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With great pleasure, Villa Spiros invites you to leave the winter blues behind; come to enjoy life in the even more fascinating Zakynthos by winter. The breathtaking Ionian Island of Zakynthos plays host to an inspiring, relaxing home holiday experience, centered on the wealth of traditional, local, and fabulously hospitable life of the real Zakynthos island and its people. Here at Villa Spiros, you will enjoy a warm and relaxing atmosphere, in which you can relax and unwind, while experiencing the Greek pace of life, which makes this nation one of the healthiest in Europe.
Distinguished by the lure of its exceptional family run hospitality, warmth and hospitable ambience, Villa Spiros features a mixture of ground floor and first floor, fully equipped apartments and welcomes you to experience an authentic Greek holiday, together with your friendly hosts, who will point you to the very best this wonderful island has to offer.
There is a small but welcoming reception area which doubles as a gathering place for lots of our art and creative pastimes. Here guests also get together and enjoy a good variety of evening activities:
Bingo and quiz nights
Located on the ground floor, all studios are spacious, tastefully decorated in style, with large verandas for enjoyable relaxing moments. The studio has about 25 - 30 square meters with spacious, modern rooms with 2 single beds, suitable for 2 persons.
Situated on the first floor the maisonettes comprise of two levels, separated by a wooden staircase. On the ground floor of each maisonette, there is a kitchen, shower room/WC, wardrobe, 2 single beds and a balcony. On the upper level, there is the master bedroom with a double bed, wardrobe, and shower room/WC. Each room has about 50 - 60 square meters with balcony, suitable for a family or a group of friends of 4 persons.
On arrival to Villa Spiros, you will be welcomed with drinks. Afterwards, you are left to settle in and get comfortable in your new surroundings. After breakfast on your first morning, you will participate to an informal meeting, where you will be provided 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. Trips can be planed so feel free to suggest activities, and the staff at Villa Spiros will show you the best sights and help you decide on the perfect itinerary for your holiday.
So depending on what your preferences are, sunbathing, relaxing, boating, horse riding, picnicking in the shade of a beautiful 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 plan your holiday time so you experience the very best of everything. For land lovers there are spectacular mountains and hidden coves, an abundance of flora and fauna to delight your senses. For sea lovers there is an almost unending list of things to do, you will find the best beaches and activities, boat trips, and sights.
Please note that there are 3 included excursions per week, meaning 12 excursions during your stay, which you will choose from the 14 excursions described below.
Today, we drive to the beautiful village of Agalas with the impressive Damianos cave. On the way to Agalas, we make a stop at the olive oil factory and press, for some olive oil tasting on fresh village bread. Then, we continue towards Agalas, an isolated mountain village, surrounded by pine woods and very old olive groves and a magnificent view to the sea.
We visit the lovely village and enjoy some free time, before we make our way to the two-tiered Damianos cave and Adronios Wells. Before we head back, we will enjoy an organic dinner at a family taverna with a magnificent view to the countryside and the Ionian sea.
Taking an exciting drive towards the green, northern part of the island with wonderful picturesque villages, you arrive at Porto Vromi for a boat trip to Navagio and the caves. If the weather does not permit it, you will admire Navagio beach from the cliff tops above. The drive alone is magnificent, with 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. The cheese factory, is also very much worth visiting to sample some special varieties of local cheese. On the way back, you will stop at a traditional mountain taverna to enjoy a well-earned delicious meal, lovely Greek deserts and local wines and beers, and with a roaring log fire to warm and relax you, you will never want to leave.
Three picturesque villages, retaining their traditional characteristics, located in the heart of the north part of the island with fertile green slopes and unspoiled natural beauty. First stop is at the little shop of the Womens Cooperative to taste and shop authentic local products. We then continue further north to explore the picturesque villages Louha, Giri, and Agia Marina with the Natural History museum, where we will enjoy a delicious meal at the museums restaurant. A lovely day at a relaxed pace.
Three lovely picturesque villages set to the west side of the island, surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. We will visit Callinikos winery, to taste some great varieties of local wine, and the impressive Abeloravdi mansion, which opens up its doors and takes us to a journey back in the 17th century, to the more refined world of the wealthy, stately, romantic past times of Zakynthos.
Next, we will visit Spiloula church, set in a cave, entirely handmade work of just one devoted and solitary monk, who lived there during the 17th century. Today, the cave plays host to a wonderful picture of the Virgin Mary and it is open to visitors. The views to the countryside are enchanting. We continue our trip to Kipseli village to visit Agios Ioannis chapel and the Venetian Vardiola. We again dine out at one of the many local tavernas. Choose from the traditional special dish of the day, all prepared and made with pride and love, as is the Zakynthian way.
