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Cancellation/Change of a reservation

If I need to cancel my booking will I pay a cancellation fee?

Cancellation policy varies from room to room. Usually you can cancel or change your booking up to 24 hours prior to arrival time. You can check what a hotel’s policy is, and whether they will charge a cancellation fee, under ‘Hotel Policies’. This information is also included in your confirmation email. Please note that non-refundable and other ‘special deal’ rooms may have a different policy.

Where can I find the cancellation policy of the hotel?

Room-specific cancellation information is included in the segment Hotel Policies in the page of each accommodation and under Terms & Conditions.

Can I cancel or change a special deal or Non Refundable booking?

It is not possible to change the dates of stay for ‘special deals’ and ‘Non-Refundable’ bookings because of their special low rates. If you choose to cancel reservations for these rooms, you may incur charges according to the hotel’s policy.

How do I know that my booking has been cancelled?

Once you have cancelled your reservation you should receive an email confirming the cancellation. Please check your inbox and spam/junk mail folders. If you don’t receive an email please contact us.

Can I cancel or change my reservation through zantehotels4u.com?

Yes, it’s easy. You can cancel or change your booking by sending us an e-mail at info@zantehotels4u.com or contact us directly at +30 26950 41480. Please remember to check the hotel’s cancellation policy before making any changes to your reservation. Non-refundable rooms and other special deals may have a different cancellation policy. 
     

If I cancel my reservation are you going to refund the deposit 15% or 20% that I have paid when I made the reservation?

The deposit 15% or 20% you have paid upon making the reservation is non- refundable.

This means that you don't get a refund,  but ZanteHotels4U.com Cancellation Promise enables you to cancel and rebook on ZanteHotels4U.com once within 6 months from the cancellation date.

Cancellation Promise may only be applied once; in the event of repeated cancellations you forfeit the Cancellation Promise already used.
 

Credit Cards

Can I make a reservation without a credit card?

A valid credit card is needed so that Zantehotels4u.com charges a deposit 15% or 20% (for Best Sellers Hotels) of the total amount. However, if you do not have a credit card you can make a booking offline through our call center and pay the 15% or 20% (for Best Sellers Hotels) of the total amount by bank transfer.

The hotel has charged my credit card, what should I do?

Initially, your credit card is charged by zantehotels4u.com with 15% or 20% (for the Best Seller hotels) of the total amount as a deposit in order to secure your booking. The hotel reserves the right to pre-authorize or charge your credit card, in some circumstances it might be the whole amount e.g. special offer. You can find each hotel’s policy under Hotel Policies in each hotel’s page. If you feel you have been charged incorrectly please contact the hotel directly.

What does pre- authorization mean?

Pre-authorization is a type of credit check that hotels can use to make sure that there are sufficient funds on a credit card to cover part or all of the cost of stay.

Why do I need to give my credit card details?

Zantehotels4u.com requests credit card details in order to charge the 15% or 20% (for the Best Seller hotels) of the total amount as a deposit to secure your booking. Your credit card will be pre-authorized to ensure sufficient funds are available. The hotel will only charge your credit card if you have requested a non-refundable room or if it  is stated under hotel cancellation policy, found under ‘Hotel Policies’ and room ‘conditions.

Which credit cards can I use to complete my booking?

To guarantee a reservation via Zantehotels4u.com all hotels accept: MasterCard, Visa. Some hotels also accept other credit cards for the actual payment of stay; these will be indicated during the booking process.

Are my credit card details safe?

Zantehotels4u.com uses a secure connection for your booking: your personal data and credit card details are encrypted. Our secure server uses ‘Secure Socket Layer’ (SSL) technology, the online industry’s standard.Our SSL certificate has been issued by Thawte.

The credit card that I used to make a reservation is no longer valid. What should I do?

Please contact directly zantehotels4u.com or the hotel. You can find their contact information in your confirmation email or online via "My Booking". For security reasons, never provide your credit card details by email.

Directions

Where can I find the address of the hotel?

You can see the hotel’s address at the top of the hotel’s page on Zantehotels4u.com. It is also included in your booking confirmation email.

Where can I find directions to the hotel?

In your confirmation email you will find a link to a route planner, with the hotel’s details already entered - just choose your starting point

Extra facilities

How do I know if the hotel has parking facilities and how can I reserve it?

Under ‘Hotel Facilities’ you can see if the hotel has parking, and if any restrictions apply. If the hotel requests that you reserve parking, please contact them directly with the contact information provided in your booking confirmation.

