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Keri is a small village located south west from the town of Zakynthos, overlooking the Ionian Sea. Characterised by its old, stone built houses and narrow streets, the lush olive groves and vineyards in this area produce some of the best quality olive oil and wine in Zakynthos. The beach at Keri has a shoreline covered with small round pebbles, with sunbeds and umbrellas to rent. There is also a nice selection of tavernas nearby, perfect if you are looking to dine by the sea. Keri is part of Laganas bay, which forms part of the Greek National Marine Park and is home to the endangered Caretta turtles that breed there. Keri is full of warmth, an ideal location for your next Greek villa holiday, where natural beauty matches the welcome of the local hospitality.

Things to do from Keri

Despite being fairly small in size, there is actually a lot to see and do in Keri. The town itself has plenty going on to keep you entertained during your holiday and it makes for a great base for exploring the rest of the island. The problem will be fitting it all into one villa holiday, which is probably the main reason why people choose to return here year after year.

From Keri, you can visit the opposite island of Marathonissi by boat. This is a small island with lush vegetation, sandy beaches, beautiful sea caves and crystal clear, blue waters, that look and feel like paradise. A boat trip around the magnificent Blue Caves and the wonderful natural arches of Marathia, sculpted by the sea over the years, is an absolute must.

Feet dangling off boat on excursion
View of sea from Villa Keri  Dream

History and Culture in Keri

The old houses in Keri survived the earthquake of 1953 and are great samples of the local traditional architectures. The Church of the Virgin Keriotissa offers wonderful views over the town of Keri, and most of what you will see today is the result of renovations in the 18th century.. At the church, you will find a gold plated baroque style temple that was added in 1750 by Ioannis Gropas and Nikolaos Logothetis. Our villas in Keri are well positioned to explore everything that the town has to offer.
 

Family holidays in Keri

Keri is a lovely place to travel to on a family villa holiday as it is suitable for all ages. The area has stunning scenery along with pebble or sandy beaches to explore, which is complemented by a family friendly atmosphere. There are day trips to suit all tastes and ages, unforgettable boat tours, swimming and snorkelling and perhaps the chance to spot one of the local turtles coming up for air.

If you want a family night in, a private villa holiday Keri is perfect. There’s a selection of shops and mini markets nearby, with groceries, bakeries and gift-shops a plenty. Many of which offer a rich variety of traditional products or sweets, such as mandolato and pasteli. Made with honey and almonds, they are a perfect treat for a family occasion.

Child paddling in sea
Kayaks stacked up, Zakynthos, Greece

Adventurous activities in Keri

There are small boats for rent at reasonable prices, as well as sea bicycles and canoes to enable you to explore the nearby beaches. If you want to head underwater for the day there are plenty of caves, crevasses, precipices, and rock cliffs which are perfect for organised diving tours. The calm sea and great visibility will mean you can take some unforgettable underwater pictures to add to your fabulous memories. Keri has a very relaxed ambience to it and there are some cafés and tavernas to dine out at in the evenings, or enjoy a coffee with a delightful view into the blue sea during the days.
 

Romance in Keri

Choose one of the many secluded beaches for a romantic day trip, the beautiful beach at Marathia, located near Limni Keriou, is a quiet beach that offers the perfect hide away. Take some drinks and nibbles and enjoy some peaceful time away together. One of the most popular places to visit is the lighthouse of Keri, just outside the village which offers great views over the eternal blue of the Ionian Sea, from high up on the cliff. This lighthouse has guided ships for more than a century, the view from there is breathtaking. The rocky landscape and the steep cliffs match perfectly with one of the most spectacular and romantic sunsets to be seen in Greece.
 

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