Hi, we stayed at tsillivi, which is a small bus ride away from zante town. We watched the procession on st dennis day, did go on abit and you get bitten alive by the local mosquitoes. But it was fancinating to watch a saint of over 4 hundred years old, hold so much respect, for the locals. I thought zakynthos was beautiful, the weather was way too hot for us though, but only because we are not used to it.. lol!!!!!
highly recommend boat trips, as you see quite alot of the island, but we unfortunately only saw 2 turtles. would i go again? yeah.... depends what you want from your holiday. We wanted total relaxation, which we got. They do pester you a bit to come in there restaurants etc and drink coktails, but you only have to politely say no, the greek men are lovely!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hang on a minute......this site is to post about YOUR experience....good or bad points then you can make your own mind up.....i know my holiday was in 2002 and i have just found this post after all these years and couldnt believe the stick some people are getting for being honest about their time in zante....nobody is moaning as you put it they are simply stating their experience.....its bloody self catering in greece not all inclusive fiji darling...its not gonna be perfect...yes they do try n get you in the bars at night, im not saying theres anything wrong with it...you probably never experienced this as your not a 20 year old skinny blonde, i experienced it alot...dont forget to state your experience every bit good n bad...personally i never saw any beggers but hey ho.....plus we dont really need anyone to tell us that the worlds crime rate is going up and that we need to watch our purses.....oh and its got nothing to do with the fact that im from "up north" Some people got nothing better to do...thats Areaism for you...x
We've been to Zante many times and visited Zante town at least once on each visit. There is the occassional begger ( I also saw a woman with a tiny baby in 2004). It is sad that they use their children in this way, but don't let it ruin your holiday. We bought a pack of biscuits for a small boy but that was all.
There are very few people calling you into their restaurant or cafe in Zante town. Most of the places have far more locals in them that brits! We have had many lunches in Zante town and I have nothing bad to say about any of them. We got married in Zante town hall (not the prettiest of buildings lol) and so spent a lot of time there. The best memory I have was of a group of about 15 local old men singing in one of the cafes at about 11am one morning, all slighty tipsy i think. It was amazing and such a lovely feeling to hear them sing without a care in the world.
There are lots of shops in Zante town and plenty of museums too. There are some posh shops and some cheap shops. There as some posh cafes and some regular ones - if you don't want to spend loads then check the menu before you order. Have a look around and remember you're not in a cosmopoliton city, but a small town.
We went into Zante town twice on our holiday. We never saw any beggars or tramps of any kind and as regards watching your purse and wallet ... you have to everywhere these days so we didn't find that a problem either. It is worth walking down the end of the pier near St. Solomos square and there there is a cafe/taverna with a covered seating area by the water. It is lovely to sit there and have a cold beer and watch the beautiful sunset and all the boats coming in. We thought St. Solomos Square was lovely and there was a wedding on in the church there at the time so there was plenty of people buzzing around and locals so a great atmosphere. We ate in Squeros Restaurant in St. Marcos Sq (I think) which was quite nice but the guys outside every rest do try and pull you in (which is a bit annoying!) After our meal we sat at one of the cafes amongst locals just people watching and drinking cocktails and hot chocolate! It was relaxing and a change from other bars in the resorts. Only problem we had was local children on bikes and skateboards etc whizzing in and out of people up and down the streets, but we were all young once
By the way they do not try to pull you into the restaurants and you dont have to watch your purse.
Christ most of the people that holiday in Zante come from up north. Liverpool-Newcastle-Nottingam etc etc. Your telling me this areas worst than those get a grip. The food was excellent, too much money? put your hand in your pocket and spend your on holiday and stop moaning. I met one english woman at the waterpark she said its not very big (its not bad) is it to her son, we will find a bigger one in Cyprus next year, with locals standing all around us. If she wasnt happy go home. What is it with people, the shops are ok priced theres a good variety, but thats the euro for you.
Some people never seem satisfied whether at home or abroad.
Dont beleive the comments people put on this page if they are knocking Zante Town.
We went here by hire car 5 times on various days at various over two weeks. There are no beggars
anywhere. Thw best time to go is after 6.00 as most of the main shops open at this time until 10.00pm.
All the English people have left by then and you can enjoy a fantastic meal at the various tavernas
with local families and couples. It was a very relaxed atmosphere. This is not on the main front but the road behind. There is also a big square with three big outside coffee bars.
We also went to the St Dennis festival. Which included fireworks, a fair and big market (went back three times).There were alot of street stalls and people which made for a great night. He is the saint of the Island, and has been dead some 130-150 years. They carry him around in a gold plated box with a big parade.
went on a trip via local bus from tsilivi to zante town.the bus ride was the best part of it. looked around shops which were not excellent and very small,found the mental health institution which i needed after an hour there.walked along the harbour stopped of at the cafe there for a coffee the worst cup i've ever hard freezing cold think it cam from fridge not hot tap.the toilets were very dirty and smelly ,found the beach a bit of rock and 2 feet of sand. would never go there again sat down on arrival at restaurant very nice and cosmopolitan,beggars pounced the minute bums were on seats they are hard to shift.ZANTE TOWN FOR US WAS A BIG NO NO
Zakynthos town is a nice way to spend a couple of hours, the harbour is pretty, the shops are good. Don't fall for the beggars on the streets, they are not as bad or hard up as they like you to belive. It gets very busy here and very hot, it is maybe best to go earlier in the day, also shops will shut in the afternoon for their siesta.
I would waste any effort in going to Zante Town unless you like harbours or architecture. The harbour area is nice, one of the squares is pleasant and though a little run down the town has some good looking buildings. But the shopping street is pretty poor (Laganas, Kalimaki well almost anywhere was better), and the few restaurants were fairly expensive for what you got. We went a couple of times at different times of the day to give it a chance, and frankly we wished we hadnít bothered.
Me and my boyfriend hired a car out for three days and visted the town a couple of times we thought it was worth the trip altho it only takes about 10 minutes to get there from tsilivi, but also its worth it just to see the views on the way down to the town they are amazing, once into the town it can get very busy at night, all the shops are open and restaurants are dying to get u in, this was the only down side to it but u get it everywhere on the island, just say no and that youve already eaten they leave u alone then. we went in the day once and it was like a ghost town no shops were open and the place was empty i was soon to find out that they have a siesta everyday between 2 and 5pm but thats why it gets so busy at night, i thought the shops were good, they had a diesel shop that also sold other branded labels and they had really good shoe shops. its deffinatly worth going to once but go at night.
We planned on spending the day in Zakynthos town but had done everything there was to do (not a lot) by midday so left. the shops are rubbish - very expensive jewellery shops and not a lot else. Takes about 10 minutes to walk around them. The section along the marina is very pretty with great views but there is no real centre of town and nothing to do. Would not bother to go there again.