The Complete Guide to Zakynthos Solo Travel (2023)
Compiled from my first-hand Zakynthos solo travel, this ultimate Zakynthos travel guide has all things Zakynthos travel planning tips with bonus budget travel tips, eco-travel tips, and more throughout. Ready to discover one of Europe’s lesser known gems? Dive in now and find out how to travel Zakynthos, Greece with ease.
This Zakynthos Travel Guide is intentionally written for the solo traveler, the first time Zakynthos traveler, and/or older traveler (I am over 50 and have been solo traveling FOREVER) in mind. Yet, anyone can use this travel guide it to plan and book Zakynthos Greece travel.
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- Ultimate Greece Solo Travel Guide
- What is Zakynthos Famous For?
- Best Time to Visit Zakynthos
- How to Get to Zakynthos
- Getting Around Zakynthos
- Is It Safe to Travel to Zakynthos Alone?
- Zakynthos Packing Essentials
- Best Places to Stay in Zakynthos
- 5 MUST DOs in Zakynthos Greece VIDEO
- More MUST SEE in Zakynthos Greece
- Best Booking Sites for Zakynthos Travel
- How to Get THE BEST of Zakynthos in 3 Days
Ultimate Greece Solo Travel Guide
If you need more Greece travel tips to supplement your Zakynthos travel planning, consult my ultimate Greece Solo Travel Guide full of tips on culture, entry requirements, currency, tipping, using electronics, safety, and a lot more to plan solo travel in Greece.
I fell in love with Zakynthos. I’m sure you will, too, so get ready to get excited about traveling to the island of Zakynthos.
Also, don’t forget to check out my fabulous 3 Days in Zakynthos Itinerary perfect for first-time Zakynthos travel.
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What is Zakynthos Famous For?
Is Zakynthos worth visiting alone?
It’s impossible to not take beautiful photographs of the Zakynthos island beaches, rock face cliffs, water caves, panoramic views, and sunsets. Zakynthos also boasts music, festivals, hiking, wine tasting, kayaking and other water sports.
The opportunity to relax on a quiet beach with the possible encounter of swimming with sea turtles was a big draw for me. I consider Zakynthos a well-rounded Greek island with much to hold my attention. The locals are also very friendly, adding to Zante’s charm.
An upbeat or lazy getaway, it’s no wonder Zakynthos attracts tourists of all ages. You’ll be enthralled with all that Zakynthos has to offer. I think Zakynthos Greece solo travel is well worth your time.
Best Time to Visit Zakynthos
Zakynthos Weather & Costs
Greece Eco Travel Tips
Unfortunately, the popular solution is to buy bottled water. If you do, buy a very large (1.5L or larger) of water and use it to fill up your BPA-free collapsible water bottle with filter when needed. If you have any left over, give it to your hotel. Do not waste it by throwing it out.
To cut down on plastic waste, ask if your hotel if they can fill up your travel water bottle with their own fresh water source (larger water containers).
Is Zakynthos Expensive?
Zakynthos Greece Travel Tips
When visiting churches in Greece, it is best to be respectful by covering your shoulders, arms and legs, and do not wear flip flops. In hot weather, consider packing light weight cotton pants and a scarf or wrap.
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How to Get to Zakynthos
Flights to Zakynthos
Search for Cheap Flights to Zakynthos
Greece Eco Travel Tips
Zakynthos Airport Transportation
Zakynthos Airport Car Rental
It is helpful to know how to drive a stick-shift (manual) as the typical Zakynthos car rental is a manual. However, they do also come with UBS port and GPS, which makes for easy island navigation.
Four wheel ATVs are popular on Zakynthos but are noisy and dirty, and, in my humble opinion, ruin the tranquility of the island.
Explore Zakynthos Car Rentals
Zakynthos Airport Taxi
Zakynthos Airport Transfer
Try a Welcome Pickups private transfer. Welcome Pickups works with 5-star taxi companies, based on rider reviews, providing safe airport transfer service with local, English-speaking drivers. You can book the private transfer in advance on a flat, pre-paid fee, get flight-delay monitoring, and qualify for free cancellation.
I have not yet tried Welcome Pickups, but I hear they are a convenient, reliable and safe option for private airport transfers, something solo female travelers can truly appreciate.
Zakynthos Bike & Scooter Rentals
Bike and scooter rentals in Zakynthos are also available, which could possibly save money on getting around parts of the island.
Save Time and Book Your Ride in Advance
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Zakynthos Public Bus
Ferry to Zakynthos
Getting Around Zakynthos
Is Zakynthos walkable?
Zakynthos Public Transport
More Zakynthos Transportation Options
Is It Safe to Travel to Zakynthos Alone?
Zakynthos Packing Essentials
I’m not one to tell someone else how to pack, but there definitely some solo travel essentials I would recommend taking on your solo travel to Greece, like the following.
This list of travel essentials combined can make your Zakynthos Greece solo travel easier and more memorable while being friendlier to the environment.