How can I find out that the hotel offers a shuttle service and how can I book it?

If the hotel offers a shuttle service it will be listed under ‘Hotel Facilities’, by ‘Services’. Once you have made your reservation you can arrange the airport shuttle directly with the hotel. The hotel’s contact information is listed in your booking confirmation. Please remember to have your flight details ready.

Can the hotel store my baggage before check in or after check out?

If the hotel has a baggage storage it will be displayed on the hotel’s page under "Hotel Facilities". For more information regarding the hotel’s facilities on baggage storage please contact the hotel directly using the contact details provided after completing the booking

How do I find out if a hotel has a certain facility, e.g. an elevator?

Under ‘Hotel Facilities’ you can see a list of all the hotel’s facilities, activities and services.

Hotel Policies

I will be arriving earlier/later than the stated check-in time. Can I still check-in?

Usually this is not a problem; you can arrange for an after-hours check-in with most hotels. However, you should always confirm with the hotel. You can use the ‘Special Requests’ box in the booking process to inform them of your estimated arrival time in writing. Once you’ve received your confirmation you can follow-up with the hotel directly using the contact information provided.

What are the check-in and check-out times of a hotel?

Times vary from property to property and when accommodations are at full occupancy there may be a small delay.
Normal check in is between 2pm-4pm.
Normal check out time is between 11am-12pm

How do I get more information about the room or hotel facilities?

Room facilities are clearly listed under each room type. To see the full list and photos just click on your desired room type. You can find all of the hotel facilities just below the block of room types under ‘Hotel Facilities’.

I want to check out after the stated check out time. What should I do?

A late check-out can only be arranged with the hotel and usually depends on availability at the time of your stay. You can ask about the possibility at the front desk upon arrival.

I want a smoking room however I can only choose a non-smoking room. How can I request a smoking room?

If there are no rooms listed as 'smoking rooms', it means that the hotel does not allow smoking in rooms.

How do I find out if a hotel allows pets?

Pet policies are always displayed on the hotel’s page under "Hotel Policies".

Payments

I am entering my credit card details, when will I pay?

Initially zantehotels4u.com  charges your credit card with 15% or 20% ( for the Best Sellers Hotels) of the total amount as a deposit in order  to secure your booking. The hotel reserves the right to pre-authorize or charge your credit card with an amount either as a deposit or the whole amount in case of a special offer. You can find each hotel’s reservation policy under Hotel Policies in the hotel’s page. The rest of the amount is paid at the hotel, according to the terms mentioned in the hotel’s page and in the confirmation e-mail.

Does the hotel need a deposit or a payment in advance?

Most hotels do not require an advance payment or deposit. If they do, you will find the details under ‘Hotel Policies’ on the hotel’s Zantehotels4u.com page and in your confirmation email.

Can I pay for my stay in advance?

It depends on the hotel. Please contact the hotel after your booking to be sure, and to make necessary arrangements. You can find the hotel’s contact information your confirmation email or online at My Booking.

Can I pay for my stay at the hotel with a different credit card than the one used to make the reservation?

We strongly recommend to send a payment in cash. Please ensure that cash is accepted by the hotel.

Pricing

What does the price include?

All facilities listed under the room type are included in the room price. To see the facilities, just click on the room name. Also all taxes are included in the room price. This information will also be in your confirmation email and on My Booking’.

Are the rates shown on Zantehotels4u.com per person or per room?

The rate we show is for the room for the entire length of the stay, unless otherwise stated in the room type and description.

Is breakfast included in the price?

This depends on the hotel and the room type. You can see if it is included by checking the text just below the room name.

Do I pay a deposit to Zantehotels4u.com?

Zantehotels4u.com will charge your credit card 15% or 20% (for the Best Seller Hotels) of the total amount as a deposit to secure your reservation. The remaining balance 85% or 80% can be paid on arrival. All prices quotes include taxes, so no hidden extra charges will be made. The price you see is the price you pay!  In case of cancellation/change of the reservation please check information provided under the section cancellation/change of the reservation or contact us by e-mail info@zantehotels4u.com

Does Zantehotels4u.com offer any special consideration discounts, or discounts with airline or hotel loyalty cards?

Zantehotels4u.com offers you the best available rates for the dates of your stay. It is not possible to have any further reductions on the price.

Do I pay the full price for my child(ren)?

