Zakynthos

Ionian Islands

Zakynthos has lush, fertile valleys, pine-scented mountains with traditional hilltop villages, long sandy beaches and azure seas. In Venetian times, Zakynthos was known as the flower of the Orient. The island is rich in beauty, tradition, history and culture and its Italianesque architecture is still much in evidence today.

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Pretty good recommendations

La Storia Restaurant

Volimes (Agios Nikolaos port)

A traditional Greek restaurant offering traditional Zakynthian and Greek cuisine.Aalso hosts a Greek evening in the summer season on Friday nights which is always fun.It is a great choice for lunch and dinner as well.

Tel: (+30) 2695 031635

www.facebook.com/La-Storia-Family-Restaurant-291206084373670/

 

 

Orizodes Restaurant

Volimes

This restaurant has blue tablecloths and is very reasonable. In fact always take spray in the evening in July/ August if you are by the sea.

Tel: (+30) 2695 031627

www.facebook.com/Orizodes/

 

Niko's by the Sea Restaurant

Agios Nikolaos (Port)

A restaurant with very good food and amazing views.

Tel: (+30) 694 767 0624

www.facebook.com/pages/Nikos-By-The-Sea/203439053041552

 

Keri Taverna

Limni Keri

Offers Greek and Mediterranean dishes. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Friendly atmosphere and great views from the roof garden.

Tel: (+30) 26950 43756

www.keritaverna.gr
www.facebook.com/pages/category/Greek-Restaurant/Keri-Taverna-515576308590082/

 

La Grotta Restaurant

Volimes

This restaurant mainly operates for the day trippers at lunchtime. They serve greek dishes and fresh fish.

Tel: (+30) 2695 031505

www.lagrottazante.com/restaurant.html

 

 

Mahogani Art Cafe

Volimes

A great place for a drink either before or after dinner. Lots of wonderful whacky art and there is nothing you cannot find to drink here. Great for a nightcap and the place is always full of all ages.

Tel: (+30) 697 703 9383

www.facebook.com/Mahogani-art-cafe-1686330828247724/

 

Kaminaki Taverna

Ano Volimes

It is run by a very amusing Greek called Dennis and definitely worth a visit. They serve wonderful barbequed food and all the other typical Greek food.

Tel: (+30) 26950 31304

www.facebook.com/pages/Kaminaki-Taverna/1354494304647303?hc_ref=ARQp93BxVcu-fBS2vktRRmRo6oLpXyuqHy9PWB7qyn3-znufaZjEK-qISiO2oI5bpGk&fref=tag

 

La Bruschetta Restaurant

Limni Keri

Italian cuisine in an elegant terrace. Great views of the bay of Marathias. Awesome fresh pasta dishes and Italian pizzas.

Tel: (+30) 2695 028128

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www.facebook.com/pages/La-Bruschetta-Restaurant-Limni-Keri-Zakynthos/384008011647342

 

Peligoni Club

Volimes

The restaurant offers great Mediterranean food for both lunch and dinner. Dinner needs to be booked. They also do wonderful bar snacks.

Tel: (+30) 2087403001

www.peligoni.com/the-club/eating-drinking/
www.facebook.com/Peligoni/

 

Mikro Nisi Restaurant

Volimes (Agios Nikolaos port)

It is located on the coast in the hamlet of Micro Nisi opposite the Micro Nisi island and which resembles a small fishing village. There is a pontoon (of sorts) and some small fishing and day boats moored in the water. The restaurant is set above the water’s edge and is most definitely worth a visit.

Tel: (+30) 697 305 0680

www.facebook.com/mikronisirestaurant/
www.mikronisi.com/restaurant.php

 

Remezzo Restaurant

Limni Keri

A family run restaurant serving sea food and Greek dishes. Friendly atmosphere and great views.

