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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.

Traditional Zante

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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Tsilivi

Tsilivi has picked itself a neat spot on Zante’s north-east coast. It’s 9 kilometres from the airport and 5 kilometres from the capital, Zante Town. The great thing about this place is that it’s got plenty of Greek charm but it still knows how to please the crowds. So you’ll find quiet spots where moustached pensioners play backgammon from sun-up ’til sun-down, along with a town centre stacked with lively bars.

Laganas

Laganas, over on Zante’s south-east side, is the big boy of the island. It’s the largest, liveliest place around these parts and pulls in a young party crowd. In terms of layout, the resort is quite spread out among olive groves and orchards, but you won’t miss the action – it fires up along the beach and on Golden Mile, the bar-and-club-lined main strip.

Kalamaki (Zante)

Kalamaki is on the south-east coast of Zante, just a couple of kilometres from the airport. The resort has no obvious centre – just a few easy-to-get-around streets and some traditional tavernas dotted about the place. It’s the charm and laidback appeal that rack up its popularity – plus a first-rate beach.

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