Information regarding children is located under ‘Hotel Policies’; please take note of the following:
Added costs for children, if any, are not included in the reservation price.
During the online booking process please place your request for any extra bed in the comments box provided.
If you’ve already booked your room, just click on the link provided in your email confirmation and on Manage My Booking to request an extra bed.
We suggest calling the hotel prior to arrival to guarantee your request. You will find the hotel’s contact information in your confirmation email.
You can always contact us to confirm availability, before you book.

What additional charges will I have?

For your accommodation, you will only be charged for any extras that you book locally. Local charges may be made for mini bars, room service, spa facilities, laundry, air conditioning and sports facilities.

Reservation Process

How do I make a booking on Zantehotels4u.com ?

You can book on the Internet 24 hours a day on the Zantehotels4u.com website or call our team of holiday exerts by calling (0030) 26950 41480
  • Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday 9am to 5pm 
  • Sunday 9am to 2 pm.

Can I book a holiday if I do not have an e-mail address?

Yes you can by phoning our fully trained call centre staff who will then be able to assist you (see above opening hours).

How can I make a special request? For example: a sea view, twin beds, room on a certain floor or dietary needs?

During the booking process you can enter any special requests into the ‘Remarks’ box on the ‘Contact Info’ page. Once you have received your booking confirmation you can follow up with the hotel directly to confirm that your request can be met.

How do I make a group booking?

Please fill in the form in the section Group Brookings or sent us an e-mail at info@zantehotels4u.com  with the following details: Party size, date of arrival, number of nights, destination and hotel name (if known), how many rooms you require and how the party splits into each room (please ensure to include details of children and their ages, holiday budget, lead name) and daytime contact details. Group reservations may carry different cancellation policies from those stated on the hotel’s page.

Room Types

We have children; can we get extra beds in the room?

Information regarding children and extra beds is located under ‘Hotel Policies’, please take note of the following: Added costs for children, if any, are not included in the reservation price.
 
During the online booking process please place your request for any extra bed in the comments box provided. We recommend calling the hotel prior to arrival to guarantee your request. You will find the hotel’s contact information in your confirmation email.
You can always contact us to confirm availability, before you book.

What's the difference between a Double room and a Twin room?

A Double Room has one double bed and a Twin Room has 2 single beds. If a room is called Double/Twin, it can be set up for either type. You can specify your bed-type preference in the ‘Special Requests’ box during the booking process

What does “Super Deal”, “ Non-refundable” “special conditions” etc. mean next to my room type?

It means that the policies for that room type differ from normal hotel policy, usually because of a special low rate.

Searching

Where can I find the hotel’s telephone number and/or email address?

All of the hotel’s details, including telephone and email address, are provided in the online booking confirmation, confirmation email and in  My Booking.

How can I see how much a hotel room costs?

Once you have entered the dates of your stay, the rates will be clearly displayed along with the available room types.

Can I make a booking for tonight on your website?

Yes, it is possible. Please take extra care when entering all of your information, especially your credit card number, as we may not have enough time to contact you to amend any errors, which could jeopardize your reservation.

How do I find only available hotels for the period I want to stay?

Zantehotels4U.com automatically shows only those hotels that have availability for the dates you enter.

Can I search for hotels by price?

Yes, but only after you have entered a destination and your dates of travel. Once you have done this, you will be shown a list of available hotels. At the left hand side of the page you can see a ‘Sort by:’ which includes the option of sorting the hotels by price. When you click on ‘price’ you can sort the hotels by price, combined with specific available room types.

Where is the location of the hotel?

On the left hand side of the hotel’s Zantehotels4U.com page you can see a map; by clicking on ‘Show Map’ you can see the hotel’s location. The hotel you are looking at will be tagged in orange; nearby hotels are tagged in blue. Your confirmation email will also contain a link that allows you to map your route to the hotel.

How can I search for hotels that have rooms large enough for families?

After you have entered your destination and the number of adults and children and started your search you will see a list of hotels. The hotels shown will be those that can match your specific requirements.

Weather in Zante

How is the weather in Zakynthos?

Zakynthos is an island with Mediterranean climate. I t has hot sunny summer and mild rainy winter. Summer rains are rare in Zante, while during winter the rainfalls are plenty and the humidity level is high enough even during the summer.

Greece Crisis

What happens with the crisis in Greece? Isn’t Zakynthos affected by it?

The strikes that happen mostly in the urban centers are local strikes and they do not affect Zante. Zakynthos is an island oriented in tourism and is located about 350 km. away from Athens or about 5 hours.