Tel: (+30) 2695 048784

www.facebook.com/pages/category/Greek-Restaurant/Remezzo-Keri-43758139572/

 

Pitsolo's Taverna

Limni Keri

A traditional Greek restaurant. Old fashioned but very tasty and fresh cooked dishes.

www.facebook.com/pages/Pitsolos-Taverna/1061446150614941

 

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Pretty local beaches

Pretty good things to do

Diving

Diving Centre Turtle Beach is located at Limni Keriou and is highly recommended.
Tel: (+30) 26950 49424
or
Mob: (+30) 6944 375597

 

Day trip to Marathonisi Island by Boat

This is a protected marine park where the Caretta-Caretta turtle is found. The lush green of the island, its stunning rock formations, caves and beaches are well worth visiting.

 

Day trip to Blue Caves & Navagio Beach (smugglers beach) by boat

The incredible colour of the sea and the weird formations of the Blue Caves make this trip an essential day out. The Navagio Beach has been famous since a cargo ship carrying contraband was ship wrecked there and still lies embedded on the white sand. Potamitis Brothers run boat trips from Skinari to the beach and caves. www.potamitisbros.gr/
Tel: (+30) 26950 31132
Mob: (+30) 6972 055711.

 

Askos Stone Park

Located in the northern part of Zakynthos near Volimes, Askos is a nature lover’s paradise with lovely woodland walks, nature trails and glimpses of wild life.

 

Xigia Beach-Natural Spa

Located 20 km north of Zakynthos Town, this small, shingle beach is known for its sulphurous springs which have therapeutic properties.

 

Sunset at the Keri Lighthouse

This has to be one of the best places on Zakynthos to watch the sunset.

 

Explore Mountain villages

Keri, Lithakia, Macherado and Koiliomeno are excellent choices to experience the traditional life of Zakynthos and the warm hospitality of the people.

 

The Byzantine Museum

It was built after the earthquake of 1953. In the museum you can see how the island was before the earthquake. It also contains Byzantine icons, wood carvings, impressive temples and shrines, murals, paintings from the 15th, 16th and 17th century by artists including Doxaras, Koutouzis, Kallergis, Damaskinos and Tzanes.

 

Zakynthos Castle

It is built on ancient ruins of the ancient acropolis of the island , named Psofida. It is believed that it was built in 1480. During the Venetian rule, the Castle was the capital of Zakynthos island. Soon after been built, the castle was destroyed by invading Turks. In 1514, was repaired, again by the Venetians.

 

Monastery of Theotokos Anaphonitria or Monastery of Saint Dennis

It was built in the middle of the 15th century. Here St. Dionysios took refuge and lived as a monk.

 

Monastery of Saint George

Located in the area of Gremnon. Founded in 1535 it was once home to the notable Gerasimos Notaras, who later became the patron saint of Kefalonia.

 

Monastery of John the Baptist (Prodromos)

It is one of Zante’s most iconic buildings. It was built in the 16th Century. The interior of the building is home to famous works of art and religious images of devotion.

 

Monastery of the Liberator Holy Mother (Eleftheotria)

It looks more like being in a castle than in a monastery and the towers battlements are very characteristic so as the white and red of the windows and the arches of which the building consists.

 

Festivals

Throughout Greece, every island and place has its share of festivals. A religious ceremony is held in the local church followed by eating, drinking, dancing and fireworks until dawn. Zakynthos has its fair share of fun

 

Feast of the Virgin Mary, 15th August

Celebrated all over Greece, this ceremony is in honour of the Virgin Mary. Best villages on Zakynthos to participate are Vasilikos and Katastari. 

Feast of Agia Mavra, 3rd May

Celebrated at the main church in the village of Macherado with traditional dancing and food in the square afterwards.

 

Feast of Agios Dionyssis, 24th August & 17th December

This Feast is in honour of the Patron Saint of the island, St Denis. The Augustfeast celebrates the memory of the transportation of the saint’s body from the monastery of Strofadi to the church of Agios Dionyssis. The December feast takes place on the anniversary of his death. Both festivals last for 3 days – after the religious ceremonies, there is dancing, music, feasting and drinking.

 

Wine Festival, last days of August through to first days of September

The excellent new wines of Zakynthos are tasted and fêted in the main town of Zakynthos.

 

Walking

Zakynthos is an island full of natural beauty especially in the springtime and autumn when the island is carpeted in flowers. Beautiful walks can be found all over the island but the scenery is particularly stunning in the mountains above Keri and in northern Zakynthos above Volimes.

