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Zakynthos Beaches

A helpful guide to the best beaches in Zakynthos

Zakynthos island is home to some breathtaking beaches. From Navagio, aka Shipwreck beach up in the north west, down to Banana Beach in the south east.

There’s everything from popular tourist beaches with water sports, multiple tavernas, music, table service and wifi to quiet secluded beaches with nothing but the sounds of the water lapping at the shore.

Must see Zakynthos beaches

Unique beaches in Zakynthos include Xigia which has a natural hot spring, it’s said to be great for the skin but you do have to put up with the sulphur smell which will put some people off.

There’s also Navagio where there’s the wreckage of a ship that’s been there for over 40 years, it’s now rusting and sinking into the pebbles and this, along with the rugged cliffs makes navagio an ever popular destination for photographers in Zakynthos.

Popular beaches in Zakynthos

The most popular beaches, perhaps understandably are those around the busy tourist villages, think Laganas beach and Tsilivi beach too. 

The beauty of these beaches is that they have the most facilities so plenty of places to get snacks and drinks as well as stuff to keep everyone entertained.

As well as those you have the popular south east coast, here you'll find St Nicholas beach, banana beach and Porto Zorro beach too, they're all great beaches with loungers but water sports are less popular due to the turtle conservation in this area.

Secluded Zakynthos beaches

If you're looking for a nice quiet beach that you can have almost to yourself then take a look at Xechoriatis beach close to Alykes and Alykanas.

Another option is Dafni beach where you'll share the sand with protected turtle nests, there's no water sports and no taverna directly on the beach so it's the perfect spot for a bit of peace and quiet.

Top 32 Zakynthos Beaches

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Agios Nicholaos

Agios Nicholaos beach, otherwise known as St Nicholas Port has a handful of sunbeds available and a couple of tavernas that offer cold drinks and delicious food for lunch or snacks. The beach is just 75 metres long and 15 metres at it’s widest with mainly pebbles.

Agios Sostis

There are actually two sections to Agios Sostis beach which are separated by Sostis port. Both beaches have sand under foot, sun loungers to hire and tavernas at the rear. There’s pedalos and boats available to rent on both so you can explore the coast if you want.

Alykanas

Alykanas beach is located close to the centre of the north east coast, it's a natural continuation of Alykes Beach with water sports and plenty of beach bars for food and drinks. Its sheltered, shallow waters are ideal for children and weaker swimmers.

Alykes

The pristine golden sands of Alykes beach gently slope into the Ionian Sea, with plenty of clear, shallow waters, making this famous beach a perfect choice for families with small children. There’s also a selection of water sports including paddle boarding.

Amboula

Amboula beach is just outside the resort of Tsilivi on the north east coast of Zakynthos. The beach is sand with pebbles around the shoreline. It’s just 10 metres wide but stretches out for over 300 metres with both sun loungers and pedalos available.

Amoudi

Amoudi beach is on the north east coast of Zakynthos, just east of Alykanas, it's really narrow and can even be covered completely by water at times. There's a stone jetty in the middle of the beach and a handful of sun loungers to hire but no water sports.

Argassi

Argassi is a narrow beach separated into a few sections by rock formations. There’s also the remains of an old bridge that dates back to 1805, today it’s ruined and just three arches are left. You can’t go on the bridge but it makes a good backdrop for photos.

Banana

Banana beach is over 500m long before it merges into Ionio beach, it's also up to 80m deep in places so it's a huge expanse of gorgeous soft sand that's perfect for families with youngsters who want to play in the sand, build castles or dig holes.

Bouka

Bouka beach has plenty of sand, shallow waters, and no organized watersports to interrupt your sunbathing, this tranquil, unspoiled cove is perfect for swimmers, families with children, and anybody else after a purely restful holiday, just watch out for the rocks.

Dafni

Dafni beach is on the south coast of the Vasilikos peninsula down in the south east of Zakynthos island. There's a steep and rocky road to navigate on your way to the beach but if you’re looking for a remote place to relax, you couldn’t do much better.

Drosia

Drosia beach is a series of rocky, pebbled bays near Alykes on the north eastern coast of Zakynthos. For those itching to strike out off the beaten path, Drosia Beach is perfect, This undeveloped haven is ideal for swimmers and anyone else seeking a little peace and quiet.

Gerakas

The stunning bay of Gerakas is an unspoiled section of coast that’s the perfect spot for a tranquil break away from the more tourist heavy beaches on the island. There's only a few sun beds available to rent, no water sports, no taverna and no music.

Ionio

Ionio beach is a continuation of Banana beach on the north coast of the Vasilikos peninsula, it's just 10m deep in some places but over 40 in other areas and around 300m long with the entire length from Banana beach up past Ionio beach being way over a kilometre.

