Zante’s best bits
For an island that’s just 40 by 18 kilometres – about the size of the Isle of Wight – Zante manages to cover a lot of bases. Inland, you’re looking at vineyards, mountains and hamlets to explore. On the coast, meanwhile, it’s just one great beach after another.
To get to grips with Zante’s authentic side, Alykanas is the one to watch. Along with a quiet beach, it’s got the full Greek deal – whitewashed tavernas and cafés that operate at a snail’s pace. Kalamaki has a similar vibe. There’s no obvious centre – just a sprinkling of tavernas and bars, and a huge sandy beach. Best of all, it’s backed by olive groves and the slopes of Mount Skopos.
Upbeat Tsivili and Laganas
For more up-tempo kicks, try family favourite, Tsilivi. Along with fine sands, this fully-fledged resort has its fair share of shops, restaurants and pizzerias. In saying that, it’s got enough Greek charm to mean you won’t miss out on the genuine experience. And for the biggest holiday hangout of all, it’s got to be Laganas. A 24-hour party playground, it’s home to a lengthy strip with the full line-up of neon-lit pubs, clubs and bars.
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