 

Horse riding

Yiannis Horses at Kato Gerakari (near Alykes and Alykanas). Yiannis has 30 licensed horses and organises horse-riding through the local countryside
Tel: (+30) 697 576 9091

www.facebook.com/yiannishorseszante/

 

 

Tennis

Tennis courts can be found at most of the large hotels on the island including:
Caravel Zante Hotel, Planos
Tel: (+30) 2695 045261
Louis Imperial Zante Hotel, Vasilikos
Tel: (+30) 2695 035121
Louis Palazzo Hotel, Vasilikos
Tel: (+30) 2695 035121

 

 

Jeep Safari

Zakfari Tours offer fully licensed and comprehensively insured ‘Jeep Safaris’. The company has a fleet of Land Rovers and does daily tours of Zakynthos.

www.zakfari.tripod.com

 

 

Taste the Zakynthian Cuisine

Zakynthos still has a traditional thriving farming community and local organic produce can be found at some of the more traditional tavernas. Look out for local dishes such as stuffed chicken or rabbit, aubergine in garlic sauce (‘skordostoumbi melitzana’), beef ragout and ‘tsilipoulo’ – an Easter dish made from the intestines and offal of kid or lamb, not to mention the freshest fish.
Zakynthos is famous for its fine olive oil, oil cheese (‘ladotyri’), cured bacon (‘pantseta’) sweets such as ‘pasteli’ – caramelised sesame seeds with honey - and the most heavenly nougat, as well as some fine wines such as ‘Verdea’ (dry) and ‘Mastelado’ (semi-dry)

 

Pretty useful phone numbers

General

Pretty Greek Villas:
(+30) 2696 061414 or (+30) 211 7803203

Bus Station:
(+30) 2695 042656

Local Ferry:
(+30) 2695 048301

 

 

Health

Doctor/Paediatrician:
Tel: (+30) 2695 043020

Hospital:
Tel: (+30) 2695 059100

 

 

Emergency

Police:
Tel: (+30) 2695 024479

Fire Station:
Tel: (+30) 2695 022199

 

 

Pretty important

Toilets

Greece sewerage operates on a septic tank which is the reason for the seas being so clean. However, this means that you CANNOT put any toilet paper, sanitary towels or baby nappies down the toilet. If you do, it can cause serious blockage requiring a plumber. Please remember to put all paper etc in the bin provided next to the toilet. We do not like to deduct from a security deposit but if the plumber is called and it is because paper has been put into the toilet during your stay, the cost of the repair will need to be deducted from your security deposit.

 

Suntan lotions

Some suntan lotions and oils contain a dye that leaves a permanent orange stain on towels, linens and pool liners. Please avoid using these suntan products because most villa owners will now request to deduct from the security deposit in order to replace items that have been dyed. When using the pool, please shower before entering.

 

Water

In this area the tap water is not drinkable. It is fine for cooking and brushing teeth. Since water is scarce in the summer in Greece, please use only what you need.

 

Air-conditioning

If your villa has air-conditioning, please close all doors and windows when in use. Some villas have a system where if a door or window is left open, the air-con will not work so please check this first if you are experiencing problems.

 

Hot water

The hot water system for most villas is on an immersion system. This means you need to switch on the boiler for the water to be heated. The switch will be in the main electricity panel of the house and usually is turned on for your arrival. It is easy by mistake to turn this off during your stay, so if you find that you do not have hot water then please check the electricity panel first.

 

Dishwasher

Most villas will have a dishwasher. Please rinse plates before putting them inside. Some areas of Greece (such as Porto Heli) have a very high salt level in the water so dishwashers do not work very well and you may find that glasses and cutlery are smeared.

 

Umbrellas

Greece can be very windy so we would be very appreciative if you could close any sun umbrellas at the villa when windy to avoid them breaking or flying away.

