What's the Weather Like in Zante in February
February weather in Zante, Greece, remains cool with temperatures fairly steady as in the previous month. The average temperatures are 11Cº (52Fº) with an average high of 15Cº (57Fº) and average low of 8Cº (46Fº). February is comfortable, but it not chilly. The dew point, a better measure of comfort per person is mostly dry with the days, in the beginning of the month feeling like 9Cº (49Fº) but rising to 11Cº (52Fº) by the end of of the month.
The low feels like 5.5Cº (42Fº). The relative humidity continues to be steady with a high of 92% and a low of 66% but declining to a low of 62% by the end of the month; thus, there is no discomfort. The record high for February was 19Cº (66Fº) in 2011 record low was 0.5Cº (33Fº) in 2012.
Wind and Rain
With a typically Mediterranean weather pattern, there is an average of 11 days of rainfall for a total of 4 ½ inches. 42% of the rainfall is considered light, with about 25% labeled moderate. Thunderstorms occur less than 10% of the month. The February wind speed averages 6 mph, defined as a light breeze, and varies from zero to a high of 12 mph, considered a gentle breeze. The beginning of February is actually the windiest time of the year in Zante. Most of the February wind direction is from the north (30%), the southeast (18%), the south (14%), and the northwest (5%) but much of the month records no wind.
Average Sunshine Hours and Sea Temperature
The average day of sunshine hours remains unchanged at 5, with visible daylight increasing to 9 hours at the beginning of the month and then 10 by the end. The February average sea temperature is the coldest of the year at 15Cº (59Fº) making swimming possible but not idyllic.
The median cloud cover is 70% with cloud cover types ranging from 50% mostly clear days, 40% partially cloudy, 28% mostly cloudy, and only 10% overcast.
Zante Hotels in February
Frido Luxury Villa, outside of Zakynthos Town, is located at the highest point on the horizon in the Akrotiri area, surrounded by beautiful, lush greenery. From one side, is a view of the Ionian Sea with, in the distance, the neighbouring islands of Kefalonia and Peloponnese , and from the other, the plains of the island and its mountains.
The villa is located at the only place where you can see the entire island. The Frido Luxury Villa features three bedroom suites with private pool, shared kitchen with full amenities such as dishwasher, microwave, coffee machine, kitchenware, refrigerator, washing machine and dryer and even a high chair.
The Palatino Hotel, Kolokotroni and Koliva in Zakynthos Town, is a nice family-run hotel with a central location across the street from the beach and a short distance to shops, restaurants and the town square. The 62 rooms, four family suites, and two junior suites are well maintained. Each room is luxuriously furnished with its own balcony. A conference center of three rooms is available for those needed to conduct business or hold group meetings. The Palatino Cafe and Cocktail Bar, and the Trinity restaurant features a variety of choices for breakfast.
Zante Beach for February
In the middle of the Bay of Laganas is Marathonisi "Turtle" Island, shaped like a turtle floating in the sea. The island hosts two beaches: a large, white sandy beach, the best on the bay, and a smaller beach with caves to explore and is suitable of snorkeling.
It is a ten minute scheduled ride by boat from Laganas, Agios Sostis, or Porto Koukla, or charter your own boat for a leisurely cruise across the bay. Marathonisi is a protected marine park preserving the untouched nature of this island gem.
Gerakas beach, located 11 miles south of Zakynthos, is considered by many to be the most beautiful on the island. The sandy beach rings a large cove and is ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Rock formations dot the landscape, and its isolated nature makes it a refuge for the endangered Caretta-Caretta sea turtle. There is free parking by the path the leads to the tranquil beach.
Bars and Restaurants
Votsalo Taverna, In Marathias, with its calm and idyllic surroundings and reasonable prices, serves breakfast and lunch and has a light evening menu. It specialises in fresh and well-cooked fare including lobster, octopus, and dorada, a Mediterranean delicacy. Be sure to order the delicious moleux aux chocolat for dessert. Reservations are available.
The Royal Cafe Patisserie, at Paradise corner in Slit, as a modern, relaxing coffee shop for breakfast, brunch, and late night, and even delivers if you are lodging in town. The coffee and cakes and superb and the pastries are huge. It is an ideal place for a simple midday snack. A favourite is Pan au Chocolate, covered in chocolate sauce.
On the main road at the beach in Alykes, is Fishalida Beach Bar. It is known for its quirky décor such as lamp shades made from cheese graters and buckets. The owners are a family of professional fishermen preparing traditional fresh fish dishes. Recommended is their fried courgettes, seafood platter for two, shrimp risotto, salmon and pasta, not to mention a delicious cod.
Zakanthi Bar Restaurant is the place to go if you're staying in the Kalamaki area. Known for its inviting atmosphere and live music nights, this classic taverna serves up a wide selection of meze, grilled meats, salads and seafood dishes, all from locally-sourced ingredients.
Things to do in Zante in February
Since February may remain cool on the island of Zante, Greece, it might be a time best reserved for indoor activities. The one-of-a-kind Helmi's Natural History Museum,is located in Avia Marina Village in a beautiful, traditional building. Founded in the year 2000 by Panayiotis Helmis, the valuable collection includes over 1500 samples of natural Zakynthian natural flora and fauna .
It represents over 40 years of Mr. Helmis' collection including stuffed animals, preserved fish, skeletons, shells, massive fossils and pinned butterflies and moths. The museum is suitable for individuals or tour groups and kids are thrilled. Hours are from 9:00am to 6:pm.
The Museum of Salomos and Kalvos, is located in a Neoclassical building on St. Marcos Square in Zakynthos. It contains the mausoleum of the final resting place for the National Greek Poet, Dionysios Salomos as well as the poet Andreas Kalvos and his wife. Other displays include paintings, personal items, and manuscripts from the rich cultural life of Zante; plus a rich collection of portraits, a library, period furniture, and folk art. Don't miss the statue of Dionysios Solomos, by sculptor Georgios Vroutos from 1902. Hours are 9am to 2pm.