Most years i like to holiday on the island of Zakynthos, it is the most warming welcoming place i have ever visited, as a local once said to me, on your 1st visit you are a tourist on your 2nd visit you are family, and that is certainly how we are treated all over the island as family.
We usually stay in the small village resort of Argassi, Αργάσι it is a village and a community in the southern part of the island of Zakynthos. It is part of the municipal unit of Zakynthos, and is situated on the east coast of the island, at the northwestern foot of the Skopos Mountain. It is 3 km southeast of Zakynthos town and is easily reached by foot, car, bus or road train. Argassi only has 2 main roads, that run in a T shape so you really can not get lost lol.
Argassi is a family friendly tourist resort, with plenty of hotels, restaurants, shops and tavernas, the cost of eating out is relatively cheap, therefore making it an ideal holiday location for families, over the years a few all inclusive hotels have popped up, but in my opinion there is no need for them as i have stated it so easy and cheap to eat out.
All the hotels, beach bars, restaurants, tavernas etc are family friendly, there is a small strip of sandy beach ( some years there’s more sand some less lol), the water is relatively shallow and warm making it ideal for little ones to paddle, and the beach does not get over crowded. There are a few beach bars along the beach, which can be separated by various hotels, bars or rocks, it is possible to walk along in the sea from one side to other, but if you have a pram or small children, wheelchair etc, you would have to access various parts of the beach through different establishments. As far as im aware all complexes along the beach allow you use there facilities either for the pool or beach, all they ask is that you buy a drink or some food, which is very reasonable i think. ( Louise please let me know if you know otherwise, i don’t think you need to read it all as after all this is where we met all those years ago when our kids were toddlers lol ). Sun beds placed on the beach are chargeable by the establishment they are connected to, this is Greek Law and not a money making scheme by the establishments.
I will leave a couple of links below of my favourite places in Argassi, I can not say yet that i have had a bad meal, or bad hospitality anywhere. I’m only leaving a couple as there are just so many fantastic places, but feel to ask me any questions you may have.
There is plenty of public transport available to take you to other places on the island, the taxis are all a set price for the different destinations around the island, you will find a price list on all taxi ranks, I always ask the price even if i know it, just to confirm that it is the same price that is printed, if they try to say more, refer them to the price list or just move on to the next taxi, as of yet we have not experienced any problems with the taxis.
There is a good bus link, all the buses take you into the main bus station where you change buses to go to the other destinations on the island. I will say though that the buses work on GMT time which means Greek Maybe Time.. Lol..
Another mode of transport is the land train, most tourist villages have them and the majority take you into Zakyntho Town, here you can get another land train that takes you up Bochali Hill to the old castle, which is worth a visit or you can walk up it, but definitely not in the midday sun.
Zakynthos Airport is located in Kalamaki and is a short distance away from Argassi by either car ( lots of places to rent a car, i would recommend renting a car in resort not from your tour operator which is much more expensive). There are plenty of taxis outside of the airport which can get you to your hotel in no time, at time of writing a taxi from the airport to Argassi is 16 euros, and you can be checking in while all your fellow travelers are still getting on the coach transfer, you are less than 10 mins away, as an example last summer my travel operator wanted me to pay £180 return for booking a taxi through them, I only paid 40 euros return ( 16 each way plus tip), a lot of people like the coach transfer as it’s a great way to see some of the Island on your trip to the hotel, but it can take an hour or more depending on which way the coach driver goes and how many drops he has en route.
There are plenty of tourist offices selling various trips to different parts of the island, from water parks to greek nights, beaches, coach tours, boat trips, I think you get my drift lol, day trips over to Kefalonia home to movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, and even over to the mainland to see the Acropolis.
The mainland is accessible by ferry from the port, I will write about that another day.
The following block is taken from Wikipedia.
Zakynthos (also spelt Zakinthos; Greek: Ζάκυνθος, romanized: Zákynthos [ˈzacinθos] Italian: Zacinto [dzaˈtʃinto]) or Zante (Greek: Τζάντε, romanized: Tzánte; /ˈzænti/, also US: /ˈzɑːnteɪ/, Italian: [ˈdzante]; [ˈdza(n)de]; from the Venetian form) is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. It is the third largest of the Ionian Islands. Zakynthos is a separate regional unit of the Ionian Islands region, and its only municipality. It covers an area of 405.55 km2 (156.6 sq mi) and its coastline is roughly 123 km (76 mi) in length. The name, like all similar names ending in -nthos, is pre-Mycenaean or Pelasgian in origin. In Greek mythology the island was said to be named after Zakynthos, the son of the legendary Arcadian chief Dardanus.
Zakynthos is a tourist destination, with an international airport served by charter flights from northern Europe. The island’s nickname is “the Flower of the Levant”, bestowed upon it by the Venetians who were in possession of Zakynthos from 1484–1797.
Remezzo Beach Bar, Located centrally, free use of the pool and sunbeds upon purchase of a drink and or food. Access to the beach although it is rather rocky in parts so beach shoes recommend, if you walk along to the right, you will come across the bridge ( more on that later), and to a sandier part of the beach. A To the left will take you to Argassi watersports, wonderful family run bar, great hospitality and great food. https://www.facebook.com/groups/420991861708865/
Thomas and Elena Beach Bar, located further north on the Vasilikos road, if you are staying at the bottom of the village it is certainly worth the walk to here, the bar is run by a husband and wife team, they serve a selection of drinks and snacks, and have direct access to the beach, which is only pebbly for a few feet, this area of the beach is perfect for snorkeling and you can go out quite a way while remaining shallow, there are lots of fish to be seen swimming around. The sunbeds here are chargeable but certainly worth it as it’s an amazing suntrap with amazing views over to the mainland, day or night, you are free to sit at the tables and chairs with no charge. https://www.facebook.com/Thomas-Elena-Beach-Bar-216415992207476/
Mikri Dafni restaurant is to die for, definitely one of my number 1s, they are a husband and wife team along with their children also working, all of them always have a smile and will go the extra mile for you, there food is from the spit so ribs, chicken etc, and just love to spoil you whether it’s a special occasion or not, with a bit of dancing and shots lol. https://www.facebook.com/mikridafni2015/
Dimitra Jewelry D&J, the perfect shop for your gifts from jewelry to bags to towels to stuffed turtles for the little ones, ok i have 1 or maybe 2 or umm ….of the stuffed turtles, run by an amazing lady, always a smile for everyone, so so friendly, she is located centrally next to the Gerakas bakery ( awesome cakes, bread and ice cream). A visit to here is a must for all your souvenirs.
An excellent group for anyone thinking of holidaying in Argassi here is the link to the best Argassi Group on facebook, run by lovely admins, all the members are friendly and a very high percentage of them are extremely knowledgeable of the area, giving great advice and tips to make your holiday in Argassi rememberable for all the right reasons lol. https://www.facebook.com/groups/176765099808338/
I really must stop here, because i could go on for hours lol, and you know how i like to ramble on ha ha, please feel free to share and tag my blog and ask me any questions you may have.
Wherever you are whatever your doing smile XOXO