#3. Snorkel at a magical sea cave
On Zakynthos’ southwest coast, close to the village of Keri, lies a row of dramatic sea caves, opening directly onto a crystal clear turquoise seabed. It’s possible to visit the caves as part of an organized excursion, but you’d best rent a boat and go independently. You can swim around the caves and snorkel or dive to gaze at the amazing lighting effects of the sun reflecting through the water and onto the cave walls.
On the northern tip of the island, lies Cape Skinari, where you’ll find a staggering spectacle, called Blue Caves. Inside the caves, the bright blue sea reflects the sky’s color, which is then mirrored off the rocks, thus creating magical azure and sapphire flashes. You can visit the Blue Caves in a small glass-bottom boat, departing from Agios Nikolaos.
#4. Learn about the endangered Caretta Caretta (Loggerhead) sea turtle
On Zakynthos’ southeast coast, the wide and shallow bay of Laganas, is home to several blissful stretches of sandy beach. Since the 1980s, it has been the island’s top resort, with budget accommodation and frenzied nightlife, attracting young visitors in search of sea, sun, and fun.
However, locals are now being encouraged to develop eco-tourism here, as this is the breeding area for the endangered loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta Caretta). This timid creature lays its eggs in the sand during summer, and there is an estimated number of 1,300 turtles living around the bay. In 1999, the Zakynthos National Marine Park was founded to protect the turtle and limit access to certain areas of the beach during nesting season. If you want to learn more about it, you can visit the park’s exhibition center, at the beach’s east end.
#5. Partake in the Easter celebrations
Orthodox Easter celebrations in Zakynthos bear their own character, featuring ancient customs and an exceptional rite as far as religious ceremonies go. These celebrations are considered to be a unique and unforgettable experience for both locals and visitors.
Their highlight spectacle occurs during Christ’s Resurrection. At the first chime of the bell, the Bishop lets fly white doves, while clay vessels are thrown onto the streets by all the island’s inhabitants, creating a charming havoc!
We are certain you will truly enjoy your stay in wonderful Zakynthos. Just bear some patience and lots of sunscreen!