 

Animals

All villas are situated in the countryside so if screen doors or shutters have been fitted please use them so that unwanted animals don’t get inside the house. The villas are all thoroughly cleaned before arrival but it is still possible that you may see the odd spider, mice, rat, scorpion, cockroach, snake or lizard inside. If you do and think it is a problem, please let us know so that we can deal with it straightaway. Wasps – it is impossible to know in advance whether wasps are going to be prevalent in a particular location or not. If you do find that wasps are a nuisance, burning Greek coffee on a plate seems to keep them away.

 

Siesta Time

For villas that are situated within villages and towns, the siesta hours are 14:30hrs – 17:30hrs. During this time, please try to make as little noise as possible.

 

Shop & Bank Opening Hours

Large chain supermarkets (such as AB, Galaxias, Carrefour) are open Monday to Saturday from around 08:30hrs – 20:45hrs. Closed on Sundays.
Most other shops are open as follows:
Monday: 08:03hrs – 13:30hrs
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri: 08:30hrs – 13:30hrs & 17:30hrs – 20:30hrs
Saturdays and Sundays: On most islands, shops are open 08:30hrs – 13:30hrs & 17:30hrs – 20:30hrs. However, in traditional places frequented mainly by Greeks you will find that shops will be open on Saturdays until 13:30hrs and closed on Sundays.
Banks vary but are generally open from 08:30hrs – 13:30hrs. Some banks stay open for an hour or two longer.
Bakeries and mini-markets tend to be open every day.

 

Taxis and Porters

Taxis, porters and car hire are not included in the price of your villa. Please settle up directly with your driver, porter or car hire representative. When departing from your villa, if you require a taxi or porter, please ring or email us 24-48hrs in advance to arrange.
If you pre-book a taxi and do not notify us to cancel it, we will deduct this from your security deposit. Please note that we need to receive the cancellation in writing 24 hrs at least before the time you have booked the taxi. For airport transfers, we need at least 1 month’s notice in July/August and at least 2 weeks notice in all other months so that your booking can be replaced.

 

Security

Greece is still generally a very safe country. However, when you are not at your villa please close windows and lock the doors.

 

Garbage

Please dispose of your garbage regularly because the high temperatures can attract vermin if left for too long. Unfortunately, very few areas of Greece have recycling so please put your rubbish in the nearest municipal bins (usually green). On Hydra, there are also lots of cats so please don’t leave rubbish bags outside.

 

Breakages

It is very rare for us to deduct money from a security deposit and we do not deduct money for the odd glass, cup or plate that might get broken. However, if you do happen to break or damage something please let us know.

 

Departure Time

At the end of your holiday, please vacate your villa by 10:00hrs unless we have agreed a later time with you. If the housekeeper is not there when you leave, please leave keys on dining table.

 

Transport to greece

Three good websites for flights from the UK are

www.travelsupermarket.com
www.flightcomparison.co.uk
www.charterflights.co.uk
Easyjet also fly into Athens from various European airports:
www.easyjet.com

For non-UK flights, a good website is
www.edreams.com

Please contact one of the PGV team for advice about where to book flights.

 

There are three ways to get to Zakynthos:

Fly direct to Zakynthos (Zante).
Fly to Athens, drive to Killini and take the ferry to Zakynthos town.
Fly to Kefalonia, take the ferry from Pessada port to Aghios Nikolaos/Skinari port on Zakynthos (only relevant to those combining a holiday on Kefalonia and Zakynthos).
 

 

Transport in greece

From Athens Airport to Killini Port

The drive from Athens to Killini takes approx. 4 hrs.

Guests travelling from outside the EU need an international driving licence and their normal domestic driving licence in order to hire a car in Greece.
2020 Car Hire Rates per week
(please add Euro 20 each way for pick up/drop off at Athens Airport)

 

Group

 

Car Type

 

1/4 – 31/5

 

1/6 – 10/7

 

11/7 – 25/8

 

26/8 – 30/9

 

1/10 – 30/3

 

A

 

 

NISSAN Pixo

 

€116

 

€138

 

€138

 

€121

 

€102

 

B

 

 

HYUNDAI i10

 

€124

 

€143

 

€143

 

€128

 

€105

 

C

 

 

NISSAN Micra

 

€131

 

€151

 

€151

 

