TRAVEL / Greece: the most beautiful beaches in Zakynthos

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Naviago Beach
A few weeks ago we traveled to the Greek island of Zakynthos. We stayed there on a Fly & Go base, so we have been able to discover the island by ourselvesI loved it. My boyfriend finally got his driver’s license (and I don’t and yes I am 27) and the world did open up for us. We travel a lot with our oldtimer within the Netherlands, but now we finally can rent a car on our many destinations. How great is that? At the airport a car was waiting for us and we have traveled have a lot of miles on this fantastic island. It’s simply wonderful to drive around and to be able to discover the most beautiful places. In five days we played out the island and I wrote down my most beautiful sandy discoveries at a glance: the most beautiful beaches of Zakynthos.

Naviago Beach

When thinking of Zakynthos you definitely have this picture in your mind. We did, and we directly wanted to see it. The evening of our arrival we drive to the North of the island to enjoy the sunset on this idyllic spot. The shipwreck and the rocks are slowly painted orange and we falter along the deep abyss to be able to shoot the perfect picture. It’s beautiful.
Naviago Beach Naviago Beach

Dafni Beach

This quiet beach in the southeast of the island is not very well known by tourists. By accident we follow an unclear sign and drive through an impossibly winding dirt road down through the mountains. Pretty exciting, but scary as hell. It is a beautiful beach with enchanting views of the protected Pelouzo islandDafni is part of the National Marine Park and is one of the most important nesting grounds for the Caretta Caretta turtle.
Dafni Beach Dafni Beach

Porto Limnionas

Porto Limnionas is a beautiful bay on the west coast, reachable by a offroad track from the inlands. It’s actually not a beach, but a bay within steep rocks. There is a tavern with a number of sun beds and amazing (cheap!) Greek delicacies. Via staircase carved in the rocks you are able to walk down an insanely blue Lagoon. You can explore dark caves while snorkeling and swimming. I fell in love with this spot.
Porto Limnionas Porto Limnionas Porto Limnionas

Porto Roxa

When you drive in the direction of Porto Limnionas and stubbornly take the wrong sandy turn you end up at Porto Roxa. It’s quite abandoned, but oh so pretty. There is a beautiful lagoon, fishing boats are floating peacefully in the clear blue water and there is a springboard. In addition, there is a spot on the rocks where you can enjoy the sun and the view on hanging beds. We even fell asleep. A beautiful place.
Porto Roxa

Porto Roxa

Cameo Island

Cameo is a small island off the South coast of Laganas. It is a private island and you pay a  4,– entrance fee (but then you do get a drink!) and the atmosphere is fantastic. The island is reachable from the coast via a long wooden staircase over the water. I find it so beautiful that I first walk up and down four times before I set foot on the island. There is a small beach where you can swim and snorkel while above you, long white cloths seem to flutter in the wind in slowmotion. Idyllic, doesn’t it? During the day it is a quiet place where you can enjoy a drink and dive, in the evening the place changes in an outdoor club or wedding venue regularly. I am a fan.
Cameo Island Cameo Island Cameo Island

Xigia Beach

A beautiful pebble Beach in the North of the island. While driving on winding roads with beautiful views we encountered this beach, hidden between cliffs in a small bay. From the rocks, collagen and sulfur flows into the seawater (good for your skin!) and that makes this place very special. The water has almost a milky colour and it’s all about untouched beauty here. Enjoy.
Xigia Xigia Xigia

Marathonisi

This small paradise island is located in the bay of Laganas and is a protected area of the National Marine Park. We rent a speedboat and navigate around this beautiful island. We take a dip in the crystal clear waters and admire this beautiful island. A little boat with snacks & drinks is bobbing in the water along the only white strip sand on the island: Marathonisi beach. The ideal place to be able to sunbathe and swim quietly.
Marathonisos Marathonisos

