Keri Lake or ‘Limni Keri’ is a lovely little harbour with a small beach of both pebble and sand. This traditional harbour is very popular for boat excursions. Join one of the many trips on fishing boats or ‘Caiques’ as they venture into the bay hoping to spot the Loggerhead turtles. Or, explore Keri Caves, with their crystal-clear water and amazing rock formations. Around the harbour, tavernas are open all day and into the night with friendly, welcoming hosts providing the ideal place to relax and enjoy a meal by the sea. Keri Lake took its name from the wetland found there, which is still home to many animal, bird and plant species.
Keri Village, located at the tip of the south west peninsula of Zante, is a quiet village which is very welcoming to its visitors. You will feel like you have stepped back in time! Wander through the traditional stone house lined streets to Keri lighthouse and be rewarded with fantastic views stretching over the cliffs out to sea. There are a couple of very traditional tavernas in the village frequented by locals and visitors alike.
Limni Keri is home to a few small village supermarkets and a gift shop. Find gift and souvenir shops galore in the resort of Kalamaki and Laganas, approximately 20 minutes' drive away, along with a variety of supermarkets. Or venture a little further, to Zante Town, with a wide selection of shops to suit all tastes, from jewellery and clothes, to gifts and souvenirs.
Keri's harbour front has a selection of traditional tavernas where you can dine with a view and fresh fish is often on the menu here. There are also two relaxing bars where you can sit and take in the views over the bay during the day, until late at night. As well as classic Greek eateries, you'll also find restaurants that offer modern cuisine. Further around the bay, visit Marathia, with a very special taverna sharing spectacular views over to Marathonisi or ‘Turtle Island’. Just a 20 minute drive away is the small resort of Agios Sostis offering even more choice. Or for a lively night out, Laganas is also within a short drive.
The picturesque Bay of Keri is home to a small strip of sandy beach which becomes pebbly further around the bay. The bay is also home to a very special visitor, the Loggerhead turtle. Marathia, further around the bay, offers a small oasis away from busy resort beaches. Still a well-kept secret, this pebbly beach has fantastic clear water and rocks from which you can swim or fish. Enjoy the natural setting with fantastic views over the bay to the island of Marathonisi. For larger beaches, venture along the coastline to the resorts of Laganas and Kalamaki. Further afield, the south western peninsula known as Vasilikos is home to some of the most pristine, golden sands on the island. The 40 minute drive will be well worth the wait.
You'll find fun for all the family in Keri. A wonderful way to explore the bay is by hiring a boat, stopping off for a swim or even visiting Marathonisi island. Why not book a boat trip to spot the Loggerhead turtles? Or, visit the fascinating Keri caves? These interesting rock formations of arches that emerge from the water make for wonderful photos. The calm waters of the Ionian Sea also make kayaking and paddle boarding a great way to explore and trips go out almost daily from Keri.
Keri offers some of the most spectacular diving on the island. The various sites include steep walls, immense caverns, underwater caves, and tunnels of up to 30 metres in depth. There is a chance to see varied marine life including the endangered Loggerhead Turtles.
Kalamaki has an excellent mini golf course where little ones can practice their swing. To get the adrenaline pumping, there's also Formula Zante go-karting and Water Village waterpark a 30 minute drive away in Sarakinado.
The Damianos Caves, in the nearby village of Agalas, is a unique two-storey cave filled with stalagmites and stalactites. You can enjoy views extending over the cliffs and out to sea and there is a taverna close by serving excellent food. The scenery is beautiful and if you are there in the evening, make sure to experience the stunning sunset.
A 10 minute drive from Keri takes you to the small village of Lithakia, home to the Aristeon Olive Oil Factory. Guided tours explain step by step the production process and you can try the fresh oil with homemade bread and local olives - delicious!
By far the most famous attraction on the island, Shipwreck Beach is not to be missed. Scenes of the dramatic wreck can be admired from a vista point high in the mountains or alternatively, take to the water and see the shipwreck up close on an organised boat trip.
Bocchali, which sits high on a hill above Zante Town, is a beautiful settlement that makes for a lovely visit. Explore the ancient Venetian castle and enjoy a sunset cocktail overlooking the hustle and bustle of the town below.