Marine Park that is the real treasure. Home to the loggerhead turtle, this coastal oasis is perfect for long hikes followed by lazy beach-bound evenings. If you have time, book a sailing excursion here for specular views of the coast.
On the western coast of Zakynthos, you’ll find the bewitching Navagio Beach. In particular, head to Shipwreck Beach Viewpoint, a favourite of photographers and influencers on social media. It's easy to see why; a pretty beach foregrounds a beached cargo ship providing immensely picturesque scenes. The views are best admired from above.
4. Cape Skinari
On the northern tip of the island, the captivating Cape Skinari offers beguiling views of otherworldly cliff and caves. In particular, the Blue Caves are a must-visit for their ethereal light displays, as the limestone caves ripple blue against the water. This series of breathtaking coastal archways can only be accessed by boat from Skinari.
5. Local cuisine
Zakynthos’ cuisine is delectable, with lively tavernas serving up local delicacies. From fresh seafood and fish, like lobster and squid, to sumptuous salads and unrivalled meat dishes, you’ll be spoilt for choice on Zakynthos. The best food can be found in the coastal villages – so be sure to indulge in the most bustling tavernas in town.
Our best last-minute hotels in Zakynthos
This new and chic minimalist hotel is located close to Tsilivi, a picture-postcard resort with breathtaking beaches. The hotel features a superb swimming complex with water beds and direct beach access. Rooms are spacious with contemporary furnishings and muted colours. What's more, the hotel’s restaurant is a delight with fresh seafood and more inspiring ocean views.
This hotel is located in the secluded and serene Tragaki area, a leafy, sun-kissed village just moments from the beach. The hotel is tastefully decorated with acacia wood tables, bright white and inviting interior spaces and contemporary furnishings. The rooms are equally tranquil, offering sumptuous views and direct access to the pool (with a family room).
With soul searching scenes of the beautiful Ionian Sea and mountains behind, this remote resort on the northern coast is a delight. The hotel grounds are spacious with charming olive and lemon tree groves to explore as you make your way to the private pebble beach. Rooms are finished in a classic Greek style with clean whites and warm bold colours.
With sumptuous olive tree surrounds, this pretty resort lies on a stretch of unspoilt natural coastline not too far from bustling Zakynthos Town. With breathtaking panoramic scenes of the sea from the serene swimming pool complex, it's a decadent and captivating place to unwind in. With hardwood furniture and a sophisticated leather-furnished lounge, there’s a timeless feel to the hotel’s enticing grounds.
This peaceful and pampering resort just east of Tsilivi is a treat for the senses. Centred around an idyllic pool complex with outdoor Jacuzzis and spa facilities, you'll find elegant decor and decadent furnishings throughout. The sophisticated rooms feature plenty of natural light, with delightful balconies for quiet contemplation.
When is the best time to go on a last-minute holiday to Zakynthos?
Zakynthos' Mediterranean climate offers hot dry summers with bustling beaches and long-drawn-out evenings. The weather between June and September is perfect for last-minute escapes - but expect much larger crowds in July. Shoulder seasons in spring and autumn are equally delightful – with cooler temperatures allowing for hikes and coastal walks. Tourist resorts and services wind down, however, so it’s best to be centred near a town during these colder seasons.
Going on holiday in Zakynthos
Most visitors to Zakynthos arrive by air, with direct flights to European destinations like Amsterdam and London, as well as to Athens. You can also take a ferry from the Greek mainland, from ports like Kyllini, for spectacular coastal views on arrival. Once you’ve arrived in Zakynthos, it’s advisable to rent a car. This will allow you to explore the more remote, rugged and resplendent corners of the island at your own pace.
Enjoy your last-minute family holiday in Zakynthos
Zakynthos can be a special last-minute escape for families with children. Home to a captivating shipwreck that's sure to delight the little ones, there are also plenty of family-friendly beaches in Tsilivi, Ambala and Alykes. Zakynthos Town itself features many child-friendly attractions, including a breathtaking castle complex. Most of all, kids are sure to relish in the local loggerhead turtles and other sea life viewable at the Mediterranean Marine Life Centre.
The Voyage Privé travel expert’s opinion on Zakynthos
Zakynthos is an Ionian paradise of white sandy beaches and captivating coastal cliffs. With excellent connections to the mainland and Europe via air and sea, it's the perfect last-minute getaway. Although many are drawn to the island for its sumptuous views and abundant wildlife, they stay for the high-quality and delectable local cuisine rich in olive oil and indulgent cheeses. You’ll find a spectacular variety of luxurious and adventurous hotels here at Voyage Privé to help you book an unmissable last-minute holiday in Zakynthos.