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Hello from beautiful Zakynthos! If you’re looking for a European island destination with world famous beaches, crystal blue waters, and photo-worthy sights everywhere you look, add this place to your bucket list. It is the perfect island for every kind of traveler, from groups of friends and couples to families with kids and adults of all ages. Whether you want a fun-filled vacation with watersports and beach activities or you’re looking for the ideal home base for your sailing tour of the Ionian islands, check out a boat rental from Zakynthos for your trip.
Things to do in Zakynthos
Before you set sail for the rest of the must-see destinations in Greece, you have to take advantage of everything there is to do on Zakynthos. You have to make sure you visit Navagio beach (also known as Shipwreck beach), one of the most photographed spots on the entire island. This beach is not accessible by land, so stop by after renting your boat and before setting course for the rest of your week-long sailing vacation in the Ionian sea. The island is adorned with gorgeous white-sand beaches, and the island’s many coves make it ideal for swimming and snorkeling, so if relaxing in the water and on the shore sounds like your perfect vacation, this is the place to be.
You would also want to be sure to check out the local favorites all around the island, like a sunset dinner at Lofos Restaurant for amazing food and views, or the ruins of the Venetian Castle. From delicious food and local charm to historic sites and amazing views, this island has it all.
Renting a boat on Sailo
There’s no better way to explore Greece than by boat, so why not book a boat rental in Zakynthos, conveniently located in the gorgeous Ionian islands? Sailo offers a top selection of yacht charters and boat rentals in Zakynthos, so you have options of sailboats and motor boats to fit your party size, travel dates, vacation must-dos, sailing experience, and other requirements.
Using Sailo’s search filters, you can find your perfect boat rental in Zakynthos for one week or more and take advantage of our 24 hour free reservation period. You can put a hold on a sailboat or motor boat of your choice, modify the reservation, and cancel if needed, all without a credit card requirement within the first 24 hours of booking. Sailo’s customizable yacht charters also allow you to hire a skipper or rent a boat without a captain depending on your experience and needs, add extras like transportation to and from the marina in Zakynthos, and choose to add things like watersport equipment. Sailo’s easy boat rental process will make your Greece vacation planning a breeze.
What to know before you go
Zakynthos is easy to get to from Athens, so we recommend booking your flight to mainland Greece and then flying to the airport on Zakynthos, located on the southern side of the island. Since it’s only a 45 minute flight from Athens, be sure to plan for a few days before or after your boating adventure in the Ionian sea to explore mainland Greece and take in all the history and culture that part of the country has to offer. In case you’re interested in discovering some of the Saronic Gulf by boat, check out our Day trips from Athens guide to learn more.
The best time to visit the Ionian islands is late spring and late summer. Since Zakynthos in particular is one of the most famous destinations in all of Greece (and one of the most highly desired islands in Europe), it is extremely popular among tourists, who tend to visit during the peak summer months of June, July, and August. You’ll likely face some crowds, but don’t let that stop you. The natural beauty, activities, location, and overall atmosphere of this island makes it an amazing place to explore, even if you have to brave the crowds.
One week itinerary sailing from Zakynthos
After spending some time exploring the beautiful island paradise of Zakynthos, it’s time to set sail for your one-week adventure. Start off your trip by relaxing and head for the west coast of Lefkada to see the area’s gorgeous beaches and spend time in the sun. On the next day, head to Corfu, one of the most historic of the Ionian islands, and take in the ancient architectural sites like the Old Fortress. On the days following, set course for Paxos (south of Corfu) for some local bars and dining, Antipaxos to see more amazing beaches, the rugged coastline of Skorpios, and the pebble beaches and crystal waters of Kefalonia. Once you’ve dropped anchor in Zakynthos once more, be sure you meander the rest of the island to see everything this beauty has to offer. This is a breathtaking island with so much to do and see for visitors of all ages.
Your island adventure in Greece awaits. Book your Sailo boat rental in Zakynthos so you too can experience this Mediterranean paradise!