The popular resort of Laganas, on the South East Coast of Zante, has a wealth of gift and beachwear shops, cafes and restaurants as well as a lively nightlife scene. Along the main street are many bars and clubs which come to life at night offering a great atmosphere. The Strip leads up to the resort's lovely long sandy beach, which is ideal for sunbathing and swimming, or why not hire a pedalo and enjoy a trip out on the calm waters? Or, catch one of the site seeing boats and go turtle spotting. The beach is also lined with several cafes and places to grab a bite to eat. Laganas Bay stretches along the coast, merging into the neighbouring resort of Kalamaki. A more laid-back resort, Kalamaki has many cafes, restaurants and shops, plus a great beach, all with a much more relaxed vibe. The area also has a fantastic children's play park - a great family day out!
Local markets and shopping
Laganas has plenty of souvenir and beachwear shops to browse, as well as a couple of mini markets where you can pick up daily essentials, buy picnic provisions, or stock up on fresh food for a BBQ back at your villa. The neighbouring resort of Kalamaki is almost an extension of Laganas, but has a much more laid-back vibe, still with many shops and places to eat, and can be reached in 5 minutes by car.
Bars and restaurants
There is a good choice of both modern and traditional restaurants which are dotted around the resort and also along the beach where you can enjoy a spot of lunch or a main evening meal overlooking the sea. Well-known for its nightlife scene, Laganas really comes to life in the evenings with plenty of clubs, bars and night spots offering a lively atmosphere. If you prefer more relaxed surroundings, you can always venture along the side streets and find a more low key chill out bar.
At the far end of the Strip is the entrance to Laganas’ beautiful, long sandy beach. You can hire sunbeds and parasols, motorboats and pedaloes. Or why not catch one of the site seeing boats and go turtle spotting around the bay?
There are plenty of fun family activities and attractions within a short drive. Caretta Fun Park, in the neighbouring resort of Kalamaki, is a fantastic play park with games and inflatables, as well as water-based activities suitable for younger children. Closer to home, there’s a good mini golf course in Laganas too. A 20 minute drive will take you to the Sarakinado Water Village water park, with lots of fun rides for the whole family. Or why not venture 30 minutes' south to St. Nick's Beach which has jet skis, parasailing, ringos and banana boats!
Places of interest
Less than 10 minutes’ drive from the centre of Laganas is the beautiful Cameo Island. From the seafront, you can walk along the wooden bridge up to the entrance and, for a small admission fee, explore the picturesque island. There’s a couple of bars and a small beach, with seating overlooking the open sea.
Laganas is only 8 kilometres from the island capital, Zante Town, which is well worth seeing during your stay. The town has a wealth of shops and places to eat around the square and lining the harbour, or venture up the hill to the remains of the Venetian castle at Bocchali and enjoy the fantastic views over the east coast.
Further north, around an hour's drive from away, is the beautiful little village of Volimes, which has various craft and gift shops to browse. And no trip to Zante would be complete without visiting the famous Shipwreck Beach. The beach is only accessible by boat but there is a viewing platform overlooking the beach and wreck at the top of the cliff - don't forget your camera!