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View of the turquoise blue sea

Zakynthos

The paradise flower of the East

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8 Days / 7 Nights
Walking
View of the turquoise blue sea

For centuries, the green, lush island of Zakynthos has been affectionately known as the "Fiore de Levante" (Flower of the East). The island has something for everyone. With its impressive coastline with long sandy beaches and a fertile plain in the center, it is an ideal hiking and recreation destination. In spring, everything is in full bloom, ancient olive groves and endless vineyards come alive with a colorful array of wildflowers. In the fall, the sea is still warm and you can enjoy the variety of beaches to the fullest. In one week you will see everything the island has to offer and follow "kalderimia", forgotten donkey trails, through quiet and peaceful areas. Enjoy the Greek island atmosphere with plenty of peace and relaxation.

Itinerary at a glance

Refresh yourself in the turquoise waters, taste a traditional dinner prepared by your charming hosts and discover the habitat of rare sea turtles on a boat trip.
Day
01
Arrival in Alykes

Today you start with a relaxing hike in the endless vineyards. Your destination is the picturesque church of Saint Nicolas, perched on a hilltop. From there, a breathtaking panoramic view extends over the entire eastern side of Zakynthos, including the charming traditional village of Ano Gerakari. Here you can enjoy a frappé, cold Greek coffee, and then return to your accommodation along harvest paths through olive groves.

Your route today takes you to the village of Katastari at an altitude of around 300 meters. The further you ascend, the more spectacular the view becomes. You walk around the top of the Psili Korofi hill and can watch the buzzards circling before heading back downhill. You will then reach the monastery of St. Ioannis Prodromou, built in the 16th century, where a monk guards the relics. Along the salt plains of Alati, where the locals continue to extract salt from the sea, the path continues to wind downhill until you finally arrive back at the beach of Alykes.

A wonderful hike through the vineyards along the central plain of Zakynthos awaits you. You walk from village to village past shining church towers on old, forgotten paths. After the sleepy villages of Kalithea, Skoulikado and Drakas, you reach Agia Marina. This green and fertile part of the island is dominated by tall cypresses, walnut and pomegranate trees, vegetable gardens and vineyards. Hidden among the purple bougainvillea bushes is your accommodation, a renovated Venetian-style manor house.

A short transfer takes you to the small mountain village of Loucha. You start on the hill and follow an old cobbled path down to the quiet village with around 50 inhabitants. You then hike through the fertile valley, which is the island's vegetable garden and where there is a well in every field. In a dense pine forest, you have the opportunity to make a short detour to the lonely monastery of Iparagathos. This is followed by a long descent from the mountains with breathtaking views over the rest of the island and the mainland on the horizon. The church of Agia Marina can be seen from afar. You finally end the hike along the mountain flank at your hotel.

Today you head south along the flanks of the great mountain Megalo Vouno. The first stop on this extended hike is the abandoned village of Old Lagadakia, where time seems to have stood still since the great earthquake of 1953. The only witnesses are the remaining ruins, which you can marvel at. The path continues through quiet pine forests where wild strawberry bushes grow. At the halfway point, you will reach the village of Lithakia, where you can take a break in one of the local tavernas. To reach today's destination, follow a narrow path to the protected Limni Keri marshland.

The last hike takes you from the Limni Keri valley to the mountain village of Keri. The trail flows over Cape Marathia with the scent of wild sage, aniseed, oregano and thyme. Once in Keri, the local café offers a welcome opportunity for lunch. On the way, you will pass the old church of Panagia Keriotissa with its majestic bell tower. The lively, flourishing path ends abruptly with dramatic limestone cliffs rising 200 meters above the sea. With breathtaking views over Limni Keri, you hike downhill to your accommodation.

Day
08
Departure or extension

Route information

Walking

Although the daily distances are moderate, the terrain is hilly and requires a good level of physical fitness. You can choose between various circular hikes or take a rest day if necessary.

Prices & Dates

small family-run businesses, 2**- and 3***-level

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Transfer from/to airport
  • Transfer according to program

  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • GPS-data
  • Service hotline

 

Arrival / Departure

  • Zakynthos airport
  • Organized transfer from the airport to the start hotel and return transfer to the airport. Transfers included in the price.

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price.
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
  • This tour is a partner tour.
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