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Since launching this website, visitors have contacted Zante Guru with an amazing variety of questions. You'll find answers to some of the common questions about Zante below:-


1. Can you tell me about x apartment in y resort?


2. Can you provide me with e-mail addresses for hotels and apartments?

3. How much does it cost to hire a car?

4. How much does it cost to hire a moped?


5. How old do I have to be to hire a car/moped?


6. How much does an island cruise cost?


7. What is the weather like?


8. I need to check my e-mail, where can I find a cyber-cafe on the island?


9. Where can I buy property on Zante?


10. Is Kalamaki noisy due to the aircraft flight path?


11. How do I get to the shipwreck/smugglers cover/navagio beach?


12. Where can I go scuba diving?


13. What's the difference between Zante and Zakynthos?


14. Zante is in an earthquake zone. Is it safe to travel there?


15. Where can I find out more about Caretta Caretta?


16. Where can I get information on chartering a Yacht?


17. How much is a taxi from the airport?


18. Where are naturist beaches on Zante?

19. Can I have a street map of Laganas please?

20. How do I get married in Zante?

21. I've heard some stories about the airport! Can you tell me more?


22. I'm a vegetarian. What is the vegetarian food like?

23. I'd like to go island hopping. How do I start?

24. What are the medical facilities like on Zante?


25. How long does it take to drive around the island?


26. What is the international dialling code for Zakynthos Island?

27. Tell me about Greek toilets?

28. Can I drink tap water in Greece?


29. Can I use my mobile phone on Zante?


30. Where is "Ektos City"?

31. Where can I find a post box?

32. What is the time zone in Greece?


33. Tell me about the creepy crawlies and other unpleasant creatures that may affect my visit?


34. Tell me about tipping in Greece?


35. Can you give me the latest information on exchange rates for the Euro?


36. What is the electricity supply in Greece?


37. Where is Zante/Zakynthos?


38. Is Zakynthos safe for vistors?


39. How long does the transfer take from the airport?


40. I'm an EU citizen. What travel documents do I need?


41. I'm a non-EU citizen. What travel documents do I need?


42. Can you tell me about cash and currency?


43. Can I bring my pet to Greece?


44. Can you tell me about the Tourism Police?


45. What are the dates of the National Holidays?


46. I'm going to visit a monastery - how should I dress?


47. I'm on a budget - can you give me some typical prices?


48. Why are place names spelt differently on this website?

49. Can you tell me about the new water park?



Zante FAQ



1. Can you tell me about x apartment in y resort?


PLEASE NOTE! ZANTE GURU DOES NOT COMMENT ON, OR OFFER OPINIONS ON ACCOMMODATION.
If you would like to read reviews of Zante accommodation by visitors to the island, please click here.

You'll find a listing of some hotels and apartments in the Accommodation section of the website. Accommodation is generally of a very high standard on the island but I cannot comment on individual businesses. If you have any concerns, check with your travel agency or alternatively the Greek National Tourist Office. The standards body, The Business Federation of Rented Rooms and Apartments of Greece, can be contacted by phone on +30 1 6801 035 or you can fax on +30 1 6859 491.

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2. Can you provide me with e-mail addresses for hotels and apartments?

If you want to book direct, it's probably better to telephone. Most hotels on Zakynthos prefer fax confirmation of your request. You can find the telephone numbers here.

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3. How much does it cost to hire a car?

A very open question! Of course it depends on the time of year and the type of vehicle you rent, along with the prevailing exchange rate. You'll find details of the major car hire companies operating on Zante here. Car Hire is not expensive on Zante and generally you'll get a 15-30% discount on rental over three days. The best deals are to be found booking direct with the rental companies rather than through the travel agents.

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4. How much does it cost to hire a moped?

This is generally easier to answer. Most rental companies have a range of mopeds and small engined bikes (50cc to 250cc) and rental prices (per day) range from 20 to 30 euros. Click here for more information.

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5. How old do I have to be to hire a car/moped?

Age restrictions are at the discretion of the rental companies but the legal minimum age is 21 although some companies insist on a minimum age of 23. There are addition restrictions for high-powered or luxury vehicles (for example convertibles or sports coupes).

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6. How much does an island cruise cost?

Prices are around 50 euros for an all-day cruise round the island which incorporates a couple of swimming beach stops and the usual itinerary of Blue Caves, Keri, Shipwreck and Turtle spotting. All day means literally nine hours in the sun, so be warned!

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7. What is the weather like?

You can get a real-time weather report from Zante by visiting the Weather section. I've also produced a table of average weather conditions if you are planning your trip in advance.

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8. I need to check my e-mail, where can I find a cyber-cafe on the island?

You'll find the Cyberzone internet cafe on main strip out of Laganas about 1km from the beach past Zeros nightclub. In Argassi you'll find the Mouse House, on the main road heading north towards Zante Town (tel 49510).

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9. Where can I buy property on Zante?