Keri Caves

With our speedboat we explore the southwest coast of Zakynthos as well and a good alternative to the touristic Blue Caves are the Keri Caves. We sail along amazing natural bridges and caves and there are countless deserted white beaches where you can have a rest. Paradise.
Porto Limnionas Porto Limnionas Keri Caves
Met dank aan Corendon. 
A few weeks ago we traveled to the Greek island of Zakynthos. We stayed there on a Fly & Go base, so we have been able to discover the island by ourselvesI loved it. My boyfriend finally got his driver’s license (and I don’t and yes I am 27) and the world did open up for us. We travel a lot with our oldtimer within the Netherlands, but now we finally can rent a car on our many destinations. How great is that? At the airport a car was waiting for us and we have traveled have a lot of miles on this fantastic island. It’s simply wonderful to drive around and to be able to discover the most beautiful places. In five days we played out the island and I wrote down my most beautiful sandy discoveries at a glance: the most beautiful beaches of Zakynthos.

Naviago Beach

When thinking of Zakynthos you definitely have this picture in your mind. We did, and we directly wanted to see it. The evening of our arrival we drive to the North of the island to enjoy the sunset on this idyllic spot. The shipwreck and the rocks are slowly painted orange and we falter along the deep abyss to be able to shoot the perfect picture. It’s beautiful.
Naviago Beach Naviago Beach

Dafni Beach

This quiet beach in the southeast of the island is not very well known by tourists. By accident we follow an unclear sign and drive through an impossibly winding dirt road down through the mountains. Pretty exciting, but scary as hell. It is a beautiful beach with enchanting views of the protected Pelouzo islandDafni is part of the National Marine Park and is one of the most important nesting grounds for the Caretta Caretta turtle.
Dafni Beach Dafni Beach

Porto Limnionas

Porto Limnionas is a beautiful bay on the west coast, reachable by a offroad track from the inlands. It’s actually not a beach, but a bay within steep rocks. There is a tavern with a number of sun beds and amazing (cheap!) Greek delicacies. Via staircase carved in the rocks you are able to walk down an insanely blue Lagoon. You can explore dark caves while snorkeling and swimming. I fell in love with this spot.
Porto Limnionas Porto Limnionas Porto Limnionas

Porto Roxa

When you drive in the direction of Porto Limnionas and stubbornly take the wrong sandy turn you end up at Porto Roxa. It’s quite abandoned, but oh so pretty. There is a beautiful lagoon, fishing boats are floating peacefully in the clear blue water and there is a springboard. In addition, there is a spot on the rocks where you can enjoy the sun and the view on hanging beds. We even fell asleep. A beautiful place.

Porto Roxa

Porto Roxa

Cameo Island

Cameo is a small island off the South coast of Laganas. It is a private island and you pay a  4,– entrance fee (but then you do get a drink!) and the atmosphere is fantastic. The island is reachable from the coast via a long wooden staircase over the water. I find it so beautiful that I first walk up and down four times before I set foot on the island. There is a small beach where you can swim and snorkel while above you, long white cloths seem to flutter in the wind in slowmotion. Idyllic, doesn’t it? During the day it is a quiet place where you can enjoy a drink and dive, in the evening the place changes in an outdoor club or wedding venue regularly. I am a fan.
Cameo Island Cameo Island Cameo Island

Xigia Beach

A beautiful pebble Beach in the North of the island. While driving on winding roads with beautiful views we encountered this beach, hidden between cliffs in a small bay. From the rocks, collagen and sulfur flows into the seawater (good for your skin!) and that makes this place very special. The water has almost a milky colour and it’s all about untouched beauty here. Enjoy.
Xigia Xigia Xigia

Marathonisi

This small paradise island is located in the bay of Laganas and is a protected area of the National Marine Park. We rent a speedboat and navigate around this beautiful island. We take a dip in the crystal clear waters and admire this beautiful island. A little boat with snacks & drinks is bobbing in the water along the only white strip sand on the island: Marathonisi beach. The ideal place to be able to sunbathe and swim quietly.
Marathonisos Marathonisos

