Xygia beach

Ksigiya is one of the most unusual beaches of Zakynthos, which is called the real natural open-air spa by many holidaymakers. Its second name is Ksigiya Sulfur, which is due to the presence of sulfur springs spouting directly from the coastal cliffs. They give a specific charm to this beach of the island, which gave it the glory of one of the most memorable in Zakynthos.

Beach description

The Xygia Beach is located on the northeastern shore of the island, about 23 km away from the capital. It's a small picturesque pebbly shore with white sand surrounded by mountains. The beach is always in the shadow because of the mountains, so the water here is colder than on other beaches on Zakynthos.

But the main reason people come here isn't swimming, it's diving into the unique sulphur springs. They don't smell good because of the hydrogen sulfide they emit, but have healing qualities.

Xygia is the only place on the island where such springs are situated. The locals believe that the spring water heals, and there's some truth to it. Enriched by sulfur and minerals, the spring waters from the rocks can heal your skin. Their rejuvenating effect attracts many female visitors.

It's also said that such natural springs can help you get rid of cellulite and heal joints. But it's recommended to consult the doctor regardless before taking such a bath. Locals say that one shouldn't swim in these springs for longer than 20 minutes.

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 Xygia


Ksigia belongs to the "wild" beaches of the island with the infrastructure almost undeveloped. People come here for privacy in the open air and bathing in the famous sulfur springs.

The mini hotel closest to the beach is Xigia Beach Recidence. People wishing to visit this beach of the island can stay in:

  • directly in the capital, and from there, order a tour to sulfur springs;
  • in Alikes hotels (approximately 4-5 kilometers away from Xigia);
  • in Agios Nikolaos (approximately 3-4 kilometers away from the beach), there is a wide range of residences for rent at all prices

With regard of the fact that there is a high demand on vacation in this place, minimal services are offered to the visitors. Some umbrellas and deck chairs can be rented in the high season. A small cafe selling drinks is located on rocks above the beach. There are no taverns right on the beach, so don't forget to take your own water and food if you plan to have a rest here.

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Useful information

  1. You can get to the coast of Ksigiya only by taxi or rented car. Sightseeing tours are also orginized in this route.
  2. Except those cases when tourists are brought here for the sake of swimming in the springs, the coast of Ksigiya is almost always deserted, deserted.
  3. This is a great place for those who want to enjoy a quiet and relaxing holiday away from the crowds of tourists that are found on most of the beaches of the island.
  4. When traveling here you can see the house of the famous Greek poet Solomos, whose lines from the verses are included in the national anthem of the country.

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