03 May THE BLUEST SIX: TOP 6 ZAKYNTHIAN BEACHES
Dubbed as the home of the national Greek poet, Dionysios Solomos, Zante boosts a dozen of fabulous beaches, unique azure waters and of course the very famous, Caretta – Caretta turtles.
Family vacationers, couples and bachelors alike will find the ambience and natural landscape of Zakynthian beaches mesmerizing. After all, it couldn’t be by accident that this iconic Mediterranean island has been considered among the most popular yachting destinations in Greece and worldwide.
Benefiting from the calmness of its waters and its unique natural, green lush harbours, Zakynthos is the perfect place to get away from it all – especially if you are choosing to stay on board.
To help devoted clients and newcomers navigate themselves through the complex landscape of countless of Zakynthian beaches, we have compiled a list of the best places to sun lounge, swim, sip a cocktail or even lunch – right next to the sea. The Zante’s Bluest Six.
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Shipwreck of Zakynthos or Navagio beach is the No 1 Zakynthian sight, even if someone does not have the chance to dive in its special sea water, they must definitely admire it from above.
Navagio is an amazing beach surrounded by wild rocks with rich vegetation. The sand is soft and golden while the sea water is often painted with different shades of blue, due to the numerous sulfur springs existing in the caves around the beach that release big quantities of sulfur during the anosis times, giving you the chance for colourful photographs.
The beach is accessible only by the sea. There are a lot of boats leaving daily from Zakynthos port, Laganas Gulf and Alykes that sail around the island- but private tours may even be arranged via Le Concierge.
The Blue Caves are also one of the most popular and advertised attractions of the island.
Their name is due to the particular reflections of the water in the caves and you can visit many of them with a small- medium boat whereas the others are to be visited only by expert swimmers and divers.
The Blue Caves consist of particular geologic formations giving life to a succession of caves along the North-West coast of the island.
Visiting is possible through specially organized tours, curated by Le Concierge.
The Marathonisi – or turtle island is a small, secluded sand uninhabited island with scarce natural beaches and rich marine life. The island is famous due to its unique capacity is a birth home of the Caretta, caretta turtles, flocks of which visit the island to nest their eggs on the islands sany beaches. There are no shops, hotels or restaurants at Marathonisi which is why taking along all necessary equipment is required prior to a visit to the island.
Visiting Marathonisi is possible via private boat tours organized by Le Concierge.
Keri Caves, accessible only by sea with private boats or tourist excursions, develop along the promontory of Marathia Cape, in the South-West area of the island.
Along the coast there are many caves which entrances scarcely suffice to get in swimming, others are broad enough to enter directly with a boat.
It is very easy to reach the caves that are surmounted by cliffs where the sea is very deep and as such reachable.
While visiting the caves it is possible to stop to swim or sunbathe in one of the many small beaches of Marathia Cape or to reach by boat the Mizitres.
Porto Limionas is one of Zakynthos most mysterious and undiscovered beach destinations.
To get there you have to pass through the mountain village of Agios Leon and from there following the signs, driving down a recently asphalted road running down to the sea and ending in a small square where you can park.
From there getting down a few steps carved in the rock, you reach a real fiord stupefying the visitor for the clearness and colours of the waters.
It is easy to imagine that in this place there are no many tourist facilities, only recently two terraces with loungers and umbrellas have been created but are not always enough for the request.
Gerakas is the southern beach of the island and for sure one of the most beautiful. It consists of a long sand tongue ending in a small promontory Geraka diving in the sea.
The promontory is very famous since it is entirely made of clay and in the past was used by tourists for regenerating “clay therapy”. The sandy beach of Gerakas is often chosen for swimming and sunbathing. It is actually a large cove with crystalline waters and golden sand.
Some rock formations are scattered on the seashore offering a feeling of protection and isolation. The beach of Gerakas is one of the finest examples of the enchanting landscape and the natural beauty that characterize the island of Zakynthos.