In Alykon Bay, on Zante’s north coast, Alykanas is a small beach resort where the pace of life is as easy-going as the horse-drawn carriages that clip-clop through its streets. There’s a new part of town right by the beach, with little shops and relaxed tavernas. And just along the coast is Old Alykanas, with its church and quaint main square, surrounded by olive groves and orchards.
This village on Zante’s northeast coast isn’t as developed as those in the south, but there’s still plenty here, from motorbike rental places to cocktail bars. Alykes is packed with charming touches, such as the old stone bridge over its river – and even a horse and carriage that will ferry you to tavernas for free. There are wildlife-filled salt flats to explore, too, along with a sweeping golden-sand beach.
This village on Zante’s southwest coast is certainly not short on views. Here, in the foothills of Mount Skopos, pine forests, lemon trees and wildflowers dot the plains. But this place isn’t just about rural beauty – it offers bags of convenience, too. The main road through town is lined with shops, plus a surprisingly lively selection of bars and tavernas. And there’s a fine beach right on hand, too.
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, on Zante’s north coast, showcases the flip-side of the island’s coin. A stark contrast from busy beaches and party towns, this pint-sized village hides up in the hills, among olive groves and vineyards. It’s not too out of the way, though – the capital, Zante Town, is a half-hour drive away, while it’s just a quick downhill trip to lively Tsilivi and the areas’s sandy beaches.