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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 41.1
Booked 2 times recently
Marina Gouvia, Corfu
(Greece)
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
From 29/05 to 05/06
3 365 2 860
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Jeanneau, 2010
Sun Odyssey 36i
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Electric toilet
Fans in cabins
GPS plotter
GPS plotter in cockpit
Hot water
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Sprayhood
From 29/05 to 05/06
1 745 1 483
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 1999
Bavaria 42
Booked 2 times recently
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Outboard engine
Safety net
Spinnaker
From 29/05 to 05/06
2 148 1 826
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2019
Bavaria C45 Style
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Electric toilet
GPS plotter in cockpit
Hot water
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Self-tacking jib
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Teak
From 29/05 to 05/06
3 810 3 315
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Jeanneau, 2020
Sun Odyssey 410
Booked 2 times recently
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
Hot water
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
Teak
From 29/05 to 05/06
3 365 2 759
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Jeanneau, 2015
Sun Odyssey 469
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Spinnaker
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
From 29/05 to 05/06
3 750 3 000
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat