When I try and put my finger on exactly why I came back from Zakynthos feeling so recharged physically and mentally – not forgetting the wonderful company and how well we were looked after by The Peligoni Club – I do keep coming back to the sea, (oh Iris, the sea)…
From that first saltwater splash and swim out to the pontoon, the realisation sinking in by the hour that this was on offer at all moments, that yes, you could just go and throw yourself into the most gorgeously refreshing salty sea to float, splash and stretch out your limbs.
Sitting waterside as you sunbathe and then breaking into the water is a dream, but add to that the making of even more memories that comes when you set foot on a boat and are sailed through the salty air, wind batting at you face and hair, watching the sparkle on the water. Reminding us that our planet probably is the most beautiful out there and truly we must take care of it and preserve it for future generations….
Setting out early on a morning from the Peligoni jetty and feeling that wind on your face once again, laughing in faux panic as you hang onto your hat and are raced towards somewhere special… We were taken to check out the island’s quite famous ‘Shipwreck Beach’ (also Navigo Beach or Smugglers’ Cove, closest to the village Agios Nikolaos) where an old freightliner ran agound in 1980 and now majestically lies abandoned and rusting in the sands. So looming and large in the most beautiful beach cove, it looks like you’ve entered a Bond film set and are minutes away from witnessing a chase of villains atop the old vessel!
As we approached, drawing into the clearest crystally blue water, we were able to dive in and swim to the beach (this rates pretty highly on my list of Favourite Things To Do Ever!). It was circa 9am, so quite a shock to the system but all the more exhilarating for it… Worth noting that this is a busy attraction and fills up quickly, so the earlier you get there the better! You can also access the clifftops by car and peer down from on high. The rest of the day we sailed the rock coves and jumped in and out of the water, swimming, floating, climbing back into the boat until final fulfilled exhaustion kicked in and we layered up nice and warm for the ride home.
Peligoni continued to spoil us and one evening as the sun began to soften, we set out on the Odyssey yacht and soaked up the sun and seaair while snacking on canapés and sipping fizz. It was pretty heavenly and really cemented all our silly fun and giggles. Watching the wake whizz by and gazing at coastal inlets where the sea meets land is something so life affirming and memories never to be forgot…
*Stylonylon was a guest of The Peligoni Club.