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.
Argassi is a little place with a lot to offer. Just around the corner from Zante Town on Zante island’s south-east coast, it’s a cosy fishing village with its own strip of beach, a cluster of cracking places to eat and drink, and the green peaks of Mount Skopos as a backdrop.
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.
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.