Zante Villa Holidays
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Introduction to Zante

Offering breathtaking unspoiled scenery, quiet and peaceful resorts, and some of Greece’s finest sandy beaches, the island of Zante is a Mediterranean paradise. From hilly and mountain landscapes, to charming whitewashed villages and an incredible array of wildlife, Zante villa holidays are all about relaxing and getting back to nature.

Whether you crave a laid-back getaway in the countryside or a more central location with secluded coves, local tavernas and bustling bars, villas to rent in Zante cater to all. From traditional and charming settings like Agios Sostis, to towns like Laganas that come alive at night, the resorts here provide a truly memorable break.

Try water sports like diving and swimming in crystal clear seas filled with loggerhead turtles or head to the famous and beautiful Shipwreck beach; explore the island’s mountains, lush green landscapes and forests on foot or horseback; or treat your taste buds to delicious Greek dishes at tavernas and restaurants. Alternatively, each of our villas in Zante comes with a private pool, so you can enjoy the scenery and sunshine without leaving the property – relax as you read, work on your tan and dine alfresco as the sun sets.

Villas in Zante, Greece

With a choice of 6 resorts, you can take your pick from more than 40 exclusive, hand-selected and luxury villas in Zante, each with a range of free extras such as heated pools and games tables. Additionally, each property has been chosen by the Villa Plus team for its location, including beach and sea views as well as countryside options, helping to deliver your dream holiday.

Whether you decide to stay in the villages of Tsilivi or Argasi, the quaint resort of Agios Sostis, or bustling Laganas, our private villas in Zante are ideal for a truly personalised and stress-free holiday with the option to do as little or as much as you want. This is because our Zante villas come with pools, barbeques and more, allowing you to soak up the sun in privacy or head out to explore this stunning island as you wish.

Available with 1 to 5 bedrooms and able to accommodate up to 10 people, our villas to rent in Zante are suitable for couples, families and small groups. So, no matter who you want to travel with, there are bound to be holiday lettings in Zante that will match your requirements.

Best for...
  • Endless golden sand beaches
  • Stunning sunsets
  • Culinary Greek delights
  • Turtle spotting in Laganas Bay
  • Waterparks - great family fun
  • Boat tours to the shipwreck

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Where is Zante?

Zante – also known as Zakynthos – is the third largest of the Ionian Islands, located off the South West Coast of mainland Greece, in the Ionian Sea. The coastline stretches for over 75 miles with a dramatic landscape, rolling hills, as well as olive groves and lemon trees wherever you look. Car hire is recommended for exploring and to capture that all important snapshot of Navagio Beach of course - the famous iconic shipwreck.

What's the weather like?

Stay with Villa Plus in Zante between May and October, and enjoy a warm climate throughout. Long sunny days in July and August often see temperatures reaching above 30°C. Or, if you’d prefer something a little more on the mild side, visit the island in the balmy shoulder months and still see temperatures in the mid-20s.

Is the nightlife good?

Laid back Zante is more about beachside dining and cocktails at sunset, than neon-lit strips. Tsilivi comes to life at night with an array of bars and restaurants offering something to suit all tastes. Or there’s Zante Town, where you can enjoy a sophisticated night out in and around Solomas Square. For any real party-goers, Laganas is close enough for a night out but far enough away, never to be disturbed. The choice is yours!

What is the history of the island?

Over the years, Zante has fallen under many foreign occupations, most notably the Venetians, from 1497 – 1797, having the biggest influence in the architecture you will see in Zante Town today. The earthquake in 1953 destroyed much of the town but has since been restored in a way that retains its original charm.

What is Zante's culture like?

Zante Town is the cultural hub of the island with museums, churches and castles dotted around this attractive seaside town. A large festival takes place in the town on 24th August, in memory of Agios Dionysos, the Patron Saint of Zante – the large street procession has a wonderful atmosphere and is not to be missed.

What is there to do?

Life in Zante centres around its crystal-clear waters, which are simply irresistible. There are lots of boat trips available, whether you fancy swimming in the turquoise blue caves, catching a glimpse of the endangered loggerhead turtles or paying a visit to the famous shipwreck at Navagio Beach. There’s also plenty to keep the kids entertained, including waterparks, fun parks and mini golf whilst culture vultures will love wandering the streets of Zante Town.

What kind of food can I expect?

Like everywhere in Greece, Zante is the ultimate foodie’s paradise. Local specialities include Souvlaki, Moussaka, Kleftiko, Gyros and Baklava with honey. But don’t worry, if you’re not feeling adventurous, there’s an array of international options too, catering for all tastes.

Is Zante suitable for families?

With a sandy coastline stretching for miles and shallow crystal-clear waters, Zante makes the perfect beach getaway for families. Tsilivi is particularly geared towards kids and has a variety of things to do. Take a splash at the resort’s very own water park, tee up at the fantasy mini golf or race a mini go-kart of the Luna fun park – the choice is yours. Children will love taking a boat in search of the beautiful loggerhead turtles or sailing to the famous shipwreck at Navagio Beach. There’ll be plenty of free time to jump of the back of the boat for a swim too!

