A holiday right on the sea! How often can you get out of bed and have your morning swim in a cristal clear sea within two minutes? Tramontana with its beautiful garden winding down to the sea offers just this! With a variety of terraces, alfresco eating areas, sunbathing areas and sheltered or sunny hideaways, this villa thrills those who want to party, those who want to do nothing ,or those wanting to escape with a book, for competitive families there is a boule pitch and shaded table tennis!
The entrance to Tramontana is through a wooden door leading to a protected courtyard, from which you enter the main house with large French doors giving out onto the swimming pool and breathtaking sea views.
Go into the honeymoon bedroom where even the bath looks over the sea to the Island of Kefalonia! This large peaceful bedroom not only has a deck with the morning sun dancing through the trees, but French windows open onto a private covered terrace - perfect for that quiet breakfast -and in the distance lies the shapely island of Kefalonia and much nearer the small island of Micro Nisi, challenging brave guests to swim round it before breakfast! This spacious bedroom has steps leading to a gallery where it is also possible for two children to sleep on small sofas. Better still, there is a balcony giving a bird's eye view of not only the sea with it's interesting array of boats passing by, but also the the garden and the hills behind and above. You hide up there but still know exactly what is going on!
There are four cabanas, each with French doors opening onto their private terraces where you see through olive trees the garden leading down to the sea. Guests in these cabanas (the furthest from the sea has its own breakfast cooking facilities) can run down the paved path to the small inlet in the rocks giving access to the azure waters or brave the diving board - but shallow dives only please! We also have steps out that make life much easier for getting in and out! A ten minute swim around the point brings you to a romantic hidden beach between steep rocks which is not accessible from land.
For sun worshippers, in addition to the pool area there is a large deck below the pool and yet another one hidden in the rocks right on the sea, a perfect place to 'dry off' after a swim. Then you can amble back savouring those fragrant Mediterranean herbs, stop just before the olive trees at the half shaded chill out area.
Hungary? Tramontana, with three different al fresco eating areas (and more 'drinks areas) to choose from plus a large round dining table inside, is perfect for getting everyone together - in the sun, out of the sun - escaping from or enjoying the sea breeze.
When the nights get chilly, there is a cupola above the inside table where the stars can be admired with the warmth of a log fire. Out of season the solar heated pool makes it a joy to run up from the sea and plunge into warmer water after showering in the open on the way up. Also low steps at the shallow end of the pool offer an ideal environment from which to teach children to swim.
Tramontana is within walking distance of welcoming tavernas, one of which is a restaurant run by the English wife of a local character who rents out boats. Very much worth a visit three minutes before Makri Gialos beach, with it's sun beds and parasols, is the tiny port of Micro Nisi (means small island). Here, opposite the small island there is a typically Greek family run charming taverna which overlooks the small boats and has its own tiny little beach from where you can swim and have a refreshing shower before lunch! In addition there is nearby a newly and beautifully built octagonal bar/cafe, El Suena, with the best pizzas. Furthermore a small mini market is two minutes away for the shopping you forgot!
This beach side taverna and the supermarket are run by the Greek management team who look after our villas - so not only will they offer you a 10% discount at the shop but they will also deliver large orders to the villa and are wonderfully helpful always doing there best to get anything you want from Zakynthos town for the following day, including meat and fish. But the croissants are baked on the spot! They have their own boat trips & give our guests VIP treatment in addition to a good price, and can arrange private trips to the famous shipwreck.
To sum up Tramontana is a true family home, offering many possibilities: you do not want to cook for the family? Walk less than five minutes to El Sueno and come back with the best Pizza and for something more special, the taverna Aghios Nikols will deliver your lunch or dinner as well as fresh orange juice and hot croissants in the morning while daily cleaning keeps it all in order. What more could anyone want?
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 5 bedrooms|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 5 en suites and 1 shower room, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Check in time:||04:00|
|Check out time:||10:00|
|Nearest beach||Mark s Gialos 750 m|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Zakynthos 31 km, Nearest railway: N/A|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Private outdoor pool (heated), Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property, Boat available, Sea view|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (heated)|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Super King Beds (1), Single Beds (8), Dining seats for 24, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Private tennis court, BBQ|
|Access||Secure parking, Wheelchair users|
The island of Zakynthos claims to have more sun than any other Greek island, and yet thanks to the winter rain, this island once called "The Wooded Island" by Homer, is far from arid. While the South of the island is flat and much more developed, the north is rural with striking mountains and sweet smelling pine forests. Lower down the rolling hills, with their fields of wild thyme & rosemary, drop dramatically into the Ionian Sea. Northern Zakynthos, with its abundance of olive groves, epitomises the charming and laid back style of Greek rural living and you are likely to see goats balancing half way up an olive tree.
Unspoilt family run tavernas with their shaded terraces welcome guests and offer fresh barbecued fish which may easily have been caught by the man sitting at the table next door. Everyone is amazingly friendly. There is also a strongly religious and artistic side to the Zakynthians. The local churches and monasteries, complete with exquisite carving and gold-embellished icons are well worth a visit. Zakynthos town has an interesting museum, shaded colonnades and an excellent fish restaurant. Shopping is great and the large town square is lined with tavernas and coffee houses (delicious freshly squeezed orange juice).
From Micro Nisi and Aghios Nicolas, you can rent a boat to explore little coves & beaches, water ski, snorkle in azure clear water. For young children wishing to bucket & spade Alikes & Alikanas (25 min away) offer long sandy beaches, all the usual beach attractions, (windsurfers, pedalos, etc) and endless tavernas leading right down to the sea.
There are several scuba diving centres on the island. You can enjoy the marine life with a glass bottomed boat or visit the famous Shipwreck Bay from the sea which is equally dramatic to look down on from the top of the cliffs!
Nearby is the hill town of Volimes, the centre of the island's weaving industry and where charming local pottery, and other quality souvenirs can be bought at reasonable prices. Beware if in Volimes for Greek Easter, the locals love to set off fire crackers as they wander in and out of church!
The Fish Festival is a great celebration at the end of August with the islanders coming to Aghios Nicolas where they eat and dance till the early hours. Although plate throwing has now been banned in Greece, every week the L' Astoria Restaurant, located right on the beach of Aghios Nicolas, has its a Greek Evening with local dancers and hundreds of white paper napkins are thrown instead of plates - this is a great event for all ages.
Sophia's Art Cafe is another quirky meeting place with surprisingly delicious Greek wines. A lovely garden terrace overlooks the sea where you can enjoy genuine Greek gastronomic tapas. Inside, you can see Sophia's own works of art which include life size papier mâché statues, exotic jewellery, and highly original paintings most of which are for sale.