Home to one of the most photographed beaches in Greece, you'll recognise this cinematic paradise straight away. The sheer limestone cliffs, white sand beaches and clear blue waters have put this southern Ionian island on the map, making Zante one of the most popular Greek islands to visit.
The Venetians nicknamed Zante 'The Flower of the East' with good reason. The island boasts a mild Mediterranean climate, rich vegetation and stunning mountain ranges dotted with traditional villages.
When it comes to resorts in Zante there are a multitude to choose from depending on what you want from your holiday. In the south you'll find the busy commercial resort of Laganas, which is popular with a younger crowd, whereas Kalamaki and Argassi are good options for those with little ones. While the east and south of the island have long stretches of sand and built-up resorts, the west offers a more authentic Zakynthian experience. Limestone cliffs shelter stunning bays serviced by beachside tavernas and clifftop restaurants at the beautiful retreats of Port Vromi and Kampi.
Further north of the commercial centre of Laganas you'll find quieter resorts well suited to families, with good sandy beaches, shallow water and plenty of family-friendly activities. At Tsilivi you'll find a long, wide beach, mini golf, bowling and a selection of international restaurants. The village of Tragaki, nestled into the side of the hills among olive groves and vineyards, is more low key. This spot is home to a handful of laid–back tavernas and music bars, and also has plenty of pretty beaches to choose from.
For a family holiday with a difference, Alykanas has a fantastic selection of activities for everyone. With its wonderful dance festival, long sandy beach and horse-drawn carriages – as well as a fantastic choice of restaurants – you won't want your holiday to end. There's even a shipwreck marooned on the sand.
A 10-minute drive from the island's capital, Argassi sits at the bottom of Mount Skopos with beautiful ocean views. This seaside village on the east coast of Zante offers a great selection of watersports down at the beach – and the shallow water makes it ideal for small children to paddle.
Relax on the white-sand beach and paddle in the warm, transparent water as Mount Skopos towers above. This family-friendly resort offers a wide range of activities suitable for all ages from mini-golf and play areas to boat cruises around the scenic coast where you can discover beautiful caves and secret bays.
The small, traditional and authentic resort of Koukla is a peaceful haven on the southwest coast of Zante offering the ultimate getaway from modern life. You'll find one of the most beautiful golden-sand bays on the island, winding roads – and friendly tavernas serving freshly prepared local cuisine.
This lively resort offers the chance to relax on the white-sand beach by day and enjoy wild parties by night. Laganas also offers historic local tours into the mountains, tranquil boat cruises and a conservation area dedicated to the resident loggerhead turtles.
The charming village of Tragaki offers rural bliss with fantastic walks in luscious scenery. Close to some spectacular beaches, there's easy access to watersports, beach bars and restaurants. Nearby is an excellent theatre and a stunning 15th-century monastery perched on top of the mountain.
Tsilivi is an action-packed, family-friendly resort with white-sand beaches and tranquil, cobalt water. Take advantage of the wide range of watersports available along the idyllic coast or simply lie back and enjoy the gorgeous sunshine and delightful local cuisine from the nearby tavernas.