Zakynthos is one of the larger Greek Islands, which means there is quite a lot of space to go around, with both hustling hotspots and a few Greece hidden gems. So, whether you’re searching for your slice of quiet paradise or looking to join the party, there will be plenty of choices, including visiting the island of Kefalonia next door.
The best place to stay in Zakynthos for first timers: Zakynthos Town
The largest city on Zakynthos is called Zakynthos Town (or sometimes ‘Zante’). With a population of around 10,000, it’s not too big and not too small – just perfect for offering up a host of eating, shopping, drinking and sightseeing options without being overwhelming.
Situated on the coast, Zakynthos boasts a picturesque location. There’s easy access to one decent beach, and the lively promenade between Solomos Square and the Church of Agios Dionysios is ever-popular. Most of the buildings are in Venetian style, however they are actually fairly modern as the town was almost entirely destroyed in a large earthquake in 1952.
Aside from the selection of restaurants, cafes, bars and boutiques, Zakynthos Town is also a very convenient base for exploring the rest of the island. It has good transport links if you’re travelling without a car, and many tours will offer hotel pickups from Zakynthos Town. If you have hired a vehicle, then you’ll find quick and good-quality roads out in all directions.
Budget hotel: Petros Giatras rooms
Mid-range hotel: Hotel Varres
Upper mid-range hotel: Diana Hotel
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The best place to stay in Zakynthos for nightlife: Laganas
Zakynthos might not quite have the reputation of juggernauts Santorini and Mykonos, but it attracts its fair share of revellers every year. Offering a party experience that is just as picturesque but not quite as pricey, it’s no wonder that Zakynthos is becoming a go-to destination for nightlife seekers.
If you’re hoping to experience the sought-after nightlife, then the best place to base yourself is Laganas. It’s here that you’ll find the top resorts, bars and beach clubs, all filled with fellow revellers of all ages. Whether it’s an upmarket cocktail bar or a fabulous foam-filled superclub you’re after, you’ll find it along ‘The Strip’.
By day, there are few better places to recover from last night’s sins than on one of Zakynthos’ longest and most beautiful beaches. Or, you might like to head out to try to spot some of the protected sea turtles who nest on the nearby beaches.
Budget hotel: Casa del Mar
Mid-range hotel: Ilios Hotel
Luxury hotel: Castelli Hotel (Adults Only)
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The best place to stay in Zakynthos for families: Alykes or Tsilivi
It’s not just well-heeled partygoers who love Zakynthos – families will also find plenty of calm beaches and fun activities perfect for visitors of all ages. Each year, many visitors from all over the world arrive for a fun and relaxing stay as a family.
Alykes is well-known as a popular base for families, thanks to its calm waters and abundance of fun activities to try. The water here is relatively shallow, so little ones will enjoy paddling in the safe seas, while older teens can try their hand at windsurfing or even jet-skiing. For a dose of culture, neighbouring Alykanas has a more traditional feel, and is located atop an ancient archaeological site.
Another great option for families is Tsilivi, which is perfect if you’re looking for a slightly more adventurous family holiday. Most famously, this neighbourhood boasts the Tsilivi Water Park, which is sure to bring a smile to the face of every family member. There are also many water sports on offer, and the famous Shipwreck Cove is within striking distance as well.
Budget hotel: Zante Palace (Tsilivi)
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The best place to stay in Zakynthos for nature: Agalas or Keri
Although parts of Zakynthos do get crowded, if it’s tranquillity you’re after – you’re in luck! There are still several places where you can disconnect and recharge, while still being conveniently located for the attractions and amenities of the island.
If you don’t mind foregoing the coastal views, then Agalas is a beautiful inland town that is a popular setting-off point for hikes and bike rides. You can visit an enchanting cave, or hike over to the coast to watch the magical sunset. As Agalas is a small village, most accommodation options are just outside it, although you’ll find a few B&Bs in the centre of “town”.
If you’d like the tranquillity but aren’t keen to miss out on the proximity to the beach, then another great option is Keri. As it is quite far south on the island, it misses out on a lot of the foot traffic – meaning you’ll have plenty of space to enjoy the stunning coastline. There’s also some great diving near Keri.
Budget hotel: Lithahiro Stone House (Agalas, self-catering)
Mid-range hotel: Olivella Villas by Vetos (Keri, self-catering)
Luxury hotel: Eptanisos Beachfront Suites Zante (Keri)
See all Limni Kerri hotels on Tripadvisor
The best place to stay in Zakynthos on a budget: Argassi
There’s no need to miss out on the fun if you’re on a budget on Zakynthos. Not too far from Zakynthos Town, you’ll find the neighbourhood of Argassi. Perfect for those wishing to save a bit on accommodation, it offers some great hostels, B&Bs and three-star accommodation options.
You’ll also find an excellent choice of eateries, from stylish restaurants through to humble and welcoming traditional tavernas. At night, the bars and beach clubs come alive, meaning it’s a top choice if you’re looking to experience the nightlife of the island.
There are also many great choices for how to spend your day if staying in Argassi. There are several excellent beaches, or perhaps head up Skopos Mountain for a lively hike. At the top, you’ll be rewarded with a peek inside the centuries-old monastery of Panagia Skopiotissa.
Budget hotel: Doras Zante Studios & Apartments
Mid-range hotel: Windmill Bay Aparthotel
Luxury hotel: Ionian Hill Hotel
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The best place to stay in Zakynthos for the beach: Vasiliki
Looking to enjoy some time on the beach while visiting Zakynthos? Of course you are! In truth, you’ll find jaw-droppingly beautiful beaches located all over the island. There are probably more beaches on Zakynthos than you can cram into your holiday – so you’ll really be spoiled for choice.
If you want to prioritise access to Zakynthos’ most beautiful beaches, then a great base is the Vasillikos Peninsula. It’s not a neighbourhood but an area, covering the entirety of the southwestern peninsula of the island. Here, you’ll find many of the most beautiful beaches anywhere on the Greek Islands.
To have full access to all the beaches, it’s ideal to have access to your own vehicle. Some parts of the peninsula are less developed, meaning you’ll need transport to get there. However, many luxury hotels do have access to their own private beaches, so it’s not a must. Just remember to bring the sunscreen and get ready for an amazing beach break.
Budget hotel: Villa Levante
Mid-range hotel: Sea View Village
Luxury hotel: The Bay Hotel & Suites
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