Zakynthos Yacht Charters
Explore island Zakynthos on your luxury yacht charter in Greece
Called the “flower of the East,” Zakynthos is straight out of a fairytale; offering a varied landscape of verdant valleys, sandy shores, jagged mountains, hidden coves and more than 7,000 species of flowers sprawling throughout.
With this inherent adoration of nature comes a respect for the creatures that wander its lands; and Zakynthos is careful to protect its two most endangered animal species: the caretta sea turtle and the monachus seal.
Named after the first believed inhabitant of the island – the son of Dardanos, ancient ruler of Frigia – Zakynthos is the third largest island in the Ionian Sea. Ruled by the Venetians from 1484 to 1797, remnants of their influence can still be seen in the island’s architectural footprint, including a unique, Venetian-built fort. While much of the original buildings were destroyed in the 1953 earthquake and the fires that ensued, today, the town has been rebuilt. While the new structures were put in place with stronger anti-seismic specifications, architects were careful to retain much of the same aesthetic as the original buildings. Thus, visiting Zakynthos is not too different from turning back a page of Greek history; making this island a true Venetian gem amongst a sea of Grecian treasures.
Plan your private Greece yacht charter adventure through the Ionian Sea today, and time travel through ancient history on the island of Zakynthos.
Things to Do and See on Zakynthos
Solomos Square: Housing a sculpture of D. Solomos, the national poet of Greece, as the main focal point, Solomos Square is surrounded by architectural gems, arch-shaped windows and beautiful, elongated arcades. The site of Zákynthos’ Public Library and the Post-Byzantine Museum of Zante, two key haunts on the island, Solomos Square boasts a vibrant culture and bustling streets; fitting, given that it is named after the man who wrote the Greek National Hymn.
Strata Marina: Once of the most visited parts of the island, Strata Marina is the portion of K. Lomvardou Street that is lined with colorful cafes, popular bars and delicious, local restaurants – and all along the border of the Ionian Sea. Stretching from Solomos Square to the church of the patron-saint Aghios Dionysios, Strata Marina is the perfect place to shop, dine or drink amidst stunning horizon views.
Navagio Beach: Located on the southern part of the island, Navagio Beach’s white pebble seafloor, surrounding limestone cliffs and secluded entrance, accessible only by boat, give it an air of exclusivity. Named after the shipwreck of Panagiotis in the 1980s – believed to be a smugglers’ ship, the remnants of which are still there today – this quiet haven is often referred to as “ Smugglers Cove.”
Stranis Hill: Thought to be the place that inspired Dionysios Solomos to write the “Hymn to Liberty,” which later became the Greek National Hymn, Stranis Hill was the property of Ludwig Stranis, a close friend of the poet, in the early 1800s. Today, it is regarded for its beautiful views: the verdant plains of Zákynthos’, Kefalonia, the Ionian Sea, and in the distance, Greece’s mainland.