30 Days Culinary and Culture Holidays in Zakynthos

  • Villa Spiros, Laganas, Zakynthos, 29092, Greece

Cooking Holidays in Greece

Leave the winter blues behind and enjoy life in the breathtaking Ionian Island of Zakynthos. Immerse in a warm and relaxing atmosphere, in which you can unwind, while experiencing one of Europe`s healthiest nations. With warm days, enjoy the tranquility of empty beaches, reading, walking, cycling, sightseeing, and exploring the local attractions as well as the picturesque Greek villages. Chilly evenings lend themselves to be spent in uncrowned taverns, enjoying the best traditional food tours and drinks, roaring log fires, and spending a wonderful time with charming people.

Highlights

  • Off-the-beaten track locations
  • Fabulous gastronomic delights
  • Cheese, honey, and wine tastings
  • Olive grove visit, picking, and tasting
  • Guided cycling and walking tours
  • Evening entertaining programs
  • Farewell Greek party night
  • 29 nights accommodation
  • 16 days with instruction
  • English
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Located on the beautiful island of Zakynthos and situated in Zakynthos liveliest and most exciting resort, Villa Spiros features a mixture of 3 self-catering ground floor rooms and 4 first floor maisonettes, furnished to a high standard in a clean modern style, incorporating everything the discerning holidaymaker or independent traveler will need for a relaxing and comfortable stay. Villa Spiros enjoys ideal, peaceful and relaxing surroundings. You will find lovely vines and well-kept flower beds.

All the rooms are equipped with central heating, carpets, flannel sheets, electric blankets, feather duck quilts, tea and coffee making facilities, a fully equipped kitchen, and an on-suite shower room. Distinguished by the lure of its exceptional family run hospitality and extensive range of services, Villa Spiros excels with its warmth, hospitable ambiance, relaxing surroundings and friendly hosts who will point you to the very best this wonderful island has to offer.

On arrival to Villa Spiros, you will be welcomed with drinks and left to settle in 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 precious holiday time, and be sure to see and experience all the things most tourists miss out on. You will take part on a wide range of art and creative workshops ranging from painting and drawing, glass painting, card and picture frames making, sea sculpture, rubbish sculpture, cooking legendary Greek recipes, traditional cuisine, and desserts making. Relax during your stay with one of the many activities to be done on your Greek evenings such as movie nights, bingo and quiz nights, card games, karaoke, pantomime, and drinking games.

This holiday will take place in the breathtaking Ionian island of Zakynthos, where you will find wonderful picturesque villages, green slopes all around, and the endless, blue, crystal clear, Ionian Sea. Traditional houses, old cafes, and family tavernas, compliment this beautiful setting. The agricultural activity is also very visible with hectares of cultivated land, vineyards, olive groves and tiny family owned factories. Although most small businesses are closed in the winter months, kiosks, supermarkets, tavernas and medical centers are still open daily and just a short drive or bus ride takes you to the main Zakynthos town where everything is open and available to you.

Activities
  • Art classes
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Diving nearby
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Sailing nearby
  • Scuba diving
  • Skiing nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Snorkeling
  • Wine tasting / tour
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar nearby
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Balcony
  • Beach nearby
  • Caf nearby
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • In-room safe
  • Kitchen
  • Lake nearby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Special menu request
Services
  • Baby sitting
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental nearby
  • Car rental
  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Free parking
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Local market
  • Medical assistance
  • Room cleaning
  • Scooter / motorcycle rental nearby
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet
  • Exciting drive to Navagio, the famous Shipwreck bay
  • Fitoura tasting
  • Greek coffee tasting
  • Horse riding
  • Keri tour
  • Olive picking experience available in November
  • Photography workshop
  • Pottery workshop
  • Scuba diving
  • Self-defense classes
  • Swim with Caretta turtles
  • Tour to Kallipado, Tragaki, and Kipseli
  • Tour to Koiliomenos, Iperagathos Monastery, and Kabi
  • Tour to Louha, Giri, and Agia Marina
  • Tour to Volimes, Xigia, Katastari
  • Vasilikos royal tour
  • Visit to Agalas village
  • Visit to Dafni beach
  • Visit to the castle
  • Visit to the Museum of Dionysios Solomos
  • Visit to the Post-Byzantine Museum
  • Watersports
  • Wine tasting tour
  • Wine tour at Trygos available in September
  • Zakynthos town delight walk
  • 1 daily homemade breakfast
  • 1 daily traditional meal
  • 1 farewell Greek night party
  • 1 welcome meeting
  • 16 culinary and art workshops
  • 29 nights accommodation
  • Evening entertainment programs
  • Guided walks and cycling tours
  • Various tastings including cheese, honey, olive oil, and wine
  • Airfare
  • Additional meals
  • Additional transfers
  • Airport transfers
  • Doctor assistance
  • Excursions not included
  • Laundry service
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional activities

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Athens International Airport (ATH), at the Thessaloniki Airport (SKG), or at the Zakynthos International Airport (ZTH). Please consider that Athens International Airport (ATH) has daily flights, the Thessaloniki Airport (SKG) has flights twice a week, and that there are direct flights to Zakynthos International Airport (ZTH) from most European countries (including Russia and Israel), during the tourist season, April to October.