Keri Caves

With our speedboat we explore the southwest coast of Zakynthos as well and a good alternative to the touristic Blue Caves are the Keri Caves. We sail along amazing natural bridges and caves and there are countless deserted white beaches where you can have a rest. Paradise.
Porto Limnionas Porto Limnionas Keri Caves
Met dank aan Corendon. 
A few weeks ago we traveled to the Greek island of Zakynthos. We stayed there on a Fly & Go base, so we have been able to discover the island by ourselvesI loved it. My boyfriend finally got his driver’s license (and I don’t and yes I am 27) and the world did open up for us. We travel a lot with our oldtimer within the Netherlands, but now we finally can rent a car on our many destinations. How great is that? At the airport a car was waiting for us and we have traveled have a lot of miles on this fantastic island. It’s simply wonderful to drive around and to be able to discover the most beautiful places. In five days we played out the island and I wrote down my most beautiful sandy discoveries at a glance: the most beautiful beaches of Zakynthos.

Naviago Beach

When thinking of Zakynthos you definitely have this picture in your mind. We did, and we directly wanted to see it. The evening of our arrival we drive to the North of the island to enjoy the sunset on this idyllic spot. The shipwreck and the rocks are slowly painted orange and we falter along the deep abyss to be able to shoot the perfect picture. It’s beautiful.
Naviago Beach Naviago Beach

Dafni Beach

This quiet beach in the southeast of the island is not very well known by tourists. By accident we follow an unclear sign and drive through an impossibly winding dirt road down through the mountains. Pretty exciting, but scary as hell. It is a beautiful beach with enchanting views of the protected Pelouzo islandDafni is part of the National Marine Park and is one of the most important nesting grounds for the Caretta Caretta turtle.
Dafni Beach Dafni Beach

Porto Limnionas

Porto Limnionas is a beautiful bay on the west coast, reachable by a offroad track from the inlands. It’s actually not a beach, but a bay within steep rocks. There is a tavern with a number of sun beds and amazing (cheap!) Greek delicacies. Via staircase carved in the rocks you are able to walk down an insanely blue Lagoon. You can explore dark caves while snorkeling and swimming. I fell in love with this spot.
Porto Limnionas Porto Limnionas Porto Limnionas

Porto Roxa

When you drive in the direction of Porto Limnionas and stubbornly take the wrong sandy turn you end up at Porto Roxa. It’s quite abandoned, but oh so pretty. There is a beautiful lagoon, fishing boats are floating peacefully in the clear blue water and there is a springboard. In addition, there is a spot on the rocks where you can enjoy the sun and the view on hanging beds. We even fell asleep. A beautiful place.

Porto Roxa

Porto Roxa

Cameo Island

Cameo is a small island off the South coast of Laganas. It is a private island and you pay a  4,– entrance fee (but then you do get a drink!) and the atmosphere is fantastic. The island is reachable from the coast via a long wooden staircase over the water. I find it so beautiful that I first walk up and down four times before I set foot on the island. There is a small beach where you can swim and snorkel while above you, long white cloths seem to flutter in the wind in slowmotion. Idyllic, doesn’t it? During the day it is a quiet place where you can enjoy a drink and dive, in the evening the place changes in an outdoor club or wedding venue regularly. I am a fan.
Cameo Island Cameo Island Cameo Island

Xigia Beach

A beautiful pebble Beach in the North of the island. While driving on winding roads with beautiful views we encountered this beach, hidden between cliffs in a small bay. From the rocks, collagen and sulfur flows into the seawater (good for your skin!) and that makes this place very special. The water has almost a milky colour and it’s all about untouched beauty here. Enjoy.
Xigia Xigia Xigia

