Zakynthos is the most Southern of the Ionian Islands and one of the greenest.
It boasts fertile hills, translucent seas, soft sand, the smallest pebble beaches and staggeringly beautiful countryside. The beautiful north of the island is designated an area of outstanding natural beauty by the EU and is perfect for late spring, summer and autumn holidays. Indeed, Conde Nast Traveller in 2009 said that “the north of Zakynthos is barely touched by mass tourism”. The pace of life is slow, fishing boats set off each morning for the days catch and you are often temporarily halted by flocks of sheep and herds of goats tended by old men on their donkeys.
On the northern tip you will find the blue caves which are popular with scuba divers and further along the coastline the famous Navagio Shipwreck bay - only accessible by sea.
The island is rich in beauty and tradition, both historical and cultural and it is this, combined with the famous Zakynthian hospitality, that has visitors returning to its shores year after year - including the Loggerhead turtle! As one of the last remaining nesting sites of the endangered 'Carreta-Carreta', to the south, the dramatic Gerakas peninsular has recently been designated the first protected marine park in the Mediterranean.
The beaches are suitable for young children and there are many charming seaside villages with plenty of good restaurants. The island has an Italian feel from its long association with the venetians. There are a wealth of beaches with the nearest being a 5 minute walk. All the beaches offer a different experience. Local shopping is available within five to ten minutes and Zakynthos town, 40 minutes away, is a thriving, charming, enchanting place to visit.
The Peligoni Club is only 10 minutes away from Villa Cara, ideal for families, it offers sailing & windsurfing as well as bars and restaurant which are open to all. For water lovers and particularly children, there is Water World, about 15km away on the road to Zakynthos town.
ZANTE: A SUBSTAINABLE DESTINATION
Zante (Zakynthos') ecological significance has been in the spotlight for many years. The rapid tourist development of the 80s and 90s affected the natural eco-system not only in terms of the conservation of the loggerhead turtle Caretta Caretta and the Meditterenian monk sea Monachus Monachus but also in terms of the hundreds of flora and fauna species found on the island.
Following both global and local initiatives and awareness for ethical tourism there are significant efforts by local organisations ensuring the natural world is not compromised by the tourism in the area.