- Shipwreck (show on map)
The most beautiful beach of Zakynthos and one of the five or six most photographed beaches of all Greece.
Accessible only by sea, it gives you the idea of hugeness and perfection.
It consists of millions of small pebbles with the blue shades of the sea as far as the eye can see, it results unique in its gender and the relict looks like if it was made by an artist.
Arriving by caique, the tall lateral walls hide the island till the last minute when out of the blue you get a complete view of the bay.
Waters around Navagio often have electric light blue colour because of the numerous sulphurous caves around the beach and when the sea is rising a large quantity of sulphur radiates, giving the possibility of taking beautiful pictures.
To visit the beach, a part from the numerous tours of the island, it is possible, from the close bay of Porto Vromi or from Aghios Nikolaos, to get the daily taxi-boat offered by the local boats.
We suggest visiting Navagio in the morning since in the afternoon the sea tends to become bigger and may cause problems to get back.
You can not leave the island without having seen this beach from the panoramic view at the top of the promontory facing the beach itself.
Half way between the villages of Volimes and Anafonitria there is an asphalt road leading to a huge car-park; getting down a few steps you reach a balcony from where you can admire the beach.
- Marathonissi island (show on map)
Marathonissi is a small private island in the turtles’ bay close to Limni Kerì’s beach.
Until the second world war the island was lived, today it has neither inhabitants nor buildings.
It is now one of the areas where the CARETTA CARETTA turtles go to breed.
You can visit the island by private boat or by organized tourists’ visits by caique and for the stronger ones there is the possibility to go by canoes and maybe meeting the turtles. Pay attention that as the island is inside the Marine Park the anchorages it is not legal. There are two beautiful beaches: one of pebbles, reachable by swimming from a huge cave, the other one is a large sand area smoothly gliding towards the sea.
For those who love the sun the sandy beach is the best whereas for those who love snorkeling the pebble one is perfect to visit the cave (on the right to the beach) and other smaller ones or partly submerged full of starfish and concretions.
The island offers no snack bars, electricity or anything that may disturb the turtles; taking this into consideration it is advisable to take food and beverage when going there.
For those coming with their own boat, we suggest visiting the Kerì Caves, a few minutes by boat from the island along Marathia’s Cape coast.
One more peculiar thing about the island: Zakynthos is famous for the turtles and also for the last specimen of Monacus Monacus seals that populate its shores.
One of those seals chose one of the small caves of Marathonissi as its “Summer residence”, we leave to the more adventurous ones the pleasure to discover it.
- Kerì’s lighthouse (show on map)
In August every day many persons go to the lighthouse to admire the sun diving in the sea at sunset and the sky nuances before darkness.
Next to the small lighthouse erected on the top of the promontory, it is possible to park the car in a no asphalted square projecting on the sea and from where you can contemplate an incomparable view. The sight from this place, particularly on a clear day, will be an unforgettable moment of your holiday in Zakynthos, especially because by moving along the small lighthouse, you have the possibility to see, from the top of the cliff, the Mizitres.
The Mizitres are two huge rock cones flanked by a deserted island rising from the blue sea and signing the beginning of the Kerì Caves.
From the lighthouse leaving behind you the car park and following the small path on the right, after 250 metres, you can reach a small natural terrace; we prefer not to describe the sight because pictures are better than words.
- Porto Limnionas (show on map)
It is one of the most hidden places and maybe for this reason more beautiful and wild of the entire island.
To get there you have to pass through the mountains village of Agios Leon and from there following the signs, driving down a recently asphalted road running down to the sea and ending in a small square where you can park.
From there getting down a few steps carved in the rock, you reach a real fiord stupefying the visitor for the clearness and colours of the waters.
It is easy to imagine that in this place there are no many tourist facilities, only recently two terraces with loungers and umbrellas have been created but are not always enough for the request.
For those who really care about caves it is worth visiting the first one just getting down the steps; once there and in the water you understand that the cave is to continue … but only for those who love extreme sports.
We suggest to everybody and especially those who have their own boat, to visit Porto Roxa that is only 3 km from Porto Limnionas.
It is another small bay with a slipway to put boats in the water in an exceedingly beautiful part of coast.
- Kerì Caves (show on map)
Kerì Caves, accessible only by sea with private boats or tourist excursions, develop along the promontory of Marathia Cape, in the South-West area of the island.
Along the coast there are many caves which entrances scarcely suffice to get in swimming, others are broad enough to enter directly with a boat.
It is very easy to reach the caves that are surmounted by cliffs where the sea is very deep and as such reachable. While visiting the caves it is possible to stop to swim or sunbathe in one of the many small beaches of Marathia Cape or to reach by boat the Mizitres.
Mizitres are two crags very close to the cliffs that form a small beach of very fine sand reachable only by boat. Admiring them from a close position you can notice that in one of the two crags there is a crack where it is possible to swim and where a lot of starfish live.
Moreover along the coast there are two arches of rock, under the larger one you can pass with the boat.
- Bochali (show on map)
Bochali it is a lovely and small village at the top of the promontory rising at the back of the city of Zakynthos.
Keeping the sea at your right, once passed the chief town, there is an inner road on the left that goes up. After a while you will see a crossroads and you must turn left going up till you reach Bochali.
Reaching the place is very easy and we believe it is really worth especially at sunset or at night when the landscape of the enlighten city and the harbour bay are really beautiful.
In spite of the small dimensions of the village there are different restaurants offering a romantic dinner under the stars.
Bochali is worth visiting even by day to take pictures of the small church of Zoodos Pigi with its Byzantine icons, or of the huge pinewood with ancient Venetian castle.
The castle, partly destroyed by the earthquake that in 1953 devastated the island, must be visited during your holidays even because from there the 360° view allows the visitor to see in one time both coasts of the Island.