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Gerakas beach, a  protected sea turtle nesting site in Zakynthos  | © smoxx/Shutterstock
Gerakas beach, a protected sea turtle nesting site in Zakynthos | © smoxx/Shutterstock
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The Most Beautiful Beaches to Visit in Zakynthos, Greece

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Updated: 30 October 2017
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.
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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

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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