Off the Beaten Path: Why You MUST Visit Zakynthos, Greece!

 
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As you probably know by now, I had an AMAZING trip to Greece last fall! I spent a glorious week in Santorini, a fun couple of days in Athens and now we are driving mainland Greece working our way slowly up to Thessaloniki.

After driving from Athens to Olympia, we took a break and hopped on a ferry to Zakynthos. It is off the beaten path, but this is why you MUST visit Zakynthos, Greece!

Arriving

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We took a ferry from the mainland port of Kyllini to Zante, the main port for the Greek Ionian island of Zakynthos.

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Taking roughly an hour, the ferry ride is comfortable with indoor seating, restrooms and a snack bar.

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Arriving into Zante, we were met with breathtakingly beautiful scenery…

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Look at those colorful buildings!

On The Island

Navagio Beach

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Once we got onto the island, we headed straight to Navagio Beach.

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Also known as Shipwreck Beach, Navagio Beach is an exposed cove that is sometimes called “Smugglers Cove“.

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It has been called the most beautiful beach in Greece. I’m sure you can see why!

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After walking out along the top of the cliff and looking over the edge, this is what we found! A second “hidden” beach with white sand! This place was truly like being in a dream. You mean these kinds of places DO exist?? ๐Ÿ™‚

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From a different angle, the water looks like it has a shark in it! See it? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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This is where I got brave, but I really wanted this photo!

Disclaimer: Again, I am not recommending getting this close to the edge!

Driving Discoveries

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Once we left Navagio Beach, Alex, our driver from Hellenic Private Tours took us to some of his favorite places on the island. One of these included a gazebo with this little overlook to the left of it. I loved the colors of the water against the rock formation. It almost has a textured look to it!

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At our next stop, we saw goats. Because I love wildlife, I had to get a view of them closer up without the fence in the way! One of them seemed unfazed, but this one was giving me a look as if to say “Trying to eat here…do you like to be stared at while you eat?” ๐Ÿ™‚

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Afterwards, Alex showed us the Cliffs of Keri in Keri Village.

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It also has some amazing views and is a great place to watch the sun set!

Returning to the Mainland

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The next day, we headed back to port.

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There, we ate our favorite, souvlaki!

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After lunch, we took the ferry back to the mainland. I knew I was going to miss these views and I was right!

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Now, do you see why you MUST go to Zakynthos??

what to see zakynthos greeceThank you to Amanda for taking these photos of me.

While I admit it might not be the easiest place to get to, it is most definitely worth it to spend the time getting there. These are once-in-a-lifetime views!!

I would love to hear your thoughts on Zakynthos if you have been or even if you haven’t! I hope these photos inspire you to go! As always, I’d love to hear from you!

‘Til next time…

Trimm Travels,

Heather

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3 Comments

  1. What a beautiful blog! These pictures are amazing! I can’t believe you ran into goats, how funny!
    How did you get around on the island? Would you recommend, like others do, to rent a car to get around more easily – or is public transport okay?

    Kim

    1. Hi Kim-Thank you so much, I am so happy you like it!!! Yep, goats, so funny! We got around with a private driver that I would highly recommend. He went above and beyond as a driver, tour guide, protector, etc. Even climbed rocks to help me climb up when my ankle was bothering me. 2 years later, I call him a friend! You are welcome to email me for more information. I’m not positive on public transportation on the island to be honest. I would look into it! Renting a car is doable although when we were there, there were some routes that were closed and Alex (our driver) had to figure out how to get around that. I will look at that article and let you know. Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Hi Kim, I read that article you sent and they do recommend renting a car. I think it’s totally doable from what I saw, I just can’t really comment on the experience since we didn’t personally do it. As for public transportation, I didn’t see much of that either which is why it didn’t jog my memory so it makes sense where they said there didn’t seem to be any. I hope that helps? ๐Ÿ™‚

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