Zakynthos: A beautiful scenery and a lovely place to spend the day ashoreZakynthos (also known as Zante) is one of the seven main Greek Ionian islands which are situated in the Ionian Sea and lie off the west coast of Greece.
Zakynthos, with a town of the same name, is our latest addition to MSC Cruises’ Mediterranean itinerary.
Mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey, this ancient place has been inhabited since Neolithic times. Today, a superb Mediterranean climate and a whole host of attractions make Zakynthos a great holiday destination and a lovely place to spend the day off your luxury MSC liner.
We recommend you use our excursion packages to make the best use of your time available and to benefit from the best deals on trips and attractions around the island. Apart from admiring the beautiful island scenery, some may want to take to the waters as the snorkelling and diving opportunities here are excellent.
Nature-lovers and travellers with children can learn more about the Loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta Caretta) which sadly are an endangered species but are being looked after and monitored at the turtle rescue centre and Marine Park. Passengers can also leave the ship to board guide boats which will take them to the famous blue caves.
Another fun trip is found on Navagio Beach at Smugglers Bay to view the famous shipwreck; as one of the most photographed beaches in Greece, keen photographers should take their cameras along, too. Round off the day with a spot of vacation shopping in Zakynthos town - the local honey and sesame sweets make great take-home gifts.
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