Villa Plus in Zante

Here at Villa Plus, our customers are always at the forefront of our minds and we believe that our handpicked self-catering villas, in Zante, give you a choice that you’ll struggle to resist. Whether you fancy a spot of luxury in a peaceful countryside retreat, spectacular sea views at sunset, or a central location that means you can walk to restaurants and the beach, we have everything covered.

The island has some spectacular scenery on offer so we recommend hiring a car, even if it’s just for a day or two. You can drive the coastal roads, explore some of the hidden gems and be sure to capture that iconic picture shipwreck at Navagio Beach from the viewpoint in the north.

As locals to the destination, we’re on hand 24-7 to ensure you have that perfect getaway that you’ve been dreaming of. We live and breathe the destination and want to ensure you leave Zante loving it just as much as we do.

We are members of ABTA which means you have the benefit of ABTA’s assistance and Code of Conduct and we provide financial protection for non-flight packages, by way of a bond held with ABTA. Plus, we strive to make the booking process as quick and easy as possible. You can book flights, car hire, transfers and insurance right here. This means you can spend less time organising your holiday and more time dreaming about time spent by your private pool.

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  • Heated Pool
    20 x 10 ft
  • Wifi
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Beach 1 mile
  • Free Air Con
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Zante Resorts

A family friendly island with great beaches, fun places to explore and the possibility of seeing a Loggerhead turtle swimming in the clear turquoise sea.

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Set on Zante’s East coast, Argasi is a beautiful seaside village in the foothills of mount Skopos and just 3 miles from Zante Town. The main road running through the resort is flanked by a wide variety of shops and restaurants plus, a lively selection of bars and tavernas. A fine sandy beach stretches alongside the resort too.

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Vasilikos, Zante’s South Western peninsula, offers some of the most stunning natural beauty on the island. Green pine forests, olive groves and local farms combine with idyllic sandy beaches and coves, all waiting to be discovered. The hub of the island’s National Marine Park, Vasilikos is also home to the protected Caretta Caretta loggerhead turtles, which return year after year to lay eggs on the sandy beaches.                                                                                                                          

Agios Sostis
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If you’re looking for a taste of real Greece, Agios Sostis (Aghios Sostis) is a great choice. There’s a small sandy beach with traditional tavernas lining the waterfront and views across the crystal clear waters to Turtle Island – stunning! This traditional resort is perfect for a relaxing holiday with livelier options within a short drive, including Zante Town and Kalamaki.

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The South West peninsular of Zante is home to Keri. This stunning peninsula is split into two distinct areas known as Limni Keri and Keri Village, each with their own unique character. The picturesque harbour and beach at Limni Keri is a great spot for lunch and the place to go for boat hire. Keri is also the most popular setting for spotting the protected loggerhead turtles. Keri Village is a traditional yet friendly place, home to one of the best places on the island to admire the sunset.

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Laganas, located on Zante's South East coast, is famed for its vibrant nightlife. The lively Strip is the central hub of this popular resort. Lined with bars, shops and restaurants, you'll never be short of entertainment. During the daytime, relax at the long, sandy beach that spans the resort.

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Things to do in Zante

Zante (Zakynthos) is said to have one of the best coastlines in the Mediterranean so it’s no surprise that life here centres around sun, sea and sand!

Blue Caves Cruise

Natural geological formations have led to the creation of many caves along the coast of Zante. Some can be explored by boat and others by swimming. The reflection of the sun on the turquoise waters within these magical caverns, gives the caves their name. A wonderful experience not to be missed!

Marathonisi Island

Many of the boat excursions include a stop-off at Marathonisi Island, which is not only a popular nesting spot for the Loggerhead turtles but it’s also shaped like one too! For that reason, it’s more commonly known as Turtle Island. Facilities wise, there’s little more than floating tuck shops serving drinks, ice creams and snacks. That’s the beauty of it - you can just sit back, relax and take in that fresh sea air.

Shipwreck Beach

The stunning Navagio Beach and shipwreck is undoubtedly the icon of Zante. The only way of setting foot on its shores is by boat. Alternatively, you can capture the picture perfect shot from a viewpoint in the north of the island.

Turtle Spotting Cruise

Zante is home to the Loggerhead turtle, an endangered species who nest on the beaches here. There are many boat excursions on offer to catch a glimpse of these beautiful sea creatures in their natural environment. Your best chance to see them is from June through to August.

Zante Town

This vibrant coastal town is the capital of Zante with a strong Venetian influence that comes to life at night. Combining history, culture, shopping and dining, it’s definitely worth the trip out. By day, wander the cobbled streets up to the Venetian castle or enjoy a Greek meze along the waterfront. By night, venture to one of the many bars and restaurants in town itself or head to Bochali Hill and enjoy a drink overlooking the twinkling lights of the town below.

Beaches in Zante

Zante's beautiful beaches are a mixture of golden sandy plains and intimate pebbly coves, with something to suit everyone. You can be sure to find crystalline waters whichever option you choose. You'll find many long bays lined with beach bars and restaurants and plenty of facilities. Alternatively, there are many smaller natural beaches with limited facilities. Some are only accessible by boat and tend to be located in the north of the island. Watersports such as snorkelling and diving are on offer but only away from the famous loggerhead turtles that nest on the Bay of Laganas. As you can imagine, turtle spotting cruises are very popular here and make a wonderful excursion.