Try Delta Real Estate in Zante Town tel 23336 fax 44822.

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10. Is Kalamaki noisy due to the aircraft flight path?

The volume of flights has doubled over the last twelve months at Zante airport. However, night flights are rare as the flight path is over the Bay of Laganas so your stay in Kalamaki should be restful.

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11. How do I get to the shipwreck/smugglers cover/navagio beach?

Most island cruises inevitably stop at the cove (it's only accessible by sea). If you don't want to sit on a boat all day, drive down to Porto Vromi on the north west coast and catch a boat from there.

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12. Where can I go scuba diving?

For detailed information, visit the Zante Guru diving section.

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13. What's the difference between Zante and Zakynthos?

Zante is the Venetian name, Zakynthos the Greek name. Zakynthos is named after an ancient Arcadian chief.

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14. Zante is in an earthquake zone. Is it safe to travel there?

Zante is generally safe but still continues to suffer from tremors on a regular basis.

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15. Where can I find out more about Caretta Caretta?

Visit Caretta.org, site of the Sea Turtle Protection Society.

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16. Where can I get information on chartering a Yacht?

The most extensive list of Yachtbrokers can be found at the Greek National Tourist Office website.

Here are some direct links to charter companies in the Ionian Islands:-

* Sailing Holidays
* Activity Holidays
* Sunsail
* Stardust Platinum


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17. How much is a taxi from the airport?

Here are approximate costs, but make sure you agree a price in advance. (prices are in euros)

Argasi - 20
Alikes - 40
Laganas - 30
Tsilivi - 30
Vassilikos - 25



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18. Where are naturist beaches on Zante?

The long and short answer is there aren't any. However, if you go to the southern end of Gerakas beach you will meet some kindred spirits! Topless and nude sunbathing is still against the law, though there is general tolerance in the resorts. In remote areas, topless sunbathing may cause offence to the locals, so you do it at your own risk.


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19. Can I have a street map of Laganas please?

You won't need one. The resort essentially consists of one main road leading to the beach. You'll find all the main nightclubs here as well as amusements and amenities.


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20. How do I get married in Zante?

It's better to arrange this through a travel agent who can advise on red tape and arrange for the Zakynthos authorities to be well prepared. Here are the main places to get married on Zakynthos ...

Zante Town Hall
Vanato Mayor's Office (near Tsilivi)



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21. I've heard some stories about the airport! Can you tell me more?

Zakynthos airport is very small and has to cope with high volumes of charter passengers in the summer. Because of the restrictions on night flights in order to preserve the loggerhead turtle flights arrive in waves. So, when you arrive, you can be waiting for up to an hour for your baggage, and more importantly when leaving, you can be queuing outside the terminal building for several hours in the hot sunshine. Take plenty of water and some games for the kids!


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22. I'm a vegetarian. What is the vegetarian food like?

It's difficult to avoid meat but just order lots of starters, the greek salads are really good. It's also difficult to avoid chips but at least they're cooked in olive oil.


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23. I'd like to go island hopping. How do I start?

You can charter a yacht (see above) or can pop over to visiting Kefalonia on one of the regular ferries from Zante Town. Some car rental companys will permit you to take a rental car across, but you will need to advise and indemnify them first.



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24. What are the medical facilities like on Zante?

Zante has a very high standard of healthcare with a modern hospital based in the capital, Zante Town. Each resort has a number of pharmacies farmakio (look out for the green cross sign). Perhaps the most common ailment for visitors to Zante is the mosquito bite as most accommodation is not air conditioned.



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25. How long does it take to drive around the island?

Zakynthos is a relatively small island so you can drive round it in one day, if you make an early start. Although the roads are generally not very busy, many roads in the north and west of the island are in a poor state of repair. A typically loop round the island is about 200km.



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26. What is the international dialling code for Zakynthos Island?

The code is 30 then 2695 for Zante , so you either dial 00 30 or +30, removing the first "0" from the telephone number if dialling from outside Greece.


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27. Tell me about Greek toilets?

Due to the size of standard bore sewerage pipes used, Greek toilets cannot fully flush paper or non-natural waste material. In order to avoid blockages paper, nappies and sanitary towels have to be placed in the adjacent bin, which is emptied and cleaned regularly.


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28. Can I drink tap water in Greece?

Although tap water is generally purified, it can upset stomachs and so it is better to drink bottled water which is available in all local shops and tavernas. To avoid dehydration and sunstroke, it is advisable to drink at least three litres of water each day, in addition to any other drinks consumed.


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29. Can I use my mobile phone on Zante?

Check with your network provider if "roaming" is activated. Your phone will then choose one of the local networks (Panafon, Cosmote, Telestet) when you switch it on when you arrive.




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30. Where is "Ektos City"?

On the Telestet mobile phone network, your handset may display "Ektos City". This isn't a real place, it just means "Outside the city" i.e. away from one of the metropolitan areas. They use the English word "City" because it sounds cool.