Marathonisi

This small paradise island is located in the bay of Laganas and is a protected area of the National Marine Park. We rent a speedboat and navigate around this beautiful island. We take a dip in the crystal clear waters and admire this beautiful island. A little boat with snacks & drinks is bobbing in the water along the only white strip sand on the island: Marathonisi beach. The ideal place to be able to sunbathe and swim quietly.
Marathonisos Marathonisos

Keri Caves

With our speedboat we explore the southwest coast of Zakynthos as well and a good alternative to the touristic Blue Caves are the Keri Caves. We sail along amazing natural bridges and caves and there are countless deserted white beaches where you can have a rest. Paradise.
Porto Limnionas Porto Limnionas Keri Caves
Met dank aan Corendon. 
A few weeks ago we traveled to the Greek island of Zakynthos. We stayed there on a Fly & Go base, so we have been able to discover the island by ourselvesI loved it. My boyfriend finally got his driver’s license (and I don’t and yes I am 27) and the world did open up for us. We travel a lot with our oldtimer within the Netherlands, but now we finally can rent a car on our many destinations. How great is that? At the airport a car was waiting for us and we have traveled have a lot of miles on this fantastic island. It’s simply wonderful to drive around and to be able to discover the most beautiful places. In five days we played out the island and I wrote down my most beautiful sandy discoveries at a glance: the most beautiful beaches of Zakynthos.

Naviago Beach

When thinking of Zakynthos you definitely have this picture in your mind. We did, and we directly wanted to see it. The evening of our arrival we drive to the North of the island to enjoy the sunset on this idyllic spot. The shipwreck and the rocks are slowly painted orange and we falter along the deep abyss to be able to shoot the perfect picture. It’s beautiful.
Naviago Beach Naviago Beach

Dafni Beach

This quiet beach in the southeast of the island is not very well known by tourists. By accident we follow an unclear sign and drive through an impossibly winding dirt road down through the mountains. Pretty exciting, but scary as hell. It is a beautiful beach with enchanting views of the protected Pelouzo islandDafni is part of the National Marine Park and is one of the most important nesting grounds for the Caretta Caretta turtle.
Dafni Beach Dafni Beach

Porto Limnionas

Porto Limnionas is a beautiful bay on the west coast, reachable by a offroad track from the inlands. It’s actually not a beach, but a bay within steep rocks. There is a tavern with a number of sun beds and amazing (cheap!) Greek delicacies. Via staircase carved in the rocks you are able to walk down an insanely blue Lagoon. You can explore dark caves while snorkeling and swimming. I fell in love with this spot.
Porto Limnionas Porto Limnionas Porto Limnionas

Porto Roxa

When you drive in the direction of Porto Limnionas and stubbornly take the wrong sandy turn you end up at Porto Roxa. It’s quite abandoned, but oh so pretty. There is a beautiful lagoon, fishing boats are floating peacefully in the clear blue water and there is a springboard. In addition, there is a spot on the rocks where you can enjoy the sun and the view on hanging beds. We even fell asleep. A beautiful place.

Porto Roxa

Porto Roxa

Cameo Island

Cameo is a small island off the South coast of Laganas. It is a private island and you pay a  4,– entrance fee (but then you do get a drink!) and the atmosphere is fantastic. The island is reachable from the coast via a long wooden staircase over the water. I find it so beautiful that I first walk up and down four times before I set foot on the island. There is a small beach where you can swim and snorkel while above you, long white cloths seem to flutter in the wind in slowmotion. Idyllic, doesn’t it? During the day it is a quiet place where you can enjoy a drink and dive, in the evening the place changes in an outdoor club or wedding venue regularly. I am a fan.
Cameo Island Cameo Island Cameo Island

Xigia Beach

A beautiful pebble Beach in the North of the island. While driving on winding roads with beautiful views we encountered this beach, hidden between cliffs in a small bay. From the rocks, collagen and sulfur flows into the seawater (good for your skin!) and that makes this place very special. The water has almost a milky colour and it’s all about untouched beauty here. Enjoy.
Xigia Xigia Xigia

