A relaxed, slow-paced resort on the southeastern coast of Zante, Argassi attracts visitors back year after year with its peaceful atmosphere and entertaining nightlife. Set against the stunning backdrop of Mount Skopos and hills of olive groves and lemon trees, this resort has a main road filled with shops and bars, a sand and shingle beach that’s perfect for families, and easy access to the island’s capital of Zante Town. With a heady aroma coming off the pines, lemon trees, orchards, olive groves and wildflower meadows each morning, cheap Argassi holidays provide much to enjoy.
The landscape is just the start however, with Argassi offering sun, sand, and a stunning selection of places to eat and shop. Located close to Zante Town, and increasing in popularity year on year, this is fast becoming one of the hottest destinations in Greece.
At just under 1km long, Argassi’s sand and shingle beach provide the perfect retreat away from a busy day to day life. Relax in the sun on one of the sun loungers or grab a beachside snack at one of the cafés on the sand’s edge. The inviting and warming waters of the Med are wonderful for paddling, swimming and more adventurous pursuits too. For active families, there are banana boats, water skis and pedalos to hire but for those with young children, the water is shallow enough for paddling and enjoying the ocean.
If you’re a water sports fanatic, you’ll be in your element in Argassi. Go scuba diving and check out the underwater wildlife or grab a stand up paddleboard for a steady journey along the coast. Equipment can be rented from the local shops or if you want a bit more culture to your holiday, catch the tourist train to Zante Town. Kids especially will love this short journey to the island’s lively capital.
The centre of Argassi has a delightful feel to it, being lively but not over the top. Further out of town it gets quieter still, making it a great place to escape to for couples. It is certainly well worth exploring the local countryside, which the mountain so imposingly dominates.
Cultural highlights within Argassi are many, with the 17th-Century Church of the Virgin Mary of Skopiotissas notable. Sitting atop Mount Skopos, it is surrounded by ancient ruins of the monastery that was once here, and affords wonderful views across the island.
Heading further out of Argassi is also great, particularly with the proximity of Zante Town. You can walk the short distance in little over 10 minutes. There is also a little tourist train constantly running between the two resorts. Highlights in Zante Town include the magnificent Church of Saint Dionisios.
As a family friendly resort and a place that’s still connected to its Greek heritage, children are welcome in most bars and restaurants where smaller plates of homemade Greek cuisine and international food can be requested if needed. A lot of the restaurants and tavernas are based on the main street in Argassi and guests might be lucky enough to witness the Greek tradition of plate smashing late into the evening.
While night-time revelry in Argassi may not be among the liveliest in Zante, it is still a very vibrant scene until the early hours. A number of British-themed bars are also dotted about, while karaoke bars still entertain many. With Zante Town just along the road too, a full-on night is never far away for those needing to let their hair down.