Zakynthos Town

Zakynthos Town

Zakynthos Town by Andy Davies

What's Zakynthos Town Like

Zakynthos town, also known as Zante town is the capital of the island. It’s found on the east coast just 10 minutes north of Dionysios Solomos airport.

The town doubles as the islands main port and links it to Kyllini on the mainland. That journey takes about an hour and the ferries run 3 to 5 times a day depending on the season.

The original town may have been destroyed by the 1953 earthquake, but the current town of Zakynthos has been reconstructed in a dazzling Venetian style and is back to being the heart and soul of this Ionian island. Its status as a commercial centre and close proximity to the airport means hotels are plentiful and affordable.

Around the town are loads of shopping opportunities with vendors offering clothes, shoes, jewellery, accessories, and many locally made products. You’ll also find several traditional tavernas dishing up fresh, locally caught fish and mouthwatering Souvlaki amongst other traditional Greek dishes.

Zakynthos Town Nightlife

The nightlife in Zakynthos town isn’t as lively as the likes of Laganas but there’s plenty to keep you entertained. From watching a film under the stars in the open air cinema to enjoying authentic Greek music and dancing.

You’ll find loads of small bars and tavernas that are ideal for spending some time with a cocktail, beer or wine whilst watching the world go by. You can also pick a table at any one of the restaurants, many of which have harbour views and just watch the boats coming and going with an authentic Greek dish to enjoy.

There’s no night clubs in the centre of the town itself but just outside there’s a collection of them. Head south on the main coastal road that leads to Argassi and you’ll find them, it’s about a 10-20 minute walk so no problem at all.

What to do around Zakynthos Town

Hop on a guided tour of the town and visit one of the area’s museums like the Post Byzantine Art Museum or the Solomos Museum. Alternatively, take a more religious angle to your exploration and go to the Church of St. Dionysios, Zakynthos’ patron saint. An August festival honours Dionysios with a parade and tremendous flea market.

There’s no major beaches in Zakynthos town but Argassi beach is just 2km to the south and it’s the perfect location for a days relaxation. Alternatively you can head down to the Vassilikos peninsula where you’ll find loads of great beaches to choose from, visit our Zakynthos beach guide to find the one that’s right for you.

Quick look guide to Zakynthos Town

Very Popular
Good for Couples
Lots of Hotels
Variety of Night Life
Choice of Restaurants
Assortment of Shops
Live Music
Live Music
Greek Dancing
Greek Dancing
Night Clubs
Night Clubs
Boat Tours
Boat Hire
Cash Machine
Vehicle Hire

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Where next?

Go to the Zakynthos resort guide to find out about the great towns and villages on the island.

Go to the Zakynthos beach guide to find out about some of the best beaches on the island.

Find something to keep you entertained whilst in Zakynthos with our Zakynthos sight seeing guide.

Go back to the main Zakynthos guide to find out more about this lovely Ionian island and what it has to offer.

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Family Friendly

Good for families


Good for couples


Main harbour


Plenty of hotels



Live Music

Live music

Greek Dancing

Greek dancing

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