Porto Roma beach guide Zante
Photo: Heather Cowper
Porto Roma is a small sand and pebble beach that lies on the Vassilikos peninsula to the south-east of Zante. The beach is found just over the headland from Gerakas, on the east coast of the long finger of the Geraki peninsula, about 18 kilometres from Zakynthos Town. Make the effort to reach this hidden gem, it's expensive to stay nearby, but for a day trip it's a must.
Even more off the beaten track than most of the other beaches in this part of the world, Porto Roma is often by-passed as visitors head for the bigger and better-known beach at Gerakas.
Porto Roma is a quiet, picturesque beach with a tiny fishing port. It has five tavernas and a couple of small shops so it is not short of facilities.
Sunbeds and brollies are available on the beach and the water is shallow and calm so this is a nice spot for families with children.
Despite its reputation as one of the most attractive beaches on Zante island, it is still strangely ignored by holidaymakers and it's not unusual to see only a few people on Porto Roma beach all day.
There are no hotels in the area yet, just a few expensive looking luxury villas and some high quality apartments. This may help account for the lack of crowds.
There are plenty of good walking trails in the area behind the resort. Paths snake through pine forests and olive groves, with the popular beach at Gerakas just a few minutes walk away.
The remarkable sea caves of Zante are made even more dramatic thanks to the pure white cliffs and seabed which enhances the azure colour of the water to create a simply stunning seascape.
The Byzantine Museum of Zakynthos is located in the heart of Zaknte Town in Solomou Square, in Zakynthos town and houses a rich and interesting collection of art and artefacts.
A boat trip to Shipwreck Cove is one of the most popular excursions for those on holiday in Zante and the beach must be considered one of the most spectacular sights in the Greek islands.
Argassi or Argasi beach is the nearest decent beach to Zakynthos Town and that does something to explain its popularity with UK tour operators. This is the perfect family friendly resort.