Weather in Zante
On average Zante only has around 3 days of rainfall across the summer months, so with stats like that, you’re guaranteed to have good weather, why else would you go on holiday? Temperatures can pick up in May and continue to get hotter during June, July and August. Temperatures are often above 30·C and sometimes are even hitting the 40s, especially during peak season in mid-July. Here are some top tips for the weather in Zante:
When to Go to Zante
Our Zante season starts on the first week of June and runs right through until the first week of September, this is when the big clubs and events will all be running so if you choose a date between these times then you’re guaranteed to have a good time. The events run on a weekly schedule so you won’t be missing out on anything either. Once the season starts the Island just gets busier and busier week after week, with peak season being the month of July – that’s when Zante will be at its busiest. A lot of customers ask 2 main questions. When’s the busiest time to go or when’s the cheapest time to go. So we’re going to break it down for you.
The busiest time to go is the month of July and the first week or so of August. In these times the events are likely to be at their busiest at the atmosphere will be buzzing. You’ll be sure to meet loads of others and have a great time.
The cheapest time to go would be the first few weeks of June and the last week of August. These times aren’t as busy as say July but there is still a buzz about the Island. Plus, who doesn’t like getting served quicker at the bar and getting their holiday for a bargain price?
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Health and Safety
Before you head out to Zante, make sure you have adequate travel and medical insurance. Different insurance providers cover for different things, so make sure you read what cover you will get carefully before just going for the cheapest option – nobody wants to be hit with a big medical bill for a minor accident.
Although this should not be used as a substitute for insurance, you should consider taking a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). An EHIC allows you to claim back any money spent on emergency treatment received within state hospitals (not private centres). Please note private medical centres and ongoing medical conditions are not covered with an EHIC, which is why insurance should also be purchased. If you do take medication for ongoing conditions, we also advise taking enough with you to cover your trip and then some, to allow for any delays to your flight home. Some of you may be wondering what affect Brexit will have on the EHIC card and here’s what we know. As far as we are aware EHIC cards will currently still be valid for all 2020 holidays. Information on the validity of the EHIC in 2021 is yet to be announced.
In the unfortunate event of you falling ill on holiday, there are a number of places that you can seek medical help in Zante. For minor ailments, you can use the chemist and for more serious problems there are a number of private medical centres on the strip. Iassis Medical Centre is located at the bottom of the strip, opposite Sizzle Club and provides a 24-hour service to tourists and locals in the Laganas area. Please be advised that most medical centres operate privately, which is why we recommend travel insurance.
Passports and Visas
You don’t need a visa to travel to Zante if you hold a British or European passport, but you will need a valid passport. Make sure that your passport is valid before you leave and will remain valid for the duration of your stay – you will not need any additional period of validity. If you’re wondering about how Brexit will affect travel to Zante, the government foreign travel advice has stated that the above passport information will be valid until 31 December 2020.
Police and Security
There is a police station in Laganas, located just off of the main strip. Should you have any enquiries or need police assistance during your stay, you can call +302 6950 51251, 52022. There is also a tourist police department in Zakynthos +302 6950 27367. A lot of the hotels employ their own security staff in Laganas, so you can feel safe wherever you go. In cases of emergency, dial 112 to be put through to the emergency services.
ATMs and Money
You will find a number of ATMs in Zante, but before you use them, be sure to check with your bank how much they will charge you to withdraw, as most ATMs will charge you a transaction fee. A number of clubs, bars and restaurants allow you to pay by card, however not everywhere will, so be sure to have a combination of cash and card. You can also use prepaid currency cards when you stay which allow you to top up an amount before you leave and budget your spending. There are also new online banks that are perfect for when you go abroad as they allow you to withdraw a certain amount of money and use your card to a certain limit without any extra charges. Some of our reps use these cards too! Check which ones best suit you. In terms of ATM use, the best ones to use are the ones owned by Euronet. These are located all around the strip and can be spotted by their distinctive blue and yellow design. These cashpoints usually have better exchange rates and may charge less than local private banks for withdrawals. Top tip – you don’t always have to accept the ATMs conversion rate – if you believe your bank provides a better one exchange rate then click decline conversion