Keri is one of the most picturesque villages of Zakynthos, combining the best of both worlds with sea and mountain views. First stop is at Lithakia village to visit the only ostrich farm on the island, run by an English-Swiss couple who have retired in Zakynthos. They will guide us around their farm and offer us some delicious mezedes from this special gigantic bird to try. We continue our drive towards Keri, to visit the beautiful Keri lake, the biggest Greek flag ever made, flies proudly on its magnificent flag pole, and the Faros at the top of the village.
The views to the Mizithres rocks and the Ionian sea are again some of the finest and most spectacular views anywhere in the Ionian islands. Be sure to get your pictures not that you could ever forget a Zakynthian sunset! Simply breathtaking! Before heading back, we will enjoy an amazing, relaxed, traditional meal at one of the local tavernas. Fresh caught fish is a must for fish lovers.
A day dedicated to exploring the beautiful countryside, with a visit to the Monastery of Iperagathos, surrounded by the glories of nature. Then, we continue north towards Kabi, a small village, renowned for its beautiful sunset, one of the best places on the island to see the spectacular setting sun. The views towards the cliffs, the mountains and the sea are blow minding.
We will enjoy a nice walk to the Mycenaean cemetery of tombs, many of which were opened in the past and destroyed by looters, but others contained weapons and vases which archaeologists have studied to gain a deeper understanding of the life from that period. We will take beautiful pictures and enjoy some authentic Greek food at a nearby taverna. Todays choice is located right on the cliff tops with organic products directly from their own family farm.
This is an exclusive aquatic experience to the heavenly Marathonisi island, remarkably shaped similar to Greek native sea turtle Caretta caretta. Starting your trip from the small harbor at Agios Sostis, you will board the small boat Poseidon for an exciting sea trip, navigating the fascinating emerald waters of Laganas bay and beyond. Here, in the famous sweeping bay, you might see and even swim alongside some of the large, beautiful, and extremely graceful loggerhead turtles. Next, you head out to sea for a short crossing to the breathtaking, tiny, uninhabited "Marathonisi Island".
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. Have fun combing the beach for fascinating pieces of ocean driftwood and pretty shells, look out for the little cages, lovingly hand made from sticks which cover and protect the nests of the loggerhead turtles. The other side of this tiny paradise is just as natural and intriguing, with wonderful little caves to explore. When you have worked up a healthy appetite, it will be time to relax and allow Villa Spiros to spoil you with a wonderful rustic beach picnic, packed full of fresh, tasty treats.
Finally, you will cross the narrow stretch of sea and skirt around the Keri headland, past its imposing white limestone cliffs and sea caves. There are some terrific sea arches that the sea has carved out of the limestone over millennia. The boat will navigate the arches and some of the larger caves venturing inside to marvel at the magical colors in the sea as well as swim, snorkel or just admire the scene from the boat. A perfect day full of wonderful experiences, one not to be missed!
The region of Vasilikos is popular for its blue flag sandy beaches as well as for the hundreds of turtle nests scattered all along the golden sands, protected by little cages. Today, we will visit the Turtle museum and Dafni beach to swim or simply unwind in this spectacular natural paradise. After a wonderful visit to this hidden gem, you will need to relax and unwind. Back to Villa Spiros, where you rest and relax secure in the knowledge that we are busy preparing for you a delicious home cooked dinner for your enjoyment. If the weather permits it, we will enjoy a nice dinner right there at the beach front taverna.
The Island is beautiful in any season, but during the olive season, the whole Island becomes a hive of activity, buzzing with industrious families turning their attention to the precious business of the olive harvest. Called liquid gold by the locals, Zakynthian organic olive oil ranks highly, amongst the best in the world. Work with the locals in an olive grove and enjoy a unique hands-on experience on harvesting the olives straight from the trees in the traditional hand-picked way with just an olive wood stick.
This age old method produces some of the finest olive oil in the country, if not the world. The olives are then carefully bagged in traditional hessian sacks and carefully transported. After our inputs, we will of course follow our olives to the olive factory; we will watch the fascinating process of turning this fruit into liquid gold. Imagine the delight when you get to dip some local village bread into a wonderful oil which just hours before was a humble olive on an olive tree.
A priceless experience! Hands-on participation is optional. Alternatively, you can simply be our guests to observe the process, enjoying the scene as the green-and-gold landscape is bathed in autumnal glow. The olive harvest trip takes place in the villages of Mouzaki, Lagopodo, and Romiri and it includes a wonderful freshly prepared lunchtime country picnic, under the shade of the olive trees. Simple, yet wonderful!
