Next to Kefalonia and unlike the rocky Ithaca, Zakynthos – also called Zante – is, perhaps, one of the most inspired options for short 2 to 3 day trips from Corfu. The island is the farthermost of all Ionian Island as compared to Corfu, and its main highlights refer to its numerous fine beaches and village resorts. Given its natural endowments and its tourist infrastructure, the island of Zakynthos is a tourist destination in its own right, Laganas counting as one of the most popular resorts in the south of the island, whereas the northern smaller resort of Alykes is often chosen for its Blue Grotto (or Kianou Caves) where advised visitors can test by themselves whether a bath into the natural pool of the grotto really turns them blue or not.
The only limitation of tourism development is represented by the fact that the so-called Caretta Caretta, an endangered species of turtles – which for that matter, also nest in the nearby Kefalonia – must share in view of nesting the same beaches (Laganas and Yerakas in particular) with the huge flow of tourists coming here to sunbathe and to indulge in beach enabled sports activities. Given its high degree of endangerment, tourists are advised against using speedboats in the Laganas Bay, against sticking umbrellas in the sand, against using the beaches between sunset and sunrise and the like. The bottom line is the island of Zakynthos is a genuine natural haven, and tourists are encouraged to do their best to accommodate their vacation plans with this particularity of the island.
Paleokastritsa is, by far, the jewel beach resort on the west coast of Corfu island. Its main attractions are the blue flagged beaches and water sports.
The Messonghi Beach belongs to the homonymous resort which is a favorite destination for tourists coming to Corfu.
The Ermones Beach, a blue flagged venue with deep waters, is just as much worth visiting, since it lacks nothing of what more famous beaches feature.