Zakynthos, also known as Zante, is one of the Greek Islands in the Ionian Sea. It is 405.55 square kilometers (156.6 square miles) in size, and is a well-known island for European tourists, not to many Americans. After being told that from many locals, I was even more excited to be one of the Americans to see the beauty of this island for myself, that many have not seen. The beautiful cliffs, countless caves, cerulean and turquoise blue waters, incredible shipwrecks, stunning beaches, and smooth mountains, the views around Zakynthos are just breathtaking!
Potamitis Brothers Windmills I stayed at the most amazing place in the Agios Nikolaos area, inside of a windmill with Potamitis Brothers! I chose the stone windmill which was the largest of two windmills available to rent, the second one being a white & blue windmill, closer to the cliff. This gorgeous stone windmill had more than enough room! When you walk in, you have your kitchen, living area, and bathroom. There is a pair of spiral stairs that lead to the second floor, and that is your bedroom with a balcony. I absolutely loved it here, and Yianna (the owner) and her daughters were the greatest help! Not only do they take care of the windmills, but they own the restaurant beside the windmills. They were extremely courteous, and the restaurant was extremely convenient considering we were far away from the main towns in Zakynthos. The walk down to the water is just gorgeous with incredible views, and the famous blue caves are right beneath the cliffs where the windmills are located!
Exploring Zakynthos To explore the island, I rented an ATV again! It's so much fun, refreshing, and a great way to take in the beauty around you! The signage around the island is quite confusing, and definitely lacking. So, don't get alarmed if you get turned around a bit! There is barely any traffic around the island. I would only pass a car or another ATV from time to time. It's a peaceful island to explore with winding roads and gorgeous views! Xigia Beach, Skinari Lighthouse, Blue Caves, Makrys Gialos, and Navagio Beach (also known as Shipwreck Beach or Smuggler's Cove), were some of my favorite places around the island! Not only should you admire the view of Shipwreck Beach from the beach, but from above at the viewpoint! Both perspectives are just beautiful.