ZANTE BEACHES DAFNI
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In the southern region of Zante, on the South West Coast of the island, is Dafni Beach one of the most important Caretta Caretta turtle nesting beaches in Greece. The beach here is well protected by the National Marine Park meaning there are no hotels or major developments, and no sunbeds or umbrellas on the beach itself. This beach remains a really natural, traditional Greek Island feel.
If you want to get away from the crowds, head down the windy road to Dafni for a day of total relaxation.
The drive down to Dafni is steep at times and the beach is a little off the beaten track. This helps to ensure that the beach is never too busy, even in the peak summer months. The views on the way down to Dafni are really spectacular sweeping panoramic views over a vast expanse of the Ionian Sea. The road is windy at times, but is rather well maintained and you dont need a four-wheel drive to make it down to the beach at the bottom.
Dafni beach, like the neighbouring bay of Gerekas, is heavily protected by the National Marine Park of Zakynthos to ensure that it remains a suitable nesting ground for the Caretta Caretta turtles. The beach on the other side of Dafni is closed completely during the summer months, to give the Caretta Caretta Turtles a chance to nest in complete seclusion.
While Dafni beach is open to the public, it does close between sunset and sunrise, and there is very little development on the beach at Dafni, just a few sun beds set back from the sand and some small family-run taverns.
If you are looking for a really natural, untouched and somewhat secluded spot to spend your summer day then Dafni is a good choice for you.
At both ends of Dafni beach there are rocky areas to explore. Looking out from Dafni beach you can see the small island of Pelouzo, providing a charming outlook from Dafni beach. Pelouzo island is totally uninhabited and out of bounds to tourists as it is also protected by National Marine Park rules.
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