With sweeping golden sands and translucent turquoise water, Zakynthos holds enormous appeal for couples and families alike, striking a perfect balance as a classic beach destination and a great choice for an all-round holiday with a rich cultural life at its heart. Venetian influences and a proud Greek heritage meet in Zakynthos to magical effect; once known as the Florence of the East, it remains one of the most significant cultural centres in Greece. The most southerly of the Ionian islands, the mountainous landscape is well-cultivated, producing an abundance of olives, citrus fruits and grapes which, in turn, give rise to a well-respected selection of local wines. The National Maritime Park in the south is a haven for the sea turtles who come ashore in the Bay of Laganas to lay their eggs, while further north you’ll find dramatic caves and the famous Shipwreck Beach, accessible from the sea on one of the island’s delightful boat trips. Whether you’re looking for sun and sandcastles or sightseeing and adventure, Zakynthos is a vibrant holiday destination that ticks all the boxes.