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31. Where can I find a post box?

Look for a yellow metal box, usually fixed to a wall with the lettering "EATA Hellenic Post". Postcards are not classed as priority post and can taken several weeks to arrive. You can speed things up by placing the postcard in an envelope.



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32. What is the time zone in Greece?

Greek time is:

GMT +2 or BST +2.

Central European Time +1
Eastern Standard Time +7


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33. Tell me about the creepy crawlies and other unpleasant creatures that may affect my visit?

Ants, spiders, cockroaches and mosquitos are prevalent here, as with the rest of the Mediterranean. To prevent mosquito bites:-

* Use a mosquito net at night (You can buy these at your local camping store).
* Avoid sweet scented toiletries and perfume.
* Use an effective repellent - often the Greek formulas are more effective.
* Use a plug-in Mosquito killer in your room at night.



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34. Tell me about tipping in Greece?

Waiters normally receive a percentage of the takings as a service reward, so you don't need to feel obliged to tip unless the service is exceptional.


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35. Can you give me the latest information on exchange rates for the Euro?

Yes, you can find real-time data here.


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36. What is the electricity supply in Greece?


220 volts AC via 2 pin plugs is the standard in Greece. You'll need a three to two pin converter.


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37. Where is Zante/Zakynthos?

Have a look at the maps page for Zante's location in context.


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38. Is Zakynthos safe for vistors?

Zante and the Greek islands are generally very safe and friendly places to visit. If you want to obtain the latest information before you travel, the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office offer useful, up-to-date information here.



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39. How long does the transfer take from the airport?

Alikanas - Coach 1 hour, taxi 40 minutes.
Alikes - Coach 1 hour 15 minutes, taxi 45 minutes.
Argasi - Coach 30 minutes, taxi 15 minutes
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Kalamaki - Coach 15 minutes, taxi 10 minutes.
Laganas - Coach 25 minutes, taxi 15 minutes.
Tsilivi - Coach 45 minutes, taxi 20 minutes.
Vassilkos - Coach 1h 30 minutes, taxi 45 minutes.

Note - these timing are conditional on local traffic conditions and the number of stops for coach drop-offs.



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40. I'm an EU citizen. What travel documents do I need?

A passport is not compulsory for E.U. citizens travelling from or to Schengen countries. (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal). Other EU citizens require a full EU passport with a minimum of 6 months validity.


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41. I'm a non-EU citizen. What travel documents do I need?

For non-EU citizens a valid passport if required. Visas maybe required depending on the citizen's home country. Please contact your local Greek Embassy or Consulate for up-to-date requirements.


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42. Can you tell me about cash and currency?

Greek currency is the Euro. Major debit and credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Delta, Solo, American Express) are accepted in larger hotels and shops. Many smaller shops accept cash only. Travellers cheques in Euro, Sterling and US dollars can be cashed at most banks on the island at at the reception of larger hotels.


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43. Can I bring my pet to Greece?

Please check with your local Greek Embassy or consulate for up-to-date regulations.

Health and Rabies vaccination certificates issued in the home country country of origin before being allowed into Greece. This document must have been issued as follows:

Last 12 months for dogs
Last 6 months for cats

In addition, the certificate must have been issued at least six days before the arrival date.

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44. Can you tell me about the Tourism Police?

Greek Tourism Police are there to provide help to tourists and resolve problems that may arise between tourists and local. They are very helpful and are multi-lingual. You can contact them 24 hours a day by dialling 171.


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45. What are the dates of the National Holidays?

New Year's Day: January 1st
Epiphany: January 6th
Ash Monday: 41 days before Easter. Lent begins.
March 25th: Military parade.
Easter: Good Friday-Easter Monday.
Labour Day: May 1st .
21st May: Union of the Ionian Islands to Greece
Whit Monday: 50 days after Easter.
19th June: Pentecost
Asumption of The Virgin: August 15th.
October 28th: Military parade.
Christmas: December 25th


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46. I'm going to visit a monastery - how should I dress?

When visiting places of religious importance, such as churches or monasteries, please respect the following dress code: long trousers for men: long skirts and covered shoulders and arms for women.


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47. I'm on a budget - can you give me some typical prices?

500ml Beer 3
Soft Drinks 0.8
Chips 1
Alcholic Drinks 4
Two-course meal and wine 25 (per person)

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48. Why are place names spelt differently on this website?

Places are spelt differently due to the long and complicated territorial ownership of greece and it islands. The foundations of the spelling may be Latin, Greek, Turkish or Venetian.

The Greek language also has three forms Demotic (spoken) Katharevousa (literary) and Kathamiloumeni (composite) for example the prefix saint St. is variously written as Agios, Ayios Ag or Ai


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49. Can you tell me about the new water park?

The new water park opened in summer 2003. You can find it in Sarakinada about 10kms from Laganas on the road to Zante Town. You can get there by bus. At the moment, there is no website but you can get more information by phoning 65150.


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