Best Places to Stay in Zakynthos
As a first-time solo traveler to Zakynthos, I think it’s ideal to have access to the best of both worlds with activities accessible by foot including quick accessibility to the airport or port.
Therefore, I recommend staying at Laganas Beach on your Zakynthos solo travel. Laganas beach is 15 minutes to the airport and 20 minutes to Zante Town. Laganas beach is expansive with umbrella and lounge chair rentals, the Marine National Park of Zakynthos (think sea turtle spotting), and multiple bars, restaurants and clubs all accessible by foot.
Also, Laganas is serviced by the public bus and a departure point for many excursions. In short, Laganas is easy and, I believe, the best place to stay in Zakynthos for lively and relaxing first-time solo travel (see yellow area on the map below).
Greece Solo Travel Tips
Have WhatsApp on your mobile device(s). Many smaller establishments and activities offices use this as a method of communication making it easier to make inquiries or booking and learn, or notify, of any scheduling changes.
Get the T-Mobile International Plan or something similar in price and features. I no longer work on WiFi only on international travel. I’ll use it when it’s there, but having access to roaming when needed for GPS and Google Maps is a game changer.
Accommodations in Zakynthos
Hotels in Zakynthos Greece
Eco-Friendly Places Stay in Zakynthos in Laganas
Reserve Zakynthos Early for the Best Price
Greece Eco Travel Tips
5 MUST DOs in Zakynthos Greece VIDEO
Start with this video of 5 must do Zakynthos activities. You’ll see what a wonderful Zakynthos solo trip you’ll have.
Top Ways to Do The 5 Zakynthos MUST DOs
More MUST SEE in Zakynthos Greece
After the must do’s in Zakynthos above, here are a slew of more must see in Zakynthos items for your Zakynthos itinerary. If you want to know how to see most of them on your first time Zakynthos travel, use my Best of Zakynthos in 3 Days Itinerary. I’ve laid it all out for you.
Churches & Cathedrals
- Agios Dionisios Church
- Zakynthos Metropolis Church
- Church Agios Nikolaos of Molos
- St. Markus Catholic Church
- Church of Ascension
- Ekklisia Faneromeni
Architectural Buildings & Historic Sites
Zakynthos Landmarks, Points of Interest & Monuments
Museums & Galleries
Zakynthos Beaches, Parks and View Points
Please obey the signs to respect the environment and protect your safety.
Zakynthos View Points
East Coast Beaches
- Kremidi beach
- Climati beach
- Makris Gialos beach
- Xigia Sulfur beach
- Alykanas beach
- Psarou beach
- Krioneri beach
West Coast Beaches
- Filippoi beach
- Atsiganos beach
- Navagio beach
- Porto Vromi beach
- Porto Limnionas beach
- Porto Roxa beach
- Plakaki beach
- Marathia beach
- Agios Sostis beach
- Cameo Island beach
- Laganas beach
- Kalamaki beach
- Crystal beach (and Marine National Park of Zakynthos)
- Gerakas beach
- St. Nicholas beach
- Banana beach
- Kaminia beach
Zakynthos Greece Travel Tips
It can get very hot in Zakynthos in the summer. Make sure you stay hydrated and wear your good marine and reef safe sunscreen all day.
For the best beach experience on your Zakynthos solo travel over 50, check out the 25 solo travel essentials for going to the beach alone and the top tips on how to do a solo beach trip.
Best Half & Full Day Group Zakynthos Beach & Boat Tours
Best Private Group Zakynthos Beach & Boat Tours
Zakynthos Dining & Entertainment
- Restaurants in Zante Town
- Restaurants in Laganas
- Restaurants in Tsilivi
- Restaurants in Kalamaki
- Restaurants in Argassi
- Restaurants in Vasilikos
Don’t forget planning for sunsets while dining. The west side of the island is the best for this, of course. My recommendation for laid back sunset dining is L’ été Sunset Bar.
Top Zakynthos Wine and Food Tours & Activities
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Zakynthos is known for having music and festivals as well, if you are not into the club scene.
Perhaps your version of nightlife is going to a wine bar or simply a nice meal at a sunset followed by observing the stars. Yes, Zakynthos has those, too.
Best Booking Sites for Zakynthos Travel
Here is a summary of the best booking sites I recommend you use to successfully book your travel to Zakynthos Greece solo travel. I use just about all of these for most travel locations. I even gave you my suggested Zakynthos hotel.
These booking sites give you multiple travel options and awesome travel deals for all travel budgets. They will certainly help get a jump on your solo trip to Zakynthos.
For the best travel deals, always book early. Bundling airline, hotel, and/or rental car may provide additional deals.
Don’t forget to use my Greece Travel Guide complete your Zakynthos Greece solo travel planning and booking.
How to Get THE BEST of Zakynthos in 3 Days
You’re all set to get your Zakynthos solo travel on, right? Need some ideas on how to plan your days?
My 3 days in Zakynthos solo travel itinerary will get your started. It even has suggestions on how stay longer on your first-time solo travel over 50 in Zakynthos.