Sitting next to Laganas, Kalamaki is a much quieter resort than others nearby and has retained much of its traditional Greek village charm. A holiday here will be spent lounging on the beach by day and getting cosy in the little tavernas for some authentic food by night. Or jump on one of the buses for a trip to Zante Town for some culture. Whatever you want from your Kalamaki holidays, our cheap deals on All Inclusive hotels will bring it much closer than you think.
Nice and hot in the summer months with an average August temperature of 31°C. The seasons surrounding summer tend to be much cooler but still warm and sunny.
Zakynthos International Airport is actually next to Kalamaki, so it should only take you about five minutes to reach the town.
Book a cheap holiday to Kalamaki with Airtours and treat yourself to a well deserved break full of tasty food and delicious wine, surrounded by gorgeous countryside and a beautiful beach. Kalamaki has pretty much everything that you’d want from a beach holiday.
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Even the most avid of sun worshipper can get a little bored of the beach sometimes and luckily for them, there’s plenty to see and do around Kalamaki to keep everyone happy. From bombing around on some Go Karts to taking a cruise around the north coast or heading into Zante Town for some retail therapy, this is an island you’ll be keen to return to time and time again.
If you need an escape from the beach at Kalamaki and want something a little bit exciting, there are so many choices. Kids and adults alike will simply love Caretta Fun Park in the town with its water slides, trampolines, bouncy castles, cinema and arcade and it’s a good chance for kids to let off a little steam. With a couple of Go Karting places in town, you should round up your nearest and dearest for a little Grand Prix. If that’s not enough, there are two other water parks on the island; Splash Fun in Tsilivi and Water Village in Sarakinado, both approximately 20 minutes away.
The most popular tourist destination in Zante, the Blue Caves, are a remarkable sight and certainly one you’ll want to see time and time again. Take one of the cruises that take you around the north coastline stopping at Smugglers Cove, a secluded beach that you can only reach by boat. The sunken ship that is now a permanent resident of this beach tells a tale of stormy weather and smuggling contraband goods onto the island. Next on the agenda is the famous Blue Caves. Follow the boat into the caves and jump straight into the bright blue waters for some magical swimming in a dreamy environment.
Like Laganas, the beach in Kalamaki is part of the National Maritime Park of Zakynthos and, therefore, protected land. For this reason, there are no water sports allowed, making the beach much quieter than others in the region. However, this is because these beaches hold very special value as they’re the chosen location of the endangered loggerhead sea turtles mating and nesting ground. Take one of the turtle spotting boats out to sea to learn about these gentle creatures, or observe their nesting sites from a responsible distance.
Food: Retaining much of their Zakynthian charms, this village has many tavernas serving up delicious traditional dishes. It’s a foodie heaven.
Relaxation: Kalamaki is much quieter than the nearby resorts and has a tranquil beach, perfect for recharging those batteries. The beach is protected to preserve the endangered sea turtles who use it for nesting every summer.
Family fun: There are plenty of things to do if you’re travelling with little ones, from water parks to the Caretta Fun park. All of these places are a top day out for those visiting without kids, too!
Language: Zante is part of Greece so the locals speak Greek but many resorts are multilingual.
Currency: Euros are the currency in Zante.
Local time: They are two hours ahead of us in the UK.
Fly to: Fly to Zakynthos International Airport and arrive in Kalamaki almost instantly, the airport is directly next to the town.
Flight time from UK: At just 3 hours 30 minutes, you’ll be on your holidays in Kalamaki before you know it.
Tourist information: For lots of great info, see: http://zante.gr.
Visa and health: You won’t need visas or any vaccinations to visit Zante, just your passport.
Temperature: 31°C is the average temperature in August , but this is changeable at the start and end of the season. Autumn and spring are cooler and winter’s temperatures do drop but rarely into the single figures.
Best time to visit: The best time to visit Kalamaki is probably the summer months if you want sun, sand and sea. Several hours of sunshine and very little rain along with the glorious temperatures make for ideal conditions for the beach. If you’re visiting for the countryside and sightseeing and don’t want it to be too hot, then any time in spring or autumn will be good for visiting.
Bus: Cheap and cheerful, there is a regular bus service that runs around Zante.
Hire Car: If you’re planning on seeing as much of the island as possible, hiring a car can give you real freedom. With plenty of car hire businesses in and around Kalamaki, these can be organised before you leave for your holidays.
Taxis: Easy to spot and catch, taxis to the airport shouldn’t too expensive either.
Bicycle: If you love cycling, you’ll be keen to see as much of the countryside that Zante has to offer on two wheels. Hire a bike in town and take to the coastal paths for some cracking views.
Carnival: Taking place over spring time, this festival has Zante’s Venetian heritage at its heart. A full week of celebrations in Zante Town kick off with a town crier dressed in 19th century Venetian costume, informing everyone of the upcoming festivities. What follows is a series of street performances, re-enactments of jousting contests and medieval satires. Colourful, zany and very spirited, Carnival won’t be something you’ll want to miss.
Zante Wine Festival in Keri: Zante is blessed with a subtropical climate and very fertile soil, which has covered the island in gorgeous greenery including mile upon mile of vineyards. If you’re a wine lover, hop over to the village of Keri in the southern tip of the island, for their annual Wine Festival. A night of wine tasting, Zakynthian food, traditional folk music and dance performances by the village school prove that there’s so much more to Zante’s nightlife than bars and clubs.
Zante Music Festival: If you’re hoping to catch some live music on your holiday and want to avoid the rainy UK festivals, then head over to Laganas for the Zante Music Festival. It takes place on the beach and showcases performances from well renowned international DJs, artists and musicians.