Cheap Flights to Zakynthos
- Area Total : 405.55km² (156.58 sq mi)
- Area Code : (+30) 26950
- Currency : Euro
- Population Total : 40,759 (2011)
- Official Language : Greek
- Time Zone : UTC+2
- Airport : Zakynthos International Airport (ZTH)
‘ZTH’ located near to the town of Kalamaki does not allow aircraft to take-off or land from 22h00 to 05h00. Transport for passengers comprises car rental and taxis that take between 10 and 15 minutes to the city. ‘Avis/Budget’ and ‘Hertz/Thrifty’ are located in the arrival hall and taxis are situated outside the Terminal building. Note that taxis may charge an added levy for additional luggage.
From Cape Town International Airport travellers can fly to ‘ZTH’ with the following airlines, with one plus stops:
- Air Namibia, Austrian (via Windhoek, Frankfurt, Salzburg) 18h 55m+
- British Airways (via London) 19h 10m+
- Lufthansa (via Frankfurt) 19h 15m+
- KLM, Olympic (via Amsterdam, Athens) 19h 40m+
- Turkish (via Istanbul) 20h 10m+
- Swiss (via Geneva) 20h 35m+
- Air France (via Paris) 20h 55m+
- South African (via Johannesburg) 21h 35m+
- Emirates (via Dubai) 22h 35m+
- Qatar Airways (via Doha) 1d 1h+
Additional airlines flying to ‘ZTH’ include:
- Adria Airways
- Air Berlin
- Air Bucharest
- Air Serbia
- Blue Air
- Blue Panorama
- Corendon Dutch
- EL AL
- SAS Scandinavian
- Sky Express
- Wizz Air
Reasons to Visit Zakynthos:
- Nicknamed the ‘Flower of the East’ by the Venetians, the Greek island of Zakynthos also known as Zante (Italian) is a prised summer destination of utopia that attracts visitors with its abundance of silky-smooth beaches, inviting crystal clear waters, sheer cliffs, flower covered hillsides, forests, old rustic mountain villages, magnificent pieces of artwork, olden buildings, museums and more. Enjoy scuba diving, sailing, horse riding, mini golf, have fun at ‘Tsilivi Water Park’ or take a refreshing boat excursion around the island. There are marvellous half or full day tours that include Turtle Spotting, seeing the amazing ‘Blue Caves’ or visiting Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games.
- Located in the Ionian Sea and part of the Ionian Islands, Zante is a harbour city and the capital that’s had settlements at least, from the Paelolithic Age. Zante affords an absolutely fascinating, tumultuous history of battles, rebellions and sieges. Causing total destruction was the great earthquake of 1953 that left only three buildings standing, and in 2006, a further series of quakes occurred with the aftermath of wildfires.
- The island offers accommodation that includes resorts, top-class and budget hotels, luxury villas, holiday rentals, camping facilities and youth hostels. For dining out or quick delicious snacks, besides eateries within hotels, there are plenty of restaurants and street vendors waiting for you to discover mouth-watering meals Zante has to offer. Some restaurants serve free starters of bread and sauces but try the most popular and famous dishes of Souvlaki and Gyros. A welcoming tavern-café is ‘Allegro’ located at Keri’s Village Square that affords a different menu daily of home-cooked Greek specialities, local wine, iced coffee and on summer evenings, live music. Savour a gourmet Greek meal at ‘Prosilio’ that serves only dinner at A Latta 15. Highly rated is ‘Taverna Stavros’ for lunch or dinner that has a menu offering a variety from omelettes to grilled fish along with spectacular views from multi-level terraces. For great Italian fare, ‘Avli’ serves mostly wholesome vegetarian dishes. It’s located at Rizospaston 15 and opens from midday.
- The resort of Argassi has plenty to offer for a late night out, but the heart of Zante’s boisterous nightlife is Laganas with over 50 music bars, clubs and pubs that pulsate until sunrise from May to September. ‘Pure Beach Club’ is a high-end nightclub with a variety of international DJs, private cabanas and a swimming pool; at ‘Zoo Club’ indulge in appetizing cocktails, cold beers and great house music; the wine bar of ‘Cava Mezzo’ at Tavoulari 54 offers over 100 labels of Greek wine including a great range of gourmet delights; experiencing the ‘Zante Boat Party’ will not be forgotten with an open bar all night as the boat heads for a Santorini island. Other great places comprise ‘Base Roof Bar’, ‘Rescue Club’, ‘Molly Malones Irish Pub’, ‘Zeros Club’, ‘Waves Snack Bar’, ‘Island Club’ and plenty more!
