After spending 45 minutes marooned in the scorching midday sun we hopped back on our boat to sneak into more secluded and beautiful coves and caves along the mountainous northern coastline, including a stop at the blue caves.
Back on the minibus we headed for a late lunch and a swim at our final stop, Xigia, a natural sulphurous beach where it is rumoured you’ll emerge 10 years younger after a dip in these milky waters!
After another day of sunbathing, we decided we ought to go and discover some more of the island, so negotiated a days’ hire for a quad and zipped off to Zakynthos Town to begin our explorations. Much of the architecture is built in typical Venetian style, though most of the architecture is replicated since a devastating earthquake in the fifties decimated most of the structures on the island.
We buzzed on to Argassi, then over to Kalamaki. I was surprised to see how quiet the resort actually was – a total contrast to its lively neighbour along the bay, Laganas, next on our hit-list. We pulled into the eastern edge of the resort and headed along the wide sandy beach, past numbers of chic beach bars, gradually becoming more bustling as we reached the central ‘strip’. During the daytime the main road offers cheap breakfasts and lunches, souvenirs and mini-markets. There’s even a McDonald’s – is there an island that doesn’t have one now? I am certain that the street is an entirely different affair between midnight and the small hours of the morning – the sleeping nightclubs surely aren’t so discreet.
Heading south-west out of Laganas, winding through acres and acres of olive groves brought us eventually to the southernmost peninsula of the island. Fin is forever on a mission to seek out ‘viewpoints’, so we dropped a pin on the map at Myzithres Viewpoint and began the bone-chattering climb on the quad up the dirt track to reach it. The view from here is astounding – the sea is indescribably blue, crashing onto the distant shoreline below. Sunset would be special here – had we arrived later in the afternoon there would have been no question about staying to enjoy it.