Porto Limnionas was one of our favourite places in Zante, and apparently one of the most popular places for tourists to visit. It was quite busy when we were there, even though we visited in the shoulder season (May).
A Travel Guide for Porto Limnionas Beach in Zakynthos, Greece
Porto Limnionas has a decent restaurant, parking, and lots of sunbeds with views over the bay. There isn’t really a beach as such, but at the end of the cove, there is some pebbly sand submerged under the water where you can stand.
Many people (including us) choose to just jump off of the rocks and into the crystal clear Ionian Sea from here.
In this post, I’m going to break down all the important things you need to know about visiting Porto Limnionas Beach like the best restaurants nearby, where to stay, how to get there and more.
About Porto Limnionas
The cove of Porto Limnionas is firmly placed on most travellers’ itinerary when they plan a trip to Zakynthos Island. It’s perhaps most famous for the dazzling colours of the sea there and the calm, secluded waters, and it’s also great for swimming and has the beautiful Porto Limnionas Tavern.
Where Is Porto Limnionas?
Porto Limnionas is located on Zakynthos, a small but popular tourist island (405 km² / 156 mi²) which bobs in the Ionian Sea about 20 kilometres west of the westernmost point of the Greek Peloponnese mainland. Zakynthos is around 250 kilometres west of the capital of Athens.
Zakynthos is one of the most popular places to visit in Greece, and for good reason.
Porto Limnionas itself is nestled between towering cliffs on the west side of the island approximately 7 km from Agios Leon and about 30 kilometres (47-minute drive) from the capital of the island, Zante Town.
How to Get to Porto Limnionas
The best way to get to Porto Limnionas is by renting a car. In fact, I highly recommend renting a car for the duration of your stay in Zakynthos, or at least for a few days to see the island.
While you can visit Porto Limnionas as part of a day tour (as well as other popular beach areas like Gerakas Beach, Xigia Beach & Alykes Beach), you’ll find that most of the tours that circle the island start at around €30 per person.
A car rental will only cost around €15-20 per day plus gas, so it’s a much better deal to have a car instead, plus you’ll be able to have the freedom to stop where and when you want. If you’re two or more people sharing the cost of the car, it’s a no-brainer.
There’s no public transport to get to Porto Limnionas from popular tourist areas like Zante Town, Laganas or Insilivi, so you’re best option is definitely to rent a car. We always rent our cars through Expedia.com (not a sponsor) and generally find the best deals there.
Best Time to Visit Porto Limnionas Zakynthos
Because the cliffs are so high around Porto Limnionas, the place can completely change depending on where the sun is in the sky and how cloudy or sunny it is. That’s why it’s best to plan to come to Porto Limnionas at not only the perfect time of day but the best time of year as well.
The Best Time of Day to Visit Porto Limnionas
The best time of day to visit Porto Limnionas is between 11 am and 3 pm when the sun is most likely to be directly overhead. Of course, this changes depending on what season you visit, but this beach looks absolutely breathtaking when the sun is overhead and illuminating the brilliant colours of the Ionian Sea and the rocks at the bottom of the cove.
The Best Time of Year to Visit Porto Limnionas
The best time of year to visit Zakynthos (and thus Porto Limnionas) is any time between March and the beginning of November.
Our favourite time to visit Greece is in the shoulder season, either in the spring (March to May) or in the fall (September to early November). Of course, at either end of these dates, the sea can be quite chilly and the weather can be less predictable, but there are way fewer crowds at this time.
Porto Limnionas can get insanely busy in the peak season (July and August), so if you’re coming during these months just know that while you may be able to enjoy the warmest seas of the year and the sunniest weather, you’ll also have to share the cove with hundreds of other tourists.
Things to Do in Porto Limnionas
The best things to do in Porto Limnionas are in the water: swimming, snorkelling, and scuba diving.
When we were there, there was nowhere to rent a snorkel and mask, but this is a great place for snorkelling on Zante Island. The visibility is stunning and there are many caves to explore here as well. I recommend you bring your own snorkel and mask, if possible.
You can go scuba diving at Porto Limnionas and there’s a dive shop there, the Islanders Zante Diving Centre. Besides the crystal-clear water of the cove, the area has many caves to explore (not too deep unless you have the proper certification.)
Don’t forget to bring your camera to Porto Limnionas! There are a few short paths you can hike up to get amazing photographs.
Finally, the main Porto Limnionas activity is swimming in the cove. After your swim, you can lounge in a sunbed at the Porto Limnionas Tavern.
Facilities on Porto Limnionas
There are some great facilities at Porto Limnionas Beach thanks to the Porto Limnionas Tavern. The restaurant serves up delicious meals and drinks and they also offer the beach chairs to rent with umbrellas (charged at €5 per person per day at the time we visited).
If you want to save some money, you can swim and enjoy the view at Porto Limnionas and maybe have lunch at the tavern, and then move onto nearby Porto Rosso where they offer lounge chairs and umbrellas for free when you order a drink on the beach.
