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Argassi family friendly resort

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Argassi a compact resort for families of all ages.

Argassi beach is the nearest decent beach to Zakynthos Town and that does something to explain its popularity with UK tour operators. Argassi lies about four kilometres south of the Zante island capital and has risen in popularity as a family holiday resort. The beach may be a bit boring, but the town is a quaint compact typically Greek affair which has much to recommend it.

Argassi has a very wide selection of restaurants and bars, nightclubs for the grown-ups and play parks for the children that include crazy golf, fun castle and an animal farm.

In many ways it combines the best features of other popular Greek resorts. It has a nice variety of bars, restaurants and shops making it a good choice for parents with teenage children.

The compact nature of the town centre gives Argassi a lively atmosphere. It's also within walking distance of Zante Town, if you fancy a change of scenery.

Some may find Argassi beach a bit of a letdown. It is mostly sand and shingle, fairly long at about 1km but very narrow for most of its length and very busy in the high season. There are watersports galore and showers, sunbeds and brollies.

The water is very shallow for several metres out to sea so it is very good for families with children, although the seaweed can be unsightly at some times of the year.

(Those in need of a sandy beach should head to Bannana, Gerakas or Dafni.)

Dozens of tavernas line the main street through Argassi and you can even find the odd Greek tavernas among the Italian, Chinese and burger restaurants. The main Argassi road is where you will also find most of the shops, and they include mini-markets, bakeries, leather shops, gift shops and jewellers.

The proximity to Zakynthos Town has turned Argassi into a nightlife hotspot with no end of nightclubs and bars, Brit-on-holiday pubs and bars that boast karaoke, quiz nights, wide-screen TV football and other cheerful delights.

Argassi also has a very wide range of accommodation, from five-star luxury hotels to basic studios and apartments, as well as plenty of rooms to rent. There are regular and frequent buses to Zakynthos Town and taxis on the main road, but it is not very far to walk anyway.

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