Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Tsilivi - Zakynthos Travel Guide

Blue skies, even bluer waters. Sundrenched soft sand beaches.

Amazing caves, shipwrecks and turtles. Traditional Greek welcome and lively nightlife.

•Tsilivi.Think blue skies, even bluer waters; sundrenched sandy beaches, shipwrecks, caves and turtles. And a typical warm friendly Greek welcome.

•Add in succulent olives, fresh fish, Greek salads dripping with the local olive oil and succulent spit roast lamb washed down with the local wine. Think Tsilivi for a relaxing sunshine holiday Greek style.

•Sunshine holidays in Tsilivi are just about picture perfect thanks to its stunning beach. Surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, the golden sandy beach is about 2km long and has a Blue Flag award for cleanliness.

•Tsilivi is on the spectacular north east coast of Zante or Zakynthos.

•And nearby there are beautiful, still slightly undiscovered, bays at Bouka, Amboula and Katragati.

•That, together with the lively nightlife and the friendly tavernas have made holidays in Tsilivi highly recommended by our holidaymakers.

•Tsilivi has everything you could need for holiday in the sun, and it is still very much a Greek village which makes it just about perfect for singles, couples and families.

•The beaches in Tsilivi are nature's gift for lazy sunny days, swimming and snorkelling.

•With shallow clear blue waters, gently shelving sands, the beach at Tisilivi is suited to everyone, but is especially safe and fun for children.

•There are good beaches nearby which include St Nicholas Beach and Alykanes beach and the bays at Bouka, Amboula and Katragati.

•Watersports in Tsilivi : Paragliding and waterskiing.

•Sightseeing in Tsilivi: Take a boat trip around the island and see some of the most photographed beaches in the world around the blue caves where the waters are crystal emerald green, sparkling sapphire blue or deep turquoise depending on the sun and time of day. The boat trips also stop at Turtle island, home to, yes, you've guessed it, turtles. There is a conservation programme here and it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see these amazing creatures in their natural environment.

•You can also visit the Zante shipwreck. Sixty years ago, a smuggler's container ship being chased by the Navy ran aground in north Zakynthos. Now half-buried in golden sands, it is am amazing sight when viewed from the sea or the cliffs.

•Take a jeep safari and explore the lesser known parts of this exquisite island. Visit secluded beaches, Mount Vrahionas, buy handicrafts in small traditional villages and see the shipwreck bay from the cliffs.

•The sleepy resort of Tragaki is nearby and is a lovely place to go for a walk or cycle and explore the village, the olive groves and the pretty beach.

•Take a boat trip to the island of Kefalonia.

•Zante is only 5km away and there are frequent bus services to the capital city which is top place for shopping and sightseeing.

•What else can I do in Tsilivi? The Old Vineyard in Tsilivi is a wonderful place for a meal with the opportunity to sample the wines made from the grapes grown in their vineyard. It also has fantastic views over the sea and nearby tranquil Bouka Beach in Tragaki, just a short walk from Tsilivi. Family run, the owner or his son, will apparently even drive you back to Tsilivi if you do succumb to the tempting vino They can also cater for celebrations such as weddings in Zante. There is a local water park, Luna Fun Park and Fantasy Mini Golf.

•Top Tsilivi Tip: This island cries out to be photographed at every opportunity. Make sure you pack your camera!

•When is the best time to visit Tsilivi? May - October

•The best restaurants in Tsilivi? Many of the restaurants here are family owned and the locals pride themselves on their excellent food and their friendly welcome. There are also a wide range of restaurants serving international food. Our holidaymakers raved about how good the food is here, but one restaurant stands out for all of them: and that is the family owned Valantino's run by Jo and Artemis. Valantinos has outdoor seating and serves fresh food all cooked to order. Their customers rate the restaurant highly in terms of value, atmosphere and service and the food which includes delicious lamb roasted on a spit; stuffed aubergine, sea bass, sweet chilli prawns and Befteki and lots more wonderful Greek and European dishes. Let us know what you think about the restaurants in Tsilivi when you get back.

•Nightlife in Tsilivi: Start off the evening with drinks at sunset before moving on to one of the local tavernas. After some excellent Greek food, hit one of the clubs, pubs or music bars for dancing, karaoke or quizzes or just to chat and watch the world go by. The Enigma nightclub is very popular.

•The best bar in Tsilivi: There are many contenders for the title of the best bar in Tsilivi but the two that seem to stand out are the Two Brothers Bar and the Paradise cocktail bar. Let us know your nomination for the best bar in Tsilivi when you get back.

•At night time, street sellers set up their stalls selling souvenirs and a marvellous assortment of jewellery.

•Top Tsilivi Hotels Tip: Most of the hotels and apartments in Tsilivi have been built in quiet areas, which means that if you are not out partying, you can get a great night's sleep.

•Travel Insurance with Travel Republic: You never need it until you need it. Make sure you've got it. We have great offers which give you cover for the whole year for not much more than the cost of one holiday cover. The good news is it means you will be covered for everything on your annual holiday, plus for all those unexpected extra weekends away.

•Holidays to Tsilivi: We have an excellent choice of holidays in Tsilivi.

•Hotels in Tsilivi: We have excellent hotels in Tsilivi, all with our lowest prices guaranteed.

•Cheap Flights to Tsilivi: We have cheap flights to Tsilivi. The flight takes just over 3 hours from UK airports.

•Car hire in Tsilivi: There's so much to explore, you would be wise to hire a car. We can offer great deals on car hire in Tsilivi so check us out when completing your holiday booking.

•Transfers to your hotel in Tsilivi: We can book your transfers from the airport to your hotel in Tsilivi. We can also book UK airport car parks online, plus travel insurance and currency exchange for your holiday.

•Tsilivi Hotel Reviews: Written exclusively by genuine customers who have booked and stayed in the hotel.

Did you know? If you take a boat trip around the gulf of Laganas and Kalamaki, you will probably see the turtles. Although huge, they are harmless and are often seen swimming together with humans.

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