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Cheap Flights to Zante

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Zakynthos, also known as Zante, is the third largest Greek island in the Ionian Sea. Holidaymakers book flights to Zakynthos to enjoy its beautiful sandy beaches and explore its lush vineyards and wooded forests. The fertile soil around Zante means that the island has an agricultural background, of which many of the traditions are kept alive today.

Its unspoilt beaches and warm seas attract more than just holidaymakers though; the island is also home to the endangered species of sea turtle, Carreta-Carreta. Many tourists book flights to Zakynthos specially to see the magnificent turtles in their natural habitat. The turtles descend upon the beaches of Laguna and Geraka to lay their eggs during the nesting season around June and July, and their presence ensures that many of the island’s beaches have been declared protected areas, preserving their natural beauty for turtle and tourist alike.

 

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Zante climate

Zakynthos has a typically Mediterranean climate, with warm dry summers and mild wet winters. One of the sunniest places in Greece, temperatures reach average highs of 32°C in the summer months, dropping to 15°C from December through to February. The hot summers are tempered by cool breezes from the Ionian Sea, which stop the heat from becoming unbearable, while the high rainfall in the winter months keeps Zakynthos lush and green.  

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When is the best time to fly to Zante?

Peak season

The busy season in Zakynthos runs from May through to October. Summer temperatures can be very hot, although the winds from the meltemi provide a cool relief. The winds, which blow from north to south, are particularly strong around August, and can make the sea a little rough to the north of the island.

 

Off season

The winter months, from October through to March, tend to be mild but wet. With the island population at just under 40,000, the departure of most of the tourists means the island relaxes in the winter. Although this is the best time of year to pick up a bargain, much of the tourist infrastructure shuts down off-season, particularly in the smaller resorts and towns.

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Getting around Zante

There is a small airport on Zakynthos, which has daily flights to Athens. Many people also travel from the Greek mainland to Zante by ferry, which departs from Killini, in the Peloponnese, about a four-hour drive from Athens. It is possible to use the ferries to island-hop between the Ionian Islands, a simple and popular way to travel around and sample a taste of the varying cultures that exist on all the islands.

An easy and cheap way to get around Zakynthos itself is by bus. The good road network on the island can also be utilised by hiring a car, with vehicle rental companies based at the airport and larger resorts.

Some areas of the island, such as the famous Shipwreck Bay, are only accessible from the sea and it is possible to catch taxi boats to these locations, or even to rent your own boat. The taxi boats depart daily from Zante Town, the island’s capital, and various other points around the island.

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