In contrast to its party going neighbour Laganas, Kalamaki likes to take life at a much slower pace. With chilled out bars, lush olive groves and a coast which attracts fascinating loggerhead turtles, Kalamaki is a great holiday option for those wanting to have an easy laidback week or two in the sun. This resort in Zante also serves as a great base to see the rest of the island.
Kalamaki is a traditional Greek village first and foremost. With the landscape of olive groves and fruit orchards releasing wonderful smells all over the local area, a stunning beach to relax on, and food that’s hard to stop ordering, fun times are ahead for anyone on their way here.
Thanks to its Mediterranean location, Kalamaki has a fantastic climate throughout the year. With hot and sunny days the promise for anyone heading out on cheap Kalamaki holidays in the summer months, autumn and spring are fine times for a visit too. In winter, temperatures still hover around 20°C and rain is usually just a passing visitor, so exploring the rich and vibrant landscape while staying well away from the British chills is an achievable ambition for many.
The landscape that surrounds this fantastic resort is beautiful too, dotted with fruit orchards and olive groves, pine forests and rugged hills. With the summit of Mount Skopos ruling over everything, enjoying horse trekking expeditions, mountain biking or just a simple walks is always possible.
To really get in touch with nature, heading here when the loggerhead turtles make their annual migration from May until August is a real treat. The neighbouring beach of Laganas, just a short walk away, is the place to head for this delightful spectacle. The glass bottom boat is a wonderful alternative and fun way to see the turtles and other marine life.
A perfect destination for young families, Kalamaki even has its own small water park. From Kalamaki you can also go and see one of Zante’s most iconic sights – Navagio Beach.
There can be little argument that the best feature of Kalamaki is its beach. With five kilometres of soft golden sands stretching away, it really offers a true picture postcard setting. Set against Mount Skopos, this resort’s coastline is one of Zante’s most scenic and is a favourite with families for its shallow and clean waters. There are no watersports on this beach apart from the occasional pedalo, so if all you want to do is nap and read a book in the sun, Kalamaki beach is perfect for you!
Late night holidays are not what Kalamaki is about, but there are many bars offering great entertainment. In Kalamaki, it’s more about enjoying these and the wonderful food easily available, but many hotels have great entertainment too.
The whole of the area is made up of wonderful places to eat, with cheap Kalamaki holidays a great way to explore the gorgeous Greek taste sensations at locally run tavernas. With a number of international restaurants about too, and everywhere serving up family-friendly children’s menus, enjoying food, drink, and ice-cream all through the day and night is possible. For couples in particular, the dazzling array of seafood places is a delight too.
Kalamaki consists of one main street and it’s on this street where you’ll find a range of restaurants serving stone baked pizza, fresh seafood and Greek dishes with a bit of traditional plate smashing ad fire dancing thrown in for good measure. Kalamaki isn’t rowdy though, chilled out cocktails can be enjoyed among the olive groves and the cave bar is not a place to be missed for an evening drink.
For a lively and more altogether adult night out, the nearby resort of Laganas is the place to be.