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Zakynthos

Third largest of the Ionian Islands, Zakynthos is sometimes affectionately referred to as the “sumptuous flower of the Mediterranean.” The beauty of its land has long been celebrated – as far back as in ancient myths. According to these stories, Artemis liked to hunt here, and Apollo preferred to rest under the shade of its trees. The island even boasts poetic glory – it’s the birthplace of the famed Greek poet Dionysios Solomos.

But the endless spread of spectacular beaches is this island’s main draw. The shoreline is sprinkled with snow-white sand and rimmed by a pine forest, while its golden cliffs are brightly reflected in the deep-turquoise waters of the sea. The most famous beach on Zakynthos is in Navagio bay with its abandoned smugglers’ ship sitting on the shore. The beach can only be reached by water, giving yachtsmen an insider advantage. The second-most popular beach is Gerakas. It’s worth a stop just to see the caretta-caretta sea turtles. No less picturesque are the island’s other beaches: Laganas, Argassi, Tsivili.

Aside from rest and relaxation, Zakynthos offers island guests the chance to gain some local insight. You can visit the monastery of Agios Georgios, take in the Venetian architecture of capital-city Zakynthos, visit the Askos flora and fauna park a kilometer away from the port of Agios Nikolaos, and admire the many Byzantine churches sprinkled throughout the island.

Recommended boats for this region

Beneteau, 2018
Oceanis 38.1
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Safety net
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
From 21/12 to 28/12
1 700
for 1 week, bareboat
Hanse Yachts, 2013
Hanse 345
Booked 2 times recently
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Deck shower
Dinghy
Gennaker
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Safety net
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
From 21/12 to 28/12
1 400 1 330
for 1 week, bareboat
Lagoon, 2019
Lagoon 42
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
GPS plotter in cockpit
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Self-tacking jib
Sprayhood
From 21/12 to 28/12
3 700
for 1 week, bareboat
Catana, 2017
Bali 4.0
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
CD/DVD
Electric winches
GPS plotter
GPS plotter in cockpit
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 21/12 to 28/12
3 550 3 195
for 1 week, bareboat
Jeanneau, 2016
Sun Odyssey 389
Marina Gouvia, Corfu
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
Fans in cabins
Hot water
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
Teak
From 21/12 to 28/12
1 980
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2016
Bavaria 46 Cruiser
Booked 3 times recently
Marina Gouvia, Corfu
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
Hot water
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
Teak
From 21/12 to 28/12
3 075
for 1 week, bareboat