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Zakynthos

Zakynthos, a Greek island in the Ionian Sea and a well known summer resort. Zante is the capital city of Zakynthos and the touristic hotspot for nightlife and beaches. Popular beaches like Agios Nikolaos, Alykanas and Tsilivi offer an excellent range of water sports and there are boats leaving from here which can take you to Navagio beach which is the world famous shipwreck site resting in a sandy cove surrounded by white cliffs.

Zakynthos is a small island which takes you maybe an hour drive to get from the east coast to the west coast. i would suggest renting a scooter as we did as its probably the cheapest and most fun way to get around. We stayed in a beautiful small town called Argassi in the north about 10 minutes drive west to Zakynthos harbour. Also for a fun day out make sure you take a boat ride to Navagio Beach which is one of the highlights of Zakynthos and probably the most famous secluded beach in the North West. The boat ride is awesome and you get to see a lot of the island coast along the way. Along the way you can relax and have a cocktail feeling the refreshing sea breeze. Weather was not on our side on this day but it wasn’t raining so we were grateful for that at least and still made the most of the trip and went swimming non the less. .

If your looking for nightlife the best place to go is Laganas Beach. This is the best place for nightclubs, beach parties and water sports all in one location. 

After a long night out in Laganas we took a days rest by the hotel beach before booking a day trip horse back riding through the hills. This is an excellent experience for anybody who has never rode on a horse before. You can pick between a 2 hour ride or a 4 hour ride. Be aware! Make sure you do not wear anything lose or white like me. Not unless your looking to have leg sores and destroyed clothes by the end of the trip so wear something tight and dark. If your looking for some water sports take a trip to St Nicolas beach (Video below) which was around 20 minutes drive east from Argassi to (In the videos below.) This beach offers you a wide variety of water sports on a not so crowded beach with beautiful surrounding nature and very nice beach cliffs. Here you can jet ski, go on the banana boat, paraglide & even Scuba dive! We wanted the adrenaline and did pretty much everything possible on this beach but my favourite experiences were the paragliding & the scuba diving. After a short information training video showing you all the safety measures & hand signals etc you then get shown by a professional how to use your diving equipment before being taken down to the sea where you enter the water at your own pace. For first time divers you get to go 6 metres and if you would like to have another longer and deeper experience you can chose to take a second dive. I chose to have the 2nd dive because 6 metres didn’t seem enough for me and i was excited and wanted to venture deeper to the 12 metre mark. Scuba diving was probably one of the best experiences of my life which i will never forget and cant wait to experience this again. 

 
 
 

If you like adventure i also recommend taking the boat trip to Cephalonia which is a full day trip. Here you get to take yet another boat ride taking in the salty sea breeze and a short bus ride into Cephalonia where you will stop at the underground cave which will blow you away. This place is a must and if your in the area and you miss this place you truly have missed out on a truly blissful experience. Descending down into the underground caves takes a little effort but the feeling of going down into this cold and dark cave gives you the feeling like your descending down into the gates of hell (In a fun way). The most famous of the caves you will get to see is the Melissani cave. Here you get to take a boat ride into the cave where the roof has caved  seeping through an awesome light giving a very dramatic and heavenly feeling. This is an image which will remain with you forever. 

Zakynthos is a beautiful island with much to offer. My experience of Zakynthos was one of pure happiness and excitement from arrival to departure. Also having a special someone beside me on this trip made the holiday a memorable one filled with awesome memories to look back on. I will always look back on this trip with a warm and happy feeling. 

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