The little town of Tsilivi on the northeast coast is a recent addition to the tourism of Zante, but its beautiful beaches, great amenities and closeness to many attractions is what makes it an ideal place to stay. The long promenade is dotted with little tavernas, bars and cafes and takes you to several secluded beaches, which is ideal for escaping the hustle and bustle. With cheap deals on All Inclusive Tsilivi holidays, now’s the time to invest in a well-deserved break away.
Nice and warm for most of the year, the temperature peaks to around 31°C in August. It drops to around 19°C in the spring and autumn.
Fly to Zakynthos International Airport from the UK and continue on a 9.3km journey to Tsilivi.
Book a cheap holiday to Tsilivi with Airtours and spend your days mooching from one beach to another, bathing in the warm, shallow waters or taking boat trips out to Smuggler’s Cove or the Blue Caves. If nightlife is a priority, then Tsilivi has plenty of options with its strip of bars, clubs and tavernas. With this much to do, booking is the easy bit. The difficult part is choosing how to spend your days!
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The beaches in Tsilivi are top when it comes to beauty and accessibility, and give you a real choice, whether you want to be in the thick of the action or you’re seeking some tranquility. With lots of fun things to do in town like mini golf and bowling as well as all day excursions, you can really mix it up on your holiday to Tsilivi.
There are many boat trips you can take from Tsilivi which give you the chance to explore secluded coves and caves and even have a dip. Navagio beach, sometimes known by its nickname ‘Smuggler’s Cove’, is a secluded beach that you can only reach by boat, making this a magical place to visit. The shipwreck on the beach was a smuggler’s boat which capsized during storms in the 1980s. Kids will love to imagine pirates and buccaneers using this little beach as their port! The Blue Caves are often number one on most tourists’ to do lists in Zante. These arched caves have been created due to erosion and strong waves, but lead to beautiful underground coves where the water colour is emphasised by the bright white rock. Have a swim in these caves for an unforgettable experience.
Us Brits do love a bit of mini golf on our holidays and this might be especially so when we’ve had a bit too much sun. Tsilivi has both a mini golf course and ten pin bowling alley for those who want a bit of light-hearted competitiveness with their nearest and dearest. If you fancy something a bit more high octane, ‘Splash Fun’ located in the centre of town has loads of wet ’n’ wild water slides, a winding lazy river, a great children’s pool and even a little museum. With great facilities such as first aid, a cafe, showers and lifeguards you can really enjoy your day out.
The north of Zante is very mountainous and has several hiking trails giving you the chance to take in the island’s beautiful scenery. Tsilivi is set amongst a gorgeous backdrop of cypress trees, vineyards and olive groves and its sub-tropical climate encourages a whole variety of beautiful flowers. Take the trail along the coastal paths to the north of Tsilivi beach to see the Venetian ‘vardida’, a type of ancient watch tower overlooking the town. Animal lovers will be keen to take a trip south to Laganas to see where the endangered sea turtles congregate every summer for breeding.
Beach: Tsilivi is blessed with several beaches. Its main 2km blue flag beach has a promenade with tavernas and bars. For a smaller and quieter beach, head west to Bouka beach.
Waterpark: ‘Splash Fun’ water park in Tsilivi gives kids and grown-ups a chance to blow off some steam. Jump on one of the rafts, their ‘Black Hole’ slide or simply float on the lazy river; kids will love the pirate boat.
Countryside: Tsilivi is set amongst the beautiful Zante countryside of vineyards and olive groves and there are plenty of hikes around the north’s hills. Its variety of Mediterranean flora and fauna are a plus for nature lovers.
Language: The language locals speak is Greek but the resorts tend to be multilingual.
Currency: Euros for ease, making it easier to budget and get out extra cash if you need.
Local time: Zante is two hours ahead of the UK, but this shouldn’t upset your routine too much and certainly not enough to give you the dreaded jetlag.
Fly to: Fly to Zakynthos International Airport which is about fifteen minutes from Tsilivi.
Flight time from UK: 3 hours 30 minutes.
Tourist information: http://zante.gr is a great official website for more information on Zante.
Visa and health: There are no pesky vaccinations required to enter Zante and you’ll only need your passport.
Temperature: Hot and sunny during the summer with top temperatures of about 31°C, which cool for the surrounding seasons to about 19°C. Much, much cooler in the winter months.
Best time to visit: Depending on what you want from your break, the months between June and September have hours of uninterrupted sunshine, scorching temperatures and very little rain making the summer ideal for beach holidays. If you’re keen to explore and go on long walks, spring and autumn are refreshing and not too hot.
Bus: Local buses are cheap and give you a great chance to see the scenery.
Hire Car: There are several car hire businesses in Zante so you can see the island for yourself.
Taxis: Taxis are good value and there are plenty in the town.
Boat: Boat tours are a great way to explore the lovely coastline of this area or visit other parts of Greece.
Carnival: If you choose the spring time for your holidays to Tsilivi then you should hop on a bus down to Zante Town for the week long Carnival celebrations. This carnival has been on the Zakynthian calendar for over 500 years, and celebrates the Venetian heritage of the Ionian Islands with a series of events including street theatre. It’s a really good opportunity for you to learn loads about the history of these tiny islands and how it’s shaped their identities.
Feast of Agios Dionysios, August 24th: Innate to Zante’s religious culture, the Feast of Agios Dionysios celebrates their Patron Saint, St. Denis. His mummified body is paraded through the streets of Zante Town in a glass casket for pilgrims to pray beside and despite this seeming morbid, the entire island comes together for festivities including folk music, parades and a fireworks display over Solomos Square. Zakynthians are known for being welcoming and friendly to visitors, so this religious festival is lively and fun for all to enjoy.
Greek Nights: Imagine settling down in a bustling taverna for a night of fun with folk music, Greek dancing, a bit of plate smashing and a banquet of incredible Greek and Zakynthian food. Tsilivi has many tavernas which offer a slice of Greek culture with their traditional nights, and they’re loads of fun especially if you’re travelling with a group of mates or close family.