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Unforgettable Greece Culinary Holiday

You are invited to the beautiful Greek island of Zakynthos for a home-from-home long stay holiday at Spiros Family apartments and apartments. In a central, yet quiet location just 300 metres from Laganas beach, Spiros family apartments owners have put together an exciting long stay program for the off season months. At this time of year, the days are warm, the beaches are not crowded, the cooler evenings lend themselves tο cozy indoor nights and all the locals are at their most relaxed, turning their attention to the seasonal agricultural activities. This is very different from the hustle and bustle of the summer crowds. So, leave those winter blues behind and come to settle into the slow-paced life of beautiful sunny and warm Zakynthos, while experiencing authentic Greek hospitality. Take time to chat and enjoy the company of your fellow guests and hosts in a safe, comfortable environment.


  • Winery and olive oil factory visit and tasting
  • Be welcomed into a Greek family who will show you their beloved Zakynthos
  • Learn to cook traditional specialties with fresh organic ingredients 5 cooking classes
  • Boat trip and swimming to the shipwreck beach
  • Boat trip and swimming to the turtle island
  • One homemade meal per day
  • A day tour to Zakynthos town
  • 29 nights of accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


9 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
Airport transfer included: Zakynthos International Airport (Dionysios SolomosAirport)
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Spiros Family apartments feature a mixture of self-catering ground floor studios and first-floor apartments, furnished to a high standard in a clean modern style. The family owners have created a warm, relaxing atmosphere, where you can experience the calm pace of life, that makes this nation one of the healthiest in Europe. They offer you traditional family accommodation in comfortable fully equipped rooms and they are on site at all times to direct you to the best Zakynthos island has to offer.

There is a small but welcoming reception area which doubles as a gathering place for lots of the art and creative pastimes. Here also, guests get together to enjoy a variety of evening activities. At the Villa’s organic farm and olive grove, you are welcome to join in the planting and picking of seasonal fruit and vegetables or to help with the olive harvest during November.

All apartments are spacious and are equipped with:

  • Central heating
  • Carpets
  • Flannelette sheets
  • Electric blankets
  • Winter weight duvets
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fully equipped kitchen with fridge and kettle
  • En suite shower room
  • Satellite TV
  • Large veranda
  • Iron and board available upon request


  • Wi-Fi
  • Satellite TV
  • Wide selection of novels, DVDs, and music
  • Board games and playing cards
  • Reception hall


The rooms are all equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi Internet connection, along with a host of other modern amenities and features, stylishly and thoughtfully designed, ensuring the discerning holidaymaker or independent traveler a relaxing and comfortable stay.


In this program, your family hosts are on site at all times making sure, your stay is as comfortable and pleasant as it can be, with tours and special interest days organized each week. You can explore picturesque villages, mingle with locals, go walking, go cycling, go sailing or just sit in the sun with a book. Should you want to develop your artistic flair, there will be creativity workshops available, with local artists sharing their love and passion for creativity with you.

Your arrival

On arrival at Villa Spiros, you will be welcomed with drinks and left to settle and get comfortable in your new surroundings. After breakfast on your first morning, you will hold an informal meeting, providing you with all you need to know to make the very best of your stay. Villa Spiros will help you see and experience things most tourists miss out on.

They can plan trips, suggest activities, show you the best sights and help you decide on the perfect itinerary for your holiday. So, whatever your preferences are, sunbathing, relaxing, boating, horse riding, picnicking in the shade of an olive grove, visiting museums and historic places of interest or just taking a stroll in the countryside with a knowledgeable guide, Villa Spiros can help you experience the very best of everything. For land lovers, there are spectacular mountains and hidden coves, with an abundance of flora and fauna. For sea lovers, there is an endless list of things to do. They will find you the best beaches and activities, boat trips and sights.

The tours

Swimming at the Shipwreck Bay (Navagio) and a magical sunset dinner

Around midday, you set off for the north of the island, with several gastronomic stops along the way. You will take a boat past fabulous blue caves to famous Shipwreck Bay, for swimming. If you are lucky, you may see base jumpers and paragliders launch themselves from the towering cliffs. If the weather is too windy for the boat, you will still be able to admire the shipwreck from the viewing platform set into the cliff top.

