Παρασκευή, 5 Αυγούστου 2016

Laganas: a resort with vivid entertainment and a long sandy beach!


Laganas is probably the busiest resort of Zakynthos island. It is located in the south part of Zante between Agios Sostis and Kalamaki. Zakynthos Town is 8 km away from Laganas while the airport is about 7 km away. The resort is ideal for the age group of 18-30 as it has a wide variety of bars to spend your night. It is preferred mostly by UK visitors.


Laganas beach is 9 km long with beautiful calm and warm waters. It is sandy and safe for the kids. There are many beach bars around with loud music so if you want to be relaxed during sunbathing it is not the ideal place for you. If you enjoy dancing all day long, listening to dance music, meet new people and have fun, then, you're gonna love Laganas.  

Other beaches you may visit are Kalamaki beach, Agios Sostis and also Agios Nickolaos in Vasilikos, village where there are free buses running down there every day. Laganas is protected by the National Marine Park of Zakynthos, as the loggerhead (turtle also known as Caretta-Caretta) nests its eggs on that beach. So, no water sports are allowed (that's why visiting Agios Nickolaos beach is a good choice) and you have to leave the place as soon as the sun goes down.

Laganas beach

Laganas beach

Kalamaki beach

Don't miss visiting Marathonisi Island in Laganas Gulf. It is one of the most famous attractions in the whole island. An exotic place with white sand and green-blue waters that will amaze you. You may visit it by joining a boat trip or by renting a private boat. In both cases there is a possibility to see Caretta-Caretta turtles from very close, either through the glass bottom of the boats or on the surface of the water. If you are a scuba diving lover or just enjoy snorkeling and and love exploring the rich sea bed around the island you may take a scuba diving course. This is going to be an unforgettable experience for you and your friends or family.

Marathonisi Island -photo by www.cavogrosso.gr

Scuba diving

Laganas resort offers a great choice of bars and restaurants. Apart from Greek and Mediterranean cuisine you will also find Mexican, Indian, Chinese and Italian food. This resort cannot be described as a traditional one. It is  more of a touristic attraction for young people. But, other places such as Keri or Agios Sostis and Vasilikos are not far away and remind more of a traditional Greek Village.

Rescue Club in Laganas

Find out more about Laganas resort on http://www.zantehotels4u.com/english/main/places/index/Laganas/5  Options for accommodation, transfers, boat trips and other activities will help you understand if it is the ideal place for your holiday!

Τετάρτη, 3 Αυγούστου 2016

Kalamaki: a long sandy beach protected by the National Marine Park!


Kalamaki is located on the south side of Zakynthos Island. It is 5 km away from Zante Town and 3 km away from the airport. Laganas is about 2 km away from Kalamaki. So, a visitor who wants to spend his holiday in a quiet place but near a resort with a more vivid nightlife probably finds in Kalamaki the ideal destination.

Kalamaki beach is a continuation of Laganas' beach. Its swallow, calm and warm waters make it an ideal beach for families with young children as it is completely safe. Couples that want to sunbathe on a sandy beach with no pebbles may choose it as well. The beach is protected by the National Marine Park because Caretta-Caretta turtle chooses it for nesting its eggs. That is way you are not allowed to stay there after sunset. Other beaches you may visit are: Laganas beach, Agios Sostis beach and Keri beach.

Kalamaki beach


Kalamaki beach - picture sighted on www.go-zakynthos.gr

In the gulf of Laganas there is a little exotic island named Marathonisi. It is one of the most popular sights of the island. It is approachable only by boat. You can rent a private boat and sail to Marathonisi or join on of the boat trips available. The options are many. Take a look at to find more details about the boat trip on http://www.zantehotels4u.com/english/main/hotels/details/Boat-Trip-to-Keri-Caves-Marathonisi/199

Marathonisi Island

Another small island that is near Agios Sostis resort (about 4km away from Kalamaki) is the private island Cameo. It is connected with a wooden bridge to Agios Sostis port. A cafe-bar and a restaurant are situated there. You may visit it and pay 4 euros entrance fee but your coffee or bear are included in the price. You may sunbathe on the private beach or dive into the crystal clear waters around the island.

Cameo Island - Photo by Alistair Ford (all rights reserved)


If you have young children we suggest you to visit Caretta's Fun Park center. Water slides and trampolines will keep kids amused while you can enjoy a drink or a snack at the snack bar.

Caretta's Fun Park Center

Kalamaki is a touristic resort with  a variety of restaurants. The "Essence Restaurant" offers Mediterranean cuisine in reasonable prices and it is ideal for families. The "Olive tree" restaurant offers Mexican and Greek cuisine.