Marathonisi

This small paradise island is located in the bay of Laganas and is a protected area of the National Marine Park. We rent a speedboat and navigate around this beautiful island. We take a dip in the crystal clear waters and admire this beautiful island. A little boat with snacks & drinks is bobbing in the water along the only white strip sand on the island: Marathonisi beach. The ideal place to be able to sunbathe and swim quietly.
Marathonisos Marathonisos

Keri Caves

With our speedboat we explore the southwest coast of Zakynthos as well and a good alternative to the touristic Blue Caves are the Keri Caves. We sail along amazing natural bridges and caves and there are countless deserted white beaches where you can have a rest. Paradise.
Porto Limnionas Porto Limnionas Keri Caves
Met dank aan Corendon. 

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  1. Sacha | health-island.nl 2 July, 2015 at 14:36 Reply

    Prachtig! Zakynthos is mijn droombestemming, ik wil er samen met mijn vriend trouwen, wonen, onze kinderen laten opgroeien en oud worden. Een jaar niet naar Zakynthos, is een jaar niet geleefd! ;) Kalamaki beach (vlakbij Laganas) is ook een aanrader. Het strand is niet heel boeiend, maar er liggen wel overal eieren. Op Kalamaki beach komen ‘s avonds de schildpadden aan wal om deze te leggen. Als je daar gaat snorkelen zul je gegarandeerd schildpadden tegenkomen!! In Kalamaki hebben ze ook een bar in een grot. Daar kan je heerlijk afkoelen en genieten van een cocktail!

    Oh ik hou van Zakynthos!
    Nu houd ik er over op! ;)

    • Laura 2 July, 2015 at 15:56 Reply

      Haha! Ik heb ze niet gezien. Alhoewel, de stranden in het noordoosten vond ik minder, en Laganas ook. Maar ook het binnenland is prachtig, vol Griekse dorpjes, bloemen, olijfbomen en ruïnes. :)

  2. Jessica 2 July, 2015 at 19:36 Reply

    Wat maken jullie toch altijd verrukkelijke foto’s! En wat hebben jullie heerlijke stranden bezocht, zucht… Ik vond het noordelijke punt van het eiland ook zeer mooi + je kon daar geweldig klif springen!

  3. Simone 2 July, 2015 at 21:42 Reply

    Ja Zakynthos is een fijn eiland! Wij zijn er geweest in de tijd dat ik nog niet alle namen opschreef van plekjes maar ik herken er wel een hoop. :) Mooie foto’s weer!

  4. Marit 3 July, 2015 at 16:10 Reply

    wauw, heel erg gaaf! Lees er nu zo veel over, misschien toch maar eens kijken naar Zakynthos als eventuele reisbestemming.. Prachtige foto’s!

  5. Liesbeth | Wacca 5 July, 2015 at 13:59 Reply

    Waw, fantastische stranden en foto’s!
    Wij huren doorgaans een auto op vakantie, geeft je veel vrijheid e?! :) Elke reis ontdekken we wel stranden en plekken waar we anders nooit zouden komen, en laat het nu net die plekken zijn die een vakantie afmaken.
    Eens een speedboat huren ziet er ook wel enorm tof uit! Waarschijnlijk geraak je dan op nog op plekken waar je met de wagen / te voet nooit geraakt?!

    • Laura 5 July, 2015 at 16:00 Reply

      Jaaa, absoluut! Echt op strandjes waar je vanaf land niet kan komen en grotten die je vanaf land ook niet kunt zien. Prachtig!

  6. Sheelagh 7 July, 2015 at 12:11 Reply

    Als ik dit soort dingen zie ben ik altijd verbaasd en blij tegelijk dat je dit ook zo dichtbij Nederland kan vinden! Ik ben al op heel wat Griekse eilanden geweest maar Zakynthos staat nog op de to-do list. Fantastische foto’s!