Kalamaki

The crystal clear, shallow waters of Kalamaki Beach offer safe swimming for kids and excellent snorkelling for nature lovers. In addition to loads of fish, you might encounter a sea turtle, as this extension of Laganas Beach is a common nesting location.

Kaminia

Kaminia beach, also known as Porto Kaminia beach is on the north coast of the Vasilikos peninsula. At under 200m long and just 15m at it’s widest, Kaminia is a small but well organised beach. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available both on the beach and on the grass verge.

Keri

Keri beach is a narrow stretch just north of Limni Keri harbour. Tavernas bookend the largely pebbled stretch of coast as well as many other food and drink options in the area, but overall this far-flung resort is small and perfect for rest and relaxation.

Laganas

beach is sandy and absolutely huge, it's covered in rows and rows of sun loungers that are quite tightly packed in. Beach side bars play music and water sports like ringos, jetskis, banana boats and more keeps everyone entertained throughout the day.

Makris Gialos

Makris Gialos beach is on the north east coast of Zakynthos, it's small at just 160m long and a narrow 15m at it’s widest. It’s pebble under foot and the water is crystal clear but does get deep quickly so not ideal for kids or weak swimmers.

Marathias

Marathias beach is on the east coast of the Keri peninsular down in the south of Zakynthos. The rocky landscape and lush, green hills offer shade over the pebble beach. There are sometimes a handful of sunbeds available, but not always and there's no taverna.

Navagio

Navagio Beach, known also as Shipwreck Beach or Smugglers Cove is one of the most photographed beaches anywhere in Greece. This picturesque beach with stunning azure waters, high cliffs on all sides and a shipwreck on the beach is certainly beautiful and unique.

Plaka

Plaka is on the north coast of the Vasilikos peninsular. It’s a relatively small beach at just 160m wide and around 30m deep so there’s room for 3 or 4 rows of sun loungers. There’s no taverna on Plaka beach itself but there’s one just set back a few metres behind the beach.

Porto Koukla

Porto Koukla is in the bay of Laganas, south west of Agios Sostis beach, it's narrow at just 10m but stretches for around 200m. There’s a single row of sun loungers and a taverna on the grass verge behind the beach which offers lovely views out to Marathonisi island.

Porto Limnionas

Porto Limnionas isn't really a beach, it’s a fjord on the south west coast of Zakynthos. The trek down a steep and rocky hill may be challenging, but the views are truly worth it. These sparkling turquoise waters make a postcard worthy setting for a swim.

Porto Roma

Porto Roma beach is mainly sand with some stones around the waters edge and a stone wall at the rear. It’s narrow, less than 10 metres wide but stretches out for over 200m. There’s a single row of sun loungers on the sand but more on the grass verge.

Porto Stenitis

Porto Stenitis, sometimes known as Stenitis bay isn’t a beach as such, it’s a fjord on the west coast of Zakynthos. Although there’s no beach there’s some rocks that slope into the sea It’s a beautiful place for a swim with crystal clear waters and gorgeous rugged scenery.

Porto Vromi

Porto Vromi is a picturesque bay with a pair of beaches on the west coast of Zakynthos. Despite the two beaches being just 250m apart as the crow flies, there’s no direct link between them. Both are small pebble beaches at around 25m wide with harbours but no tavernas.

Porto Zorro

Porto Zorro beach is down in the south east corner of Zakynthos just 11km from the capital. There’s a ton of sun loungers, 3 or 4 rows that are quite tightly packed in. There’s so many that they cover most of the eastern side of the beach, with the western end left clear.

Psarou

Psarou beach is a rugged stretch of sand on the north east coast. There’s no sun loungers or water sports so it’s a lot quieter than some of the other beaches in the area but it’s still a good option for families as the sand is good and the water is shallow.

St Nicholas

St Nicholas beach, also known as Agios Nikolaos is on the east coast of the Vasilikos peninsular. It’s largely covered in sun loungers with just a small section at the northern end left clear, this is also where you'll find the small church that gives the beach it's name.

Tsilivi

Tsilivi is popular with families and couples and this means the beach is also busy. Luckily it's over a kilometre long so there’s plenty of space for everyone, it's sandy and a regular recipient of the international Blue Flag award for its cleanliness.

Xechoriatis

Xechoriatis beach, otherwise known as Old Alykanas beach or even Xhoriati beach is around 200m long but incredibly narrow, just a couple of metres in places. The beach is lined with trees and sandy with a handful of sun loungers but no taverna or entertainment.

Xigia

Xigia beach is towards the north of Zakynthos island on the east coast. As Xigia has natural spring waters filled with collagen and sulphur it’s renowned as a top-notch therapeutic hot spot and is the perfect place for a relaxing, healing float.

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