A traditional dinner is coming up later, at the locals’ favorite taverna, in Kabi. Not only is this restaurant famous for Zakynthian cuisine and its welcoming owners, but for the most magical sunsets on the island. The view from the restaurant, down to aquamarine waters must be one of the best in the world.

Turtle boat trip to the “Turtle Island” and beach picnic

At Agios Sostis harbor, you board your own boat "Poseidon" (skippered by host Antonio). Crossing the sweeping bay, you hope to see and even swim alongside some of the large, graceful loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta). Next, you head for uninhabited Marathonisi Island. You will notice it is turtle shaped. Perfect for snorkeling, swimming or just a paddle, this tiny island beach with its fine powder like sand will captivate the water lover and land lover alike.

Enjoy combing the beach for driftwood and pretty shells. Look out for little cages, handmade from sticks, which cover and protect the nests of the loggerhead turtles. The other side of this paradise island has intriguing little caves to explore. When you have worked up a healthy appetite, allow to spoil you with a beach picnic, packed full of fresh, tasty treats.

Sweet treats in Zakynthos town

Visit Zakynthos town and discover the history and culture of the old town alongside the café culture of the new. Relax in one of the specialty coffee shops, or maybe enjoy a homemade ice cream and indulge in a spot of people watching; a favorite Greek pastime. Last minute shopping, a coffee shop and a leisurely walk time to enjoy being alone to wander.

Later, one of the traditional confectionery workshops of the town plays host to give you a sweet treat. The fourth generation confectioner and shop owner, will put on his apron and show you how to make Baklava with almonds, walnuts and spices folded into a syrupy filo pastry. Simply irresistible!

Included excursions

  • Boat trip and swimming to the shipwreck beach
  • Boat trip and swimming to the turtle island
  • A day tour to Zakynthos town
  • Winery and olive oil factory visit and tasting
  • Shopping trips


Just 300 meters from Laganas Beach, the most important nesting grounds for the sea turtle Caretta caretta, Villa Spiros is surrounded by vines and well-kept flower beds. A five-minute stroll brings you to Lagana's main street, with its parade of shops, restaurants, bars and medical center. There is plenty to do and see in the immediate vicinity. Most small businesses close for the winter months, but kiosks, supermarkets, tavernas and medical centers are open daily. A short drive or bus ride brings you to the Zakynthos town where everything is open and available to you.

Nearby places:

  • Laganas Beach, 300 meters


This retreat includes one meal per day. However, it excludes evening meals. All meals are cooked fresh with organic products from the farm.

The following meals are included:

  • Lunch

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

You may enjoy art and creativity workshops including painting and drawing, pebble art, glass painting, handmade creations and photography, additional Greek cooking lessons, traditional dessert making lessons, massage services, services of a hairdresser and manicurist.

What's included

  • 10 cooking classes
  • 29 nights accommodation
  • Transfers from and to Zakynthos airport or port
  • Services of host throughout your stay
  • One meal per day, usually lunch
  • Guided walks around the island
  • Tour to the shipwreck beach
  • Boat trip and swimming to the turtle island
  • A day tour to Zakynthos town
  • Welcome information meeting
  • Cleaning, and linen and towel changed weekly
  • Shopping trips
  • Advice and help in planning your sightseeing / activities

What's not included

  • Evening meals either cooked fresh at Villa Spiros with organic products from the farm or at tavernas throughout the island
  • Car, motorcycle, scooter, or bicycle hire can be arranged
  • Laundry service
  • Medical assistance
  • The service of an English speaking doctor and dentist nearby
  • The service of an English speaking hairdresser, manicurist and beauty therapist
  • English newspapers and magazines
  • Takeaway meal deliveries

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Zakynthos International Airport (Dionysios SolomosAirport) Airport transfer included: Zakynthos International Airport (Dionysios SolomosAirport) No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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