Vasilikos is Zante’s stunning south western peninsula. The area provides many of the facilities associated with a typical resort, yet in a much more tranquil and relaxed way. The winding Vasilikos road flows along the peninsula offering stunning views out across the Ionian Sea to the Greek mainland. As the road dips in and out of shady pine forests, small roads and tracks lead off to the east and west down to beautiful sandy beaches and coves. These idyllic bays provide perfect setting to while away days in the sunshine. You can enjoy authentic meals at one of the many traditional tavernas dotted throughout the region. You’ll find many lining the road barbecuing succulent meat, filling the air with enticing aromas.
Buy seasonal local produce from stalls dotted along the Vasilikos road and fresh bread, made daily, from one of the bakeries. Souvenir shops offer small toys, local pottery and traditional sweets. There are several mini markets dotted throughout the peninsula supplying all your daily essentials. Larger supermarkets can be found within an easy drive away in the resort of Argasi or in Zante Town.
The main street of the lively resort of Argasi is a 15 minute drive away and has a wealth of shops to browse for holiday presents and souvenirs. Zante Town is a 25 minute drive away and has a wide selection of shops to suit all tastes, from jewellery and clothes to gifts and souvenirs.
Further afield, on a drive into the mountains, explore the craft village of Volimes. Wander through the village bartering for local crafts and souvenirs with the stall holders and purchase wonderful herbs and honey all produced in Zante.
Traditional tavernas offering wonderful local delicacies can be found along the winding Vasilikos road and many of the beaches. Fresh fish and meat cooked over charcoal and local dishes slow cooked in a thick, fragrant tomato sauce are found on every menu. Beach bars come in all shapes and sizes - small and low key at Porto Zoro and Porto Roma, to large scale and modern at Banana Beach. All offer a wide selection of snacks and meals to suit a variety of tastes. For a greater choice, why not try the nearby resort of Argasi, just a 15 minute drive away?
The vast choice of beaches makes this peninsula really stand out from the rest of the island. Tourists and locals alike flock to Vasilikos in the height of the summer to relax on one of the many beautiful beaches and cool off in the clear blue Ionian Sea. Beaches lie all along the eastern side of the peninsula and come in all shapes and sizes! Long stretches of golden sand, small pebbly coves and the sandy horseshoe shaped beach of Gerakas which marks the very tip of Vasilikos.
Dafni Beach, Gerakas Beach and Ionio Beach are all nesting sites for the protected Loggerhead Turtles and remain unspoilt and natural. Banana Beach and St Nicholas Beach offer a more modern vibe with trendy Beach Bars and a wealth of watersports
Banana Beach and Agios Nikolas beach, (also known as St. Nicks), offer a wealth of water sports, including parasailing, jet skis, water skiing, wake boarding, canoeing, flyboarding and jet packs. You’ll also find popular favourites such as banana boats and ringo rides available.
Boat trips sail south from Porto Roma to go in search of turtles swimming in their natural habitat. You can also visit the natural cave formations at Keri and the island of Marathonisi, with plenty of time for swimming and snorkelling or just lazing on deck.
A tourist train travels from the nearby resort of Argasi along the coast to Zante Town – a great way to see this part of the island and stop to explore the capital, Zante Town. There are also 2 mini golf courses in Argasi - both firm favourites with families and couples alike.
Staying in Vasilikos means you’ll have easy access to the island’s dynamic capital, Zante Town, approximately 25 minutes away by car. It’s a great place to wander through, with pretty streets and a picturesque harbour, plus plentiful bars and restaurants. Bocchali, on the hill overlooking Zante Town is a beautiful place to visit. Sit in one of the cafes with a cool drink or ice-cream whilst enjoying the view over the town and across to the Greek Mainland.
Of course, no visit to Zante would be complete without a visit to Shipwreck Beach, a sandy bay backed by tall cliffs, home to a dramatic wreck! Explore the mountains by car stopping off at the viewpoint overlooking the shipwreck for some fantastic photos, or drive to Porto Vromi and take a boat into the bay itself to see the shipwreck up close.