Immerse yourself with our ultimate treat for "wine lovers and foodies". Whether you are a lover of great wine, food or both, our exclusive trip is just the tonic you have been searching for. Imagine yourself in a stunning vineyard during the grape harvest, sheers in hand on a beautiful autumnal morning, the wonderful Zakynthian sunshine warming you as you prune the grapes from the ancient vines! Surrounded and enveloped by the sweet fragrance of the ripe grapes, and stunning amber and purple hues as far as the eye can see.
You really do have to experience this earthly pleasure to truly appreciate the scene. On this exclusive experience, you will have the opportunity to actually harvest this wonderful fruit straight from the vine, as we take you to one of the regions most respected and spectacular family owned vineyards. You will enjoy an exclusive tour of the Grampsas winery, hosted by the owners. There will be the chance to sample the wonderful aromas and tastes of some of the finest wines accompanied by delicious farm fresh finger food, specially selected and prepared to complement the wines.
This opportunity is your chance to truly connect with the natural beauty and long history of the wine making process here in beautiful Zakynthos. For the producers of this wonderful beverage, this is not work, it is true love, from the planting of the vine to the sipping of the wine. The conversation will definitely be centered on what a truly wonderful experience this has been.
Vasilikos means royal and it got its name for being the most attractive area for the rich Zakynthians to reside in long ago, back in the 19th century. We will spend a beautiful day there, exploring the surrounding area, walking along Gerakas sandy beach and visit a ceramic studio should be informative and interesting. Pikridiotisa church, is a small chapel built on the ruins of a much older church built in the 16th century, also worth visiting and here again you will be spoiled with lovely picture taking opportunities, with the most spectacular background. Tonight, we enjoy each others company and conversation over a homemade dinner at Villa Spiros.
Another fascinating trip to the very far northern-most part of Zakynthos to explore the mountain village treasures of Volimes village. We visit Anafonitria monastery, Agios Gerasimos church, the local market with the local products and handmade textiles, the traditional weaving studio, the Askos animal farm and the old windmill. Something to delight everyone on this sightseeing packed day. On the way back, we will stop at a local taverna, this time in Xigia.
We will enjoy a special traditional dinner, while enjoying the stunning views towards Xigia beach. The sea water here has natural sulfur springs, bubbling up through ancient rocks and although on warm days the sulfur can smell quite eggy. People come here from all over the Ionian to swim in the therapeutic waters and take away a jar of the healing mud. Again, the drive home is sensational, with panoramic views to the emerald green waters of the Ionian sea and picturesque villages with stone houses.
Zakynthos produces about 2 million liters of wine annually and it is blessed with 17500 fertile acres of vineyards laid throughout the countryside. Two wineries open up their cellar doors and invite you to an intoxicating journey in the world of wine. You will meet and discuss with the Grampsas family - three generations of wine makers - and Solomos family - the oldest wine makers on the Island. They take you on a tour of their prized vineyards and wineries. There, you will learn about the harvest and production process and sample some of the wonderful varieties that they produce.
You will also visit Agia Maura church and the romantic region of Bochali situated at the very top of the wonderful Zakynthos town. Home to the Castle and with wonderful views across the whole of Zakynthos town, the harbor and open sea. Even the little town of Kilini on the mainland is visible. Dont forget your cameras; this view is not to be missed. Of course, you will also have time to enjoy a selection of traditional Greek mezes (little dishes) with some local ouzo and all this whilst enjoying the twinkling lights of the town far below. Again you will not want to leave.
A relaxing walk to Zakynthos town, with quaint paved squares and picturesque streets, the local market is a must visit. We will visit St. Dennis church and we will wander around San Marcus and Solomos squares. There will be some free time for you to enjoy and take in the delights of traditional Greek daily life.
Ideally located only 300 meters away from Lagana beach, the most important nesting grounds for the sea turtle Caretta-Caretta, Villa Spiros enjoys peaceful and relaxing surroundings, surrounded by lovely vines and well-kept flower beds. A five-minute stroll brings you to Lagana main street with its parade of shops, restaurants, bars and medical center. Countless excursions and sights in close vicinity complement the villas location perfectly.
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 brings you to the main Zakynthos town where everything is open and available to you. 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.
Please note that these are optional activities and they require an additional payment which will be made at the destination.
Enroll in cooking classes learning legendary Greek recipes, traditional cuisine, desserts making, coffee cookies and cakes.
Enjoy having evening meals either cooked fresh at Villa Spiros with organic products from the farm (when available, season permitting), or at local tavernas throughout the island.
Escape in the unspoiled and varied nature of Zakynthos on horseback, with well-trained horses and the most experienced horse riding tour guides, who promise to take you on a fun, outback horse-trekking unforgettable adventure. Whatever your horse riding preferences are, our exciting horse rides cater for all levels, with varying terrains across the surrounding countryside, the unending Lagana beach and the rural mountain villages for long canters in picturesque, open stretches. Safety is of utmost importance. All the rides are fully insured and safety helmets are available. So let the cowboy/girl in you out, saddle up, and enjoy!
