Last-minute escapes from the UK

Relax in untouched Zakynthos

Hanging wooden bridge to Cameo Island, Zakynthos, GreeceIn the interior of Zakynthos island, the traditional way of life has remained almost untouched, with tiny villages of whitewashed cottages dotting the landscape — Shutterstock

Greece was one of the first countries to relax its entry requirements at the start of the summer, feeling that the need to kickstart the tourist trade was of pressing importance. So, as we head into autumn, there are loads of good deals still to be found on its many, many islands. but Zakynthos looks a good bet. The south of the island was (and to a small extent still is) synonymous with package tours and the like, but there’s a lot more going on than just that.

It’s one of the most heavily wooded and rugged of all the Greek islands, meaning that inland the traditional way of life has remained almost untouched, with tiny villages of whitewashed cottages dotting the landscape, while to the west of the island, all your classic Mediterranean cliches come true: sheer white cliffs dropping spectacularly to clear blue waters below; turtles swim and empty beaches beckon you. Swim and snorkel amongst the wrecks of ancient ships, or experience island life by staying on a farm, learning a craft, or helping in an olive grove. This is one escape that truly can be a different life… if only for a few days.