€136

 

€111

 

CD

 

 

FIAT Panda

Diesel

 

€182

 

€210

 

€210

 

€189

 

€154

 

D

 

 

NISSAN Note

 

€156

 

€181

 

€181

 

€162

 

€132

 

DD

 

 

TOYOTA Yaris

Diesel

 

€200

 

€231

 

€231

 

€208

 

€169

 

DSW

 

 

FORD Focus

Station wagon

 

€200

 

€231

 

€231

 

€208

 

€169

 

K1

 

 

VOLVO S40

 

€232

 

€269

 

€269

 

€241

 

€197

 

DDD

 

 

TOYOTA Corolla

Diesel

 

€236

 

€273

 

€273

 

€245

 

€200

 

KD

 

BMW 116 Diesel

 

€265

 

€307

 

€307

 

€275

 

€224

 

K1

 

 

VOLVO S40

 

€232

 

€269

 

€269

 

€241

 

€197

 

DDD

 

 

TOYOTA Corolla

Diesel

 

€236

 

€273

 

€273

 

€245

 

€200

 

 

Group

 

Car Type

 

1/4 – 31/5

 

1/6 – 10/7

 

11/7 – 25/8

 

26/8 – 30/9

 

1/10 – 30/3

 

GM

 

NISSAN Micra

Automatic

 

€142

 

€164

 

€164

 

€147

 

€120

 

G2

 

NISSAN Tilda

Automatic

 

€203

 

€236

 

€236

 

€211

 

€172

 

JD

 

NISSAN Juke Diesel

 

€272

 

€315

 

€315

 

€283

 

€230

 

J1

 

NISSAN Qashqui

 

€399

 

€462

 

€462

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Ferry from Killini port to Zakynthos port

The ferry to Zakynthos takes approx. 1 hr 30 mins
 

For information on the ferry timetables, please click on the link below. Tickets are purchased at the port only.

www.e-zakynthos.com/zakynthos.zante.ferries.php
 

 

From Athens Airport to Killini Port

For guests staying at villas where car hire is not necessary or if any members of your party are arriving separately, we can arrange a taxi transfer from Athens Airport to Killini port.
If you are interested in a taxi transfer from Athens Airport to Killini port, please write this in the Special Requests box on your Arrival Form.

2020 Taxi prices from Athens Airport to Killini:

Type of Taxi

Price

Athens Taxi (up to 4 passengers)

€330

 

 

From Zakynthos Port to Villas

For guests staying at villas where car hire is not necessary or if any members of your party are arriving separately, we can arrange a taxi transfer from Zakynthos port to your villa. If you are interested in a taxi transfer from Zakynthos port to your villa, please write this in the Special Requests box on your Arrival Form.

Taxi prices from Zakynthos Port 2020:

LOCATION

Taxi (4 seats)

Minibus (8 seats)

Minibus (16 seats)

Aghios Nikolaos

€75

€135

€155

Aghios Sostis

€35

€60

€80

Amoudi

€45

€65

€90

Keri (Limni Keriou)

€45

€66

€90

 

 

Recommend boat hire

Please reserve your boat hire through the 'Manage Your Booking' section to our website. If you require your access codes, please contact one of the PGV team.
arrivals@prettygreekvillas.com.

Boat Hire on Zakynthos

We recommend boat hire for guests staying around the south-east part of the island. The coves in the Keri region and island of Marathonissi are breathtakingly beautiful and there is a local boat hire company.

Big Blue Motor Boat Rentals are located on the beach at Limni Keriou. The motor boats are 30h/p luxury Ranieri motorboats with centre consoles and electrical power trim. Each boat is supplied with a GPS satellite location finder so you can be easily located in case of emergency making renting a boat for the day completely safe for the inexperienced skipper.

Zakynthos Boat Hire Rates 2020:

Boat

May and June

July and September

August

30 HP 5.5 Metres Long

€70/day

€90/day

€110/day

 

The above rates are for 4 persons per boat. For extra persons there is a 10% surcharge. Prices include VAT and local taxes but do not include fuel. All boats are fully licensed and equipped with life jackets and safety devices.