Zakynthos, or Zante might be a name you associate with ‘party’ but there are lots of areas across the island that make Zante a great destination for all sorts of travellers looking for a summer holiday in the sun – especially it’s beaches! We take a look at some of the best beaches to visit.
Zantes party reputation comes from the areas of Laganas and Tsilivi– with it’s strips of bars and clubs, cheap drinks and parties. However, Zante has plenty of smaller areas great for families or solo travellers, such as Alykanas and Kalamaki with traditional homes, beaches and a quiet pace of life. Argassi is a little more family or couple friendly with restaurants and cafes and a couple of night spots.
Wherever you stay, if you drive a car you can get to a variety of nice, secluded beaches, or you can always walk to the more popular and lively beaches to enjoy water sports and snorkelling.
1 hours walk from Laganas, the Kalamaki beach is soft and sandy and is the place to find nesting loggerhead turtles.
Visit one of the bars along the route to beach, or just relax on a lounger looking out to sea and grab some fruit or snacks from a beach seller when you arrive.With no bars or restaurants this is a much more secluded spot to visit, but it’s worth it to see the turtles or to relax away from the crowds of Laganas.
More active travelers can either take a pedalo out to see the turtles, or climb up the cliff that backs the beach to see them swimming, or if you want to take a back seat then perhaps just get in a boat to explore the sea – especially if it’s a little choppy for a small pedalo.
Porto Limnionas beach
Porto Limnionas beach is 5km southwest of Ag. Leon and can be reached by hire car – across typically Greek windy roads! When you reach it you will find it is a secluded lagoon – with all the amenities of a larger beach –including a restaurant serving drinks and Greek meals such as Octopus, Squid and big salads.
This is a pebbly beach with rocks, so wear comfy shoes and bring something to sit on! The water is the main draw to the area, where you can dive from rocks, snorkel or explore caves.
If you like your water crystal clear & quite shallow, perhaps if you have young children, this is a great beach to visit. The shallow waters are chest level for around 300 metres out, making it great to wade and lounge in, and the water itself is crystal clear to observe fish in. There are on site bars, and plenty of hammocks and sunbeds.
This is a sandy beach, without a pebble in sight, and you can easily sit out of the sand or sea on the shoreline restaurants and bars and enjoy an iced cappuccino or a dinner in peace, especially out of season.
Marathonissi (Turtle Island)
To get to Marathonisi you need to take a short boat trip. This is a pebbly beach with a variety of caves to explore. You can then take a 1 or two hour tour on glass bottomed boat out which will allow you to stop off at Turtle Island to rest up, sunbathe and relax for an hour, before whisking you back again via the caves for the final hour. You can buy food on the boat, however this can be pricier than perhaps packing up a coolbox!
You can also take a pedalo out into the sea where you will see the turtles in the water, although their egg laying area isn’t open to the public, so you need to keep your eyes peeled for signs so you don’t disturb them.
Where to Stay:
Golden Sun – Kalamaki
The Golden Sun Hotel is a modern and luxurious hotel located in Kalamaki surrounded by trees and just 150 metres from the famous and cosmopolitan beach of Kalamaki, home to the sea turtle Caretta-Caretta, ideal for nature lovers.
The hotel is five kilometres from Zante Town and two kilometres from the airport. The nearest bus stop is 100 metres away. Guests can enjoy the swimming pool and the elegant and comfortable hotel lounge with satellite TV. The main bar is ideal for leisurely drinks, relaxing on the veranda or enjoy pool or darts at the hotel.
Pallas Hotel – Laganas
Pallas Hotel is located in a quiet area, 20 minutes walking from Laganas beach and 750 m form the resort itself. Its modern construction and its big and comfortable rooms are a combination of beauty and perfect function.
The excellent service and the sense of hospitality create a friendly atmosphere that guarantees a comfortable and pleasant stay at the Pallas Hotel with returning guests year after year. The distance from the Zante International Airport is 3 km.
Climati Studios – Alikanas
Climati is situated amongst olive groves in Mikro Nisi, 300 metres from the beach in Ano Volimes. It offers self-catered accommodation with a balcony overlooking the Ionian Sea and the lush countryside of Zakynthos.
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