by Isabella Perkins
Zante’s stunning array of beaches and mountains is made for romance. Imagine strolling along pearlescent beaches with your beloved, your walk soundtracked by waves lapsing gently around you. Envision long afternoons spent strolling through verdant mountainsides and stopping off at clifftop viewpoints.
Once it’s sundown, the island’s restaurants, with their local wines and meze platters, offer the perfect end to a truly idyllic day. All in all, Zante, for couples, has all the right ingredients for an unforgettable romantic break. Here’s what to do when you get there…
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This collection of caves is only accessible by sea, so you’ll need to book onto an organised boat trip to see them. Situated on the southwestern coast of Zante, the Keri Caves comprise a selection of caverns ranging from narrow spots, scarcely big enough to swim in, to larger inlets which you can row around.
Experiencing such natural wonder is soothing, idyllic and a lovely way to see the surrounding coastline. Oh, and don’t forget to take a picture when you’re there – a couples’ selfie with this backdrop is guaranteed to rack up the Likes on Instagram or Facebook.
You can’t visit Zante without soaking up at least some of the local historic sights. The Venetian Castle above Zakynthos Town, the island’s capital, offers rich views of the surrounding bay and an insight into the region’s past. The fortification is said to date back to the late 15th century, a time when the islanders were defending against Turkish invaders.
Set amidst a stunning park, which was the site of an ancient acropolis, the castle and its surrounds simply ooze beauty and history. Why not make a romantic picnic in the convenience of your holiday rental kitchen, then spend a day on the hillside? Together, you can walk in the footsteps of Venetians and take in the magnificent views of the city below.
Secluded sunspots are often what makes holidays in Zante for couples so special. The Porto Limnionas bay is a combination of gleaming sands, turquoise waters and endearing caves.
Get down early as seating here is limited – partly what makes this spot so special – then spend a few hours bathing in the Mediterranean sun with that special someone. It’s not far from the village of Agios Leon and is also within driving distance from most places on the island.
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Pack your hiking boots and head up the Vrachionas mountain. Also spelled Vrakhionas or Braxionas (translated from the Greek alphabet), it’s a short drive from Zakynthos Town and rewards climbers with stunning views far out over the Ionian Sea. Savour the scenery with your partner, take an amorous selfie or simply kick back and let the mountain breeze take you both to a tranquil place.
The road that climbs the mountain passes through a number of small villages, which are picturesque in every sense of the word. It’s verging on impossible to travel through these settlements and not find yourselves fantasising about a sleepier, sun-kissed life in rural Greece.
Every couple is different, and you might be culture vultures in search of the fascinating historical insights. If you’re two budding history geeks, and the heat of the day ever gets too much, take a trip to the Byzantine Museum in Zakynthos. Spread over two floors, it’s full of wood carvings and oil paintings of iconic figures from the Byzantine era.
The square where the museum is based, Dionysios Solomos Square, was largely destroyed during an earthquake in 1953. Visiting the area serves to remind you of the hardships brought by the earthquake, and the rebuilt square is a poignant reminder of the resilience of the Zakynthian people.
Watch this space for more information on Villa Plus properties in Zante. In the meantime, check out romantic destinations elsewhere in the Greek Islands, which will suit everyone from couples on their first shared holiday to newlyweds or long-term soulmates looking for something extra special.
Isabella Perkins is a freelance travel writer best known for writing about self-catering holidays. Her writing tends to have a family focus, and she is in the middle of writing a new travel guide due to be published next year.
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