Transportation in Zante

How can I travel to Zakynthos by air?

If you wish to travel to Zakynthos by air, during the summer months daily flights from Athens to Zante are available. The flight lasts about 55 minutes. From April to October many European companies organize their own charter flights directly to Zante Airport. Zante Airport is about 4 km. away from Zante Town. You can book online a taxi or mini bus at www.zantetaxi4u.com to reach your destination.
For reservations please contact: +30 210 9666666, or directly to the Olympic Airlines.

How can I travel to Zakynthos by bus?

You can travel to Zakynthos by bus departing from Athens, Patras and Thessaloniki.

  • Athens to Zakynthos: The trip lasts about 5 hours (4 hours on the road and one hour for the ferry). For any inquiries or reservations please call at: Athens KTEL: +30 210 5129432, Zakynthos Ktel: +30 26950 22255, +30 26950 42656.
  • Patras to Zakynthos: The trip lasts about 2 hours (1 hour on the road and one hour for the ferry). For any inquiries or reservations please call at: Patras KTEL: +30 2610 272246
  • Thessaloniki to Zakynthos: The trip lasts about 9 hours (8 hours on the road and one hour for the ferry) and the bus goes through the areas Thessaloniki – Katerini – Larisa – Almiros – Volos – Lamia. For any inquiries or reservations please call at:
  • Thessaloniki KTEL +30 2310- 551057, +30 2310 – 550628,
  • Katerini KTEL +30 23510 - 23383, +30 23510 -29630,
  • Larisa KTEL +30 2410 – 554111,
  • Almiros – Volos KTEL +30 24220 - 21559, +30 24220 -24491,
  • Lamia KTEL +30 22310 -93094, +30 22310 93890.

How can I travel to Zakynthos by Ferry?

If you wish to travel to Zakynthos by Ferry there are daily routes from Killini Port. The trip lasts about 1 hour. For any inquiries or reservations please call at:

  • Zante Port +30 26950-22083, +30 256950 -41500, +30 26950 - 48267 FAX: +30 26950 – 48301,
  • Killini Port +30 26230-92422, +30 26230 - 92100, +30 26230 – 92385 or
  • Athens offices: +30 210-3249997, +30 210 -4174459.
  • Moreover during the summer months there are daily routes from and to Cephalonia through Agios Nikolaos Volimon.

How can I move around in Zakynthos?

To move around in Zakynthos you can hire a car, take a taxi or bike if you don’t have your own, or use the local bus that performs daily shuttles. For inquiries or reservations you can call at: +30 26950 22255, +30 26950 42656.

Beaches in Zante

Laganas Beaches

Laganas-Lively & Fun
Laganas beach is approximately 9 km in length and one of the longest beaches in Greece. From the main stretch of Laganas beach you can take a number of boat trips - to the Keri Caves and Marathonisi Island. A wide selection of beach bars and taverns are available on the beach. lf you are looking for a perfectly tranquil spot to laze, head further away in either direction from the centre of the main beach resort.

Agios Sostis - Escape from the Crowds
Further around the coastline of Laganas you will find the beach Agios Sostis, a long narrow, pebble stretch with sunbeds and umbrellas. Bars and taverns line the coast road offering magnificent views to Marathonisi.

Porto Koukla -Tropical Paradise
You can walk along the beach from Laganas, cycle or stroll through the olive groves to Porto Koukla beach. The best place to enjoy Porto Koukla is the Tropics Bar at the Gloria Maris Hotel situated right on the sea. From the Tropics Bar you can hire a private boat by the hour, or take a boat trip to Marathonisi Island, the Keri Caves or even head out for turtle spotting in Laganas bay.

Tsilivi Beaches

Tsilivi - Fun in the Sun
Starting at the Balcony Hotel, Tsilivi Beach stretches for several kilometres along the north east coast. The main stretch of beach is easily accessible from Tsilivi and consists of soft sand that gently shelves into the sea. A good selection of water sports is available at Tsilivi, including pedaloes, paragliding, jet skis and windsurfing. The resort of Tsilivi has a wide selection of shops, supermarkets, bars and restaurants.