Arrival by ferry

Ferry boat from Venice, Ancona, or Brindisi in Italy to Patras is an alternative if you travel either by car or train. It takes about 20 hours with the superfast ferries from Venice to Patras. Then there is a further hour drive by car or bus from Patras to Killini, from where the ferry boat takes you to Zakynthos town in one hour. Zakynthos can be easily reached by boat from Killini port or Kephalonia Island.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Villa Spiros an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by Jelena N
    10 out of 10

    "First of all I have to say that everyone was very friendly and nice. The owners helped us with every concern we had and tried to find the best solutions to improve our stay on the island. "

    "We stayed in a studio for 4 people and it was quite clean and comfortable. Another very positive thing to mention is that the accommodation was near the main street of Laganas, where all the clubs and bars are located, but at the same time it was far enough so you don't hear the loud noises from the party street. There is also AC and wifi."

    "Something I'd definitely recommend to everyone is the boat tour to the Turtle Island and other beautiful places nearby offered by the owner. All in all it was a great holiday with the perfect accommodation and we'll definitely come again to enjoy and discover more of Zakynthos!"

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  • Review by Felicia P from Linkoping, Sweden
    10 out of 10

    "The owners made our stay in Laganas one to remember! Really friendly they took us out on day tours to explore the rest of the island and gave us some really nice food experience! Good location from the main street. You couldn't hear any loud music or anything. Close to the beach and supermarkets."

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  • Review by a traveler from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "We visited in mid-September, which is the perfect month to have a holiday here if you want to avoid the busy clubbing atmosphere. The apartments are tucked away behind the busy strip so the location was ideal. We stayed in the maisonette which had two bedrooms, two bathrooms, balcony, small dining / kitchen area. The style of the apartment was simple but clean and comfortable with plenty of storage space which was very handy.The property is owned by a lovely family. They were very friendly and accommodating and made our holiday extra special. At a reasonable cost they provide meals and excursions which I highly recommend. They took us on two excursions, they were perfect as there was only a small handful of us which meant we could relax more and timing wasn't limited - whereas when you book excursions with tour companies, you always travel in huge groups and the experience doesn't feel exclusive.The property is accompanied by lush land of pomegranate trees, olive trees, a vineyard and other beautiful plants and trees. Make sure you purchase some olive oil and wine from here, that the family makes themselves! Laganas itself was a perfect base for us. There are many excursions you can do from here; they also provide trips to Athens, Kafelonia and Olympia. There are plenty of bars, clubs, restaurants, shops, and medical centers.You will be spoilt for choice, but it is a good idea to get some suggestions from the family if you want to visit good Greek restaurants. The beach was lovely, but I suggest you walk to where Cool Peppers restaurant is, as the beach was much cleaner. There are plenty of other restaurants near Cool Peppers but I only remember this one because that's where we sunbathed. All the restaurants provide sunbeds too. It is a sandy beach with clean, clear water.You have to walk very far out before the water gets deeper so it's ideal for children or anyone who can't swim. So to summarize, I highly recommend you stay at Villa Spiros if you want that homely family feel, which is the best way if you want to experience authentic Greek culture and personalized excursions that you won't get from tour companies. I hope to visit again; this holiday was one of my best."

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  • Review by Lisa A. from Georgia, USA

    "The owners went out of their way to make my stay comfortable and enjoyable. They were also very helpful in providing details about local attractions and transportation options. As a solo traveler, I was not interested in renting a car or a motorbike. I opted for the local buses instead. I received helpful information for reaching the famous Red Beach and going to Oia to see its world famous sunset. I truly enjoyed my conversations with Niko at the end of each day. He helped me with the complex Greek alphabet and language too!"

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  • Review by Carlos Armando from Lima, Peru
    10 out of 10

    "We enjoyed our stay in Villa Spiros. The perfect room, good service, and helpful team will give you a great experience in Perissa. You will feel like at home. Also, the Wi-Fi works perfectly in the whole place and each room has A / C that is perfect at summer nights."

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  • Review by Yuma from Japan
    10 out of 10

    "The host, Antonio, was extremely kind. We went to Zakynthos on off season, so we were the only guests. He took care of us a lot, he made a day trip plan for us and showed us around the island. We want to go back next summer!"

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  • Review by Tina L. from Zakynthos, Greece
    10 out of 10

    "This is a nice, simple and clean accommodation with very homely feel and excellent hosts. Its only 5 minutes walk from Laganas beach but set back from the main road in a quiet backwater. Its a lovely place for a stress-free stay. There are lots to do out and about, and all the amenities you could need are within a 5-minute walk. I stayed for 3 weeks and did not want to leave. The owners will go out of their way to make your holiday everything you'd like it to be. Do yourself a good turn and book a stay."

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  • Review by Lucy from Southampton, UK
    10 out of 10

    "The rooms are lovely, big, and clean. The owners welcome you with open arms and, on arrival, will have a drink for you. We were lucky enough to try their own homemade wine, which was lovely. Villa Spiros is a 1-minute walk from the strip but it is still quiet. Its a 5-minute walk to the beach! It was truly a lovely place to stay and if I go back to Zante, I will stay there again."

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  • Review by Oneya from Belgrade, Serbia
    10 out of 10

    "I stayed at Villa Spiros in June and it was excellent. The accomodation is wonderful and the owners are very pleasing. The apartment number 9 is the best since it is quiet for sleeping at night. The villa is 5 minutes away from the main street with all that clubs and discotheques, but it is not noisy in the evening. Its 10 minutes away from the beach.The sea is calm and beautiful. Anyone who will travel should see the Navagio beach, Xigia, and the blue caves and beautiful sunset in Porto Roxa. If you want an active vacation, look for Milan from Serbia. He will make your vacation excellent. I would go back one more time."

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Ionian Islands, Greece

Villa Spiros offers a clean and modern accommodation as well as culinary vacations in peaceful and relaxing surroundings.

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This vacation is available from March 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016; and from September 1, 2016 to November 30, 2016.

 

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