LET’S GO ON A SUMMER HOLIDAY
This past month, me and my parents went on our yearly Summer holiday. As my mum works in a school (my old high school to be precise) and my dad can only get specific dates off, we always go on our Summer holiday in August. This means that both my dad and my birthday fall on most of our holidays, so we have to make each holiday extra special. This year we we’re unsure on where to go as previously we went on a trip to a few U.S cities in 2015 (read my NYC guide here and my Las Vegas guide here) and wanted a more chilled out holiday this year. We had a look around and a few people mentioned that the Greek Islands were the nicest (and cheapest) places to visit this year. We decided on Zakynthos (also known as Zante) as it was a relatively short flight and looked absolutely stunning from the photos. Below I’ll talk about some of the best places to see in Zakynthos.
WHERE I STAYED?
Our hotel, the Ariadne Hotel was in the beach resort of Tsivili, around 20 minutes from the island’s airport. Tsivili is really popular with young families and vacationing friends lusting for a slice of paradise. One thing I will say first of is, Zakynthos is beyond hot. It’s absolutely boiling. August is the hottest month to travel to the Greek Islands and my god this trip really drove that home to me. With temperatures hitting over 40 degrees celsius at 7pm at night… yeah it was not good. However, that was the only negative of the whole holiday as the place itself was absolutely stunning. I wanted to give a run down of some of my favourite places on the Island and some tips on where to eat/go if you ever visit!
MY FAVOURITE PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK.
My hotel the Ariadne Hotel was set up a small hill about 2/3 minutes from the beach. One of my favourite places to visit wasn’t actually the beach, it was the viewpoint from the Zante View Hotel. You can find Zante View around 700 metres from the centre of Tsivili town. With stunning views of Laganas and Zakynthos Aiport, you can sit with a cocktail whilst watching the Greek sunset, it’s beyond beautiful. It’s quite a walk to see the view however the view it completely worth it. In Tsivili there is some of the best restaurants on the Island with my top 2 places to eat being:
- The Olive Tree, I ate here over 4 times on my trip as It was just so great. I’d highly recommend the Pork as it’s possibly one of my favourite meals I’ve ever eaten. The service is impeccable and the owner was incredibly friendly. It was perfect.
- The Boomerang Beach Bar, I ate here around 2/3 times as it was the perfect place to enjoy the sunset and to grab a quick snack when laying on the beach as it was right at the centre of the beach.
THE BEST PLACES TO SEE IN ZAKYNTHOS
We hired a car on my birthday, August 17th and traveled around the whole Island for the day. We stopped off at Zante town, which is one of the most prettiest towns I’ve ever seen. It’s fully of winding back streets with Greek Taverna’s and local bars calling out for tourists to venture into there. After Zante Town we ventured down towards Cameo Island. Cameo Island is an island open to the public where you have to pay a fee of €5 to gain access to it. The €5 euro however allows you to have a free drink of your choice so it’s nothing to worry about. The island is a hotspot for weddings and celebrations as it’s absolutely stunning with views out on Turtle Island, Laganas and the rest of Zakynthos.
Of course, when you visit Zakynthos you have to make the trip to go to Shipwreck Cove. Shipwreck Cove is beyond stunning, with such crystal blue waters surrounding it you can either get their by boat and see it from below or drive to it. We drove to it as we wanted to see it from above, and we certainly didn’t regret this choice. It’s somewhere you have to go to if you visit Zakynthos.
So there we have it. My round up of my Summer 2017 trip to Zakynthos, Greece. Including my favourite places to see and eat. Where did you go on holiday this year? Let me know below! If you want to read about some of the great outfits I wore on this holiday, read my blog post all about that here now!