The beaches of Bouka, Tragaki, Aboula, Kipseli, Psarou, Amoudi - Chill Out for the Day
Between the main resort beaches of Tsilivi and Alykes, a number of charming and relaxing beaches provide great facilities as you head up the coast. Beaches at Bouka, Tragaki, Aboula, Kipseli, Amoudi and Psarou to name a few are quiet sandy retreats. Great for snorkelling and not as busy as the main resort beaches, they generate a sense of serenity. These areas are very traditional with some of the best taverns and bars on the island.

Kalamaki Beaches

Kalamaki - Sparkling in Paradise
Kalamaki is a long, sandy beach. A rocky cliff, at the far end of Kalamaki beach, consisting of gypsum, sparkles and glistens in the sun. Walking from the Crystal Beach Hotel you can head off on a long walk through Laganas as far as Porto Koukla. The beach at Kalamaki has restricted closing times in the evening, due to the nesting of the Loggerhead turtles. This is a very popular beach for families and for those who want to enjoy a beach walk or a jog before the sunset, when the beach closes.

Vasilikos Beaches

Porto Zoro - The Azurro Beach Club
Beach Clubs provide a great summer buzz in Zakynthos. The Azurro Beach Club at Porto Zoro boasts one of the classiest places to laze your time away. Porto Zoro is located in one of the most picturesque regions of the island with lush green vegetation and a backdrop of the deep blue seascape. At the far end of the beach you can treat yourself to a body pack with mineral rich mud. The clusters of rocks that jut out of the sea at the far end of the beach are a great for exploring and snorkelling. A parking area is set aside close to the Azurro Beach Club which is well signposted.

Banana Beach – A Touch of Paradise
Banana Beach - one of the longest stretches of beach in Zakynthos is great for a casual stroll or a brisk beach walk. Popular with locals and tourists alike, the sea here is shallow and crystal clear. Bars line the beach giving shade from the sun, hammocks, swings, and delicious snacks. Banana Beach often has lovely breezes - ideal for those hotter spells in the middle of summer.

Saint Nicholas - Buzzing Beach Clubs
St Nicholas is a very popular beach. With a superb range of water sports and to add a thrill to your day a scuba diving school at the far end of the beach. In the peak of summer it can become crowded due to its popularity. Kookis beach next door also provides a delightful haven in the heat of the summer with a beach tavern serving delicious Creek cuisine. The Ammos Beach Club is considered to be one of top beach clubs in Europe. For the athletes amongst you, you can also enjoy a fun game of beach volley or racquet ball down on the sand.

Plaka Beach - A Delightful Ambience
The entrance to Plaka Beach is right in the heat of St Nicholas Village. Plaka Beach is very pretty with fine soft sand. The beach at Plaka is great for relaxing in a lovely grass area above the beach where you can lie back and top up your tan without getting sand between your toes!

Gerakas - Stunning Sunsets
The very southern-most beach of Zakynthos Gerakas Beach, is long and sandy with spectacular jagged cliff framing the beach. Gerakas is one of the most important beaches within the National Marine Park, where the Caretta Caretta Loggerhead turtles lay their eggs. Access is forbidden from half an hour before sunset to half an hour after dawn. At Gerakas Beach be sure to visit the Eco Centre a natural wildlife information centres. The Eco Centre is currently involved in raising funds to build the first sea turtle rescue centre in Zakynthos.

Alykes - Alykanas Beaches

Alykes & Alykanas - Crystal Clear Oasis
The beaches of Alykanas and Alykes are separated by the River Skourtis. With soft sand and shallow waters they are ideal for children. A wide range of water sports are available at both ends of these beaches making them perfect for a ‘family day out' by the sea. The resorts of Alykes & Alykanas have a delightful selection of little souvenir shops, bars and restaurants. With plenty of free parking, these beaches also make a great stop off point for a refreshing swim when heading to the far north of the island.

Argasi Beaches

Argasi
Argasi beach is a narrow beach lined with taverns and hotels. Argasi has the best selection of water sports in Zakynthos. The resort of Argasi has developed around the beach and is compact and comfortable. Argasi beach is easily accessible with free parking close nearby.

Volimes Beaches

Shipwreck: A Smugglers Haven
The most famous beach in Zakynthos –Nauagio is also known as Shipwreck bay. This beach can only be reached by boat.  With white pebble sand and extraordinary turquoise waters the scene is quite out of this world. Towering cliffs form a backdrop to the hull of the ship stranded in the middle of the beach. The turquoise colour of the water is created by the reflection of the sun on the chalk bed lying on ocean floor.

