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Kalamaki, Greece

Kalamaki is a traditional Greek village, situated on the southern shore of Zante, surrounded by the Ionian Sea, backed by Mount Skopos. It attracts tourists seeking tranquil and peaceful resorts, with its olive groves and a beach one would never want to leave.

Kalamaki is most known for its 5 kilometer long sandy beach, which is also protected by Greek legislation as it is one of the few places where the endangered Loggerhead turtles travel to lay their eggs. This also makes the beach part of the National Maritime Park of Zakynthos.

Since the island is famous for the loggerhead turtles that travel from thousands of miles away just to lay their eggs on the soft sand on the beach, a trip by a glass-bottom boat to Turtle Island is one experience you will never forget.  When it comes to sightseeing, there is only one building in Kalamaki that survived the earthquake that flattened the whole island in 1953. Most of them have been rebuilt, and the churches are now very popular with the tourists.

When it comes to activities in this area, there is a mini golf court located near the main road of Kalamaki. For the more daring, they can pay a visit to the go cart track on the main Kalamaki-Laganas road.

This island has a Mediterranean climate, which entitles it to hot and sunny days all summer long and pleasantly mild weather during the winter. The best time to visit the island is in the period between April and September – this is when the temperatures at their warmest, the restaurants and bars are all open, and the water is the perfect temperature for swimming and relaxing.

As the Kalamaki resort is mainly geared towards families, nightlife isn’t a very popular option. Most holiday makers mainly return to the hotels bars for drinks after dinner. The neighbouring town of Laganas, however, is only a short walk away and will provide a much more fun night out. Laganas is almost the complete opposite of Kalamaki – you will find clubs that are open all night long, and countless bars are lined up along the main street of the town. During the day, most tourists spend their time on the beach or at the swimming pool, soaking up the sun and enjoying the crystal clear water.