There is some imagery that instantly brings Greece to mind. The Acropolis of Athens, Oia in Santorini and in the case of Zante (Zakynthos), that of the Shipwreck beach from above. To be fair, these views are a real knockout and when approached by sea, it has the most stunning waters, so stunning you will probably pinch yourself. But there is so much more to Zante than the Shipwreck beach, iconic as it might be. Carpeted with olive trees and verdant vegetation, the island is a natural beauty, green as far as the eye can see. The Venetians didn’t call Zante Il Fioro di Levante – the flower of the east – for nothing! Their occupation has left its mark around Zakynthos Town, the port cum capital of the island with its pretty Piazza Saint Marco, the tall bell towers and the scenic streets called kantounia. Music tradition runs in the veins of the locals, who will sing the Zakynthian serenades just because. The Castle of Zakynthos is perched on the hill of Bohali, a nearby district that offers magnificent views of the town. There are also some charming villages to visit like Volimes and Exo Hora. Exploring Zante by sea is a must. Head to the Blue Caves while trying to spot Caretta-Caretta turtles, as they choose each year the warm sand of Zante to lay their eggs. Mizithres, the Ionian version of the Capri rocks are simply gorgeous and nearby Marathonisi island is -ironically- shaped like a turtle. Beaches like Sfogio and Porto Stenitis, both only accessible by boat are simply stunning. For emerald green waters head to Porto Limnionas, Porto Roxa, Korakonisi, Dafni and Makris Gialos. Sip some local Avgoustiatis and Robola wine and enjoy your meals at Bassia, Stavros and Prosili.