Zante: April Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||8 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||35 %|
|Rainfall days||9 days|
|Chance of Rain||18 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||23 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||8 %|
Averages for Zante in April
April weather in Zante, Greece, begins to improve with temperatures slightly increasing from the previous month. The average temperatures are 15Cº (59Fº) with an average high of 19Cº (66Fº) and average low of 11Cº (52Fº). The weather band category remains still officially cold until the end of the month when it elevates to cool. April stays comfortable as the dew point, a better measure of comfort per person, is mostly dry but begins to increase. The first of the month feels like 13Cº (55Fº) but rises to 15Cº (59Fº) by the end ; the low feels like 7Cº (45Fº) but increases at the end of the month to 14.5Cº (58Fº). The relative humidity remains the same from last month with a high of 92% and a low of 60% but decreases to 54% by the end of the month; thus, there is no discomfort due to heat and humidity. The record high for April was 24Cº (75Fº) in 2009 and the record low was 0.5Cº (41Fº) in 2008.
The April Mediterranean weather pattern provides for ran average of 9 days of rainfall giving a total of 2 inches, about half from the the previous month. 42% of the rainfall is considered light, with about 25% labeled moderate. Thunderstorms occur less than 0 % of the month. The winds begin to decrease significantly in April with speed averaging 5mph, defined as a light breeze, and varying from zero to a high of 10mph, considered a gentle breeze. Most of the April wind direction is from the north (32%), the southeast (28%), the south (15%), and the northwest (5%) but much of the month records no wind.
April's sunshine hours average 9 with visible daylight increasing to 14 hours at the beginning of the month and increasing to 16 by the end. The average sea temperature slightly improves to16Cº (61Fº) making swimming still less than optimal.
The median cloud cover behind to decrease from 58% at the beginning of the month, down to 52% by the end. The cloud cover types stays steady from 48% mostly clear days, 38% partly cloudy, decreasing to 35% by the end of the month; 18% mostly cloudy, and overcast, at 5%.
Things To Do
April in Zante, Greece affords greater seasonal activities. The 17th century Venetian Fortress at Zakynthos is claimed to have been built at the site of the ancient acropolis Psophidas. Although completed in 1646, frequent earthquakes required constant rebuilding of the military stronghold including enhancements by the British in 1812 as they occupied the island.
The Ampelostrates Farm, located near the mountain village of Koiliomeno, celebrates the local agricultural traditions and heritage. Ride the horses, hike the forest trails, taste the wine at the local vineyard, and visit the art workshops. Meals are provided and includes local produce grown on the farm. Pick the olives, harvest the grapes, and make cheese, wine, and bread.
The Aristeon Ecological Olive Press museum, located in Lithakia, is an olive oil museum and factory. Taste the oil with homemade bread and local olives and purchase products such as various flavors of extra virgin, organic olive oil, and olive soap.
Hit The Beach
Located on the west side of the island, about 4½ miles from Agios, is the cove of Limnionas which is only accessible by hiking down the deep rock formations. It has no sand but is a destination for divers wishing to explore various caves. Since the waters are cool with sea currents and tides, the adventurous explorers should be cautioned. Only one taverna is nearby serving local, fresh fish.
Porto Zoro beach located 11 miles from Zakynthos, is a quiet, peaceful beach suitable for swimming. It is sandy with a few areas of pebbles and stones, and some seaweed at the rocky end of the beach. The water is mostly shallow, suitable for children, but some areas to become deep quickly. There are two tavernas nearby with full menu and parking is available.
Where to Eat & Drink
Tazies on the Main Road at Kalamaki, offers a wide range of cuisines, from traditional Greek, Italian, and English cooking. Pizzas are excellent, and the chicken gyros are superb. For children who are fussy eaters, hamburgers, chicken nuggets and fish fingers are served. Taz, the owner, oversees the kitchen. If staying in Kalamaki, delivery is available.
Diachroniko Traditional Taverna, on the main road between Zante and Volimes, specialises in local Greek dishes, unique to the cooking style of the island. The owners, Danae and Kostas Plessas prepare everything themselves. Their kitchen is supplied by ingredients from the Plessas family farm including vegetables from the garden, seasonal fruits such as watermelons and peaches, fresh meat including lamb, goat and rabbit, wine for their own vineyards, virgin olive oil from the grove, and fresh hand-kneaded bread baked in wood-fired ovens.
Vagi's Taverna, located on the main road in Alykanas, is a European style restaurant serving good food of generous portions. Peppered chicken, vegetable moussaka, and karuso pasta are favorites. Other menu items includes salmon, chicken Alkia crème and crepes. Don't skip the authentic English chips. There is a corner reserved for children to occupy themselves while you dine.
Where to Stay
The Varres Hotel of Bochall Hill, is in quiet setting where, at night, you can here the sounds of crickets. The hotel is surrounded by olive trees and vineyards, a minute drive to Zakynthos city and walking distance to a castle and near Tsivili beach. There is a small bar at the pool with simple and affordable snacks. Breakfast is legendary with eggs, bacon and sausages, croissants, cakes, and pastries with Greek honey and jams, plus juice and fresh fruit.
The Al Mare Beach Hotel, located on the Sea Road in Tsilivi, features large and tasteful rooms with a view of the beach. The hotel is modern with a bright orange theme. There is a large and child's pool, volleyball court, and outdoor playground for the children. Car and motorbike rentals, boat trips, office needs including WiFi in the rooms, and transportation to and from the airport is available.
The Kymothoe Elite Apartments, in Akotriri, Tsilivi, are modern apartments with beautiful views from the large balconies and plenty of space in the rooms. Amenities include full sized refrigerator, DVD player, dishwasher and washing machine. There is a gorgeous private garden . Although close to Tsivili and Zakynthos, there are no nearby restaurants or bars, so a car is recommended.