Perfect for beginner photographers and those with just a little experience, this adventurous digital photography workshop aims to give you a great introduction to taking better pictures, or inspire you to take your photography skills to the next level, while experiencing and rediscovering the beauty in everyday life around us.
You will get out and around, to explore and capture the delights of Zakynthos, including spectacular landscapes, dramatic seascapes, traditional buildings, historical mansions, the unspoiled, countryside, local people and stunning sunsets promise a unique photography learning experience that will stay with you long after the holiday is over.
Passionate about photography our photography tutor, Panos, will teach you composition, depth of field, best use of your camera settings and how to see a good photograph, introduction to downloading images, different file formats, photo editing software including the Photoshop elements of Lightroom, which will all lead to greater creativity with your photography (any digital camera is suitable).
Learn and enjoy the ancient art of ceramics inspired by the unique vibes of Zakynthos. Get the wheel spinning, add a little water and play with the clay, while exploring your creativity, creating and decorating your ceramic pieces: bowls, vases, plates, jewelry, turtles and more. Our ceramists, Andrianni and Dionysia, will welcome you to their studios/showrooms and show you step by step how to form clay into impressive pieces of art.
Various techniques to making your own hand-made piece of art include pinching, coiling, slab building, slumping or draping slabs, hollowing out, paddling and decorating. If you are advanced, they will adapt the program to fit your needs and specific projects, sharing their tips and tricks with you. Don't worry if you are a complete novice, the wonderful hosts will soon bring out your confidence and creativity and you will have your bespoke masterpiece to remind you of this fun filled day.
Explore the fascinating marine life of Zakynthos and experience the diversity of one of the most colorful and interesting underwater habitats in the Ionian sea. Villa Spiros has teamed up with the best local diving center to create a fantastic dive package suitable for divers of all experience levels. The health and safety care of your diving hosts is paramount, and you can be assured of a safe and wonderful experience. People not wanting to try a dive or the snorkeling are welcome to swim or just enjoy the sea from the boat.
All in all a wonderful excursion, not one to be missed. You can expect a crew who truly give every customer the best experience possible, a spacious dive deck, dives and or snorkeling at the most spectacular underwater sites in Laganas bay, Marathonisi island and Keri and the chance to dive with some of the most unique marine creatures on earth, including the sea turtle Caretta caretta and the sea lion Monachus monachus.
Tone up your physique, boost your self-confidence and develop practical and effective self-defense skills, while training at the most breathtaking outdoor venues throughout Zakynthos, with our highly qualified karate instructors.
Combining a mixture of Okinawa karate, Jiu jitsu, Krav Maga, and core strength techniques, the two-hour morning and two-hour evening classes, include a fitness program and modules on group discussion, role plays, physical drills and activities, aiming at helping you identify and avoid danger, defend against direct physical and sexual assault.
Watersports are ferociously popular in Agios Nicholaos resort located in Vasilikos, 12 kilometers from Lagana. Enjoy swimming and sunbathing at one of the most popular beaches on the island and indulge yourself in a wide range of water activities, including parasailing, flying fish, crazy sofa, jet ski, water ski, banana, Ringo and much more. The beach is well organized with sunbed lounges, showers and beach snack bars. (Winter time, sports may not be available but there is the added advantage of knowing, you will have this paradise location to yourself, and the water is just as blue as ever and waiting to entice you in for a dip.)
The nearest airport to the location is Zakynthos international airport (ZTH).
Daily flights from Athens airport (ATH)
Twice a week from Thessaloniki (SKG)
Direct flights operate to Zakynthos from most European countries (including Russia and Israel) during the tourist season, April to October
Easyjet flies from London Gatwick directly to Zakynthos or from Manchester to Athens. Book your flight at www.easyjet.com
Ryanair flies every Monday from Charleroi in Brussels directly to Zakynthos. There are also frequent all year round flights with Ryanair to Athens. Book your flight at www.ryanair.com
Zakynthos can be easily reached by direct charter flights from most European countries (including Russia and Israel) or domestic flights via Athens
As an alternative to flying, guests that arrive to Athens international airport can use a shuttle bus or taxi from the airport to Kiffisos bus station. The national coach service KTEL has direct connections to Zakynthos. It is approximately a 4-hour journey and an hour journey on the Zakynthos-Kyllini ferry. Total commute is approximately 5 hours. By car this journey is reduced to approximately 3 hours
Ferry boat from Venice, Ancona or Brindisi in Italy to Patras is an alternative for you who 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