The east side of the island is known for its sandy beaches, its moderate development, the family atmosphere, its safety, the change of scenery behind its green hills. Planos and its beach, Tsilivi, is one of the most beautiful tourist areas of the island, with very high standard facilities, services and options. Moreover, here you can visit the Milanio Maritime Museum. Kipseli or “Belusi” is known for its local, sweet onions grown in the area, as well as for its magnificent churches of Panagia Belusiotisa and Agia Paraskevi, and the picturesque chapel of Agios Charalabos, right next to the Venetian guard (Vardiola).
In the nearby Tragaki, a village surrounded by citrus orchards, there stand two beautiful churches, that of Agios Nikolaos and that of Panagia Kantuniotissa, while the historically and artistically significant monastery of Panagia Dermatoussa, lies in a cypress and pine forest. The beaches, such as Tsilivi, Gaidaros, Abula are lovely, sandy, clean and ideal for relaxation. Head to Gerakaria, Ano, Meso and Kato, where apart from the beaches you will discover, you will be enchanted by the view from the church of Agios Nikolaos to Anemogduri. Continue to the beach of Alykes, in the tourist area of Katastari, the largest town of the island. Take a swim, visit the site of old Alykes, buy your souvenirs and go uphill for the monastery of Agios Ioannis Prodromos, a place of peace and prayer.
A work of art
Going uphill to the east, you will discover two of the most beautiful and spectacular beaches of Zakynthos: Xygia and Makris Gialos. Dine in one of the many local tavernas that offer food of exceptional quality, enjoying the endless blue of the Ionian.