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The Most Beautiful Beaches to Visit in Zakynthos, Greece

Gerakas beach, a  protected sea turtle nesting site in Zakynthos  | © smoxx/Shutterstock
Gerakas beach, a protected sea turtle nesting site in Zakynthos | © smoxx/Shutterstock
Zakynthos (also known as Zante) is famed for its spectacular coastline. Boasting a series of hidden coves and bays, beautiful beaches and relaxed vibe, it’s not surprising the island is popular. While everyone has their own idea of what makes a beach beautiful, there are a few common characteristics across the board.

Shipwreck Beach

Undeniably the most famous spot in Zakynthos, the Shipwreck Beach (or Navagio) is only accessible by sea. Home to a stranded boat, the beach boasts stunning turquoise waters and sand and pebbles. But beware, due to the popularity of the spot, you will have to arm yourself with patience and be ready to face hundreds of visitors a time. The only way to secure the beach to yourself is to go during the off-season, you may even find a kind fisherman willing to take you there and come back to pick you up a few hours later.

Shipwreck Beach, Zakynthos, Greece

Navagio Beach at sunset | © turtix/Flickr

Navagio Beach at sunset | © turtix/Shutterstock | © turtix/Flickr


If you prefer long sandy beaches, then Gerakas is a must. This beach is mostly known for being one of the nesting grounds for loggerhead sea turtles, so don’t be surprised if you spot a nest. Even better, don’t disturb it. The beach is large and vast enough for you to find a great spot either by the sunbeds or further away, if you want more privacy. Given its importance for the sea turtles, the beach is off limits half an hour before sunset and before sunrise, which still gives you plenty of time to enjoy it during the day.

Gerakas, Zakynthos, Greece

Makris Gialos

Makris Gialos may be sandy, but it is one of those that hardly gets crowded. Maybe it is the lack of infrastructure or simply the fact that the waters are surprisingly deep, but all in all, Makris Gialos is definitely worth a try, especially if you prefer quiet surroundings. Just make sure to pack up some snacks and water and if you can, an umbrella.

Makris Gialos, Zakynthos, Greece

Ksigia beach

Ksigia (or Xygia) is also known as the Sulphur beach thanks to several sulfuric springs located around it. These give a whitish color to the waters as well as healing properties. Don’t be alarmed by the smell, you won’t notice it after a few minutes. Take advantage of the many benefits and take a long dip in the waters. Snorkeling and scuba diving is also possible. If you plan to stay all day, know that there is a small taverna on top of the hill where you can savour delicious food.

Ksigia, Zakynthos, Greece,

Dafni Beach

On the southwest of Laganas Bay, Dafni beach is a pleasant, sandy beach, also known as a nesting ground for sea turtles. The beach is not organized, but boasts shallow, turquoise waters and is ideal for swimming, but you can also enjoy long walks along the coastline. More relaxed and less popular than Gerakas, Dafni is definitely a great option for those looking for a day out.

Dafni Beach, Zakynthos, Greece

Porto Roxa

Though technically not a beach but rather a cove, Porto Roxa is a favorite spot on the west coast. There are no sand or pebbles there, just rocks where you can lay down, though there is a relaxation area where sunbeds and umbrellas are available. For the daredevils, there’s a diving board built on the rocks, which allows for fun jumps into the deep waters. Not recommended for families with small children, this is a fun spot to hang out with your BFFs and do some cliff jumps.

Porto Roxa, Zakynthos, Greece,

Porto Vromi

Porto Vromi is a small beach with white pebbles and clear water, set within cliffs and a rocky landscape. But one of the highlights of Porto Vromi is the deep waters you will find there, perfect for some fun jumps into the waters. Very picturesque and quiet, it is actually a departure point for boat trips, notably the Navagio beach and the Blue Caves.

Porto Vromi, Zakynthos, Greece

Agios Nikolaos

Located on the north of the island, Agios Nikolaos is the perfect beach for those into watersports. Boasting a plethora of activities and entertainment for young children and youngsters, the beach is well-organized and includes places to eat and drink. While there are plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas along the beach, those looking for more quiet corners will find them further out.

Agios Nikolaos, Zakynthos, Greece,

Marathonisi beach

Right across Keri Bay lies the islet of Marathonisi. The island, also called Turtle Island, is easily accessible by boat and boasts a beautiful sandy beach on the north side. Featuring white sand and clear blue waters, the beach is simply gorgeous. Since there are no habitants, you need to make sure to pack enough water and food to last you the day, but we promise you won’t want to get back.

Marathonisi North beach, Marathonisi, Zakynthos, Greece