Our top selection of the most amazing things to do in Zakynthos. These Zakynthos tours will take you to Navagio Shipwreck Beach, the Blue Caves, and beyond!
Zakynthos in Greece
The Ionian island of Zakynthos, to the west of mainland Greece, is a popular summer destination. With some of the best beaches in Greece, it’s yet another magical Greek island to explore. Here’s our guide to the best Zakynthos tours and day trips.
The Shipwreck on Zakynthos Beach
Zakynthos is the tenth biggest island in Greece, and has a population of just over 40,000 people. It’s world-famous for the Navagio (Shipwreck) beach, where you can have a look at the famous shipwreck of a boat named Panayiotis.
This boat was first launched in 1937 in Scotland, and crashed on the coast of Zakynthos in 1980, while illegally carrying several thousand packets of cigarettes. It’s become a trademark of the island, and is a popular tourist spot.
The beach itself is stunning, with crystal clear waters and soft, white sand. Visiting shipwreck beach in Zakynthos on a boat tour is a must-do when on the island.
Other Zakynthos Boat Trips and Tour Ideas
As you can imagine, there are plenty of other beaches and sea caves that are worth exploring in Zakynthos, the most famous of which are the Blue Caves, that remind me a little of Kleftiko Beach in Milos, and Keri Caves.
Apart from its natural beauty, Zakynthos is one of the last homes of the Caretta Caretta loggerhead turtle, an endangered species, as well as the Mediterranean Monachus Monachus seal. The National Marine Park in the bay of Laganas has been founded for their protection, and several areas are closed to the public at different times of the year.
While it’s perfectly possible to pick one beach and never leave, it’s worth exploring the island. There are a number of Zakynthos tours and day trips that can help in that direction. Note that several companies offer similar tours, of which we have picked the best.
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