  7. Marcella 31 July, 2015 at 19:15 Reply

    Wat een onwijs mooie stranden zeg! Ik ben jaaaaren geleden op Rhodos geweest, maar ik moet echt een terug naar Griekenland om nog veel meer mooie plekken te ontdekken! Dit lijkt me ook een fijne plek om in het voor- of najaar naartoe te gaan!

  8. Lizet 10 August, 2015 at 18:51 Reply

    Oooh. Mijn. God. En dan denk je dat je nog zoveel ver weg moet ontdekken, zijn dit soort paradijselijke taferelen ook gewoon om de hoek. Ik krijg er stress van.
    (PS. Boat Babe!)

  9. Denise - Follow my footprints 28 April, 2016 at 09:57 Reply

    Ja, het lijkt me zéker wat, en daarom ga ik ook. Ook met Corendon toevallig. Het eiland stond niet op mijn lijstje (ik dacht altijd dat het heel toeristisch was, maar dat is -op bepaalde badplaatsen na wellicht- overduidelijk onterecht), maar ik ben echt gevallen voor de mooi gelegen accommodatie waar ik verblijf. En ja, ik hoop ook zeker een paar mooie strandjes te ontdekken, als dat lukt, want ik ben aangewezen op bussen of tripjes ter plekke. De meeste stranden had ik al op een lijstje gezet inmiddels, maar toch mooi ze ook bij jou nog een te zien, in jouw stijl. :-).

  10. Laura 24 August, 2016 at 14:24 Reply

    Hoi! Wat ziet dit er moooi uit. Ik wil met mijn ma op examenreisje, maar nu is de vraag Santorini of Zakynthos. Ben jij in Santorini geweest? Wat zou je dan aanraden? Liefs

    • Laura 24 August, 2016 at 19:01 Reply

      Ja, ben ik! Santorini is heel mooi en bijzonder. Stuk kleiner. Maar waanzinnig mooie gebouwen. Zakynthos heeft meer natuur en verschillende stranden (leuk om auto te huren). En ook lieve Griekse dorpjes! Lastige keuze, haha! Santorini lijkt me leuker voor een stelletje denk ik :)!

      • Denise 25 August, 2016 at 06:53 Reply

        Ik kreeg een melding van de reactie, dus ik was benieuwd wat je zou antwoorden. Ik ben het met je eens: lastige keuze. Het zijn twee zulke totaal verschillende eilanden! Santorini is vooral bijzonder vanwege de mooie huisjes tegen de kraterwand (caldera), de unieke zonsondergangen en de bijzondere sfeer, Zakynthos is meer een echt vakantieeiland in de zin van mooie stranden en dergelijke.

  11. marije 27 March, 2017 at 06:36 Reply

    Wauw wat een prachtige fotos! Wij gaan eind mei naar Zakynthos 10dagen en willen voor 1 dag een auto huren. Welke stranden raad jij aan om echt naar toe te gaan??

    • Laura 27 March, 2017 at 16:55 Reply

      Hoi! Tien dagen, wat heerlijk. Ik zou eigenlijk gewoon voor 3 dagen een auto huren en alle stranden bezoeken. Het is het zo waard en een auto huren is goedkoop! Wij hebben dit in 4 dagen gedaan. Naviago Beach is een uitzicht dat niet te missen is. Mijn favoriete strand om te chillen is Porto Limnionas (al dan niet echt een zandstrand), Cameo Island (als je in het zuiden slaapt is er geen auto voor nodig) en Xigia Beach!

  12. Vivienne 18 September, 2017 at 07:15 Reply

    Leuk! Fijn dat je strandjes tipt die niet overal in flyers worden genoemd. Ik ben nu op zakynthos. Gisteren bij Xigia geweest.

    Vandaag wil ik denk wel een van jouw genoemde strandjes noemt zoals port roxa.

    Groetjes Vivienne

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