Pelagaki: The unknown and dreamy beach of Zakynthos

Pelagaki Zakynthos

Hidden between hills and not so easily accessible, Pelagaki remains known to only a few people despite being a Mediterranean paradise.

Zakynthos maintains its own character among the other Ionian Islands, with which it shares the natural beauties of the Ionian Sea. These beauties have made it a favourite travel destination for every season of the year.

Like most Greek islands, of course, it is during the summer months that the island welcomes the most visitors from foreign countries and local vacationers. This is due to its amazing beaches and the impression created by the idyllic contrast of the blue waters of the Ionian Sea with the verdant, fertile valleys of the hinterland.

Of course, as a relatively large island, Zakynthos has many beaches. Some have become particularly well-known over the years, and others remain more or less secret.

One such, known only to those who have toured the island beyond its main attractions, is Pelagaki.

A "hidden" Mediterranean paradise

Pelagaki Zakynthos

When in Zakynthos, you may also hear locals refer to the beach as "Little Xygia" due to its proximity to the much more famous Xygia beach, whose healing, sulphurous waters attract quite a few visitors every summer - especially people who have arthritis, cellulite and skin problems.

Like Xygia, therefore, Pelagaki is located on the north-eastern side of Zakynthos, in a coastal area near the semi-mountainous village of Koroni, which is located inland, built at an altitude of 161 metres.

Pelagaki is hidden between two low hills. No road leads directly to the beach, so it takes a bit of a walk to get here. This, combined with the fact that it remains a relatively unknown location to many, helps it maintain an isolated character, thus avoiding excessive crowds even at the height of the Greek summer.

However, note that August is usually quite busy, and some Italian tourists have discovered it, who tend to come and return for a holiday every year.

When you arrive here, you will realise that your effort was more than worth it. The beach has a stark white feel, thanks to its white pebbles, and it also has beautiful, low, rocky outcrops that are easily climbed by those who love to dive.

However, these formations also sculpt a wonderful seabed: if you love to swim with a mask and snorkel, you should bring them.

Pelagaki Zakynthos

However, all these natural beauties pale in the end compared to the waters blue hues, which are truly something else. This is also why those who love Pelagaki consider it a small, Mediterranean paradise.

Coming to Pelagaki, you will find some sunbeds and umbrellas during the summer season, which belong to the shop you will see at the top of the road from where you arrive: it is called "Kantina Magda", and it will supply you with everything you could possibly want, such as cold water, soft drinks or snacks to nibble on (e.g. fresh, tasty sandwiches).

They have also devised a special delivery, with a basket that descends from their facilities directly to the coast, so that you are not forced to go up and down for everything you might need.

At the same time, however, there are areas on the beach for your own equipment if you prefer more unorganised situations, as long as you have the endurance to carry them, especially on the uphill return.

How to get to Pelagaki?

Pelagaki Zakynthos
Photos by Pericles Merakos

Starting from the town of Zakynthos, you will head north, about 25 kilometres.

Of course, if you have your own boat, an alternative approach is by sea. The waters in Pelagaki deepen relatively steeply, so it is possible to anchor a short distance from the shore.

If you are coming by car, it is best to park at the top of the road, where you will also see "Kantina Magda." Pelagaki requires a few minutes of downhill walking from there - 65 wide steps lead directly to the pebbles of the coast.

The tricky part is that you must climb them uphill when you leave, which is more difficult if you arrive with your own umbrellas and gear.

Finally, from the parking area, you will see a path that is quite difficult to access but will lead you to a second beach in a larger area with even deeper water.

READ MORE: Rineia: The mysterious and enchanting island next to Mykonos.

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