You’ll find Alykanas on the north-east coast of Zante. Legend has it that this little seaside village is the site of the ancient city of Arcadia – buildings from the Bronze Age have been found below the sea. These days, it’s an off-the-beaten-track holiday hotspot with a top-notch beach scene. The evenings here are as chilled as the days, so neon-lit all-night clubbing’s off the to-do list. Instead, laid back, sea-view bars take the stage.
Tourist resort-wise, Argassi’s somewhere between family-friendly Tsilivi and lively Laganas – just half the size. It’s got a super postcode – on a beach, backed by Mount Skopos and 10 minutes’ drive from Zante Town. And it’s a good choice for families wanting a bit of action, thanks to the minigolf course and a strip full of bars and restaurants.
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.
If Laganas was a person, it’d be an extrovert. Some of that’s down to its location. It’s scored a prime postcode, bang in the middle of Zante’s Laganas Bay, which is part of the protected Zakynthos Marine Park. And this place is in the business of fun in the sun, with a stack of clubs, bars and restaurants.
When it comes to resorts in Zante, this place is Laganas’ right-hand man. It looks after the family-friendly side of business, with a Blue Flag beach, minigolf and a waterpark. Plus, it’s just around the corner from the capital, Zakynthos Town.
Perched on Zante’s south-east peninsula, Vassilikos is made up of vast olive groves and lush vegetation that leisurely bumps and slides down the slopes of Mount Skopos before dissolving in to a host of sandy beaches. All told, it’s a quiet region of houses and villas, circled by tiny villages and working farms. There’s no mass development in these parts, just a sprinkling of laid-back restaurants, tavernas, and shops
Tragaki wrote, printed and published the book on away-from-it-all holidays. This dainty village is cosied into a hillside above Zante’s east coast, with olive groves, vineyards and open countryside boxing it in on all four sides. The town itself is a flower-draped jumble of shutter-fronted villas and family-run tavernas, where traditional Greek food’s the beginning, middle and end of every menu.