Zakynthos Itinerary: 7 days to explore the island & its surroundings

By Kanika from SamBoat - November 25, 2021

Do you want to explore Zakynthos and its most beautiful beaches? This seven-day itinerary is ideal for you.

Zakynthos is the third-largest island of the Ionian group, it is an exotic island with wonderful scenery and beautiful beaches. Zakynthos is ideal for all types of sailors, especially for beginners. Explore all its secrets and visit beautiful places not far from this huge island by chartering a yacht in Zakynthos.

Day 1: Zakynthos

The port of Zakynthos is the best place to start an itinerary to visit the island and the most popular areas around it. This village has a typical Greek scene with whitewashed houses, tavernas and fishing boats. Enjoy the local food and the beaches in the area.

Day 2: Zakynthos Village of Keri

10 nautical miles, 2 hours of sailing

Head to the southern part of the island of Zakynthos and marvel at the wonders that the National Marine Park of Zakynthos has to offer. This Park covers several areas of the southern part of the island. Here you can find the island of Marathonisi and enjoy its deserted beach and amazing caves. The best place to anchor your boat is in the marina of Keri, which is a safe place to spend the night and enjoy the tranquillity of the area. Keri is a small town where you will find beaches, practice snorkelling and explore the caves. 

Day 3: Keri Navagio Beach & Agios Nikolaos

22 nautical miles, 4 hours 15 minutes of sailing

You cannot say you have visited the island of Zakynthos without visiting Navigo Beach. This is your next destination, where you will find a ship that has been wrecked on the shores of the beach. This beach has beautiful blue waters and is ideal for swimming and spending time. After this stop, you should head towards the village of Agios Nikolaos, where you will find a marina with amenities for anchoring your boat. In this village, you will find supermarkets and several restaurants offering local food at very affordable prices.

Day 4: Agios Nikolaos Sami, Kefalonia

20 nautical miles, 4 hours of sailing

Kefalonia is the largest island of the Ionian group, its beaches with their blue waters and iconic flora. Its Venetian style architecture captures the attention of all visitors. Sami is a town with interesting attractions, such as its underground caves called Melissani and of course, its beautiful beaches with green and blue water. The port of Sami is one of the safest in the Ionian Islands and has additional services to make your stay more pleasant. Enjoy the village and its dreamlike scenery, stroll along the main coastal street and have a coffee in one of the cafes overlooking the harbour. 

Day 5: Sami Patras 

51 nautical miles, 10 hours of sailing

It’s time to head to Greece’s third-largest city, known mostly for its large harbour that connects to Italy. Patras is a historical city and has sites such as the Medieval Castle and the Roman Odeon. It is a densely populated city with amazing nightlife. The ideal place to anchor your boat is at Nautilus Yacht Service. It is very close to the main port but is not as busy. It has several services that can be helpful such as water and fuel. This marina is very close to the main sites of the city and is very quiet at night. 

Day 6: Patras Kyllini

33 nautical miles, 6.5 hours of sailing

Kyllini is a town that has the largest port in the Ionian sea and the third in Greece. For years this port has received ships of all kinds. Kyllini port has several services that can help you feel comfortable during your stay. It also has a fishing shelter that welcomes professionals and amateurs, if you are into fishing bring all your equipment. The town of Kyllini is famous for having the most delicious typical food at an affordable price.

Day 6: Kyllini Zakynthos

15 nautical miles, 3 hours of sailing

After all these busy days of unparalleled experiences, it is time to return to the port of departure. You will return home with many stories to tell and unforgettable memories.

If you enjoyed this tour in the Ionian Sea, check out the boat trip to the northern Ionian Islands

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