Gaidaros Beach

Located in Tragaki, just north of Tsilivi, this sandy bay has an abundance of trees that provide a wonderful green backdrop. Small boats moor up close to the shore plus there’s a taverna and sunbeds available for hire. You have views towards both Bouka and Tsilivi Beaches from there.

Agios Sostis Beach

This small, picturesque beach sits within the beautiful resort of Agios Sostis (Aghios Sostis), on the South West coast and is perfect for anyone wanting a relaxing day out. The resort itself offers a bucketful of charm plus there’s a small port offering many water-based excursions. And when you’re ready for a bite to eat, there’s a handful of tavernas to choose from, each with the same wonderful view across to Marathonisi (Turtle) Island.

Alykanas Beach

Located on the North East Coast, this long stretch of beach serves up golden sands, crystal clear waters and views across to the neighbouring island of Kefalonia. There’s a host of hotels, bars and restaurants dotted along the seafront with a wider choice on the parallel road. Many of the bars offer swimming pools, free to use. Plus, there’s a great selection of water sports here including pedaloes, windsurfing and banana boats. It’s a great place to soak up the sun by day, and watch the sun set by night.

Amoudi Beach

Amoudi Beach sits within a small laid back resort, north of Tsilivi on the East Coast. There’s a handful of small hotels, a few tavernas, a couple of mini markets and a bakery lining the seafront. The beach here is absolutely stunning – beautiful turquoise waters meet the soft golden sand. There are sunbeds belonging to the hotels and tavernas but none on the beach itself.

Bouka Beach

Just north of Tsilivi, this small, sandy beach has sunbeds available for hire. There’s a handful of shops and restaurants on the road leading down to the beach as well as well as a couple of tavernas on the beach itself.

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Food & Drink in Zante

Zakynthians are proud of their Greek heritage and enjoy cooking with local fresh ingredients to cook up some wonderful culinary delights. For the locals, eating out is as much about spending time with friends and family as the food itself and is why meze (sharing) plates are a popular choice. There is a rich variety of traditional cuisine for you to try as well as an array of international options to choose from.

Local Markets - Puglia

Zante (Zakynthos) Town is the place to go for your fresh fruit and vegetables. There’s a local farmer’s market held twice a week on Mondays and Saturdays, in the market square next to the port. And, if you fancy cooking up some fresh fish on your BBQ, head down to the waterfront in Zante Town where you can buy freshly caught fish, straight from the boat. You’ll need to be there early though to get the best catch!.

Speciality Dishes - Puglia
Speciality Dishes

Like all the islands in Greece, mealtimes in Zante revolve around fresh vegetables, seafood and meat, with an array of herbs being used to give the dishes a Mediterranean twist. Local delicacies include:

Pitta and Dip – No meal is started without warm pitta bread and a selection of dips, including Tzatziki (mint, garlic and yoghurt) and Taramasalata (cured roe, olive oil and lemon juice).

Gyros – A typical Greek snack made up of pork kebab meat, salad, chips and a tzatziki dip, all wrapped in a pitta bread. A great option for lunch or something quick on the go.

Souvlaki – Skewers of meat – either lamb, pork or beef – generally served with chips/rice and a garnish of salad. A simple dish that makes a greater lighter option for mealtimes.

Lamb Kleftiko – this rustic Greek dish serves up lamb at its best, slow cooked in parchment paper with tomatoes, potatoes, aromatic herbs and cheese. It’s served piping hot to your table and is absolutely delicious!

Seafood – The freshly caught seafood here is not to be missed. Meze-style options include calamari, grilled octopus, garlic king prawns and fried white bait – a great way to sample of variety of the seafood options available.

Greek Salad - No meal is complete, without the simple yet iconic Greek Salad consisting of the juiciest tomatoes around, peppers, onions and olives, topped with a slab of feta cheese and seasoned with dried herbs.

local recipes


<p>Moussaka</p> -  Zante


  • 4 aubergines
  • Olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 450g/1lb minced lamb
  • 3 plum tomatoes, diced
  • Pinch of cinnamon powder
  • pinch of cumin powder
  • 1 glass of red wine
  • 150ml/5fl oz chicken stock
  • 200ml/7fl oz white sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 100g/4oz grated cheese (half mozzarella, half Cheddar)
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

After preheating the oven to 190 °C, slice the aubergines before frying them on both sides with a little olive oil. Once cooked, put to one side and use the same pan with a little more olive oil to fry off the onions and garlic for approximately five minutes. Turn the heat up and add the lamb to brown it, followed by the tomatoes. Add a good pinch of cumin and cinnamon with the wine and sauté together to break up the tomatoes. And finally, gradually add the chopped mint.

In an ovenproof dish, layer the aubergines and lamb mince a few tunes, finishing with a layer of aubergines. Combine the white sauce with the eggs, nutmeg and seasoning. Spoon over the top of the mince and then scatter with the grated cheese. Bake in the oven 20-25minutes to colour the cheese and cook through.


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