WHERE TO STAY IN ZAKYNTHOS
Which is the best area to stay in Zakynthos? Surely this is the question you are asking yourself if you have chosen Zakynthos for your holidays. The island is famous above all for its intense nightlife and clubs, which is why it is the favourite destination for young people and lovers of nightlife. But Zakynthos is not just nightlife, in fact, thanks to its crystal clear waters, it is also ideal for families and couples looking for beautiful sea and relaxation. What are you looking for in Zakynthos? Sea and relaxation, bars where you can sip a leisurely drink or nightlife that offers the island’s famous parties? Based on your preferences, you can choose the most suitable area to stay in Zakynthos. The following locations are the major tourist centres of the island of Zakynthos. We have included a small description of each location in order to give you a better idea of things before booking your stay in Zakynthos.
Zakynthos, also called Zante or Chora (in Greek), is the capital and commercial centre of the island. In 1953, following the earthquake that destroyed most of the buildings, the town was entirely restored in keeping with its original architecture.
In addition to numerous bars, restaurants and shops – closed from 2pm. to 4pm. – the city offers several cultural activities. As matter of fact you can visit the church of San Dionysios, where the relics of the patron saint of the island San Dionysios are kept, the Catholic church of San Marco, the Byzantine Museum and the D. Solomos Museum. For children, Solomos square offers the opportunity to rent bicycles and tricycles and play under the supervision of parents. In the evening the city comes alive! The streets are filled with tourists and locals, Roma Street and the road on the seafront are both crowded with people strolling and shopping.
The central bus station is located in Zakynthos Town and from here the local bus service covers routes to almost every destination on the island, especially to tourist attractions like Argassi, Tsilivi, Laganas, Alykes, Keri and Vassilikos.
For those who love scenic panoramas the Castle of Bochali,on top of Strani Hill, is highly recommended. Just three kilometres away from the city, it is a place where you can admire the panorama of Zakynthos town.
The beach of Zakynthos is usually frequented only by Greeks. It is very small but worth seeing to appreciate local customs.
Do not miss: The patronal feast of the island on August 24th.
Argassi 4 Km from Zakynthos town (families, couples and teenagers).
Argassi stretches along the coastal road. Recent years have seen rapid growth, with the construction of three thousand new rooms. The location is ideal for those who want to visit the beaches of Vasilikos (Dafni, Gerakas, Banana Beach and San Nikolas). For those looking for nightlife there is plenty of choice. You can choose to walk around Argasi or to go to Barrage, the most famous club, where the biggest events are hosted every Tuesday and Friday. In Argassi there are many taverns, bars and restaurants, although the most traditional taverns have been replaced by more touristic places.
The beach of Argassi is very small but just a few kilometres away there are the most famous beaches of the Marine Park.
Do not miss: the White Tuesday at the Barrage nightclub (the most famous party on the island)
Kalamaki 7 Km from Zakynthos, 4 Km from Laganas (families and couples)
About 10 minutes from Zakynthos town sits this touristic resort. Due to its proximity to the Marine Park this area was preserved from the building abuse that has affected the island in the last 10 years. The long sandy beach is very well maintained and kept clean by WWF volunteers. To avoid disturbing the laying of eggs or hatching of the turtles at Caretta-Caretta, the beach is closed to the public from sunset to sunrise. Kalamaki offers several restaurants, pubs and shops and Laganas, the center of Zakynthos nightlife, is only 4 km away.
Laganas 12 Km from Zakynthos town (teenagers 18-22 yrs old)
Laganas is the ideal place for those wishing to spend their holiday nights between clubs and parties. The area is very touristy and drinks are often low-cost (as is the quality). The area, which in the winter is almost uninhabited, is characterized by a continuous succession of hotels, night clubs, souvenir shops and supermarkets, open from early morning until late at night, with the intent to meet the various needs of tourists. The beach is similar to that of Kalamaki, but suffers from the continuous nightlife and it is not uncommon to find the remains of glasses and bottles from the previous evening.
Limni Keri 17 Km from Zakynthos town (families and couples).
Limni Keri should not be confused with Keri. Limni Keri is situated by the beach at the end of the Marine Park, while Keri is the mountain village two kilometers from Limni Keri. In Limni Keri there are many villas that offer tourists every kind of comfort. The small beach is made of pebbles and some pine trees on the beach offer shelter during the hottest hours. From the beach you can admire the island of Marathonisi and excursions to the Keri Caves and to Marathonisi Island depart from the port every hour. The nightlife here is very quiet and the pubs play music at low volume, allowing the tourist to relax and chat.
Tsilivi 6 Km from Zakynthos town (families and couples)
Tsilivi has been rapidly expanding over the last few years and an increasing number of visitors choose this resort to stay in Zakynthos. It offers entertainment (bowling, minigolf, amusement park), tourist shops, restaurants and bars. Often frequented by families and the over 30s. The beach is sandy and there are establishments on the beach that offer every service such us sunbeds, watersports, etc.
Alykes / Alykanas 15 Km from Zakynthos town (families and couples)
Alykes / Alykanas are located only 1 km from each other and are often shown together on the road signs. Frequented mostly by families, it has a relaxed atmosphere. The beach is sandy and the bottom is shallow, allowing children to play in the water without risk, for the parents’ peace of mind! Excursions depart for the Shipwreck Beach and Blue Caves every hour from the port. From Alykes/Alykanas you can easily reach the beach of Xigia and Macri Gialos but the beaches of the marine park and Vasilikos are much more distant. It is therefore advisable to rent a car to explore the island.
Agios Sostis 11 Km from Zakynthos town, 2 Km from Laganas (families and couples)
Agios Sostis is very close to Laganas. It is often chosen by visitors for its proximity to the nightlife but at the same time allowing you to sleep peacefully. This village has numerous hotels that offer the all-inclusive formula and restaurants. The beach is very small and sandy.