Ever wondered why there are so many ATMs on Zante these days? It's because the banks have discovered a trick of processing transactions in pounds instead of euros allowing them to use their own exchange rate, a process called Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC). The table below shows the comparative cost of obtaining €100 from the most common ATMs if you follow the default option of processing the transaction in GBP.
If you ignore all the inevitable warnings and choose the other option to do the exchange in Euros, you will find that they will cost significantly less as the bank have to the use the Visa Exchange Rate in the transaction. This should apply to any ATM that you use and you must be given the choice. It's also a trick being used by some retailers and restaurants. It is generally accepted that if you are ever given the choice to make a card payment in GBP always decline the option and pay in Euros as you would expect.
|Cost of €100||Rate per £|
|Tesco UK Online Rate||£93.30||€1.0834|
|Any ATM Exchange in Euros||£94.22||€1.0614|
|National Bank of Greece (GBP)||£95.58||€1.0462|
|Cash exchange in resort||£96.15||€1.0400|
|Piraeus Bank (GBP)||£97.78||€1.0227|
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Save time and money on airport transfers by picking up your hire car at the airport. The videos show the easiest route from the airport to your resort. Use the direct Vimeo link on the bottom right for more options including downloading the video to play on your smartphone or tablet on arrival.Alykanas 1 Alykanas 2 Argassi Kalamaki
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We've resurrected some of the more popular bars and restaurants that have disappeared over the years so you can revive memories of your old holidays on Zante.Review Archive
We've compiled a timetable of every flight from the UK to Zante in 2016. If you're looking for a flight that this will point you in the right direction and also let you know when to stop looking! It includes all the flights from the following airports:
Birmingham(BHX) Cardiff(CWL) Doncaster Sheffield(DSA) Glasgow(GLA) Gatwick(LGW) Manchester(MAN) Newcastle(NCL)
4.0A big sandy beach able to accommodate everyone from the neighbouring resort and more. Lots of tourist facilities on hand.
|Probably the best place to actually see a turtle. Just wade about in the shallow water and if they are about you will soon spot one.|
|It's as busy as you'd expect from a Club 18-30 resort, but keep walking and you'll find a long stretch of beach where development has been prevented by the Marine Park.|
4.1A big sandy beach which rarely gets crowded despite new tourist developments nearby. Plenty of tourist facilities nearby without feeling overly commercialised.
|Often criticised, mainly because in many places there is no beach! At least the water is shallow with a sandy bottom making it good for bathing.|
4.7Levante speedboat excursion is a half day, high speed cruise visiting the most famous tourist attractions on Zakynthos. The boat departs daily from Tsilivi harbour at 8:30 am and carries up to 24 passengers.