When to Visit Zakynthos:
Due to the island’s geographical location, it has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers, mild rainy winters and around 300 sunshine days a year. Summer from May to October is the islands busiest period for tourists with the months of June, July and August being the most popular. For a less crowded period and better hotel deals May, September and October are good but some taverns and places may be closed in the first half of May and last half of October. May affords average daytime highs of 26°C, June 36°C, July 38°C, August 40°C, September 30°C and October 25°C.
Places to Visit Zakynthos:
- Not to be missed is the ‘Byzantine Museum’ that displays a superb collection of relics from the Byzantine era to the 19th century, magnificent wood carvings, sculptural works, original frescos from the 15th, 16th and 17th century and two rooms dedicated to magnificent works by artists Doxaras, Koutouzis and Kantouni. Opening hours are every day except Mondays from 08:30 to 15:00.
- ‘Solomos Museum’ dedicated to the national poet, shows off historic furniture, a library, artefacts and a mausoleum with his remains.
- ‘Milanio Maritime Museum’ named after founder Antonis Milanos displays historical remnants of Greek heroes. It’s the largest nautical gallery in the country with exhibits that portray a 4000 year history from Ancient and Byzantine periods to the 1821 Greek Revolution and to the 20th century. Exhibits include watercolours, photographs, ship models, compasses, uniforms, medals and information material.
- ‘Helmi’s Natural History Museum’ is located in the small picturesque village of Agia Marina about 15km from the city. It displays over 1,500 specimens of flora, fauna and sea life of the island including collections of rare birds and fish, mineral rocks and fossils.
- The ‘Cultural and Agricultural Museum’ is located in the small village of Pigadakie in the area of Alykes. Exhibits include traditional history and culture of the island with rare works from the 16th century that include various tools, ancient local handicraft and agricultural equipment related to grain, grapes and olives.
- The ‘Exhibition Centre of National Marine Park’ in Dafni affords visitors a great awareness on loggerhead sea turtles with exhibitions, information material and memorabilia.
- Take in the ruins of ‘Panagía Skopiótissa, a church and monastery below the top of Mount Skopós.
- Founded in the mid-15th century, the Byzantine monument of the ‘Monastery of Panagia Anafonitria’ was dedicated to the Virgin Mary when the Venetians occupied the island. It’s about 25km from the city, close to Volimes.
- Also in the Volimes region, the small ‘Monastery of St. Andreas’ has its splendid wall paintings housed in the ‘Byzantine Museum’.
- Located on Bohali hill, ‘The Venetian Castle’ was built in 1646 AD. It suffered damage during wars and earthquakes and in 1812, under the British Empire, was reconstructed. Much history can be gleaned and within its walls are a number of churches from the 12th and 14th century.
- Situated at Markovitz 1 is the small ‘Church of Agios Dionysios’ built in 1925 that survived the great earthquake and is holds the sarcophagus of St. Dionysios, patron saint of the island.
- ‘Keri’s Lighthouse’ built in 1925 is perched on a cliff edge at Cape Marathia. Take in captivating views especially around sunset. About 20km from the city it’s well worth the experience.
- Beaches are aplenty. ‘Laganas Beach’ around 9km from the city is a long stretch of beach, very popular and cosmopolitan with water sports, restaurants and bars; ‘Xigia Beach’ is indescribably beautiful even with the strange odour of sulphur (from surrounding caves) that is remarkably healthy for arthritis. Parking, umbrellas and sun loungers are available including a canteen; one of the island’s most exquisite beaches is ‘Navagio Beach’ or ‘Shipwreck Beach’ where a famous wreck of 1980 lies in a sandy cove with overlooking cliffs. Accessible only by boat, there are plenty of companies offering trips at low prices. Additional beaches include ‘Gerakas’, ‘Daphne’, ‘St. Nicholas’, ‘Porto roxa’, ‘Makris Gialos’ ‘Alykes’, ‘Bouka’ and more.
Zante’s bus service ‘KTEL’ is situated close to the port and well managed with posted timetables and ticket prices that are cheap. Visitors can reach a great range of destinations by bus. Tickets can be purchased as the bus station or on the bus.
Finding a taxi isn’t difficult with plenty of ranks around including a ‘radio-taxi’ service. Most popular tourist locations have rates that are predetermined and for other destinations, the meter starts at a minimal tariff.
Visitors can rent a boat or take a taxi-boat to visit specific attractions not accessible by other modes of transport. Taxi-boats are situated at the central port.
With a good network of well-constructed roads driving is pleasurable and safe. Always have your driver’s licence with you and use the seat-belts. Rentals include ‘Auto Traffic’, ‘MotorClubZante’ and others.