Zakynthos - Beach Life
Zakynthos has a surprisingly large amount of beautiful beaches, considering that the island is relatively small.
On an east-facing bay, Alykes is midway along the northeast coast of the island and has a long sandy beach, plenty of water sports facilities, a good choice of tavernas and bars, and a handful of small discos. Usually less crowded than Laganas.
Argassi’s north-facing beach is less impressive than those of its island rivals, but it makes up for it with an impressive choice of water sports and facilities for families. The word on the street is that it’s due to take over from Laganas as the island’s nightlife hot spot.
Separated from Laganas by a 5 km stretch of beach designated as part of the National Marine Park (and as such, free of buildings), Kalamaki is less raucous than its near neighbour and is more appealing to families and couples. It shares the same marvellous sands and striking views, and, like Laganas, is very close to the airport.
This superb beach – a 14 kilometre long stretch of sand that runs, almost uninterrupted, from Geraki (also called Gerakas) at the southeast tip of the island to Laganas and beyond – is one of the last nesting grounds of the endangered loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta). Parts of Laganas Bay and the beach have been designated as a National Marine Park to protect egg-laying females and hatchling turtles.
Powered water sports are banned within the waters of the NMP. Laganas is the island’s biggest and noisiest resort, with dozens of pubs, bars and clubs.
For information on turtle conservation and the marine park:
This resort lies around 6 km north of Zakynthos Town, and has grown from being a small fishing village, less than 20 years ago, to a full-scale holiday resort. The beach is long and sandy, with stunning views east to the mainland, and there is plenty of mid-range and budget accommodation. Tsilivi also has a good choice of places to eat and drink, and its nightlife is a good deal less frenzied than Laganas.
Close to the southeast tip of Zakynthos and looking west across Laganas Bay, Vassilikos is one of the most attractive and peaceful of the island’s beach resorts, with some of the best hotels on Zakynthos.