Also known as “Zante Town”, Zakynthos City boasts some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in Greece. The thriving port town is characterised by traditional Venetian-style architecture and provides the perfect base for discovering the island’s secluded caves, white cliffs and magnificent seafood.
Things to see
Spend an afternoon exploring the Byzantine Museum, set in a beautiful neoclassical building in Dionysios Solomos Square. The museum houses a tremendous collection of religious art recovered in the immediate aftermath of the 1953 earthquake. Afterwards, stroll along the waterfront towards the Church of St Dionysios and admire its opulent interior and impressive frescoes.
Those seeking panoramic views can hike to the ancient remains of Bochali Castle, which rests atop a hill overlooking Zakynthos City. Wander amongst the imposing Venetian castle walls to discover medieval remains, including a preserved stone vaulted prison and gunpowder room.
Don’t leave Zakynthos City without witnessing the spectacular scenery of the rugged west coast, where lofty limestone cliffs plummet to surreal turquoise waters. Embark on a sailing trip to the famous Shipwreck Cove at Navagio Beach. Here you can swim in the crystal-clear water, take a dinghy into the Blue Caves and enjoy a local seafood feast at a traditional mountainside tavern.
Keen for a close encounter with local marine life? Join a turtle spotting tour and enjoy a relaxed afternoon cruise to Laganas Bay and Marathonisi Island, where you witness local loggerhead sea turtles swimming and feeding in their natural environment.
Getting around Zakynthos
Cars and motorcycles are available to rent at Zakynthos International Airport, a 15-minute drive or taxi ride away. Zakynthos City has an extensive network of buses and boats for exploring the island, while the city itself is easy to navigate on foot.