Car hire in Zante
Hiring a car in Zante
Zante is the most southerly and one of the largest Greek islands in the Ionian Sea. As one of Greece's most popular destinations, Zante boasts a number of stunning beaches where you can see beautiful natural scenery.
The island also offers a wide range of restaurants, bars and nightclubs to suit your taste, as well as many different watersports and excursions. Further north, you can explore the quaint traditional mountain villages, as well as the olive groves and vineyards where many of the local wines are made.
What you need to know
Zante has a wide variety of options for high-quality car hire - and all at a very reasonable price. With so many suppliers to choose from, our booking engine can help you to get the perfect vehicle to make sure you have everything that you need for your holiday.
In addition, you can be reassured by the 24/7 support line, as well as free cancellation on your booking should your needs change. In seconds you can find vehicles ranging from a small economy car, to a minivan for all the family.
Where to pick up your car
You can collect your hire car from a number of locations just outside Zante's main city of Zakynthos. You'll also find that the majority of suppliers have kiosks at Zakynthos Airport (ZTH), so vehicles can easily be collected and dropped off again at a time to suit your arrival and departure.
The main suppliers in Zante include Europcar, Enterprise, Sixt, Avis, Budget and Hertz. However, a number of other car hire firms are available, so make sure to book in advance to ensure that you don't miss out on the best deals.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
Zante is a relatively small island, so you'll find that you can reach almost any destination in less than an hour. If you're looking to travel across the entire island, then you won't want to miss out on a trip to the north to see the area where grapes and olives are grown.
While you're in the north of the island, make sure that you you take a trip to Smugglers Cove. This area is one of the most famous sights in Zante, and boasts magnificent white cliffs with clear blue waters beneath. It's most well-known for its giant shipwreck, which has sat there since 1980 when it ran aground in the waters surrounding the island following a storm.
As the island of Zante is so small, it takes just an hour and a half to drive from one end to the other. A popular way to see the sights that Zante has to offer is to take a boat trip around the island. The best boat excursions last a full day, letting you dive into some of Zante's most beautiful spots, visit the caves and take you to the island's best local tavernas.
The highlight of any boat trip though, is a visit to Turtle Island. With no inhabitants or buildings, the island is home to Caretta Caretta Turtles. See these stunning creatures in their natural habitat, and relax on one of the most beautiful beaches in Zante.
If you want to explore further inland, Zante has some beautiful villages that exude the traditional culture of the Greek island. Keri is just 21km south of the town of Zakynthos, but is much more quaint, having refrained from catering too much to tourism. From the central square you can enjoy stunning views of the Ionian Sea, or you can explore the traditional stone-built houses and narrow streets.
On the north side of the island, the village of Volimes is a haven of traditional Greek culture. This mountainous village still boasts its stone-built houses and churches, as well as the windmills that stand on the hills above. One of the most stunning sights here is the 16th century monastery of Agios Georgios.
Top attractions to visit in Zante
Hiring a car during your trip to Zante means that you can take in all the sights and activities that this stunning island has to offer.
Eating and drinking
Zante boasts a wide variety of restaurants and bars, with the most popular being the traditional Mediterranean tavernas. Enjoy freshly caught fish, locally grown olives and traditional dishes cooked by Zante's chefs. The staff offer meticulous service, and can recommend the best local dishes for you to try.
If you're looking to enjoy a night out, then Laganas is home to the most vibrant bars and clubs on the island. However, each of the towns have bars, cafes and tavernas where you can enjoy a few drinks.
Things to do
Zante is well-known for its stunning beaches, so be sure to make the most of the beautiful weather. Even during the winter months Zante tends to remain much warmer than the UK, with the hottest time of year being between May and October. The busier beaches offer activities and watersports for the more energetic among us, or you can hire a sun lounger and enjoy soaking up the rays.
Boat trips are one of Zante's most popular activities, with different options available to see the island's famous shipwreck, the Caretta Turtles, the stunning beaches and top snorkeling hotspots.
You can also get a boat to Kefalonia, which is the nearest island to Zante.
The natural beauty of the island of Zante means that you're never short of things to see and do. In Macherado, see the church of Agia Mavra - considered one of Zante's most important. Built in the 14th century, the church and Venetian bell tower show off stunning traditional Greek architecture.
On the hill of Bohali above Zakynthos Town, visit the Venetian castle that has stood since 1646 AD. Although partly damaged after wars and earthquakes, the castle still stands tall, along with the five churches within the castle walls.