We could complete this title like this … “Zakynthos in 3 days: is it possible?”
The answer friends travelers is… mmm maybe.
Three days in Zakynthos is enough to see the main attractions for sure but, as you can imagine, you will miss something.
We spent3 days in Zakynthos at the end of September and we had set ourselves a “list of things to do and see” from which we managed to tick all the items.
And here it is our list:
- Blu caves
- The profile of Poseidon
- Aperitif at sunset by Kari capes
- Spot turtles
- Snorkeling in turtle island
- Sunset at Navagio beach viewpoint
- Walk to Cameo island
- Floating breakfast at the Castelli hotel (of which we were guests)
So here is our program but let’s go into detail.
Zakynthos in 3 days: how to get organized.
Time is running out and with all the beauties of Zakynthos it is even more so. Plan your times well and follow our advice to win this challenge.
When you arrive at the hotel, arrange to rent a car immediately to be delivered the next morning as soon as possible, or rent it immediately at the airport.
Contact those who organize boat tours to the North coast already from Italy or ask the hotel reception for kindness to ask for availability, prices and book.
The next day to explore the north coast (which includes NAVAGIO-Blu caves- Poseidon Face) you will have to go to Porto Vromi which is about 35 minutes from Laganas.
We chose a private skippered boat tour and paid 130 euros for a 3 hour tour (fuel included).
Shared tours on boats with several people cost around 25 euros each.
We didn’t want to fly a boat alone because we liked the idea that a local would tell us more than what we would see.
Our skipper, as a matter of “maritime traffic”, preferred to take us immediately to the Blue Caves so that we could enter the caves without having to wait for other boats.
The water here speaks for itself. A breathtaking blue is a backdrop so transparent that it looks like a mirror.
We also saw the beaches of Filipoi but the skipper advised us not to spend too much time there for two reasons:
- The continuous falling of the rocks
- The shade that characterizes this beach in the morning.
We then moved after about fourth total minutes of tour to Navagio and no guys, not even in September you will find this beach empty.
Still a lot of people flock to the wreck beach and look for the perfect photo.
The wreck abandoned there certainly has its charm but the water of this beach in our opinion is the real star of the place: very blue, intense, “milky”; its unique color and almost hot temperature are due to the sulphurous thermal springs.
NAVAGIO BEACH: DRONE FLY ZONE
We enjoyed the beach, the wreck and the water for about an hour and a half.
The skipper came to pick us up directly on the beach and from there we visited other caves characterized by a purple color on the bottom.
On the way back to porto vromi is the beautiful cave of which one wall looks just like a human face … the so-calledPoseidon Face.
At the end of the tour we had a packed lunch thanks to the lunch box provided by the Castelli hotel and we returned to the south, towards Laganas, Agios Sostis.
It was essential for us to book the excursion for the next day.
To spot the famous Caretta-Caretta turtles we chose a shared tour of up to 15 people for a cost of 20 eurosper person aboard a glass-bottomed boat.
- In this case we did not choose the tour with the skipper because it is rather expensive (150 euros excluding fuel for 3 hours of tour)
- Renting a boat alone would have been risky because the turtles are in a protected marine area where anchoring in many places is forbidden.
To celebrate the first sunset in Zakynthos we then reached Kari Cape, from which it is possible to have a breathtaking view of the stacks.
We relaxed with a drink at the Keri “Lighthouse” Restaurant bar.
The second day we therefore dedicated almost the whole day to the south coast.
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