Contessa Hotel

Framed by mountains and clear-blue Ionian Sea, the family-run Hotel Contessa enjoys a quiet location among pine trees and olive groves. Expect a typically warm Greek welcome and genuine hospitality throughout your stay as you make the most of its services and bright, spacious rooms. You’ll soon embrace its calm and relaxing atmosphere, lounging on the terrace by the large swimming pool, while the children enjoy their own swimming pool, playground and entertainment. There’s a stone-built bar for drinks and snacks during the day, and in the evening, enjoy laid-back barbecues and its sea view restaurant.

Overview of Argassi

In the foothills of Mount Skopos, surrounded by pine forests, lemon trees and wildflowers, is Zante’s oldest town, Argassi. On the tip of Vasilikos peninsula, it has views that stretch along the beach and offers many shops and lively tavernas. It’s the ideal spot for your holidays to Zante – just 4km from the island’s capital, Zante Town and 6km from the airport.

Things to do in Argassi

You’ll be forgiven for wanting to soak up every bit of this peaceful paradise, but there’s lots to see and visit in Argassi beyond Hotel Contessa. There’s a big sand-and-shingle beach lined with bars and plenty of fun to be had on the water, with banana boats, snorkelling, water-skiing and pedalos. Join a cruise to Smuggler’s Cove, accessible only by boat. And catch the train for a ten-minute trip to Zante Town to stroll along its harbour and among its ornate Orthodox churches. Combine the calm and friendly Hotel Contessa with the breath-taking scenery and lively atmosphere of Argassi, and you’ve got the making of an amazing family holiday.

Resort Summary

Argassi combines some of the best features of the other resorts on the island, enjoying a good variety of bars, restaurants and shops while maintaining its rural beauty and Greek charm. The main centre of town feels quite compact, which gives it a lively atmosphere, and there is always something going on in one of the many beach bars. The town centre revolves around one main road, making it very easy to find everything you may need during your stay.

The resort is a great base from which to explore the rest of the island on your holidays to Zante, and you’ll find plenty of local tour operators offering a multitude of excursions. Choose from hiking in the mountains and valleys on foot, to jumping in a 4×4 and going cross country. You’ll find adrenalin-pumping watersports down at the beach and opportunities to explore local caves and islands on regular boat cruises.

If you fancy a change of scenery, Zante Town is a ten-minute drive away, where you’ll find beautiful, Venetian architecture and ornate Orthodox churches dotted around busy squares. Here you can spend an afternoon strolling down to the scenic harbour and dining in an authentic taverna, sampling fresh seafood caught that day before heading back to your tranquil resort in the evening.