There’s free parking at the top of the hill.
The Type of Sand on Porto Limnionas
As I mentioned earlier, there isn’t really any exposed sand at Porto Limnionas and while many people, including locals (and us), often call it one of the best beaches in Zakynthos (and even the best in Greece), in truth it’s not actually a beach.
I know, one of the best pastimes for tourists in Greece is to lay your towel in the sand and soak up the sun, but you won’t be doing that here.
The bottom of the bay is large boulders for the most part, except for in the most narrow part of the cove where the two sides of the cliffs converge. Here there is some pebbly light-coloured sand, but it’s submerged pretty much all of the time, so it could hardly be called a beach.
Still, many people choose to swim from the rocks over to the sandy cove so they can stand up and relax while looking out at the beautiful view of the sea.
Where to Stay Near Porto Limnionas
There aren’t a lot of great hotel options near Porto Limnionas, so I wouldn’t recommend planning to stay here just for a visit to the cove. Instead, stay in one of the more popular destinations on Zakynthos Island and simply visit Porto Limnionas for a couple of hours as part of a day trip.
Here are some great hotels in other parts of the island.
Keri Village is still on the west side of the island around a 45-minute drive south of Porto Limnionas. Here you have a few great hotel options including Keri Village & Spa (rooms from $117/night) and Revera Stone Villas (rooms from $45/night). This is also the town where you can check out the breathtaking Keri Cliffs and the Keri Lighthouse.
There are two Keris on Zakynthos. One is the village on the west side of the island that’s perched on the famous cliffs, and the other is the Keri Beach area on the east coast about 15 minutes drive from Keri Village. Here you have some cool hotel and apartment options like Blue Lake (rooms from $42/night) and Villa Regina (rooms from $40/night).
Laganas Beach is one of the most popular places to stay in Zakynthos. There are plenty of restaurants and bars here, a nice beach and some of the best nightlife on the island. It can be crammed with young partiers during the high season but is still a good option for places to stay. Popular options include The Mediterranean Beach Resort (rooms from $80/night) and Agave Boutique Hotel (rooms from $47/night).
Best Restaurants Near Porto Limnionas
For restaurants near Porto Limnionas, there’s one obvious option and that’s the tavern by the same name, but if you have your own car you can visit some other restaurants nearby.
Porto Limnionas Tavern (Porto Limnionas)
📍Zante 290 92, Greece
⭐︎ 4.4/5 (2,194 Google Reviews)
💵 €3-6 Appetizers, €6-10 Mains
Porto Limnionas Tavern may be a little bit more expensive than some of the other restaurants on Zakynthos Island, but you do pay a bit extra for the stunning view over the cove. When we visited, the service wasn’t so great, but they could’ve just been having an off day because the good reviews speak for themselves.
Fondo Beach Bar (Porto Roxa)
📍Artemisia 290 92, Greece
⭐︎ 4.3/5 (38 Google Reviews)
💵 €3-6 Appetizers, €6-10 Mains
Fondo Beach Bar is a popular option on Porto Roxa beach just a few-minute drive south from Porto Limnionas. They have good food, beautiful views and friendly staff. Note that the umbrellas and sun chairs on the beach are only free for those who purchase something from the restaurant. Make it clear to the staff that you plan to eat and stay if you do plan to do so as there has been some confusion with guests before.
📍Koiliomenos 290 92, Greece
⭐︎ 4.9/5 (107 Google Reviews)
💵 €3-5 Appetizers, €5-8 Mains
Ampelostrates is a very traditional and very underrated Greek Tavern in the town of Koiliomenos about a 20-minute drive east and inland of Porto Limnionas. The food and staff here is amazing and the atmosphere is buzzing. If you want an authentic Greek dining experience, this is the place to come. They also have amazing wine here.
FAQs About Porto Limnionas
Have a quick question about traveling to Porto Limnionas? Check out these answers to some frequently asked questions.
Porto Limnionas Zakynthos is a stunning cove surrounded by high cliffs. Some things to do in Porto Limnionas are swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, taking pictures, or lazing in a sunbed.
I think any time from March to June and September to the start of November is the best month to go to Porto Limnionas Zakynthos, both for the weather (and good photography of the cove) and to avoid too many tourists (July and August).
From Zante airport, Porto Limnionas is about 40 minutes by rental car or taxi. There’s no public transportation from the airport to Porto Limnionas Beach.
Although public transportation on Zante (Zakynthos) Island is good, the best option is to rent a car or motorcycle to get to places like Porto Limnionas.
Should You Go to Porto Limnionas?
Porto Limnionas is a great stop on any round-the-island tour of Zakynthos. I wouldn’t plan to stay nearby as there are better hotel and village options around the city, but definitely come here for the afternoon and enjoy the view, a swim and some food.
If you’re planning lunch with a view, then you can’t beat Porto Limnionas Tavern and if you want a more authentic Greek dining experience then definitely check out Ampelostrates in Koiliomenos.
Either way, don’t miss the breathtaking cove of Porto Limnionas.
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