Zakynthos has some of the prettiest beaches in Europe. The most famous is Navagio, nicknamed “Shipwreck Beach” and sheltered by a curving rock formation you’ve likely seen on your Instagram feed. Tranquil Amboula Beach and buzzing Alykanas Beach are also good bets, depending on what vibe you’re going for.
Zakynthos offers easy access to vibrant coral reefs, many of which are home to loggerhead sea turtles. One of the best places to see them is Marathonisis, or “Turtle Island,” part of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos. You can join a tour or hire a boat and explore on your own.