The Vassilikos peninsula, on the south east coast of the island is reached by a very winding and dramatically scenic drive. The surrounding countryside is just waiting to be explored. This area deep in the south consists of little settlements and boasts some of the most wonderful sandy beaches on the island, St Nicholas Beach, gently shelving to the sea is a very picturesque setting and is reputed to have the best scuba diving on the island, a perfect holiday spot for families and couples alike.
The resort is spread out among winding roads, olive groves and local farms. There are some excellent tavernas selling local delicacies, a few mini markets and bars.
National Marine Park
The bay where Villa Elizabeth is situated is part of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos.
Zakynthos’ Marine Park is located along the southern coast from Marathia’s Cape to the beach of Gerakas, and includes the beaches of Limni Kerì, Laganas and Kalamaki.
The National Marine Park was founded in 1999 with the main purpose of defending the particular fauna of the southern part of the island and of its integration with the local society.
The most important animal specimen to protect are the endangered turtles Caretta-Caretta and the critically endangered Mediterranean Seals Monachus-Monachus.
The turtles can be seen in all the areas of the Park and every year they come back to the sandy beaches south of Zakynthos to breed whereas the seals are usually seen around the bay of Laganas but they prefer the numerous caves of the western coast of the island.