Porto Vromi - Head out on the Sea
Porto Vromi is a pretty bay with a small beach and snack bar. Private boat trips, pedaloes and canoes are on hire. A number of boat trips are also available. As your boat leaves the bay at Porto Vromi, you'll spot the naturally created profile of the sea god Poseidon weathered into the cliff! Porto Vromi is a delightful spot to visit when you're touring the west coast.
 

Limnionas & Porto Roxa- lnlet swimming
The neighbouring beaches of Limnionas and Porto Roxa are situated centrally on the north western coast. Both of them provide magnificent clear waters for swimming. The sapphire waters at Limnionas are fresh and deep, surrounded with coves to explore. You'll enjoy sunbathing here on the rocks after a refreshing swim in the sparkling waters'. The family run tavern at Limnionas is renowned for its fresh fish. At Porto Roxa the diving platforms are sure to add a thrill to your day. Lounging areas around the tavern are many and free sun beds are available. Porto Roxa can be reached by car from the village of Agios Leon and also from the coastal road of Limnionas.

Xigia - Sulphur Sea Spa
Unique in Zakynthos the beach at Xigia is extraordinary - cool sulphur spring waters, fresh from the hills above, pour down into the sea creating a natural sulphur sea-water spa. Therapeutic bathing in the turquoise waters at Xigia is great for the skin and hair. The beach itself is small with just a few sun beds and umbrellas.  There's a little canteen at the top of the hill above the beach and a unique pulley and basket system rolls up and down from the canteen above to the beach below!

Agios Nikolaos - Shade in the Sun
The beach at St Nicholas provides another departure point for boat trips to the Blue Caves and Nauagio Bay. St Nicholas is a pretty port with a pebble bay and shady trees lining the beach. There is a wonderful selection of taverns overlooking the sea.

Skinari - Northern Tip of Zakynthos
The Lighthouse at Skinari does not actually include a beach as such but boats depart throughout the day for the Blue Caves and also for Nauagio Bay. Follow the sign and head down numerous stairs to the sea below, dive into the sapphire waters and swim to the left for about fifty meters. You will spot a small entrance to one of the blue caves. Muster up your courage and swim on in. This is a marvellous experience, not to be missed.

Makris Gialos - Delightful Water & Ambience
lf you're in the mood to enjoy a swim or try your luck with a snorkel the waters at small pebble beach of Makris Gialos are crystal clear and delightfully refreshing. This is another popular departure point for boat trips to the Blue Caves. There's a snack bar and sun beds on the beach to laze. There's also the Pilarinos camping up on the hill overlooking the bay. Makris Gialos is a great stopping-off point in the heat of the summer sun.

Micro Nisi- Charming & Rustic

Just a couple of kilometres further north the charming fishing village of Micro Nisi is not to be missed. Whitewashed houses, geraniums and urns gives Micro Nisi a traditional charm all of its own. You can enjoy a swim in the bays around the village.

Keri Beaches

Marathonisi island -Turtle island
Marathonisi is a small island in the Bay of Laganas. It is also known as ‘Turtle island' because when you view the island from a distance it actually resembles the shape of a giant turtle. The island is a major nesting ground for the Caretta- Caretta and it is carefully protected within the jurisdiction of the National Marine Park. You can visit the island by private boats or on organized tours. There are two beautiful beaches, with caves to explore. For sun-lovers the sandy beach is an ideal spot to relax in a completely natural environment. The island offers no snack bars, electricity or anything that may disturb the turtles.

Limni Keri - A Tranquil Haven
The small pebbly beach at Limni Keri is lined with restaurants and bars. The beach at Keri is a popular departure point for boat trips to the Keri Caves and Marathonisi Island. Keri has a great selection of taverns and cafes, the famous Rock Cafe, and Mythos. They often provide concerts and special events during the balmy evenings.

Marathia - Wild and Wonderful
Marathia Cape is a lovely region, located behind Keri - rarely crowded even in peak season. This is a great place for total relaxation if you want to get away from it all. There are no beach bars or commercial developments on these beaches, although the dotted with marvellous taverns. The pebbly beach in Marathia is very pretty with clean deep water. They are lined with olive trees, which offer welcome shade from the midday heat.

Shipwreck or Nauagio: A Smugglers Haven

 

Shipwreck: A Smugglers Haven 
 
The most famous beach in Zakynthos –Nauagio is also known as Shipwreck bay. This beach can only be reached by boat.  With white pebble sand and extraordinary turquoise waters the scene is quite out of this world. Towering cliffs form a backdrop to the hull of the ship stranded in the middle of the beach. The turquoise colour of the water is created by the reflection of the sun on the chalk bed lying on ocean floor.
 
