Kalamaki beach guide Zante
Kalamaki is considered the quiet end of the popular Laganas beach. The long and deep stretch of sand that is Kalamaki beach is separated from its noisier neighbour by a pine forest. Parts of Kalamaki beach are also popular with endangered egg-laying careta careta sea turtles. They arrive on the beach at night to lay their eggs in the shallow dunes.
As a result, parts of Kalamki beach are now classed a National Marine park, giving turtles and other wildlife the sort of protection that is a lot more in evidence than at nearby Laganas.
Problems persist, however, with an expansion in nearby hotel and apartment building, a mushrooming of beach-side tavernas and summer cantinas as well as a rise in sunbeds.
It has been known for large turtle nesting grounds to be simply bulldozed away in order to clear more of the beach to lay out a few extra tourist sunbeds.
Kalamaki beach is a large and long swathe of fine, soft sand and the shallow water along the coast makes this a popular resort for families with children.
Watersports have been curbed here in a belated bid to protect the turtles that often circle offshore before coming onto the beach at night to lay their eggs.
Visitors are asked to leave the beach at sunset so that they are not disturbed. Kalamaki is only two kilometres from Zante airport and planes often fly directly over the beach.
The remarkable sea caves of Zante are made even more dramatic thanks to the pure white cliffs and seabed which enhances the azure colour of the water to create a simply stunning seascape.
The Byzantine Museum of Zakynthos is located in the heart of Zaknte Town in Solomou Square, in Zakynthos town and houses a rich and interesting collection of art and artefacts.
A boat trip to Shipwreck Cove is one of the most popular excursions for those on holiday in Zante and the beach must be considered one of the most spectacular sights in the Greek islands.
Argassi or Argasi beach is the nearest decent beach to Zakynthos Town and that does something to explain its popularity with UK tour operators. This is the perfect family friendly resort.