The Olive tree restaurant

Nightlife in Kalamaki is not as vivid as in Laganas. If you are a party animal you should definitely spend your night in Laganas. If you are more of an easy-going person stay in Kalamaki and enjoy the chill-out atmosphere. If a peaceful walk on the central road is not enough, then we would suggest you to visit the "Cave bar", a special bar on a hill, surrounded by green garden offering cocktails and beers. Another option is the "Oceanic chill out bar" which is ideal for families. If you haven't visited Cameo island during the day don't miss the opportunity to go there at night. It is recommended for couples.

The Cave bar in Kalamaki

Cameo Island by nights - Photo Hermione Vassiou

Go to http://www.zantehotels4u.com/english/main/places/index/Kalamaki/7 for more details about Kalamaki. You will find accommodation and transfer info, local tips and many more. 


Δευτέρα, 1 Αυγούστου 2016

Argasi...Entertainment near beautiful beaches!


Argasi beach

Argasi is a busy resort located in the north-eastern part of Zakynthos island. It's a place preferred by Greek visitors for its variety of restaurants and night bars. Another advantage of summering in Argasi is the fact that you are very close to the beautiful beaches of Vasilikos village: Porto Zoro, Porto Azzurro, Banana and Saint Nikolaos. Banana beach is the biggest beach on the island while Saint Nikolaos beach has maybe the best beach bar in Zante (Ammos beach bar).

Argasi beach

Porto Azzurro Beach

Banana beach

Porto Zoro beach

On the mountain of Skopos, around 3-4km from Argasi center, the monastery of Panagia Skopiotissa is situated. The monastery was destroyed by the devastating earthquake in 1521. In 1534 it was given to a noble family of the island who reconstructed it. The temple has been declared as an archaeological and historical place. The view over the south-eastern beaches of Zakynthos is stunning. Inside the church you will find woodwork and precious utensils, frescoes and a temple made of marble.

The monastery of Panagia Skopiotissa


The monastery of Panagia Skopiotissa - picture sighted on www.go-zakynthos.gr

For those who are interested in local art we would suggest a visit to the local pottery lab. Hand made decorative clay pots and jewellery in special shapes are displayed. It is also possible to attend pottery lessons.

Decorative clay pot

As mentioned before Argasi is a place with a variety in restaurants and cafe-bars. The vintage atmosphere of "Portokali" restaurant along with the tasteful meals of international cuisine put it in the top or our list. Other restaurants we urge you to explore are the "Peppermint" (Greek cuisine and pasta) and the "Agnanti" restaurant (beautiful view, Greek cuisine).

Portokali Restaurant

Peppermint Restaurant


Nightlife in Argasi is also vivid. There are many cafe-bars in which you can enjoy your coffee or a cocktail but there are also places to chill out at night or dance until the morning light. Indicatively we mention  Fuego del mar (nice view, tasty cocktails) and Barrage Club (dance club, often hosts famous DJs).

Fuego del mar cafe-bar

Barrage Club

If you want to find out more about Argasi we suggest you to visit our page http://www.zantehotels4u.com/english/main/places/index/Argasi/8  You will find accommodation, transfers, local insights and other info that we think will be useful for you. 

Παρασκευή, 29 Ιουλίου 2016

Tsilivi resort:Ideal for families, with choices in entertainment!

Tsilivi beach

Tsilivi resort is 5km from Zakynthos Town as you go further north and 9km away from the airport. It is close to the capital of the island but also not far away from the beautiful beaches of the north-eastern part of Zante.

Long with golden sand and shallow warm waters, Tsilivi beach is ideal for families and safe for the kids. It is developed with 3 beach bars renting sunbeds, umbrellas and offering drinks, refreshments, cocktails and snacks. Being open all day they are ideal places for chilling out all day long. Other beaches we urge you to visit are Mpouka, Gaidaros (Donkey), Ampoula, Psarou, Alykanas.

Tsilivi beach

Tragaki beach


Gaidaros beack


The advantage of summering in Tsilivi is that you are very close to Zante Town. It's only 5km away, so you can visit the capital of Zante in the morning and have a cup of coffee, or at night where you can stroll down the coastal road, have dinner in one of the restaurants or enjoy you cocktail in a a bar. For more info about what you should not miss in Zakynthos town check our recent post Zante Town: Top 5 things you should not miss!

But..what else can you do in Tsilivi? You may visit Milanio Nautical Museum. It is only 300m away from Planos village. Paintings, photos, compasses, model ships and historical relics are some of the objects exhibited. Adamion Pottery Shop is also a place to visit, see authentic, handmade pots, buy one if you please or even attend the pottery workshop available. Don't miss Tsilivi water park, with water slides for all ages! It has also snack bar and playground for the children.

