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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, 2017
Oceanis 45
Preveza Marina, Preveza
(Greece)
Safety net
Bimini
Autopilot
Outboard engine
Bow thruster
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Dinghy
Hot water
Sprayhood
Teak
Deck shower
Solar panels
Fans in cabins
Roller furling mainsail
From 31/08 to 07/09
4 800 3 360
for 1 week, bareboat
Lagoon, 2014
Lagoon 450
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Air condition
Dinghy
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outside speakers
CD/DVD
Solar panels
Deck shower
Hot water
Sprayhood
Internet connection
Autopilot
Heating
Bimini
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Batten mainsail
GPS plotter
From 31/08 to 07/09
7 400 6 660
for 1 week, bareboat
Dufour Yachts, 2003
Gib Sea 51
Marina Gouvia, Corfu
(Greece)
Roller furling genoa
CD/DVD
Bow thruster
Dinghy
Internet connection
Sprayhood
Hot water
Swimming ladder
Roller furling mainsail
Bimini
Safety net
Autopilot
Electric toilet
Outboard engine
From 31/08 to 07/09
3 415 2 561
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2009
Bavaria 46 Cruiser
Marina Gouvia, Corfu
(Greece)
GPS plotter
Spinnaker
Bimini
Heating
Roller furling mainsail
Solar panels
Internet connection
Sprayhood
Dinghy
Inverter
From 31/08 to 07/09
3 050
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2018
Bavaria 46 Cruiser
Marina Gouvia, Corfu
(Greece)
GPS plotter
Outboard engine
Bimini
Safety net
Autopilot
Electric toilet
Teak
Internet connection
Sprayhood
Roller furling mainsail
Solar panels
Inverter
Bow thruster
Outside speakers
Dinghy
From 31/08 to 07/09
4 258 2 810
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2015
Bavaria 51 Cruiser
Marina Gouvia, Corfu
(Greece)
Dinghy
Bow thruster
Outside speakers
CD/DVD
Roller furling genoa
Deck shower
Solar panels
Swimming ladder
Roller furling mainsail
Sprayhood
Hot water
Internet connection
Teak
Electric toilet
Autopilot
Safety net
Bimini
GPS plotter
Outboard engine
From 31/08 to 07/09
4 975 3 731
for 1 week, bareboat