Zakynthos, Fiore Levante is another Ionian island endowed with nature with unique beauties. It is the southernmost island of the cluster and the third in the area and population of the Ionian islands. It is located south of Kefalonia and west of the Peloponnese. Its privileged geographical location gives the traveler the opportunity to easily visit the other Ionian Islands or the opposite Peloponnesian beaches, famous for their beauty.
It is a mountainous island characterized by the pine-covered mountains and the fertile plains, which give Zakynthos endlessly green landscapes. While the idyllic beaches of the island, rocky coasts, impressive sea caves attract admirers of the islands visitors. Here you will find some of the most famous beaches of island Greece, such as the Shipwreck, Lagana, Volimes with the Blue Caves, Porto Zoro in Vasiliko with rocks in the sea, Gerakas and many others. During the tour, anyone on the island is impressed by the unforgettable natural beauty of the island, the historical monuments and the hospitable inhabitants.
The island is one of the last shelters of the sea turtle Caretta - Caretta and the monk seal Monachus - Monachus. That is why the National Marine Park was founded on the island to protect them, in the bay of Laganas. Zakynthos is an island with a distinct culture. Met great spiritual growth and gave birth to great personalities who excelled in fine arts, literature, poetry, etc. It is the homeland of our national poet Dionysios Solomos and Andreas Kalvos. It is the place where Gregory Xenopoulos lived and many other personalities of our modern history. It is the island of kantada and operetta. Here, all emotions are dressed in notes. How then one does not worship Zakynthos? It has it all. History, sights, imposing mountains, lush forests and fertile plains, endless sandy beaches and the turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea. Together they embody the summer dream of every imaginable traveler. Visit Zakynthos and discover the terrestrial paradise.
Vassilikos area is renowned for the natural beauty and tranquillity, a paradise for those who love the sea.The lush vegetation harmoniously combines with the sandy beaches to offer the visitors the best views in Zakynthos (Zante). Access is easy by car or even on foot.Vassilikos is a general area of the peninsula rather than a separate resort, a wonderful part of Zakynthos with many villages that aren´t densely populated.Alongside with the area´s natural, wide beauty, one can see vast olive groves which are carefully cultivated.
Right under the high mountains visitors may find some of the most beautiful beaches, not only in Zakynthos, but in the whole Ionian area.Vassilikos is also a known reproduction site for the famous Caretta sea-turtle, which are under the supervision and protection of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos - Zante.
Vassilikos has the most beautiful beaches on the island. Some of them are located on the eastern side of the peninsula, such as Porto Zoro, the Ionian Sea, Banana, Plaka, Agios Nikolaos, Mavrantzis and Porto Roma. In the southern part there is the magnificent beach of Gerakas and on the eastern side of the peninsula are the beaches Dafni and Sekania. The last three have a view of the Bay of Laganas and are nesting areas of the Caretta-Caretta turtle. They belong to the National Marine Park and the protection measures are very strict.
The beaches are distinguished for their sandy, golden beaches with their crystal clear, shallow and clear waters. In most of them access is very easy. At the beaches of the eastern part you can enjoy a lot of water sports such as skiing, cycling, paragliding etc. while on the beaches belonging to the bay of Laganas are forbidden to protect the turtle.
In Vassilikos you will find several taverns and restaurants, most of which are close to the beaches or the main road. You will enjoy fresh fish, charcoal snacks and other delicious local dishes in the rich lists that will awaken your senses, not only from Greek but also from international cuisine (Italian, Chinese etc.).
Dine at the traditional taverns that combine local Zakynthian cuisine with live music and Greek traditional dances.
REACH US BY SEA
Zakynthos port is located in Zakynthos town, 5.5km from Porto Vasilikos Villas and is connected to the mainland of Greece through "Kyllini" port in north-western Peloponnese. Ferry boats depart daily every few hours, while the trip lasts for about 1 hour. There are 2 ferry companies based on the island, while visiting their websites, you can see information about the timetables.
REACH US BY AIR
By Air You can reach Zante (Zakynthos - ZTH) international airport, "Dionysios Solomos", which is situated in the southern part of the island, in a distance of 4km from Porto Vasilikos Villas.
From UK and Italy:easyJet
From UK only:Jet2.com
From Hungary:Wizz Air
Porto Zoro is not only a quiet and picturesque off-the-beaten-track beach,but also a sea of sunbeds and all-day disco blaring beach cantinas.Porto Zoro is located on the east coast Vassilikos peninsula of Zante island about 15km from Zakynthos town and just a couple of kilometres Vassilikos village. A sandy beach with shallow, calm, blue waters, rich in lush vegetation with the main characteristic of the beach being the massive rock formation which impressively emerges from the sea, creating a landscape which is truly unique. While looking at them and swimming between them you having the feeling that you are somewhere exotic! Along the beach there are restaurants, a beach bar with umbrellas and sunloungers so that you can enjoy your swimming during the course of your day.
The beach is a rather long bay, made up of beautiful golden sand. At the far end of the Porto Zorro beach you can treat yourself to a do-it-yourself spa - with natural mud providing a perfect face and body mask. Smooth the mud on, relax in the sun while it sets, and then wash it off in the sparkling Ioanian Sea. You will definitely feel revitalised after a day spent at Porto Zorro in Vasilikos, Zakynthos Island.
Last but not least, the beach of Porto Zoro has been included in a list of best beaches in the world. The list of Cosmopolitan magazine with the best beaches around the world was published, which is distinguished by the fact that it includes two Greek ones. The one (Porto Zoro), indeed, is really original and is perhaps the first time to be included in a tribute and especially in the first place.