Taking a Summer Holiday to Greece

greeceSummer holidays – to me, the perfect summer destination would have blue sea, sparkling sun, things to see and do, and a laidback vibe. Let’s discuss Zante.

I say this, because Zante, or Zakynthos, has all the above and more. The third largest Ionian island in Greece has perfect summer temperatures, soaring to a sultry 32 degrees, with low rainfall all summer. The Greeks are extremely hospitable and will go out of their way to make your time on the island memorable.

Reaching this not-so-far-flung island has never been easier, with flights from the UK regularly throughout summer. Your holiday is made easier with added extras, such as Luton Airport Parking if you’re flying from a smaller airport, or for those heading from central London, try Gatwick parking, to save all important Euros.

The south of the island attracts the most visitors, with its sublime beaches. The most popular resort is Laganas in the south-west. Here you find raucous nightlife – perfect for those who like to party. Shops, restaurants, bars, clubs and hotels line the resort with its famous long beach. Keep in mind that water-sports are banned here, due to the protected area in place for the endangered caretta-caretta turtle.

For a twin-centre holiday of loud and quiet, jump on the regular bus to Agios Sostis, just next door.

zante_zakynthos_greeceActually an island off an island, Agios Sostis is joined by a wooden bridge, separated thanks to an earthquake many years ago. This is a good resort for those seeking a quieter break, and fantastic for families. It also provides a great base for those who want to experience the nightlife of Laganas, without staying in the middle.

The capital of the island is Zakynthos town, a picturesque area, re-built after a major earthquake in the 50’s. The town has two main squares – Dionysios Solomos and Saint Mark Square. For a taste of the old town, Dionysios is the place to go. This area is also home to the resting place of the Patron Saint of the island, at the Church of Saint Dionysios.

Saint Mark Square plays host to a cathedral, a rare sight on an island. The architecture here dates back as far as the Venetian period, with a fortress located just above the town, offering breathtaking panoramic views. There are many quaint, traditional shops, with something a little different to take home, and the chance to try some traditional Greek cuisine, such as delicious fried calamari.

Think of a postcard picture to sum up Zante – it probably features Smuggler’s Cove. This is a stunning beach with blinding white sand, and sea so turquoise blue, it’s hard to believe. Situated in the north-west, reach this famous landmark by boat, and many trips are on offer. A visit to Zante wouldn’t be complete without it.

Another popular spot in the north-west is the Blue Caves. The cliffs are actually pure white, but the reflection from the sea makes them look blue. If you’re heading to Smuggler’s Cove, this hotspot is definitely worth a visit too, with a great opportunity for snorkelling.

This paradise island is so easy to reach, it would be a crime not to visit. UK airport extras can be booked to make life easier, and eliminate holiday stress, try Birmingham Airport Parking when flying from the midlands, with no need for expensive airport taxis.

So throughout the dreary British winter, keep in mind the postcard image of Smuggler’s Cove, and your visit to Zante will be here before you know it.

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