 

 

Zante Local Products

Which are the local products and where can I find them?

Zakynthos has a rich agricultural production. Consequently you can find fresh local products in very affordable prices. These are:

  • Pasteli
  • Mantolato
  • Mantoles
  • Ladotyri cheese
  • Wine
  • Raisins
  • Oil
  • Honey

You can find most of the products everywhere small from mini markets or bigger super markets. The most residents are involved in agricultural production that’s why you should ask them and they will let you know where you can find local products at affordable prices.

Gay friendly hotels in Zante

Are there any gay friendly hotels in Zakynthos?

In Zante you can find hotels or studios whose owners are particularly open minded and accept the individuality and preferences of their guests.

Zantehotels4u.com currently co-operates with Two Brothers Studios in Kalamaki and Marinos Hotel in Kalamaki which are gay friendly.

Traditions in Zante

Traditions in Zante

Tradition is an important part of life in Zakynthos. Very characteristic of Zante is the Easter, the Carnival and the annual festival held in honor of St. Dionysios the patron Saint of Zante.

Easter: The Holy Week before Easter in Zakynthos is very solemn and moving. There are unique traditions that are not found in any other region of the country and were formed under the specific historical conditions and influences that Zakynthos accepted through the ages. You will be fascinated by the procession of the Crucified at midday on Holy Friday, the church of St. Nicholas Mole, and the blessing of the crowd with the Crucified by the Bishop of Zakynthos. The devout atmosphere during the procession of the Epitaph, which takes place at 4 am on the morning of Holy Saturday, is a moving and enthralling experience. The custom has taken place on island since 1644. The rest of Greece holds the Epitaph procession on the eve of Holy Friday. “Gloria in excelsis Deo” is Latin for “Glory to the God in the highest”. This well-known doxology can be heard from the Metropolitan Cathedral following the return of the Epitaph. The hymn can be heard at the same time in St. Mark’s square signifying the first resurrection. The traditional breaking of terracotta pitchers follows, much to the delight of onlookers.

Carnival: Zakynthos Carnival was linked throughout the centuries with the progress of the island in time and space and deeply influenced by the Venetians and the peculiar local customs and traditions. Each year takes place the Povero Carnival, where a King of the Carnival is burned, and every one hopes that through the ashes will remain alive the spark of the next Carnival.

Giostra: The Giostra is an equestrian contest. The exact date of origin is not known, but the Giostra began as a joust between rivals. With time, however, it has evolved primarily as the most important event of the year. This custom has a direct connection with Carnival and in the past years the event took place on the Thursday before Carnival. Today the Giostra is carried out by the association “Giostra di Zante”, twice a year: on the day of the feast of Saint George and the weekend of the Holy Spirit.

Feasts in Zante:

  • Two annual major festivals are held in honor of Agios Dionysios, Saint Patron of Zakynthos.

The first festival is on the 24th of August and is held in memory of the transportation of the Saint's body from the monastery of Strofades to the church of Agios Dionysios, where it still is today.
The second festival is celebrated on the 17th of December, date of the death of the saint.
Both festivals are lasting three days and consist in various religious ceremonies followed by traditional dances and music accompanied by local food and wine; those feats attract thousands of people and pilgrims from all over the island and from other parts of Greece.
 

  • Feast of Agia Mavra

The celebration of the name day of Agia Mavra is held on the 3rd of May.This celebration begins with a religious ceremony in the church of the same name which is located in the village of Maherado. Then the feast continues with banquets and traditional dances on the village's square.
 

  • Feast of the Virgin Mary

Like in every other part of Greece, the celebration of the Virgin Mary (on the 15th of August) is one of the most important feasts in Zakynthos. A religious ceremony is held in honor of the Virgin, followed by dances, eating and drinking until dawn. All the islanders gathered on the 15th of August to participate to the feast in the villages of Vasilikos and Katastari.
 

  • Wine Feast

A wine festival is organized in the capital of Zakynthos. This wine feast takes place from the last days of August to the first days of September during which the excellent wines produced by the island can be tasted.
 

  • Feast of Spiliotissa

It is celebrated on the 8th of September in the village of Orthonies. The feast of Spiliotissa consists, like every religious feast in a religious ceremony is followed by traditional music, dances, food and wine.

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