Dafni beach

Daphne is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Vasilikos Peninsula, which is part of the National Marine Reserve and is one of the popular "turtle" places. Its coast was chosen by Caretta Caretta turtles, that come here for breeding. But true connoisseurs of picturesque landscapes appreciated this beach, having turned it into one of the most popular holiday destinations in Zakynthos.

Beach description

The Dafni Beach is located in the southern part of the island, just 18 km away from its capital. It is covered in soft grainy golden sand and surrounded by emerald green hills. Visitors are attracted by the fact that this place has the warmest weather in all of Zakynthos during Summer.

Families with children like to come here because:

  • it's not deep near the shorel;
  • the descent is smooth, the depth starts rising about 150 meters away from the shore;
  • the waters are warm.

The beach's bay and its surroundings are popular amongst snorkeling enthusiasts and underwater swimmers.

Colonies of turtles who swim to the shore for reproduction can be seen here. That's why there are no water attractions or loud parties here. The beach is rarely crowded, which makes it perfect for those who like calmness.

You can see the reserved Peluso island from the shore, it's closed for visitors because turtles nest here.

When is the best time to go?

Greece - a country with a long length from north to south, so the recommendations will vary depending on the place where you are going. The holiday season  begins in May and reaches a peak in July-August: there are too many tourists, and the temperature on the southern islands reaches 40 degrees, which may still not play a role on the beach, but certainly not suitable for sightseeing. So the best time to relax in Greece is the end of spring-beginning of summer or September-October. 

Video: Beach Dafni


Visitors can rent sling chairs and umbrellas on the beach. there are several excellent taverns for family recreation near the beach.

This beach is a place where turtles nest, consequently, it is protected by law, and no entertainment or noisy discos are held here. If you are lucky enough, you will see sea turtles.

You can stay in Dafni Villas&Maisonettes a hotel situated only 20 m away from the beach, and you can enjoy picturesque sea views from its rooms with balconies. You can rent a villa Doretta 1 kilometer away from this beach. Tourists can also use other accommodation offers and find a dwelling at some distance from Dafni beach.

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Dafni Villas & Maisonettes
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The Bay Hotel & Suites
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Gerakas Luxury Villas
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Useful information

  1. The road to this beach of the island is very difficult, very bumpy and winding, without asphalt. Getting to the coast by car is not easy. It is better to take a taxi with a local driver who is well acquainted with navigation on this serpentine terrain.
  2. It’s worth visiting at least for those picturesque panoramas that open to the eye from the coast (in particular, a very beautiful panoramic view of Laganas Bay).
  3. It is worth ordering a boat excursion and admire the protected turtle island from a distance and overlooking the picturesque beach coast from the sea.

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