Excursions [exploring Zakynthos]
Staying in Tragaki while on Zakynthos is a great choice as it offers the perfect base from which to explore the island and discover wonderful beaches and interesting, picturesque villages located just a short distance away. Beyond the sandy beaches close by [Tsilivi, Bouka, Alykes, Amboula, Limanaki (Gaidaros)], many choose to have fun at the popular Water Village, which is just 6.3 km from the villa.
Spend one day visiting the southern part of the island, starting from Chora (town of Zakynthos), home to the Monastery of Agios Dionysios with famous paintings and precious works of art, the Museum of Dionysios Solomos and Eminent Zakynthians, the Byzantine Museum, the beautiful Solomos and Agios Markos squares, the picturesque neighbourhood of Bochali with the Venetian Castle, Lofos Strani Hill and the Maritime Museum. Continue exploring the south by choosing between two different routes. One includes Gerakas, Laganas, Agios Sostis and Keri beach, opposite the small island of Marathonisi. The second one leads to Panagia Skopiotissa at the top of Mt. Skopos, a cruciform church with a dome next to the ruins of the old monastery dating from 1624, then on to Argassi and even further south to Vasilikos.
Having seen the southern section, choose a northern / north-eastern route, passing through the areas of Alikanas, Ammoudi, Alykes, Xygia, and finish at Agios Nikolaos, from where the boats for the Blue Caves -renowned for their impressive blue reflections- set sail.
To the west and northwest, take the route which passes by Macherado, the church of Agia Mavra, Eleftherotrias Monastery, Kiliomenos, the village of Anafonitria with the monastery of the same name and finish up at the Shipwreck beach, famed for its unique beauty. A detour to Porto Limnionas, with its wonderful inlet, is well worth it.
A special experience is a visit to the Aristeon olive press in Lithakia, 25 minutes (16.7 km) from the villa. The ultra-modern press offers guided tours to visitors, explaining step by step the process of how oil has been made, from the wooden presses of the 18th century to the modern two-phase centrifuge of today. There is also an olive oil tasting with homemade bread and local olives.
Cycling [Bicycle rental]
The area around the Nina Residence is ideal for revitalising cycling tours, surrounded by countryside full of olive groves. Enjoy the enchanting scenery on two wheels, breathe in the Ionian air and have fun with your companions, as you combine sports and entertainment.
We will help you with renting bikes and we will also provide you with maps and suggestions for the most exciting cycling routes. Explore the slopes of Kavelari Hill, the coast just 2 km from the picturesque village of Tragaki, the neighbouring village of Kypseli and discover a natural paradise that will delight you.
Chef at your disposal
Would you like a romantic dinner by candle light, around the pool or in the garden? Do you want to have fun with your friends, enjoying a dreamy meal, while gazing out over the Ionian Sea? Do you have guests and would like to treat them without bothering yourself with cooking?
Or do you just want to forget about cooking and enjoy the dishes prepared by a chef's experienced hands? Whatever the occasion, the preparation of a meal or a formal dinner can be a simple matter; one of the extra services offered at the villa is a professional chef available on request at an extra charge.
Tennis enthusiasts will discover their own paradise within walking distance of the Nina Residence. A private tennis court is available for hire, either to play with your companions or practise with the help of an experienced professional coach, by taking private lessons [on request, at extra charge]. Ask us for information and we will contact our partner. Do not miss the chance to enjoy your favourite sport, surrounded by unspoilt nature, overlooking the enchanting Ionian Sea!
Massage - Beauty treatments – Nail care [Manicure- Pedicure]
Being on holiday means wellness and perfect rejuvenation of both body and mind, and for that reason we combine excellent accommodation with a range of services provided at the Nina Residence, with the collaboration of experienced beauty therapists and hairdressers [on request, at extra charge]. So, you can enjoy a relaxing massage, body, hair or face hydration therapies, and nail treatments from our specialists who will visit you at the villa by appointment. Beauty and nail care services are also available for special occasions such as anniversaries, wedding ceremonies or important events that require an especially groomed look.