Scrapbook Travels: Zante

Population: 40,759
Known For: Best beaches of the Greek Islands, Shipwreck beach.
Climate: July is the hottest month in Zante with an average temperature of 26°C and the coldest is January at 11°.

"Zante, or Zakynthos as it's known to locals, is an idyllic island located just off the west coast of Greece. With its lush green hills, dramatic coastline and endless sunny weather, it's the perfect paradise for those in search of sun and sand, with a few bars and clubs scattered in between. Zante also lays claim to one of the most photographed beaches in the world - the beautiful Smuggler's Cove or Navagio Beach, with an ancient shipwreck left abandoned on the shore."

Zaynthos was the capital of the island and had a gorgeous Harbour and Church to visit.  On our first full day we rented out bike and cycled here.  We ended up in the middle of a thunderstorm and 'unfortunately' found ourselves trapped in the Vegan restaurant I had been dying to visit for 2 hours.  The owner was so friendly she told us under no circumstances were we allowed to cycle home until the thunder and lightening had ended and the water on the streets (which was about mid calf level) had cleared.  I mean who is going to turn down a three course lunch?  A few hours later, and with a hug goodbye from the owner and strict orders to bath my feet in warm water (Yes I was dressed like Suzie in the Summer) we were on our merry way back to Argassi.

Shipwreck beach was the first photo I saw when Googling for a holiday in Greece and so it was always going to be a sight I had to see at least once on our trip.  It's the iconic scene you see on TV adverts where people are base jumping from the high cliffs that surround the shipwreck beach.  You can only visit this beach via boat and so we spent a day doing a "tour of the island" boat trip which left at 8am and brought us back home around tea time.  It was one of the most magical places I have ever been and then I took off my sunglasses and seen the true colour of the cliffs and sea water and was in total awe.  We had brought snorkles along on the journey and spent the hour we had on the beach exploring the surrounding water, climbing through the shipwreck itself and lapping up the sun on the pebbley beach. Perfection!