Information & Facts
Zakynthos enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with mild
winters and warm summers. Summers are gently cooled by breezes,
called 'Meltemia'. Zakynthos experiences a fairly heavy rainfall
during winter which, together with the fact that it has a number of
underground springs, is what makes it greener and more fertile than
many other Greek islands.
Getting around Zakynthos is not a problem - the island has a
good road network and a reliable bus service. There are buses to
almost every destination on the island leaving from the central bus
station in Zakynthos town, near the waterfront (42 Filita Street).
At the station there is a board displaying prices, departure times
and destinations. Tickets are available on the bus. Taxis are
available from taxi ranks throughout the island and rates are
fixed. There is also a radio taxi service (+30 26950 48400). There
are various companies on the island providing car, motorbike,
scooter and bicycle rentals. Taxi boats leave from Zakynthos
harbour and other island ports to various destinations including
Alykes, Limni Keriou and Laganas, while cruises are available to
the Shipwreck and the Blue Caves.
Greek is the national language, but English is widely
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency, divided into 100 cents.
Banks and bureaux de change are widely available and travellers
cheques and major credit cards are widely accepted. ATMs are
widespread and are generally the cheapest and most convenient
method of obtaining euros.
Zakynthos nightlife offers visitors a variety of entertainment
including pubs, bars and nightclubs. The trendies spots are on the
south end of the island, mostly in Laganas, Argassi, Kalamaki,
Tsilivi and Alykes. Q Bar in the Laganas resort has good music and
even better cocktails, while Molly Malone's Irish pub in Tsilivi
has big screen TVs for sports. In Argassi, Red Lion serves draft
beers and shows all the latest movies. Two Brothers in Tsilivi is
also very popular. Argassi's Barrage nightclub is a great place to
hear some techno, house and commercial dance music, and Ghetto in
Laganas has a massive sound system. Also in Laganas, sip exotic
cocktails and watch the fire show at Rescue.
Shopping in Zakynthos will not go unrewarded; the island has a
vast array of goods to entice visitors. The main shopping area is
Alexander Street in Zakynthos town, but there are also gift and
souvenir shops at many of the holiday resorts. Shoppers in
Zakynthos will find everything from designer labels, jewellery and
leather goods to embroidery, olive wood carvings and ceramics. The
most popular Zakynthos souvenirs include locally produced
mandolato(nougat) and cheese.
Zakynthos is a wonderful destination for a relaxing holiday, its
main attraction being the gorgeous, unspoilt beaches and turquoise
waters. The Vassilikos area has some of the best beaches, including
St Nicholas and Gerakas. Loggerhead sea turtles can be seen at the
National Marine Park in Laganas Bay. The Smugglers Cove Shipwreck
is a must-see, as are the Blue Caves near the village of