Zante, known as 'the flower of the east', can be found in the Ionian Sea and is the third largest of the Ionian Islands. Zante has an enviable Mediterranean climate with dry hot summers and mild wet winters.
Zante weather averages and climate information
When is the best time to visit Zante?
The best time to visit Zante if you are seeking guaranteed sunshine and no rain, then the best time for you to visit Zante is in the summer, but expect the prices to be slightly higher.
Zante in the early spring can still be fairly wet and breezy, with an average of 59 mm of rainfall and a wind speed of 5.3 mph expected in March.
By late spring, average temperatures rise to around 24 °C, less rainfall is expected, and the wind speed drops.
If you are visiting Zante in early spring, you can still enjoy around 6 daily hours of sunshine, rising to 9 hours by the end of May.
Those visiting Zante in the summer can be guaranteed hot, dry and sunny weather, with temperatures reaching an average of 31 °C.
Even in early summer, Zante’s visitors can make the most of 10 daily hours of sunshine and 11 hours in July and August.
Rainfall in Zante in the summer months is unlikely, with as little as 4 mm on average expected in June and rising only to 7 mm in August.
The temperature in Zante in early autumn is pleasantly warm without the intensity of the summer months.
The average temperature in Zante in September is 27 °C, which drops to 24 °C in October; making this a popular time for tourists to visit.
As the temperatures fall, the expected rainfall rises, from an average of 48 mm in September to 165 mm by November. November in Zante will also be much milder, with an average temperature of 16 °C and 5 hours of sunshine.
The temperature in Zante in the winter is mild in comparison to northern European countries, with the average temperature only dropping as low as 13 °C, even in January.
The likelihood of rain in Zante in the winter however is high, with an average of 165 mm in November and 147 mm in December.
December, January and February will see the fewest hours of daily sunshine, with as little as 4 hours.
February is one of the breezier months, with an average wind speed of 5.3 mph.
Zante tourist information
The island has an extensive historical and cultural background. There are ancient ruins and paintings which attest to Zante's age.
Throughout the summer months the islanders rely on the tourism industry before relying upon agriculture during the winter months with the production of olive oil, raisins and grapevines. Fishing is also important, as is creating handcrafted items.
There are many religious and cultural festivals that travellers can be a part of in Zante. The Wine Festival, held in the capital, runs from the end of August to the start of September and showcases wine that has been produced by the island. Visitors have the chance to sample some of this wine before traditional-style dancing takes place all night long.
Generally within Zante's lush resorts, sport is limited to water sports where you can hire jet skis, or try out the banana boats and scuba diving. If you are looking for a land-based sport then an alternative would be cycling, as you can hire bikes and head off-road into the hills for a spot of mountain biking.
One of the top attractions in Zante is the shipwreck on the west coast of the island which can only be accessed by sea; while you are there be sure to explore the Blue Caves, or instead take a leisurely stroll around the paved streets of Zakynthos Town and sample food from the bakeries, cafes and markets.
Among the most famous people from Zante is the 19th century poet Dionysios Solomos, who wrote Greece's national anthem.
Average daily maximum temperatures peak in August at 32 °C while June is the driest month with just 4 mm rainfall.