From North to South, Zakynthos has a lot to offer for all of those who are looking for amazing beaches, excellent food and friendly people.
I’ve made a list of the beaches from the East side of the island. They are ordered from the Northern to the Southern ones.
Makris Gialos: it is a small pebbly beach with steep and deep waters. It is located between Alykes and Saint Nickolas (Volimes).
Xigia Bay (Ksigia): popular because of the high quantity of sulphur on the water that comes from the nearby caves and because of that, the beach has a characteristic smell (not pleasant I would say). It is therapeutic for body pains, and the locals are convinced of the water’s healing qualities (collagen). The beach is sandy and surrounded by rocks.
There is a parking space and a tavern. It’s a truly beautiful beach.
Just bear in mind that there are two beaches with the same name, ok? This one is in the North of the island.
Alykes and Alykanas: are joined together, forming a wide and long coast. The beaches are golden sandy, and the waters are shallow and warm. It has been awarded the blue flag for cleanliness. Good if you are looking for developed towns, as there are a lot of shops, bars and restaurants. Watersport and excursions are available at the beach.
Ammoudi: if you are looking for a lovely place, calm and tranquil waters and full of Greek character, here is the place. The locals are keen to preserve the simplicity and Amoudi remains traditional and unspoilt, but there are some taverns and bars.
Psarou: remains undeveloped, therefore still traditionally Greek. The beach is sandy with crystal clear blue waters. The locals are warm and friendly, and there are many typically Greek tavernas offering traditional Zakynthian dishes.
Gaidaro (Limanaki ou Donkey): I didn’t visit this sand beach, but from what I’ve read the water is shallow, warm and crystal clear. It is well organised with sun beds, umbrellas and water-sports. It is not very crowded.
Bouka: very close to Tsilivi. It is a small sandy tranquil beach, ideal for those seeking an alternative place to relax. It has crystal clear waters, and it is perfect for snorkelling.
Tsilivi: it is where I stayed. The beach is nice, with loads of restaurants and it has sports facilities as well. But I have to confess that if I go back again, I will stay somewhere else. That is mainly because of the restaurants. We’ve tried a few on Tsilivi and didn’t like any of it.
We usually travel, and we go to different beaches during each day, but at evenings we want to relax and have a feeling of how the locals live, and the problem with this town is that is full of tourist (mainly Polish and English), and there is nothing traditional around it.
Zakynthos: with the same name as the island, the harbour city is beautiful and deserves a visit. There is a lot of traditional restaurants, bars and little shops. Don’t forget to visit the Agios Makros Square, Solomos Square and the Agios Dionysios Church.
TIP: I recommend to go to Bochali View Point to have a panoramic view of the town. You won’t regret it!
To get to the view follow the road in the seafront of Zakynthos (with the sea at your right-hand side) and go all the way to the top, near the Church of Saint Paraskevi. Address: Bochali 291 00, Greece
It can be reached by foot but the path is quite steep, and it takes around 25 min walk from the pier.
Argassi: one of the most popular beaches on the island which makes it pretty crowded. Here you have a lot of options in restaurants, traditional taverns, clubs, bars and shops. Most of the hotels are right in the seafront, reducing the sand space at the beach.
I hope I was of any help with this brief resume of these beaches.
But if you plan to go somewhere else on the island, I’ve got information about the South, West and North, ok?
And if you need any help, send me an e-mail or comment at the end of this post.