Milanio Nautical Museum


Adamion Pottery Shop


Tsilivi Water Park

As Tsilivi is mostly a family destination things are calm and relaxing during night. Nightlife is limited in lounge bars with TV screens displaying sport events. In many of them karaoke nights are organized. For more choices you may visit Zakynthos Town. 

Photo from Main Stage Bar in Tsilivi (facebook page)


If you want to find more about Tsilivi check our page http://www.zantehotels4u.com/english/main/places/index/Tsilivi/6 .You will find information about accommodation, transfers and location.


Τετάρτη, 27 Ιουλίου 2016

Alykanas village! A place for a peaceful mind!




Alykanas village is located in the north-eastern Zakynthos and it is between Alykes and Xehoriatis. This lovely resort has its loyal visitors that appreciate the peacefulness and privacy it offers.

The beach of Alykanas is sandy with warm, shallow waters and it's almost always calm. Water sports are allowed. This beach is ideal for families with young children or couples that avoid noisy and overcrowded places. Close to the beach you will find two beach bars offering snacks, beverages and drinks. If it happens to stay in Alykanas village don't miss Alykes, Xygia and Makris Gialos beaches as you go further to north. Each one of them has its own unique beauty. 


Alykanas beach

Alykanas beach

Alykanas beach

In locations near this village you may try alternative activities such as visiting a bio-family farm and participate in traditional activities such as olives' gathering, pruning of organic grapes and vineyards, or even cook a local meal with the family. Horse riding is also an option. There is also a local tourist train that rides around the wider area and guides you to picturesque villages. If you are a trekking fun you may take the path that leads to Vrahionas village (4km way from Alykanas).

A local bio farm


Horse Riding

The tourist train

Alykanas has not a busy nightlife. As mentioned in the beginning of this post, it is a resort that offers you chill out and relaxation options. So, if you want to spend your precious night close to the beach, on a nice cafe-bar, drinking your cocktail or beer and listen to lounge music in a chill out atmosphere, then this is the right place for you.

Cheers!


If you are interested in staying in this resort we suggest you to visit our page http://www.zantehotels4u.com/english/main/places/index/Alykanas/10 and find more details about accommodation, transfers, boat trips and sights.


Τρίτη, 26 Ιουλίου 2016

Zante Town: Top 5 things you should not miss!

Zakynthos Town
Zakynthos Town located in the east side of the island is the capital of Zakynthos. A city literally rebuilt out of its own ashes, since a wildfire destroyed everything that has been left by the catastrophic earthquake in 1953.

1. The coastal road known also as "Santa Marina" street leads to Dionysios Solomos square, which is the biggest square of the beautiful island. One of the most popular attractions on the square is the statue of Dionysios Solomos (Greece's national poet that wrote the national anthem). The statue is situated in front of the Byzantine Museum
Zakynthos Byzantine Museum

Dionysios Solomos Statue


2. Another famous square of Zante is the Saint Marcus square. During the 18th century it was the center of social and political debating among the prominent figures of the island. The Museum of Dionysios Solomos, Andreas Kalvos and other Eminent Personalities of Zakynthos is housed in a Neoclassical building at the square of Saint Marcus. Portrait of prominent figures of Zakynthos, personal items of Dionysios Solomos and many of his handwriting are displayed.



The Museum of  Dionysios Solomos, Andreas Kalvos  and other  Eminent Personalities - Photo sighted on alepou-of-zante.blogspot.gr


Saint Marcus square -  Pictures sighted on www.zakynthosinfocenter.gr 


3. 2km away from Zakynthos Town you will find Strani's Hill. This hill is famous as Dionysios Solomos wrote there the national anthem of Greece. Except for the stunning, panoramic view of Zante Town, this place is worth visiting for the famous poet's monument and bust surrounded by pines and olive trees.


Dionysios Solomos monument on "Lofos Strani" hill. - Picture sighted on www.greekguide.com


4. A tourist train ride is also available. Kids usually love it but it's also a fun way of sightseeing. It rides around the city and you are guided to the most famous sights of the town. It reaches Argasi, a resort 4 km away from Zakynthos Town, further to the south. 

The tourist train in Zakynthos town


5. Last but not least we urge you to visit Bohali. It is located on a hill above Zakynthos Town. You will find many restaurants and cafe-bars with a magnificent view over the city and the port. During night or day, having a cup of coffee or a drink it is definitely worth a visit. Try also "frigania", a delicious local dessert.

Bohali by night