A helpful guide to choosing where to stay in Zakynthos
Our Zakynthos resort guide is designed to help travellers and holiday makers decide which towns and villages to visit on the fabulous Ionian island of Zakynthos.
It’s often the case that some people struggle to choose which island they want to visit and once they do they then struggle to pick the right place to stay, that’s where our resort guide comes in. Whether you are looking for exciting night life or stunning scenery this page helps you narrow it down.
The map above should help you to see where each village is on the island so you can check what else is in the area, this is great if you plan to get a car and travel around as you’ll know exactly what’s around before you arrive.
Zakynthos is also known as Zante so if you’re looking for a Zante resort guide then you are in the right place.
The best places to stay in Zakynthos for couples
Most resorts are suitable for couples, they’re perfect for enjoying the romantic scenery and delicious fresh food. Where you go will depend on your preferences as a couple. Maybe just avoid Laganas unless you're a couple that loves to party.
The best places to stay in Zakynthos for families
The main tourist resorts are generally located on the north east coast and around the Vassilikos peninsular, this is because that’s where you’ll find the best beaches.
The Laganas bay area is also popular but has some restrictions on the beaches due to turtles nesting there.
Alykes and Alykanas are popular with families as both have great sandy beaches and good amenities. Tsilivi is great if your kids are that bit older, teenagers will enjoy the bars and beach party in Tsilivi. Argassi is another good option for families.
Where should a group of single friends stay in Zakynthos?
Laganas is the main 18-30s resort in Zakynthos and has tons of bars and clubs to keep revellers entertained. It’s wild, hedonistic, loud and fuelled by copious levels of alcohol. If you want to take a step back from that but still enjoy the night life then Tsilivi is a good alternative.
What's the best resort in Zakynthos for older couples
Older couples and OAPs in general will probably lean towards places like Alykes, Alykanas, Kalamaki or Argassi as each of these places has everything you might want in the village so you don't have to travel to a supermarket or to find a nice restaurant.
The only downside to these villages is that they are relatively popular, if you prefer a quieter stay then perhaps somewhere like Agalas or Agios Sostis.
Quiet and traditional villages in Zakynthos
If you want to get away from the popular resorts and see something a bit more Greek, why not try one the villages in the hills like Agalas, Gyri or Maries. Other traditional villages worth a visit are Agios Leon, Kiliomenos, Agios Sostis, Anafonitira and Exo Hora.
Zakynthos resorts with great night life
The obvious choices for nightlife are Laganas for the young party animals amongst you and Zakynthos Town for those that prefer a late night cocktail bar or classy bar with some dancing.
Other large resorts like Alykes, Alykanas and Tsilivi have good nightlife without being too focused on bars and drinking so are a good mid way point.
Best Zakynthos beach resorts
The best beaches tend to be where the main tourist resorts sprung up so Alykes, Alykanas, Tsilivi and Laganas all have good beaches and a full selection of shops and other facilities.
If you want somewhere quieter but still with a good beach then take a look at Vasilikos, there's some great beaches like Gerakas beach, Banana beach and Ionio beach too.