Dinner with sunset views
Kampi village offers a couple of authentic Greek tavernas for you to sample exquisite, fresh local cuisine with breathtaking views of the Ionian Sea.
Frequented by locals and visitors alike, The Cross Tavern boasts great sunset views overlooking a huge cross on the cliff edge, close to the Mycenaean Tombs. A well-known temple of local cuisine, you'll find traditional, Zakynthian home-cooked food and plenty of locally produced wine.
The other clifftop option is the Sunset Taverna which, as its name suggests, also offers fantastic views of the coastline and makes for a scenic dinner as the sun goes down. Offering a great selection of seafood, you'll find all the homemade Greek classics too.
Local specialities on offer include rabbit cooked with onions in tomato sauce, homemade bread, olive oil and the locally-produced cheese, ntopio. You'll find fresh salads made with vegetables plucked from village gardens and a variety of grilled meats – and the obligatory Greek classic, moussaka.
Take a stand-up paddleboard tour
Over at Alykes Beach, a 30-minute drive away, you'll find the island's only stand-up paddleboarding school. As the world's fastest growing watersport it's easy to learn, suitable for all ages and, most importantly, a lot of fun.
Paddle Surf Zante offers lessons for the total novice and hires out equipment for the more experienced to explore at their own pace. On top of lessons, the school offers a great choice of tours, from watching the sun rise to exploring hidden coves under the moonlight. Paddleboarding offers a unique way of exploring the coastline and connecting with nature.
The capital Zante Town is less than a 50-minute drive from Kampi, and is where you can explore the historic, commercial centre of the island. Admire the traditional, Venetian-style architecture as you sip a cup of Greek coffee in Solomos Square or visit an authentic taverna and dine with the locals.
In the Medieval square of St. Mark you'll find the Solomos Museum which houses the tombs of Dionysios Solomos and Andreas Kalvos. Over at Solomos Square you'll find The Byzantine Museum of Zakynthos, showcasing an excellent selection of artefacts from various churches that survived the infamous 1953 earthquake. Here you can also jump aboard the tourist train for the ultimate history lesson, ensuring you don't miss any of the impressive sights.
For an unforgettable experience head to Porto Vromi and hop aboard a boat tour to Navagio Beach, where you will find a mysterious shipwreck. The huge, rusty ship sits in the middle of this beautiful, white-sand cove with cliffs towering above. The near-transparent blue waters are perfect for paddling.
From Porto Vromi you'll find much smaller boat tours offering a more personal experience. The port is also the closest to Navagio Beach, taking only 20 minutes to reach the idyllic bay, and if you arrive before noon it's quite possible to avoid the crowds that flock from all over the island.